Calor, the UK’s leading supplier of liquified gases for the transport industry, has unveiled a new LPG range extender, which it claims is the world’s first rigid gas cylinder truck.
A product of its fuel partnership with Dutch electrification specialists EMOSS, the new truck will make its debut at the Freight in the City exhibition, to be held at Alexandra Palace, London, on November 7.
The vehicle uses LPG to drive an electric generator, charging the battery which provides drive to the electric motors. The LPG system also increases the vehicle range compared to battery-only from 40 miles to 250 miles. Control of the system also allows it to be switched into pure electric motor to enter regulated city centres.
In a further boost to the low emission potential of the LPG range extender, from 2018 Calor will offer BioLPG, which is chemically identical to conventional LPG but created from renewable, ethically-sourced feedstocks.
Paul Blacklock, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Calor, said, “The industry is already familiar with the benefits of investing in LPG, including a reduction in carbon emissions, NOx and particulates compared to other fossil fuels. As the UK government continues to put pressure on the transport industry to find cleaner ways of operating, the new LPG range extender with EMOSS presents an exciting opportunity for rigid trucks. With trucks fitted with LPG range extenders able to switch entirely to electric when operating in city centres or air quality zones we are excited to announce this ground-breaking transport innovation.”