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Fuel efficiency could improve by 8% through aerodynamic improvements: ACT Research


 

COLUMBUS, Ind.– According to ACT Research’s N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook potential aerodynamic improvements could increase fuel efficiencies by up to 8%.

The N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook presents historical trends, current activity and forecasts of engine demand in on-highway commercial vehicles. The report analyzes significant trends in engine displacement, engine type, captive versus non-captive engines, and premium versus non-premium power for Class 8 vehicles.

“Aerodynamic improvements include air-smoothed hood and roof designs, new bumpers with integrated air dams, new mirrors, revised fender skirts and rear cab mounted air fairings to better manage the air gap ahead of the trailer,” said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “These improvements continue to evolve with many having been validated by SuperTruck initiatives.”

The report found that the majority of improvements made by heavy duty manufacturers have been focused on powertrains, with all engine OEMs having either introduced or announced enhancement changes for 2017. When these potential changes are combined with the proposed aerodynamic improvements, fuel efficiency could improve by 8%.

“The improved engine efficiencies have been achieved with modifications to existing engine platforms and utilization of integrated automated transmissions,” added Rhein. “One benefit is the use of GPS-based predictive cruise to manage engine speed and transmission selection in hilly terrain, offering up to a 2% fuel economy advantage.”

 


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