Collaborative Ultra Low Carbon Demonstrator Vehicles

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Partners:
John Lewis Partnership (lead): Fleet operator
Howard Tenens: Fleet operator
Lenham Storage: Fleet operator
Cambridge University Engineering Department: Vehicle emissions testing and Vehicle modelling

Trial funded trucks:
6 CNG DAF trucks with Prins dual fuel conversions operated by John Lewis Partnership
6 CNG DAF trucks with Prins dual fuel conversions operated by Lenham Storage
5 CNG DAF trucks with Prins dual fuel conversions operated by Howard Tenens
2 CNG Mercedes Benz trucks with Prins dual fuel conversions operated by Howard Tenens

Trial funded refuelling stations:
No refuelling stations

Project information:

John Lewis and its project partners, logistics companies Howard Tenens and Lenham Storage are testing out a new fleet of trucks incorporating new cleaner fuels and improved trailer aerodynamics. The trial will comprise of 19 new trucks developed by John Lewis and its project partners and tested by researchers at the Cambridge University Engineering Department.

Justin Laney, general manager of central transport for the John Lewis Partnership, said the company was hoping to find the perfect combination of technologies that would deliver emission reductions and fuel savings. John Lewis aims to cut emissions from logistic activities by 15% by 2013/14 relative to sales (when compared to 2005/06 levels).

Justin Laney explains: "We felt there was a lot of knowledge out there on so-called 'best practice' ,but trailers are still basically shaped like bricks. We've done some work with Cambridge University looking at aerodynamics, and we wanted to combine this with the other best practices to see how efficient we could make them."

"Some of these vehicles are quite radical, and we're coming up with a variation on what we're already building that could be applied in everyday fleets," he says. "It's in our interest for it to be adopted widely, because then it becomes cheaper for us to make. We'd regard it as successful if some of these measures become much more widely used."