MONTREAL, Que. — FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) Group, a research group for the North American trucking industry, announced today that its Fall 2015 Energotest event will be held September 9-18 at the Transport Canada test track in Blainville, Québec.
“The biannual PIT Energotest has become the benchmark for precise, verified and unbiased data, both in Canada and the US, on the return on investment fleets can expect from green technologies,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “Energotest provides independent verification of performance that gives technology immediate credibility and supports its implementation in fleets.
“The Fall 2015 Energotest event is the perfect time to get technology tested using only the most stringent test-track fuel efficiency evaluation procedures. Suppliers that participate in Energotest receive a customized report on their technology’s performance to be used as a promotion and decision-making tool. Furthermore, with the current 25% Canadian-US dollar exchange rate, the basic $22,000 (CDN) test fee would only cost a US company $17,000 (USD).”
The event is an opportunity to network with early adopter fleets that are searching for solutions that are more environmentally friendly, the company claimed.
Energotest options available include:
TMC-SAE Type II Test Procedure (SAE J1321): Fuel consumption testing that compares the fuel consumption of a test vehicle, operating under two different conditions (base and modified), with the fuel consumption of a control vehicle.
SAE J1526 Joint TMC/SAE Fuel Consumption Test Procedure – Type III: Fuel consumption testing that compares the fuel consumption of one component of a combination vehicle to the same component in another combination vehicle.
Fuel consumption tests for specific duty cycles determined according to customer demands.
PEMS: Portable Emissions Measurement System for measuring emissions in moving vehicles.
Dynamic performance tests under various duty cycles using a Taylor Towing Dynamometer designed to maintain constant drawbar pull and simulate an uphill slope of 25%.
PIT Power Certification ratings of exact, indisputable fuel economy.
“With the rise in fuel prices and increase in environmental compliance restrictions, the demand for green technologies has never been stronger and more than ever fleet managers with limited time and budgets are insisting on reliable, accurate, indisputable independent data on the performance of green technologies before investing,” Provencher said. “A number of fleets now refuse to adopt any new technology if it has not undergone an Energotest evaluation and received PIT recognition, and because we work in cooperation with the US SmartWay Transport Partnership, a successful Energotest and PIT recognition is a fast way to get SmartWay designation.”