Increase Fuel Efficiency of Commercial Vehicles
There are some things that however unfortunate or annoying they just have to be dealt with! Fluctuating fuel prices is definitely one of the above, and whilst there is not a lot anyone can do about this, you can help yourself by ensuring that your vehicle is as fuel efficient as possible. Regardless of vehicle size below are some top tips to help you increase efficiency. Whether it be a car, a 40ft truck, or a home delivery vehicle – the same principles apply.
Remove excess weight
Did you know that 50kg weight reduction can reduce fuel consumption by 1%? Conduct a thorough analysis of what is weighing your vehicle down, what purpose it plays and if it is necessary. Unnecessary vehicle weight is not confined to the tool box or other paraphernalia that seems to collect in vehicles! Significant weight savings can be achieved during vehicle production, for example, in the home delivery vehicle sector by using lightweight composite panels and an innovative bonding system, manufacturers can significantly reduce vehicle weight.
Vehicle aerodynamics play a huge part in vehicle efficiency. Great aerodynamics lead to fuel efficiency and operational cost savings. By using a fully bonded system it means that lightweight deflectors and cappings can be used; further increasing vehicle efficiency.
Increase vehicle payload
This is especially important in the commercial vehicle sector. The more the vehicle can carry means less miles travelled, which in turn means increased fuel economy. By partnering with lightweight panel and floor manufacturers and using an innovative bonding system one company was able to increase their payload by 200kg!
Another example is from a truck body builder who had the knowhow to reduce weight and therefore increase payload. Together with a structural floor manufacturer, Forgeway came up with an adhesive system that allowed the removal of the chassis runners. The increase in payload allowed the company to fit an extra item on each delivery.
When we ask our customers in Bus and Coach manufacturing what their biggest challenges are, corrosion is often mentioned - corrosion of the chassis, side and body panels, or a breakdown of paint and powder coatings and so forth. Corrosion costs most industry millions of pounds every year in equipment failures, rejects, price reductions, credits and shortened life spans.
In 2002 a European Bus Manufacturer was struggling to fulfill its order book. Limited capacity was a serious challenge.