ND trials new fuel tech

Norbert Dentressangle is one of six companies taking part in a field trial of a pioneering LPG combustion enhancement system which could improve mpg and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 15 per cent.

Developed by vehicle monitoring equipment supplier Btrack, the system – branded EASI-LPG – is pitched as cost-effective control system to manage the amount of a second fuel added to the air intake of a diesel engine. Unlike typical ‘dual fuel’ diesel/LPG systems, EASI-LPG uses only small amounts of LPG to enhance the combustion of the diesel and increase energy release.

A single tank containing 45 kg of LPG is said to be sufficient for a week’s operation of a typical truck and is expected to deliver a 20 per cent increase in torque.

The system is being fitted to one of Norbert Dentressangle’s 18-tonne Renault Premium rigids with automatic transmission – one of six vehicles taking part in a six month trial which will test the system under real conditions.