EDT Automotive, based in Westwell Leacon, near Ashford in Kent, has won a prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.
The engine detox company competed against more than 500 nominees to win the award, which will be presented at a glittering ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, London, on Monday 16 November.
With an effect likened to descaling a dishwasher, the hand-built EDT machine cleans petrol or diesel engines with an environmentally friendly solution. It takes just 13 minutes to remove up to half a litre of thick black sludge (carbon and metallic particles, varnish, even the odd broken-off dipstick) that doesn't come out in an oil change.
The results are close to doing a manual engine strip, with fuel economy increased by up to 25%, power increased by up to 6bhp and torque increased by up to 7ft-lb. Harmful emissions are also significantly reduced: CO by an average 69% and diesel smoke by an average 58%.
David Holmes AAE FIMI AIRTE, managing director at EDT Automotive, said: "We only launched the company in 2013 so to win a Green Apple Award in only our second year is a fantastic achievement. It will help to raise awareness of the fuel saving and emissions benefits of our treatment, both within the automotive industry and among the motoring public. As a result of this success, we also now qualify for the Green World Awards and the European Business Awards for the Environment, so we're keen to have a crack at those as well."
Established in 1994, The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation (an independent, non-profit group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world) and supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
EDT operates a pay-as-you-go model similar to a vending machine company, providing garages with the unit, sales and technical training, consumables and ongoing support.