THE NITTY-GRITTY OF TRUE FUEL ECONOMY

This article reports on a recent conference on improving fuel efficiency, sponsored by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), and organised by the transport and logistics research unit at the University of Huddersfield. D Butler of Montgomery Transport presented a careful study of his fleet's fuel consumption and efficiency during 1998. His approach was designed to isolate the effects of the many external variables influencing fuel consumption, including weather, trailer length and height, and load weight. For the six lorries tested, he found tachograph odometer readings ranging from 401 to 413 miles for a true distance of 407 miles. Both Butler and R Watson of Armitage Shanks explored driver training as a promising approach to reducing lorry fuel consumption; the driver seems to be the largest single influence on it, although aerodynamics is also important. Armitage Shanks has considered synthetic lubricants for several years, but obtained the biggest saving from a switch to computer-assisted load planning and vehicle routing. M Coyle of Huddersfield University outlined his research which suggested that capital expenditure was only rarely needed to save fuel, and warned operators to question the validity of fuel-saving claims. P Random of Fuelwise emphasised the importance of management effort and input.

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    Institute of Road Transport Engineeers

    1 Cromwell Place
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  • Authors:
    • WILCOX, D
  • Publication Date: 1999-7

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 16-8
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  • Accession Number: 00779147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM