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Say ‘Hi’ to Hybrid: Why the Future is Electric for the Construction Industry

Say ‘Hi’ to Hybrid Why the Future is Electric for the Construction Industry

Diesel fuel has been under some sharp scrutiny over recent years. Following scandals involving ‘defeat devices’ in cars that falsified emissions data and statistics, revealing just how damaging NOx pollution is to our environment, diesel remains under the microscope by politicians and health professionals alike.

NOx pollution is still at an illegally high level in numerous areas of the EU and it is estimated to cause 23,500 early deaths every year in the UK. Following ‘dieselgate’ for Volkswagen in 2015, new tests that are ‘impossible to cheat’ are showing that even the more recently manufactured diesel vehicles are still dirty. With diesel vehicles being responsible for 88% of the £6Bn annual damage to people’s health in the UK, it comes as no surprise that hybrid technology is on the rise both on the road and on our construction sites.

Hybrids on our Roads

On the road, the difference in environmental impact of diesel engines versus those of hybrids is staggering, even when comparing vehicles of similar fuel economy. This is down to the alternative technology of a hybrid engine and where it gets its power from – an electric motor and regenerative braking. This makes the hybrid vehicle the champion of stop-and-go city driving, using 40% less fuel than their conventional counterparts about town.

Hybrids on our Construction Sites

In construction, the same technologies aren’t as easy to apply due to the heavy load of construction vehicles and low speed. Therefore, to target the high consumption rate of construction vehicles, manufacturers are investing in hybrid powertrain technology, with hybrid wheel loaders and excavators making significant progress in recent times. Komatsu produced their first hybrid excavator in 2008, and since then many other manufacturers have striven to offer vehicles that can reduce a company’s carbon footprint. Volvo has developed its first all-electric heavy-duty truck, and the low-noise, low vibration and air-quality boosting HGV is being described as a breakthrough in technology.

Environmentally Friendly Machinery

The zero-emission sector is emerging very rapidly, with urbanization leading to work being carried out in close proximity to hospitals and well as indoors, underground and near food production environments. This inspired the development of JCB’s first fully electric digger, which was produced at their Staffordshire headquarters in response to market demands for quieter machinery.

At the moment, a piece of hybrid equipment or a hybrid vehicle may cost a business more initially, but the cost of fuel in the long-term is significantly lower, as is the cost to public health. More and more businesses are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact at the same time as reducing their costs, and a shift to hybrid technologies is forming a large part of the process for businesses that utilise company fleets and construction vehicles.

Your business would also reap the financial rewards of making fuel economy its focus, which can be as easy as investing in vehicle tracking devices from Phantom. An iTrack system can cut fuel costs drastically, as you can monitor driver behaviour, plan routes effectively and avoid wasted fuel. Say ‘Hi’ to us, on 0161 476 4050 to find out which of our vehicle and on-site technologies could save you some cash and slash your carbon footprint.

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Very soon after our second meeting with Phantom, it was clear that a deal would be made between County Car & Van Rental and Phantom. It was only left to negotiate to what level. Phantom are now our only vehicle tracker supplier taking precedence over existing vehicle tracker contracts.

Phantom arranged for County to take on a small number of units initially on a trial basis, he has been always readily contactable to assist with any queries and assisted with any development issues that County have requested.

I have nothing but praise to say about the team at Phantom and foresee a very happy partnership moving forward in the future between County Car & Van Rental and Phantom."

County Car & Van Rental

You will no doubt recall our original conversations earlier in the year and the fact that as a result we recently purchased x2 vehicle tracking devices for x2 of our new, replacement vans.

I just wanted to take this opportunity firstly to thank you personally for your initial advice & guidance with regard to purchasing this tracking system, but in particular I wanted to let you know how pleased and impressed we are with the performance and capabilities of the system which I have to say has by far exceeded our expectations.

The system has been most beneficial and is used on a daily basis to monitor and track the performance and progress of our vehicles in a positive way.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Phantom to anyone considering these requirements."

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