Prins Autogas UK is helping the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) achieve a reduction in the carbon footprint of the distribution fleet for its John Lewis and Waitrose retail businesses by converting 38 of its DAF CF HGVs to dual-fuel vehicles using the Prins Dieselblend 2.0 CNG system. With the Prins Dieselblend 2.0 system fitted, the JLP DAF CF’s are each expected to have a range of between 600 to 700 miles using the gas tanks, and once this supply is used up, the engine automatically and smoothly switches to using 100 per cent diesel for around another 200 miles.
Alternative fuel systems supplier Prins Autogassytemen B.V. Eindhoven was able to use its specialist knowledge to achieve JLP’s strict efficiency targets to reduce CO2e (Carbon Dioxide equivalent) emissions.
The Prins Dieselblend 2.0 system is suitable for all diesel engines and works by using a fully computer controlled injection system to efficiently replace an optimum amount of diesel with gas (either CNG or LPG). It communicates directly with the vehicle’s ECU (via CAN-bus) and complies with strict regulations and all certifications required.
With an annual mileage in excess of 100,000 miles each, by using less diesel JLP will also be able to recover its investment in dual fuel technology as CNG is significantly cheaper than diesel.
Justin Laney from JLP said: “We have big ambitions to reduce the carbon footprint of our fleet, and the use of low carbon fuels, especially biomethane, is fundamental to this. We see dual-fuel CNG as a good pathway to using greater quantities of biomethane in our heavy truck feet.”
Prins Autogas UK specialises in diesel HGV dual fuel conversions (LNG/CNG/LPG) and provides high quality installations for private and fleet vehicles at its own conversion centre in Southampton, Hampshire, as well as via a national network of Prins installers.
Waitrose has previous experience with natural gas vehicles, including the addition earlier this year of six dual-fuel trucks to its fleet.
(Source: Prins Autogassytemen B.V)