Trial helps heavy vehicles be green

11 May 2012

The results of the first phase of the Green Truck Partnership (GTP) trial have been released.

A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson said the GTP was a collaboration between RMS and the road freight industry which aims to test how effective various technologies are in helping heavy vehicles to be more environmentally friendly.

“The first phase of the GTP trials involved testing the environmental benefits for heavy vehicles of technologies including automated manual transmissions and lift trailer axles, along with fuels such as B20 biodiesel, compressed natural gas fuel and liquefied natural gas,” the spokesperson said.

“The trials found automated manual transmissions deliver a fuel efficiency benefit of around 11 per cent compared to a fully automatic transmission.

“Fuel cost savings of around 45 per cent were identified when using liquefied natural gas in high pressure direct injection engines.”

“The GTP was developed in response to road freight industry concerns there was a lack of independent information available about products to improve the environmental performance of heavy vehicles.

“Most information about the benefits of products and technology promoted as helping heavy vehicles have less impact on the environment comes from the manufacturers of these products.

“The GTP is about providing industry with independent information to help them make an informed decision when buying products and installing technology for environmental purposes.”

The GTP is coordinated by a steering group consisting of RMS, Boral Transport, George Weston Foods, LNG Refuellers, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, the National Transport Commission, the Office of Environment and Heritage, Ron Finemore Transport, Star Track Express, Toll Group and Woolworths Limited.

Funding for the GTP trial was provided by the NSW Government through RMS.

The second phase of trials is now under way.

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