‘Retrofit’, an economical solution to decarbonize heavy transport


It is essential to be focused on alternatives that accelerate the sustainable transformation of heavy transport (buses, trucks ...) in cities. One way of doing this is through the ‘retrofit’which is based on making modifications to the vehicles, already registered, making them much more sustainable at a lower cost than with other alternatives. This service is offered by companies such as BeGas, manufacturer of ecological engines, through a unique service in the European market: the replacement of the most polluting diesel engines with the BeGas AVG engines powered 100% by autogas or bio-propane.

With this exchange, BeGas boots the use of fleets for urban passengers and freight transports with the installation of an engine that is awarded the Eco-DGT environmental label. This alternative implies a lower cost than the complete renewal of the vehicle. And, for the purchase price of a new urban truck, it could be refurbished up to five times. Thus, the generation of more than 80,000 kg of waste is avoided, if we are talking about a non-production of a small fleet of five new buses.

The circular economy, the key element for building a new urban transport model

Following the company's purpose of accelerating the decarbonization of transport and providing new solutions to improve the heavy vehicle sector, BeGas, goes one step further. And it does so by introducing the principles of the circular economy into its business model.Its engines can be powered by bio-propane, a renewable fuel, chemically identical to autogas, which reduces CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by up to 80%. Its origin is completely organic, composed of waste and vegetable oils, and it makes the circle close in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

On the other hand, with the autogas, it is possible to manage the reduction of polluting emissions, such as NOx or suspended particles, by up to 90%. Furthermore, the noise emissions in relation to conventional urban heavy vehicles are reduced by half.

Therefore, the 'retrofit' service proposed by BeGas is a good option for public administrations, both Autonomous Communities and local entities, to move towards neutral emissions taking into account the circular economy. The mean reason is that with this solution, they promote the use of less polluting alternative energies. Thanks to innovative projects like this one, companies that provide transport services with lower budgets, will also be able to renew their fleets without the need of a large investment.