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DAF to help Brakes pilot Shell GTL fuel in London fleet

22 November 2017 #CV Sector #News #TNB News #Top Stories #Tractor

DAF is helping Brakes, the wholesale food supplier, reduce its emissions by switching its London-based LF fleet to Shell Gas to Liquid (GTL) fuel.

The entire DAF LF, CF and XF vehicles powered by the PACCAR PX and MX family of engines are certified for use with GTL fuels. DAF vehicles are also certified to use HVO fuels that can deliver even bigger reductions in some emissions, and neither fuel type requires a change in service intervals or vehicle modifications.

Brakes operate over 600 fridge-bodied DAF LF rigids in its UK fleet, and following a successful trial all of the LFs operating from its Park Royal depot were converted to run on GTL, with assistance from DAF and the fuel supplier Certas Energy.

“We’ll be following the progress of Brakes’ pilot London operation with great interest,” said DAF Trucks Marketing Manager, Phil Moon, “Heavy-duty Euro VI compliant diesel engines already emit very low levels of NOX and particulates, and by operating on clean-burning GTL, combustion is cleaner and emissions are further reduced. The engine and its exhaust after-treatment system can spend more time operating in their more efficient modes, potentially delivering improved fuel economy. If the differences are significant we expect other operators to show interest in evaluating GTL or HVO in their fleets.”

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