Project: Fuel Saving Devices

Reference: GPG 313

Last update: 20/10/2003 11:48:11

Objectives

Fleet managers are frequently bombarded by sales literature for products that offer fuel savings that can seem too good to be true. Under pressure to cut costs, a busy manager might be strongly tempted by a 'fit and forget' device that pays for itself in months. Indeed, given the size of the savings, how could you justify turning down such an offer?
On the other hand, what if the product doesn't work? Installing it would waste money; worse still, it might damage your vehicles. Even if it does no harm, it would be better to spend your money, and time, on other more effective fuel saving measures
So how can you judge if these products are worth the investment?

Description

This Guide is designed to help. It is crammed full with practical tips to help you separate the spurious from the genuine in fuel-saving claims.
It also gives plenty of advice on how to conduct proper tests, if you get to the stage where you want to try a product out.

Contractor(s)

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

Aztec Press Services
Highview, High Street, Borden, Hampshire, GU35 0AX

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £56,964.00

Actual start date: 01 April 1999

Actual completion date: 01 February 2003

Publication(s)

Good Practice Guide 313
Author: Aztec Press Services
Publication date: 01/02/2003
£0.00
Source: TransportEnergy Best Practice
More information: http://www.transportenergy.org.uk/downloads/fuel%20saving%20devices.pdf

Full Supporting Report
Author: Consortium Members
Publication date: 01/02/2003
£0.00
Source: TransportEnergy Best Practice
More information: http://www.transportenergy.org.uk/downloads/fuel%20saving%20devices.pdf

Summary of results

  1. The Guide provides practical, impartial tips to help operators objectively assess the fuel-saving claims made for the numerous products on the market. It also gives advice on how to conduct proper tests, if you get to the stage where you want to try a particular product out.