Mar 16, 2012 0
ecoInnovation Award 2012
With the ongoing push towards more sus
tainable transport, not to mention the spiralling cost of diesel, we have introduced a new ecoInnovation Award this year. We like simple at VansA2Z and if combined with a relatively low cost we like it even more.
The first recipient of this award is both of these things and it has been shown to cut fuel consumption by as much as 15 per cent. We’re talking about the Hybrid System developed and sold by Ashwoods Automotive.
The system works by recovering the energy normally wasted during braking and deceleration, storing it in a battery and then reintroducing it into the drivetrain.
It’s basically a similar approach to that used by F1 teams with KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), but in this case it’s not used to provide additional power, but to reduce fuel consumption and hence emissions.
The Hybrid system consists of a generator/motor which is belt-driven from the rear differential and an Intelligent Power Pack Module (battery and software) sited underneath the vehicle by the nearside sliding side door. The finishing touch is a LED Driver Display strip located top-dead-centre of the dash. This indicates the state of the system — whether it’s charging or assisting — as well as suggesting gearchanges for optimal performance.
Specifically designed to work on rear-wheel drive Transits, Ashwoods is busy developing a version for front-wheel drive vans.