Fuel-Saving Additive

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From Calgary’s PE Fuels Solutions comes the FCS-27 bio-based diesel-fuel additive, tested to proper SAE/TMC standards by Quebec’s respected Performance Innovation Transport (PIT).

PE Fuels additive scores 5.2% economy gainAnd it can boast a ‘PIT Power 5’ rating after achieving a fuel economy improvement of 5.2%. PIT’s testing adheres strictly to the SAE J1321 Joint TMC/SAE Fuel Consumption Test Procedure — Type II protocol.

The company says its FCS-27 additive works by boosting cetane, increasing lubricity, and generally improving the combustion process.

In its report, PIT granted the prestigious PIT Power 5 designation, a surprisingly strong result, given the performance of other additives in the past.

“Fuel consumption tests conducted by FPInnovations in previous Energotest campaigns with other fuel additives, or special formulated fuel, showed up to 2.86% improvement in fuel economy… However, the result obtained by the FCS-27 additive… is superior to the performances shown by the tested fuel additives,” PIT concluded.

The tests were conducted using 2012 Peterbilt 388 tractors powered by 450-hp Cummins ISX engines. One driver reports seeing fuel consumption continuously improve from 5.91 to 6.44 mpg over the course of six runs of 13 laps each around the 2-mile test circuit.

PE Fuels reports that fleets are actually seeing a 9% reduction in fuel consumption on average, even in newer vehicles, confirmed by Trans-West Logistics. Its own results show that same 9% average improvement over 95,000 km/59,000 miles of testing.

FCS-27 includes a cold-flow improver, which is also said to improve reliability in extreme winter weather.

PE Fuels also says that the additive has been shown to extend DPF life by up to 80,000 km/50,000 miles while reducing the number of DPF regenerations by 25-30%.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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