Utilising the Ford Transit panel van, the Ashwoods Hybrid Transit delivers a reduction in fuel consumption of 15-25 per cent, depending on the vehicle drive cycle.  Sounds good says Tachoblog, tell us more…

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The system, which can be fitted to a Transit in less than four hours, recovers the kinetic energy usually wasted through braking or deceleration. A lithium-ion battery stores the recovered energy and a high efficiency electric motor delivers it to the wheels.

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Speaking to Tachoblog, Mark Roberts, Managing Director at Ashwoods Automotive, said,  “Ashwoods Hybrid Transit is now the best-selling hybrid van in the UK, because it delivers simple, practical benefits to fleets.

“We have a strong public sector customer base and are looking forward to sharing the unique benefits of Ashwoods Hybrid Transit with more fleet operators at LCV2010.”

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The Hybrid Transit offers several key advantages to fleet managers, over both conventional diesel vans and other low carbon commercial vehicles. Because the system is entirely self-powered, it never needs plugging into a charging point and drivers don’t have to worry about the battery running flat. The technology reduces wear and tear on the brakes and there is no interference with the vehicle’s structure, so standard warranty and residual values remain intact.

When a fleet manager wants to sell on the van, Ashwoods can decouple the system, refurbish it and fit it to another vehicle in the fleet. A clear and simple cab display console means there is also no need for special driver training.

If you want to see Ashwood’s Ford Transit and also a new technology from the company which can reduce fuel consumption by a further 10 per cent, then you need to get to the low carbon vehicle event LCV 2010.

This new technology aims to replicate the immediate success of the Hybrid Transit – since its launch in 2009, Ashwoods has already delivered more than130 of its hybrid-electric vans, to public sector fleets. Customers include Royal Mail and Transport for London, plus the councils of Camden, Coventry, Gateshead, Hackney, Islington, Leeds and Liverpool.

Ashwoods is the sole supplier of hybrid vans into the Department for Transport’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP). Ashwoods is delivering more than 68% of the total LCVPP fleet.

LCV 2010 takes place at Millbrook Proving Grounds on 15th and 16th September. Ashwoods has three vans participating in the ride n drive and a static display in the outdoor area. For further details, visit www.ashwoods.org.

Utilising the Ford Transit panel van, the Ashwoods Hybrid Transit delivers a reduction in fuel consumption of 15-25 per cent, depending on the vehicle drive cycle.  Sounds good says Tachoblog, tell us more…


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