Buffaload Logistics use Ecogen to make big savings

Ecogen device on Buffaload's Scanias

Huntingdon-based Buffaload Logistics has invested £1.5m in Swedish family-owned manufacturer Hultsteins’ Ecogen electric generators following a successful 3-month trial.

Fitted to one of its Scania R450 6x2 tractor units, Ecogen uses the engines’ power take off (PTO) to generate electricity. When coupled up to its double deck Gray & Adams refrigerated and frozen trailers, the electricity generated by Ecogen keeps them cool instead of their diesel engine.

Since the trial 40 Ecogens have been ordered. Buffaload’s CEO, Ross Taylor, predicts that once the rollout is complete in March, the operator will be saving 400,000kg of carbon and 2,000-litres of fridge diesel per year. He said: “The [the Ecogens] so efficient, I think we’ll make the investment back after two years of use.”

Taylor added: “We investigated it thoroughly before we invested – in fact, I think it’s the most thorough trial we’ve ever done. We trialled Ecogen in different weather conditions and it’s hard to say whether our trailers used any fuel at all.”

To ensure that Ecogen continues to deliver savings, Buffaload has installed electric power points at all of its UK depots to power the trailers when loading and unloading for added fuel and carbon savings.

“This is not just about the obvious advantages of reduced running costs, but more to do with our contribution to a healthy UK environment, the air we breathe and global warming in general. Now is the time to make a difference and for our part, Hulsteins and Ecogen are already making an impact,” Taylor added.

Ecogen was developed by Cold Connect’s Stephen Maile before it was taken over by Hultsteins in 2019. Maile, now Hultsteins’ director of sales, said: “We changed the name over the door, but we continue to manufacture Ecogen to ensure Euro-6 emission standards are met for the cooling system as well as the truck.”   

Hultsteins sells Ecogens to operators for £13,500 and will install them onsite.

Hauliers encouraged to attend Sheffield Clean Air Roadshow next month

Hauliers affected by Sheffield City Council's Clean Air Zone are encouraged to come along to a free, half-day roadshow next month to learn more about the plans and support in place for businesses.

From 2021, Sheffield’s CAZ will see non-compliant lorries and vans charged a daily fee of £50 and £10 respectively to enter.

In line with other CAZs, vehicles must be Euro-6 diesel or Euro-4 petrol standard to comply.

It is being put in place to bring the city’s harmful NO2 & NOx emissions within legal limits as soon as possible.

The zone will cover the inner ring road and the city centre, including Park Square and the A61/Parkway junction.

To help commercial vehicle operators located within the zone, or regularly travelling into Sheffield, CM's sister title Motor Transport is working with the city council to bring you an informative event to answer all your key questions.

You’ll hear directly from the council about its air quality plans and planned support measures to help local businesses, followed by a series of short workshops to help your fleet prepare for the zone.

In addition, you’ll also get to see a range of the latest Euro-6 and alternatively-fuelled vehicles on the market today.

Book today to secure a place, as numbers do tend to fill up quickly for these events. The event is being held on 17 March at Magna in Rotherham.