From the beginning, the Polygon Total Freight Efficiency-Concept “TFE” has focused on finding synergies between cost reduction, quality improvement and environmental protection. In the past couple of years the carbon question has challenged the transportation market. The sector started to research how future transportation could be at the same time environmentally friendly, how one could reduce its cost as well as maintain the quality of shipment.
Germany has recently started a try-out-phase allowing Long Combination Vehicles on some highways. The same sort of pilot study was already successfully conducted in the United States, mainly in the Western. A LCV, when used in full volume and weight capacity, can save petrol and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 % compared to a normal truck.
Sweden tried a different thing: In 2012 it piloted a 62-mile electrified highway that allowed trucks being powered by an overhead cable. The city of Los Angeles is working on a similar project. It is planned to eventually connect the harbors of Los Angeles and Long Beach with such a system.
Electrifying trucks or replacing them by LCVs will and is not the end of the story. To replace petrol by an alternative power source could produce an even bigger impact. Several transport providers plan to convert their diesel powered fleets into fleets powered by natural gas.
To reduce the carbon emissions is one of the most immanent and pressing challenges in the shipping market. Only a combination of cost, quality and environmental protection can bring the best results in this competitive market. The Polygon Team with its TFE-Concept is ready to assist in finding the best solutions for your transportation challenges.