Renault Trucks is continuing to invest big dollars in fuel saving technology and it appears their research could pay off soon for operators.
The French truck manufacturer, part of the giant Volvo Group, say they’re on track to cut fuel use on a prime-mover/trailer combination by a significant 13%.
Any truck operator would love to see a 13% reduction in their fuel bill!
The test truck is known as the Optifuel Lab 3 and it will hit the roads in 2019.
As the photos show, the ‘laboratory vehicle’ is fitted with fuel-saving aerodynamic aids, including a variable-geometry trailer.
It also rolls along on low rolling resistance tyres and features fuel saving tech such as predictive driving assistance that helps set up the truck to minimize fuel use on hills.
Renault Trucks tell us the truck is the result of collaboration with a host of partners, including Michelin, Total, and trailer manufacturer – FRUEHAUF.
Like the recently revealed new-gen Mercedes-Benz Actros, Renault Trucks has done away with the traditional wing mirrors, instead a camera system helps cut wind resistance.
While there’s a clever new alternator control system that they say, “optimises the balance between electrical energy production and internal-combustion engine fuel consumption”.
Low viscosity lubricants are also utilised for reduced friction.
Renault Trucks also recently revealed significant fuel savings from an optimized rigid truck.
Following next year’s trials, Renault Trucks say they will determine consumption savings assessments from the semi-trailer test bed in 2020.
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