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Kenworth’s new roof fairing promises fuel savings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kenworth has redesigned its T2000 roof fairing option to squeeze another 1.5 percent in fuel sav...


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenworth has redesigned its T2000 roof fairing option to squeeze another 1.5 percent in fuel savings, the company says.

“For the typical long-haul truck driver, that means an extra $300 or more in fuel savings per year,” says Jim Bechtold, Kenworth’s chief engineer.

“For a fleet running 300 trucks, that adds up to more than $90,000 in potential fuel savings.”

The new fairing’s modified shape allows better airflow up and over a van trailer.

“Separation between the tractor and trailer causes turbulence, and from an engineering standpoint it’s a challenge to reduce wind ‘buffeting’ as much as possible,” explains Bechtold.

“With this new design, we smooth airflow to an optimum level which reduces air drag by 3 percent,” he claims.


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