Following the launch of the Coventry park-and-ride service featuring three new battery-electric Optare Versa buses (CBW1041 cover story) Travel de Courcey has has taken a further environmental step by setting up a full commercial trial of Energenics’ fuel additive Envirox.
The entirety of the operator’s Coventry based diesel fleet of approximately 106 buses and coaches will use the nanotechnology-based additive for an initial six-month period. An additive dosing unit has been installed at the main depot in Coventry to treat the bulk diesel fuel storage tank with Envirox which was developed in laboratories on Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park.
Through the use of Envirox, Travel de Courcey is targeting an average fuel saving of 4%, which on an annualised basis is equivalent to 170 tonnes of CO2.
Adrian de Courcey commented: “The new electric buses and fast recharge system show our desire to be an innovator in green technology in this industry, and Envirox, through its savings in fuel and reduction of harmful soot emissions, allows us to address the traditional diesel powered fleet in a similar vein. The cost savings from improved fuel consumption should help us to continue to offer great value for money fares to our customers.”
Envirox has been used nationally by Stagecoach UK Bus since 2005, after extensive London trials followed more recently by East Yorkshire Motor Services and other local UK bus and coach operators.
Visit Energenics’ website at www.energenics.co.uk or call 01865 233 010.