The wheels of business never stop turning and today many fleet managers have one eye on alternative fuels and electric vehicles to meet changing environmental demands. But, when your fleet uses as much fuel idling as it does on the road, are they the right solutions for you?

That question prompted Clayton Power UK to develop an award-winning technology that can be retrofitted to make current vehicle fleets more energy efficient, while cutting vehicle emissions, improving air quality and save companies money.

Facts spoke to Mervyn Ham, CEO at Clayton Power UK who set out their vision for the transport industry: “We want to encourage fleet managers across the UK to stand by their commitments to reducing unnecessary and avoidable vehicle carbon emissions by embracing innovative ‘green power’ technology.

“With the current trend on electric vehicles, we want to highlight that there is technology available now that can save them thousands of litres of fuel per vehicle annually. As existing vehicles can be adapted with our power systems, we know it is a far more affordable option and the environmental benefits can in many cases be bigger than switching to electric vehicles.”

So what does it deliver?

Clayton Power UK’s green power technology is built on a compact and portable 28kg lithium power supply (L.P.S) unit that connects directly to a vehicle’s starter battery, using two cables, and charges while the vehicle is being driven.

The L.P.S units come in two sizes – 1500w and 2500w – and both offer 100 Ah of usable storage, that can be used to power critical onboard vehicle equipment, from refrigeration units to operational tools and welfare appliances, when the vehicle is parked and the engine is off.

This clever, easy-to-install solution tackles the ongoing issue of ‘roadside idling’, where vehicle engines or portable diesel generators are used to power critical equipment, which uses huge amounts of fuel and increases fleet carbon emissions.

Noise pollution is also eliminated as the L.P.S. system is silent, a key benefit for commercial vehicles that operate near residential areas.

Retrofit or replace, what’s best for you?

Replacing the need to power on-board equipment using vehicle engines and portable generators creates a host of environmental and operational benefits for fleet managers. Crucially, in many cases retrofitting existing vehicles can be more cost-effective than turning to electric vehicles or alternative fuels.

Clayton Power UK’s work with utilities companies found that some commercial vehicle fleets can use significantly more fuel idling to power equipment, than when being driven.

With the installation of Clayton Power UK’s proprietary L.P.S system, fleet managers can immediately eliminate this unnecessary fuel consumption, saving thousands of litres of diesel and thousands of needless tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Why might an electric vehicle not be the best choice for my fleet?

The biggest issue fleet managers face when switching to electric vehicles is range anxiety. Even with a fleet of electric vehicles, engineers still need an onboard power system, in the form of portable diesel generators, but these emit carbon emissions and need to be re-fuelled after use. This means electric vehicles are not always the green or efficient option. Installing the L.P.S units solves this problem.

Clayton Power UK’s L.P.S unit also addresses the range anxieties that fleet managers face with electric vehicles, because their technology provides all of the energy needed to power onboard equipment and tools; and crucially this does not drain energy from the vehicle. An electric fleet might be yours in the future but retrofitting your current fleet allows for carbon and fuel savings here and now, with little time required for installation.   

Are the L.P.S. units portable?

When engineers need to power equipment away from the vehicle, the units can be removed and transported easily with a compactable trolley system.  This allows fleet drivers to have access to green power anywhere.

The portability of the units also gives fleet managers the freedom to install twin systems where one unit can be used to power critical on-board equipment, while one unit is free to be transported for key engineering work.

For more information: Clayton Power UK.