MAN proves fuel saving of trucks in field test
Positive half-time score on the Consistently Efficient Tour
MAN Truck & Busís Consistently Efficient Tour 2011 through 20 major European cities in ten countries is providing customers with comprehensive information on transportation efficiency. It is also demonstrating how companies can effectively reduce the cost of operating their fleets of commercial vehicles while at the same time making a contribution to environmental protection. On the Tour, two MAN TGX EfficientLine trucks are out to show that up to three liters of fuel per hundred kilometers can be saved in long-haul transport under everyday conditions.
After eleven stops in Eastern Europe, Austria, Italy, and Germany and around 5,700 kilometers, the Tour reached Copenhagen. On average, the MAN TGX EfficientLine 1 und 2 trucks saved 2.9 and 2.7 liters per hundred kilometers respectively, relative to the reference vehicle. The Tour is now headed for the south of Europe ó France, Spain, and Portugal ó with some of the stages being over 700 kilometers long. The trucks, which weigh exactly 38.5 tons and are powered by 440-hp engines, will have put more than 10,000 kilometers behind them by the end of the Tour on June 17.
The MAN TGX EfficientLine is a truck designed with maximum fuel efficiency in long-haul transport in mind. Optimum aerodynamics play a key role here: side cladding is obligatory, while compressed-air horns mounted on the side of the cabin or sun visors are taboo. Top speed is restricted to 85 km/h. Air Pressure Management, daytime running lights, and a new Intarder generation save energy. Since the driver also exerts a great deal of control over the truckís fuel consumption, MAN ProfiDriveģ economy training is part of the package that comes with the MAN TGX EfficientLine.
Every stage of the Consistently Efficient Tour is also being blogged. The routes, altitude profiles, and consumption values for all the vehicles are clear for everyone to see at www.blog.consistently-efficient.com.
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