“This provides fleet owners with all of the cost and ecological benefits of an upcycled vehicle with the same functional performance and reliability as a brand-new equivalent,” Lunaz said.
“The approach represents a comprehensive process of remanufacturing. Every component is upcycled to a factory standard with a clear focus on reducing waste.
“This is a clear answer to the pressing global requirement to reduce carbon emissions. Lunaz employs a remanufacturing approach, because it preserves nearly 80% of the embedded carbon within a vehicle, therefore breaking a replace-with-new cycle which sees millions of tonnes worth of functioning vehicles end up in landfill every year.”
The facility has the backing of Buckinghamshire Council, which recently signed an agreement to further explore remanufacturing and electrification of its fleet of diesel refuse trucks.
“As a council, we’re fully committed to doing all we can do to cut our carbon emissions, and we know that converting our diesel and petrol vehicles to electric power as soon as we can would be a giant step towards doing that,” said council leader Martin Tett.
“Together we hope to explore the best ways for converting our existing fleet of vehicles to electric. Rather than scrapping them and buying new, the innovative technologies being developed and employed by Lunaz will help us to use a much greener option: to effectively upcycle and rejuvenate our current fleet to fully electric vehicles.”
Lunaz says its new technology is suited to the existing systems currently in use by these vehicles, saving “significant capital expenditure”, possibly with up to £1 million retained in fuel costs alone.
Lunaz, which recently received investment from former England footballer David Beckham, also has plans to expand into major markets in Europe and the US.