“The goal of these trials, like all evaluations by PIT, is to use our controlled test-track fuel efficiency studies to provide the commercial vehicle industry with the information it needs to make sound equipment choices,” said Yves Provencher, director of PIT. “We are uniquely equipped to identify the real value of each technology so fleet operators can focus their implementation efforts where they get the best return on their capital investment.”
For the trials, PIT was provided with the following vehicles:
Test vehicle modifications include installing an adapter on the 2014 Volvo Â Globetrotter European tractor to accommodate its 24-volt and the trailer’s 12-volt electrical systems. Also added to that unit was a photovoltaic solar panel on the tractor roof to charge batteries, and its fifth wheel height was modified to 47 inches.
- 2014 Volvo Â Globetrotter European tractor: Euro 5 Emissions, 460 HP, 1696 lb/ft, I-Shift transmission, 2.57 rear axle ratio
- 2014 Volvo VNL 630: EPA 2010 Emissions, 425 HP, 1650–2050 lb/ft (Eco Torque), I-Shift Direct Drive transmission, 2.64 rear axle ratio