Ask truck operators in Australia whether they’d like a near 13% reduction in their fuel bill and you’d get plenty of interest.
But that’s exactly what Renault Trucks in Europe has achieved after seven months and 4,500 kilometres of testing of their Urban Lab 2 rigid truck.
The truck has recorded a 12.8% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across urban, regional and motorway environments, compared to a standard vehicle.
That equates to gains of 3.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
There was also extensive testing carried out in the lab by Renault engineers.
Renault Trucks telling us it’s all down to optimised aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and vehicle-infrastructure communication technology.
The truck also has a ‘micro-hybrid’ system connected to a regenerative braking system with the electricity harvested by the system helping to get the truck moving from a standing stop.
Efficiency is also boosted by an engine stop/start system.
While the trucks on-board navigation system talks to traffic lights to calculate whether it is more efficient to accelerate or brake.
The release of the Urban Lab 2 trucks performance figures come as stablemates Volvo Trucks bring their Volvo Trucks Fuel Super Truck to Aussie roads (boasting up to 20% fuel savings).
So, can we all utilise these technologies to cut our fuel bills?
Renault Trucks only say that the individual technologies may be integrated into future production vehicles.
Better news though from Volvo, most of the fuel saving tech used on the Fuel Super Truck are already available to order.
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