Fuel Saving Solutions Aerodynamic Improvements Vs Cut Weight

The debate on the question of the best way to save fuel while driving a commercial vehicle for decades rumble. In this regard, some prefer athletes, to reduce the weight of a vehicle. Others believe in advanced aerodynamic treatments. To understand the specifics of each method helps get the maximum value of the fleet and to avoid unnecessary investments.

Experts who cut the weight support idea stress that it is a vehicle can carry more and therefore be more productive. The same measure will be able to solve another problem - the lack of truck drivers, since it from the number of vehicles in a fleet. The weight problem is particularly relevant for light commercial vehicles, such as 3,5-toner, which are widely used in urban and suburban delivery work. In this case, more profits bring the addition of an aerodynamic kit, the use of lightweight body panels of fiberglass reinforced plastic. LCV run at relatively low speeds in their daily work cycle (compared to trucks with a constant speed on the highway). Therefore, such aerodynamic features such as wings cab roof and rounded corners in the use of fuel negligible influence body when you are in the urban distribution. Improved aerodynamics not always mean a dramatic change. The advantages can be brought about by mere measures, such as the body height, the height of the cab leveling and a paste for the gap between the body and smoothing the cabin.

Unlike many 3,5- or 7,5-Tonner, heavier vehicles much more profit can learn from aerodynamic techniques. Second, if a vehicle is traveling at 90 km / h, almost half of the fuel is burned, is directly attributable to air resistance. Obviously, this is a good reason, the air resistance to fight. Although, it should be noted that a truck has a lot of highway work to do before aerodynamics provides significant fuel savings.
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