A NEW Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) popular in Formula 1 could cut lorry emissions and fuel usage by up to 25%.
Road haulage accounts for a fifth of the EU’s total CO2 emissions.
The first KERS system for road freight vehicles, a KERS system recovers the kinetic energy usually lost as heat during braking, and uses it to power a small electric motor.
Developed by Skeleton Technologies and Adgero SARL, the Adgero Hybrid System captures “lost” energy from braking in ultracapacitors so it can be used to boost acceleration.
The system can cut fuel and emissions by between 15-25%, depending on the terrain. It also significantly reduces break wear and associated maintenance costs. These savings mean the system has the potential to pay for itself within three years.
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