TSG and Wayne Fueling Systems

Over 130 years of technological innovation

Where it all began

In 1891, Sylvanus Freelove Bowser invented a very simple but effective pump that could reliably measure and dispense kerosene (or paraffin). He later sold his new creation to a grocery store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, where it was used to dispense lamp fuel to customers.

As consumer demand for kerosene grew, Bowser’s device faced some stiff competition from other manufacturers, including the Wayne Oil Tank and Pump Company which designed and built 50 new model pumps in 1892. In the same year, US roads saw the advent of the combustion engine motor car, prompting Wayne to adapt its very popular pump to dispense gasoline.

From these humble origins, began the compelling story of how Wayne Fueling Systems (Wayne) helped to shape the retail and fleet fuelling industry, and history was made.

Making an impact

At the turn of the century, the popularity of the automobile started to accelerate; roads improved and the market for gas pumps soared – attracting challengers into the sector, notably the Tokheim Oil Tank & Pump Company. Together, these two businesses turned the city of Fort Wayne into the gasoline pump manufacturing capital of the world, striking up a rivalry that would span over 100 years.

In the following two decades, the Wayne business flourished and began to steal a march on the competition with the launch of the first visible hand pump. This breakthrough allowed motorists to see and control the amount of gasoline being dispensed into their tanks. It was the first of many ground-breaking products released by Wayne, including the mechanical computing dispenser, the blending pump, the electronic dispenser and the first customer-activated terminal (CAT), a development that paved the way for the age of self-service and pay-at-the-pump.

Building the empire

As the company prospered, Wayne established itself as a true leader in progressive technological innovations on a global scale, operating in many strategic locations around the world. The merger with Dresser Industries in 1968 strengthened Wayne’s position in the sector and primed the business for the emergence of lead-free fuel and the subsequent rise in demand for dispensers. Soon after, Wayne opened its headquarters in Austin, Texas where it remains to this day.

Wayne continued to extend its influence in Europe with the introduction of the very successful Helix™ line of fuel dispensers.

Fast forward to today

Wayne, together with its long-standing adversary Tokheim, is now part of Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS), the leading provider of advanced fuelling equipment, electronic systems and payment, automatic tank gauging and wetstock management solutions in the fuel and convenience retail industries.

This alliance has provided the Wayne brand with fresh impetus, and it continues to break boundaries in the development of new technologies and integrated solutions across the globe.

At the UNITI expo trade fair, Stuttgart, Germany in May of this year, DFS unveiled the latest Wayne dispenser family to the European market, comprising three ranges; Helix 6000 II, Helix 5000 II and Century 3. These new models are set to take the market by storm, cementing Wayne’s standing on the international stage.

There is now a greater focus on reducing carbon emissions by switching to greener energies and, as a consequence, there are no fewer than 23 Wayne branded alternative energy models in the new line-up, compared to 14 for conventional fuels.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen are all supported, demonstrating DFS’ drive to stay ahead of the game in the race to net zero.


DFS recently nominated TSG as the sole distributor of Wayne products and solutions in the UK, further strengthening the already well-established partnership between the two companies.

As such, TSG is now able to add the extensive Wayne product range to its current offering, which also includes DFS’ Tokheim and ProGauge solutions.

For many years, TSG has been closely associated with Tokheim, but now this perception is starting to shift and customers are enjoying a far greater product choice than ever before, backed up by the UK’s largest retail service team.

For more information about TSG and the services it offers, visit: www.tsg-solutions.com/uk


The electric revolution is here to stay

The facts

In April 2022, UK new-car registrations were down nearly 16% when compared to the same month last year, but the market share for electric models continues to grow at a very healthy rate. Plug-in models are expected to account for a quarter of all registrations during the year, with pure-electric vehicles representing around one in six new cars appearing on our roads in 2022.

The catalyst for this dramatic increase in the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is primarily attributable to the government’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars which will come into effect in 2030, with the sale of hybrids being outlawed from 2035.

Subsequently, those in the market for a new car will be presented with a choice of battery-electric vehicles or cars powered by hydrogen, with no fossil fuel options on the table.

But what about the new car buyers of today? There is still much to be done to convince UK motorists to make the switch to electric, as the lack of confidence in the supporting charge infrastructure remains relatively high. Nevertheless, evidence shows that traditional fossil fuel drivers are now at least considering an EV for their next purchase, demonstrating a slight swing in public perception.

The uncertainty

The biggest hurdle motorists have to overcome surrounds the notional ‘range anxiety’, which in actual fact is nothing more than ‘charger anxiety’. The inability to complete a journey without running low or out of energy is a common misconception among EV drivers, due to a potential lack of operational charging facilities en route. In reality, most daily trips are ten miles or less and the likelihood of needing a recharge during their journey is very slim. In addition, the latest range of EVs boasts a mileage range similar to that of equivalent petrol models, when coupled with rapid charging speeds and reduced charging times, EVs are fast becoming a very attractive proposition.

The solution

To address these concerns, there are already schemes in progress such as ‘on the go’ charging, an economical subscription-based programme that is providing EV drivers access to thousands of public chargers in convenient locations. Additionally, EV chargers are now popping up in numerous different public and semi-public places, such as shopping centres, gymnasiums, car parks, hotels and restaurants – this is typically referred to as ‘destination charging’. Whilst there is still a shortage of workplace chargers, employers now recognise that offering charging facilities to their EV-driving employees is a valuable tool for attracting and retaining staff.

The total cost of ownership (TCO)

Electric cars are often more expensive to buy than their petrol and diesel-engine counterparts, and many cost more to insure. However, the total cost of ownership comprises far more elements than the initial outlay. It is important to consider mileage costs, road tax and the service/maintenance charges.

On average, the cost per electric mile is one third of unleaded petrol, however, recently the exorbitant rise in fuel cost has seen that figure drop to one fifth – meaning every mile covered in a petrol vehicle will cost five times more than an EV. It is worth noting that purchasing EV energy via a monthly subscription plan is far more cost-effective than adopting a pay-as-you-go approach.

As with fuel, so it is with servicing. Electric vehicles generally work out much cheaper to service and maintain than equivalent traditional models, largely because they have fewer moving components and parts prone to wear.

Currently, fully electric cars are ‘zero-rated’ for road tax, whereas combustion engine cars are taxed in line with their emissions and range from £165 to over £600, depending on the grams per kilometre of CO2 produced.

As car buyers become increasingly aware of the time limit on internal combustion engines, the depreciation of these vehicles is gathering pace. Meanwhile, EVs are gaining traction in the marketplace and their residual values are growing stronger by the day, making them a far more lucrative investment.

Taking everything into account, it is easy to see that the EV is a clear winner in the TCO stakes and should be forgiven for its higher purchase price, as over the EV’s lifetime there are generous savings to be made.

Looking to the future

The global EV market share has taken a tremendous leap forward in the past decade, and this trend is expected to gather pace as world leaders strive to achieve net zero.

The current EV charging infrastructure is being stretched to capacity to keep abreast of this growth, however, new technological developments are furthering the evolution of the UK’s charging facilities in a very ‘electrifying’ way.

Wireless charging

Wireless car charging works in a similar way to the wireless smartphone charger, only on a much bigger scale. In both cases, the technology required is called inductive charging.

Whilst wireless EV charging is still in its infancy, it is already being piloted in car parks, along bus routes and on taxi ranks across the UK, and the results so far have been very promising.

To carry out this trial, wireless charging pads were strategically installed in recognised stopping places of a wide-ranging sample of EVs, and the corresponding wireless charging kit was fitted to the vehicles to ensure compatibility. The vehicles need to be parked in such a way that both the transmitter and receiver are in alignment before charging can begin.  The energy is then seamlessly transferred through an air gap from the charger to the car.

If this preliminary investigation into the viability of wireless EV charging goes to plan, it is feasible that wireless chargers will be installed into roads and car parks across the land, and the worry of finding the next functional charge point will become a thing of the past.

Driverless cars

Autonomous Electric Vehicles (A-EVs) rely on artificial intelligence to operate with varying degrees of human input. By computing billions of data points each second from an array of sensors, cameras and radar systems, A-EVs can effectively ‘see’ the road and respond to changing conditions or navigate obstacles. Tesla has recently taken this technology to a whole new level, but will electric vehicles ever become truly autonomous? The answer is a resounding yes – with new technologies being developed at an exponential rate, it is simply a case of ‘watch this space’.

Battery swap

Chinese car manufacturer Nio has introduced a very successful ‘battery swap’ scheme to eliminate lengthy recharge waiting times. In simple terms, car buyers purchase an electric vehicle without a battery, reducing the retail price by thousands of pounds; consequently addressing the higher-price pain point of EVs. Customers then pay a monthly subscription fee for the battery which includes several ‘swaps’.

Instead of plugging in to recharge the battery, motorists simply drive to the nearest Power Swap station and the battery is exchanged for a fully charged power pack. The whole process takes between three and five minutes.

This game-changing subscription model is not in the UK as yet but is surely a scheme that warrants serious consideration from other major car manufacturers wanting to make their mark on the EV scene.


A supercapacitor, like a battery, is designed to store and release electricity. But rather than storing energy in the form of chemicals, supercapacitors store electricity in a static state, making them far more efficient at rapid charging and discharging energy.

Supercapacitors already exist in cars with regenerative braking systems, thanks to their greater power density than lithium-ion batteries. They store the energy generated whilst braking and then discharge it rapidly upon acceleration.

But is it realistic to believe that the

EVs of the future will be powered by supercapacitors, charging from zero to full in a split second? At the moment it is simply a pipedream, but who knows what the future holds, it will be here sooner than we think.

EV Hubs

EV charging hubs are public stations solely dedicated to electric car charging and will benefit the local communities, businesses, commuters and visitors to the area. The concept was derived to provide the ultimate consumer experience to EV drivers who are looking for a fast charge, comfortable surroundings, in a convenient location with ample refreshment and shopping facilities.  There are currently only a handful of EV hubs across the UK, however, these sites are forming a template for forecourts of the future.



In the short term, hydrogen is not regarded as a pragmatic opponent to electricity when it comes to everyday cars and vans, as the technology behind it lacks maturity. However, hydrogen prevails over electricity in the haulage industry and public transport sectors such as trains and buses, as it offers a far greater range with much shorter refuel times.

The foremost challenge for the hydrogen economy is finding a viable solution to the problem of storage. At present, hydrogen can be stored as either a compressed gas in high-pressure tanks or as a liquid at -253°C in cryogenic tanks. Both of these methods are considerably more expensive than conventional storage systems for petroleum products.

TSG leads the way

Undoubtedly, electricity is currently blazing a trail in the alternative energies race, and as adoption grows and technology develops, it will become the obvious choice for forward-thinking motorists and businesses alike.

Whatever the future holds, TSG has the expertise to provide a complete end-to-end turnkey solution, from site survey, design, consultancy and distribution network operator (DNO) connections.

TSG’s UK Director of Electric Business, Michael Mounteney commented “TSG is best placed to deliver the electrical infrastructure to support the EV revolution, by being recognised as the UK’s first choice engineering, construction and procurement (ECP) contractor, regardless of the technology behind it.”

As part of its future growth strategy, TSG is investing in people, systems, technology and processes. TSG is currently holding a nationwide recruitment drive, seeking talented electrical managers and engineers, as well as opening a new TSG Charge head office in the Milton Keynes area.

For more information about TSG and the positions available, visit: www.tsg-solutions.com/uk

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