KERS technology to be trialled on rigid trucks

After partnering with SDC Trailers to bring Formula One-inspired hybrid technology to the British transport equipment market, French company Adgero is now expanding into the rigid truck space.

An unidentified international transport company has reportedly committed to trialling Adgero’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on urban UK delivery routes, including Greater London.

Adgero’s regenerative braking system will be used in an Iveco Euro VI test vehicle supplied by local British fleet management company, Fraikin.

During braking, it becomes a generator that is able to recover kinetic energy that would otherwise be lost as heat and store it in a bank of five graphene-based ultracapacitors supplied by Skeleton Technologies.

The hybrid solution is projected to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions by 15 to 30 per cent, according to Adgero.

Also on board for the project is Alternatech, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion firm based in the UK.

Alternatech will manage the conversion of the hybrid power system for the vehicle and the commercial development of the system in the UK, while Fraikin will manage leasing arrangements.

According to Adgero President, Mack Murray, the deal marks “the first time a rigid lorry will be transformed into a hybrid” using the company’s KERS technology.

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