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Independent test results for aerodynamic devices revealed

POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. -- FPInnovations has released the official results of its Energotest 2007 testing sessions, at ...

POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. — FPInnovations has released the official results of its Energotest 2007 testing sessions, at which many types of fuel-saving devices were tested to rigorous standards.

The research group conducted the tests with the cooperation of Robert Transport and Cascades Transports in October. The objective was to validate fuel-saving claims on a wide variety of components and devices.

“Fuel price hikes and increases in GHG emissions have sparked a growing interest in technologies that can improve the energy efficiency of transport fleets,” FPInnovations explained in a release. “This is why Robert Transport and Cascades Transport, each with a proven track record in environmental and economic leadership, partnered to create Energotest 2007.”

Some of the technologies proved to exceed expectations. Wide-base super-single tires showed a 10% fuel savings during the test. Aerodynamic technologies also improved fuel mileage by up to 7%.

“Energotest 2007 not only allowed fleets to determine which solutions were the most effective, but also gave technology suppliers the opportunity to see where their future development efforts need to be focused,” said Daniel Guimier, vice-president, Eastern Region of FPInnovations, Feric.

“Reducing fuel consumption continues to be an economic necessity and environmental commitment for commercial truckers,” added Claude Robert, President of Robert Transport. “Such a project enables us to get accurate information regarding the return on investment of existing technologies.”

One of the objectives of the testing session was to share the results with the industry. Full results can be viewed online at

A detailed report on the testing was also included in the December issues of Truck News and Truck West.

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