Hybrid KERS for Eddie Stobart semi-trailer 21 April 2016

French technology developer Adrego says it will unveil “the world’s first operational energy-saving hybrid electric system for road transport” at next week’s CV Show (26—28 April 2016, NEC, Birmingham).

UltraBoost ST is a regenerative braking-powered KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) and the show version is installed on an SDC 13.6m curtainsider semi-trailer in the livery of Eddie Stobart.

The transport and distribution giant says it will conduct road trial in the coming weeks, putting Adrego’s claims for up to 25% fuel and carbon emissions savings to the test.

The system itself comprises an electrically-driven axle mounted under the semi-trailer, powered by graphene-based ultracapacitors from Skeleton Technologies, in turn managed by software that controls regenerative braking and the acceleration boost. Motive power comes from a compact, lightweight YASA motor/generator.

“The Adgero UltraBoost ST system has the potential to boost fuel efficiency, reduce overall fuel consumption and reduce associated emissions,” states Adgero SAS president Mack Murray.

“And because our hybrid system can be easily and economically retrofitted to existing fleets, voluntary fleet-based implementation could have an impact on fleet costs and vehicle emissions within a very short timeframe,” he adds.

Last week Adgero signed a €3.5 million distribution agreement to ensure the UltraBoost ST system for road haulage was powered by modules from ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies.

Brian Tinham

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