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PIT Reveals Results from Five Years of Testing
Fuel economy evaluations of trailer side skirt and undercarriage aerodynamic
technologies reveal fuel consumption improvements
Montréal, QC– September 19, 2013 ‐ FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group,
a not‐for‐profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, today
announced at its biannual Energotest™ event, the results of five years of performance evaluations on
trailers equipped with side skirts and undercarriage aerodynamic devices. The test results show that
trailers with side skirts consumed an average of 6.69% less fuel than similar vehicles without skirts.
Trailers with undercarriage aerodynamic devices consumed 1.43% less fuel on average than similar
units without the deflectors.
“The goal of these trials was to identify the real value of each technology so fleet operators can focus
their implementation efforts where they get the best value and can more easily justify their capital
investment,” said Yves Provencher, Director of PIT. “Our controlled test‐track fuel efficiency studies
accelerate technology implementation and provide the commercial vehicle industry with the
information it needs to make sound technology choices.”
For the fuel economy evaluations, PIT tested side skirts from Freight Wing, Laydon Composites, Ridge
Corporation and Transtex Composite. Fuel savings with the devices ranged from 5.2% to 7.45%
compared to similar vehicles without skirts.
Trailer undercarriage air deflectors tested by PIT were supplied by AirFlow Deflector, Airman and
SmartTruck. Fuel savings measured on vehicles equipped with the devices ranged from 0% to 2.2%.
PIT testing on the trailer aerodynamic devices was performed in accordance with SAE J1321 Fuel
Consumption Test Procedure ‐ Type II. For each test, unmodified control vehicles and test vehicles
had the same general configuration, were coupled to the same trailers for base and test segments,
and maintained load weights the same throughout the entire test period. All vehicles were in good
working condition and set to manufacturer's specifications.
Fuel consumption for the tests was measured by weighing portable tanks before and after each trip.
The testing consisted of a baseline segment using non‐modified vehicles followed by a segment using
the control vehicle and test units equipped with the aerodynamic devices. For baseline and final
segments, results were presented as the ratio between the average fuel consumed by the test
vehicle and the average fuel consumed by the control vehicle. The values for fuel savings reflect the
changes resulting from the modification of test vehicles.
PIT hosted its biannual Energotest™ at the Transport Canada Motor Vehicle Test Centre in Blainville,
Quebec from September 11 to 19, 2013. The event featured fuel consumption tests comparing North
American and European trucks in addition to testing fuel consumption claims of new products. In all
cases, the customer pays for the testing. For more information on applying for product testing
contact us at 1 855 472‐1159.
About Performance Innovation Transport
Based in Montréal, Québec, Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) is a group of FPInnovations.
Formed in 2008, PIT is an unbiased, neutral testing organization to help manufacturers evaluate and
refine prototypes and fleet managers select the best technologies to reduce costs and environmental
impact. PIT works in cooperation with the U.S. SmartWay Transport Partnership, Natural Resources
Canada, and Environment Canada who has selected PIT as the benchmark facility for testing green
transportation technologies. PIT evaluates and implements technologies that promote efficient
energy use in the commercial transportation, municipal and transit industries. Membership in PIT has
grown to include 26 fleets, 16 municipalities and four federal and provincial government agencies.
For more information about PIT, visit pit.fpinnovations.ca. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit www.fpinnovations.ca.
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