Project: Truck Aerodynamic Styling

Reference: GPG 308

Last update: 16/10/2003 12:26:21

Objectives

This Guide describes how to:

(i) evaluate the effectiveness of aerodynamic styling relative to other fuel-saving methods;
(ii) be aware of the range of aerodynamic devices available;
assess the relevance of sales claims made by manufacturers of add-on aerodynamic features;
(iii) estimate the fuel savings offered by application of aerodynamic devices to your fleet;
(iv) anticipate any secondary effects (either beneficial or adverse) conferred by each of the devices;
(v) maximise the fuel savings offered by any aerodynamics fitted.

Description

This Guide offers truck operators practical information on aerodynamically effective trucks and appropriate add-on features.

Typically, the primary function of aerodynamic devices fitted to trucks is to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and, hence, improve cost savings. The majority of this Guide is devoted to helping you predict and realise fuel savings that can be obtained by applying aerodynamic features to your particular truck fleet.

From the outset, it is emphasised that the total savings attainable depend on many fleet-specific factors, a typical example being the annual distance travelled by each truck. Moreover, separate fleets will have differing priorities when selecting aerodynamic features. Such features should be considered within the operational context of your fleet.

Contractor(s)

AEA Technology Environment
Harwell Business Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QJ
+44 (0)1235 432201

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £30,000.00

Actual start date: 01 June 2000

Actual completion date: 01 June 2001

Publication(s)

Good Practice Guide 308
Author: Motor Industry Research Association
Publication date: 01/06/2001
£0.00
Source: TransportEnergy Best Practice
More information: http://www.est.org.uk/uploads/documents/fleet/ACFWOB7QaiH3.pdf

Summary of results

  1. A Good Practice Guide that offers truck operators practical information on aerodynamically effective trucks and appropriate add-on features.