MONCTON, NB, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - In line with this year's Council of the
Federation climate change theme, a Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) equipped
with some of the latest green technologies to reduce Greenhouse gases (GHG) is
being showcased during the meetings in Moncton. Sunbury Transport is piloting
green technologies on its fleet in an effort to showcase the substantial
greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction that can be achieved with these
significant investments. All Premiers and their staff members are invited to
visit the demonstration site and get a better understanding of the new green
technologies available to the freight industry.
The showcased LCV is equipped with aerodynamics devices, a Hi-Drive
Technology unit, an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), Single-Wide tires, and other
green technologies that will reduce GHG emission significantly. (See
In New Brunswick, a two-year LCV pilot project is currently being studied
between the cities of Saint John and Dieppe. With the collaboration of the
New Brunswick Department of Transportation, Sunbury Transport has been using
LCV to transport parent rolls of tissue and finished consumer tissue products
between the two cities. Data is currently being compiled, analyzing the GHG
savings and vehicle performance. Preliminary data is very encouraging.
According to a recent two-year study conducted by Natural Resources
Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), extended double trailers
(LCV) used from the Maritimes to Ontario would provide fuel savings of
106 million litres of fuel and 297 kilotonnes of greenhouse gases annually and
would reduce the number of trucks on the road between 6 and 10 percent.
Barriers to the adoption of these energy saving devices are usually
related to initial cost and necessary changes to certain regulations. For
instance, the rules regulating the new generation of extra-wide tires are not
standardized across Canadian jurisdictions. Similarly, LCV are limited to
specific routes or are being operated as a pilot project as in the
New Brunswick model.
Each Hi-Drive Technology units costs between $10,000 and $12,000. In the
context of rising fuel costs and reduced margins, each new technology for the
transportation sector must be carefully evaluated. In this regard, the
government can play an important role assisting with the initial capital cost
of equipping fleets with green technologies.
Sunbury Transport has initiated several GHG saving measures including
anti-idling policies, speed governing and on-board monitoring technologies.
Currently, two tractors are equipped with Hi-Drive Technology hydrogen
injection system to pilot the use of the device and measure the reduction of
GHG and related fuel savings in its operating environment. Another tractor is
equipped with Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).
Sunbury Transport is a recent recipient of the federal "Repair Our Air"
Award recognizing environmental performance and reduced emissions. The company
is also a member of the SmartWay Transport Partnership Program that reduces
greenhouse gases and pollution.
Hy-Drive Technologies Limited:
The hydrogen-based energy and power technology firm, Hy-Drive
Technologies Ltd. has developed a hydrogen generating system (HGS) that
"generates, on demand, and injects small amounts of hydrogen gas into the
combustion chamber of a regular internal combustion engine creating an
enriched air mixture and a more complete and faster burn of the air-fuel
mixture. This technology results in reduced emissions, improved fuel
efficiency and torque. System is manufactured in Mississauga, Ontario.
Based on testing trials, and depending on the engine type, the benefits
of the HGS include:
- 4% to 25% fuel savings
- 2% to 6% horsepower improvement
- 15 % to 98% reduction of carbon monoxide
- 11% to 46% reduction of nitrous oxide
- 60% to 80% reduction of particulate matter
Auxiliary Power Unit:
Auxiliary power units are portable diesel fuel powered generators that
mount on the truck to provide climate control and power without idling.
Auxiliary power units reduce emissions, noise, and fuel use and cost. It can
reduce fuel consumption from idling by 85%, which can save up to $8,000 a
year. Thermal King is the manufacturer of Tripac.
Nitrogen Inflated Tires:
The benefits of tires inflated with nitrogen include less inflation
pressure loss for a more stable, consistent tire pressure, cooler running
tires, longer tread life, less oxidation of tire components, and reduced rim
and wheel corrosion. The result is increased tire life, improved fuel economy,
reduced tire aging, and a more durable casing for improved re-treadability.
Gap Fairings, Trailer Side Skirts and Boat Tails:
Gap fairings, trailer side skirts, and boat tails are used on semi
trailers to reduce the effects of aerodynamic drag. Gap fairings, also known
as cab extenders, are attached to the back of the cab to reduce the open area
between the tractor and trailer that can increase drag. Trailer side skirts
are attached to the bottom sides of the trailer. Boat tails are planar-sided
devices that are attached to the rear of the trailer. Fuel usage can be
reduced, and emissions including particulates, SOx, NOx, and CO2 can be
New Generation Wide Base Tires:
Single wide tires can replace traditional dual tires in all tractor and
trailer tire positions except for the steer tires. Single wide tires reduce
the weight and rolling resistance of the tires and wheels, which reduces the
load on the engine and decreases fuel use. One model of new wide base tires
are made at Michelin plant in Nova Scotia. Manufacturing new wide base tires
saves three gallons of crude oil per tire compared to conventional tires.
Modern automatic transmissions are incredibly efficient and feature two
specific improvements: an overdrive gear, which allows the engine to operate
at much lower speeds (RPMs) on the highway; and lockup torque converters,
which transfer power between the flywheel and drive wheels more efficiently.
Both of these advancements save fuel, not to mention wear and tear on the
LED lights use a quarter less horsepower than other lights to run and
last 10 times longer. They result in 85% less electric system use.
Hunter Alignment Machine:
Proper alignment saves up to 5% in fuel efficiency.
For further information:
For further information: Vernon Sealy, Sunbury Transport, (506)
647-5146; Paul Murphy, Sunbury Transport, (506) 453-7560