Project: Testing Time for Trucks

Reference: GPCS2103

Last update: 17/06/2005 11:59:01


To sponsor the 2003 BTAC/IRTE (British Transport Advisory Committee/Institute of Road Transport Engineers) technical evaluation event in June at the MIRA test track in Nuneaton. The annual event provides the UK road transport industry with a forum for independent evaluation of claims made by manufacturers about their products' ability to offer fuel savings to vehicle operators. Different tests are performed at this two day
event, including stop/start and high speed tests.


This report outlines the results of tests carried out on a variety of alleged fuel saving interventions at the BTAC/IRTE Technical Evaluation Event held in June 2003.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £6,440.00

Actual start date: 01 April 2003

Actual completion date: 01 May 2005


Testing Timesfor Trucks
Author: TransportEnergy BestPractice
Publication date: 01/05/2004
Source: TransportEnergy BestPractice
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Summary of results

  1. All aspects of vehicle operations can be monitored to achieve targeted improvements in fuel efficiency. The fuel consumption of vehicles in
    track tests is sensitive to operational conditions, such as the weather,
    which can be beyond the control of the track-test methodology. So, care
    must be taken when interpreting the results from these tests.
    Longer-term, in-fleet trials can be used to confirm the findings of track
    tests under operational conditions.