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Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)

What is the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)?

The CVRAS is a robust certification scheme for manufacturers of retrofit emissions reduction technology that will enable Clean Air Zone (CAZ) compliance of legacy fleet vehicles. This certification scheme supports the operation of Clean Air Zones and addresses the air pollution emissions from buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles, mini-buses, taxis and vans.

CVRAS Retrofit Vehicle Type Overview

Buses

Retrofit solutions for buses are well established. Exhaust after-treatment systems combining diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology are the most widely applied. Other technologies include re-powering, where the old engine is replaced with a new engine with lower emissions, such as replacing diesel engine with an electric or hybrid drivetrain.

There are currently a number of suppliers approved to provide these systems.

Coaches

Similar to buses, there is diesal particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology applicable to coach retrofit applications. These systems are tested on specific coach test cycle protocol.

Currently, there are a number of CVRAS approvals in progress.

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)

This vehicle category is particularly challenging in terms of retrofit technology due to the diverse range of vehicles, engines and duty cycles out there in a legacy fleet.

Diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology is still applicable and is used on the majority of new trucks coming off the production line today, as are re-powering solutions.

We have set the test protocol and limits for HGV applicable retrofits and expect to see applications being submitted in the near future. The determining factor in regards to which retrofit system to develop and test is whether a market will materialise for the system. Operators, their associations, local authorities and retrofit solution providers need to collaborate in order to focus developments on the applications that require a retrofit solution.

Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs)

One of the most challenging vehicle types in terms of emissions performance are refuse collection vehicles (RCVs). This is because their slow speed stop-start operation pushes exhaust after-treatment systems to the limit.

However, there are retrofit system suppliers that have demonstrated Euro 6 equivalence or better, and are currently going through the approval process.

Another potential retrofit solution for RCVs is electrification, and there is currently a system provider going through the CVRAS approval process.  

Vans

Vans were one of the last vehicle categories to adopt the Euro 6 emissions standards, which means there are more Euro 5 diesel vans out there in legacy fleets.

In general, the cost to replace a van is lower, unless it is a highly specialised conversion. This, combined with the fact that retrofit solutions can be relatively high in cost and difficult to fit, means that it is often cheaper to replace than to retrofit vans.

In order to comply with an Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), there is the potential to purchase a second-hand Euro 4 petrol van, if appropriate for the purpose of the vehicle. For these reasons, it is expected that retrofit solutions will only be provided for niche or highly specialised circumstances, and replacement will be the compliance option of choice. One area of opportunity will be the electrification or re-power of vans as a retrofit solution.

We look forward to receiving CVRAS applications for vans as the standards and test protocols are set.

Black Cabs

Black cabs (London taxis) can be subject to specific requirements from licensing authorities and, in some cases, can be exempt from Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) standards. But they can also be significant emitters of local pollution, which is why retrofit solutions that reduce emissions are encouraged to apply for CVRAS approval.

There is currently one solution going through the CVRAS approval process which involves re-powering combined with alternative fuel conversion (LPG).  

Passenger Cars

Due to the cost of a retrofit exhaust after-treatment system and the complexity to fit within passenger vehicles, retrofit will not be an economically viable option for most vehicle owners. Purchasing a second-hand Euro 4 petrol car could be the most economical solution.

The CVRAS is open to receive applications from retrofit system suppliers with the test protocol and standards set (the same as for vans), however consumers should be aware that only CVRAS approved systems will be recognised by local authorities implementing an Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or Low Emissions Zone (LEZ).

Approved manufacturers and devices

CVRAS approved companies and emission reduction systems. 

This listing contains details of companies and their systems approved under the scheme requirements along with their contact information and the categories of vehicle to which their systems can be applied in order to make the vehicle Clean Air Zone compliant.

Contact our Transport Certification team via email or call +44 (0)20 7222 0101 for more details.

CVRAS approved companies

Eminox Ltd
(Gainsborough, UK)

enquiries@eminox.com
Tel: +44(0)1427 810088

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system (SCRT)

Product
Eminox SCRT®

Application status
Approved

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 6.7 litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Volvo D5F 4.8 litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Volvo D9B 9.4 litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Scania DC901 9.0 litre Euro III, IV and V powered

Single Deck Buses

  • Scania DC901 9.0 litre Euro III, IV and V powered
  • Cummins ISBe 5.9 litre Euro III powered
  • Cummins ISBe 4.5 litre Euro IV and V powered

 

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system (SCRT)

Product
Eminox DPF+SCR with Amminex ASDS

Application status
Approved

Vehicle Category
Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV)

Approved vehicle applications

  • Dennis Eagle Elite with Volvo D7C 7litre Euro V
  • Mercedes Benz Econic 6.3 litre Euro V

 

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system (SCRT)

Product
Eminox SCRT®

Application status
Application accepted
Approval in progress

Vehicle Category
Coach

Approved vehicle applications

  • Volvo B9R with D9B 9.4litre Euro 5

Amminex Emissions Technology A/S
(Soborg, Denmark)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system 

Product
Eminox DPF+SCR with Amminex ASDS

Application status
Approved  

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • Volvo D9B 9.4 litre Euro IV & V powered

    Single Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 4.5 litre Euro IV and V powered

 

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system 

Product
Eminox DPF+SCR with Amminex ASDS

Application status
Approved  

Vehicle Category
Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV)

Approved vehicle applications

  • Dennis Eagle Elite with Volvo D7C 7litre Euro V
  • Mercedes Benz Econic 6.3litre Euro V

HJS Emission Technology GmbH & Co KG 
(Menden, Germany)

UK Representation:
HJS UK Ltd (Bracknell)

mark.cooper@hjs.com
Tel: +44(0)1344 566050

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system (SCRT)

Product
HJS SCRT 35,36,40, 41 42, 44

Application status
Approved

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 6.7 litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Cummins ISBe 4.5 litre Euro IV & V powered hybrid
  • Volvo D5F Euro IV & V powered
  • Volvo D9B 9.4litre Euro IV & V powered

Single Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 4.5litre Euro IV & V powered

Baumot AG
(Konigswinter, Germany)

UK Representation:
Baumot UK Ltd (Towester)

enquiries@baumot.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1327 226930

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system (SCRT)

Product
Baumot BNOx

Application status
Approved

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 6.7 litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Scania DC9 9.3 litre Euro III, IV and V powered

Single Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 4.5litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Cummins ISBe 6.7 litre Euro IV & V poweredm 
  • Scania DC9 9.3 litre Euro III, IV and V powered

Proventia Oy
(Oulunsalo, Finland)

UK Representation:
Excalibre Technologies Ltd (Gloucestershire)

sales@excalibretech.com
Tel: +44 (0)1594 887414

Technology
Retrofit exhaust after-treatment system (SCRT)

Product
Proventia NOxBUSTER City™

Application status
Approved

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 4.5 litre Euro V (hybrid)
  • Volvo D5F 4.8 litre Euro V Hybrid
  • Volvo D9B 9.4 litre Euro IV & V powered
  • Cummins ISBe 6.7 litre Euro IV & V

Single Deck Buses

  • Cummins ISBe 4.5 litre Euro IV & V
  • Cummins ISBe 4.0 litre Euro III
  • Cummins ISBe 6.7 litre Euro IV & V 

 

Cummins Engine Company Ltd
(Darlington, UK)

alex.waller@cummins.com
Tel: +44 1327 886 364

Technology
Re-power

Product
Full Cummins Euro VI engine + aftertreatment system

Application status
Application submitted and accepted
Approval in progress

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • To be advised

Single Deck Buses

  • To be advised

Magnetic Systems Technology Ltd
(Sheffield, UK)

s.buckley@magtec.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1709 464120

Technology
Re-power

Product
MagTec electric vehicle drivetrain systems

Application status
Application submitted and accepted
Approval in progress

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • Dennis Trident
  • Scania N94UD
  • Scania Omnicity
  • Scania Citywide
  • Volvo B7TL
  • Volvo B9TL
  • ADL Enviro 400
  • ADL Enviro 400H
  • Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini
  • MAN Lion
  • UNVI Urbis
  • AYATS Bravo City
     

Single Deck Buses

  • Dennis Dart
  • Scania Omnicity
  • Wrightbus Streetlife
  • Optare Tempo
  • Optare Versa
  • Optare Solo
  • Optare Metrocity
  • MAN Lion
  • ADL Enviro 200
  • Scania Citywide
  • Mercedes Benz Citaro]
     

Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

  • To be advised
     

Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV)

  • Mercedes Benz Econic

Vantage Power Ltd
(Greenford, UK)

general@vantage-power.com
Tel: +44(0)208 8130 850

Technology
Re-power

Product
Vantage Power B320 Euro VI hybrid system (ft. Cummins ISBe 4.5 Euro VIc)

Application status
Approval in progress

Vehicle Category
Buses

Approved vehicle applications
Double Deck Buses

  • To be advised

Single Deck Buses

  • To be advised

Vehicle Repowering Solutions Ltd (VRS)
(Alcester, UK)

info@vehiclerepowering.com
Tel:+44(0) 7432 515 231

Technology
Re-power and LPG conversion

Product
GasCab

Application status

Company application accepted
Approval in progress
Technology approved

Vehicle Category
Taxi (Black Cab)

Approved vehicle applications

  • Conversion of TX1, TX2 and TX4

Getting certified

Manufacturers of abatement equipment need to get their equipment accredited by the Energy Saving Trust before it can be added to the list of approved devices available to vehicle and Clean Air Zone (CAZ) scheme operators. This ensures that approved filters meet minimum technical standards and that vehicles fitting these approved emission reduction systems meet the national CAZ emissions standards.

Potential applicants should be aware that emission reduction systems and technologies will be required to demonstrate robust technical performance in order to be eligible for approval and manufacturers are required to operate quality management systems to certified standards, for example, ISO 9001. Please see the scheme documentation below for further details.

Scheme documentation and information

Contact our experts

Speak with our Transport Certification team via email or call +44 (0)20 7222 0101 for more details.

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