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Commercial vehicle fleets sign up to emissions technology trials

Fleets including Bristol Waste Company, which operates Bristol City Council’s waste collection service, and the University of Oxford have signed up to a free trial to support research into reducing air pollution.

A range of vehicles, from waste trucks to minibuses, vans to heavy goods vehicles, will be connected to Tantalum’s technology
A range of vehicles, from waste trucks to minibuses, vans to heavy goods vehicles, will be connected to Tantalum’s technology

The six-month trial of 1,000 vehicles is being run by telematics firm Tantalum Corporation, which was recently awarded funding by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles to develop Air.Car, a solution to accurately estimate real-time NOx emissions and help fleet managers drive down these emissions, saving fuel and operational costs.

The technology can accurately estimate real time, second-by-second, toxic Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and CO2 emissions to give highly accurate, real-time NOx feedback across UK major cities.

The results will help Bristol Waste Company to make informed choices around vehicle choice, routing and operating times to minimise environmental impact.

The technology will also enable the University of Oxford to measure, manage and mitigate NOx emissions from its vehicles.

Adam Bows, the University of Oxford’s sustainable transport manager, said: “By understanding emissions from a range of vehicles in our fleet, this project will help the University’s Transport Strategy objectives to improve local air quality and reduce the University’s carbon footprint. I look forward to gaining some really useful insights into vehicle usage which will also help the university to identify potential fuel and cost savings.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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