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.
Commonly witnessed small issues may seem relatively harmless on the surface but often this issue is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some examples where simple solutions around flooring have avoided major issues for the end user and have helped to reduce huge warranty claims for our customers.
Forgeway was established as an adhesive manufacture in 1994 after recognising a gap in the structural adhesive and industrial adhesives markets. With the increasing need for vehicles to be lighter, safer and faster to build, it was evident that adhesives would be more likely to play a greater role in the future of automotive manufacturing. There would be a need to support manufacturers wanting to make the change from mechanical fixings to industrial strength glue.
Why is weight loss such a hot topic?
With the drive to manufacture more economical vehicles; there will be no avoiding the issue of weight reduction in the coming years.