Volvo continues its research to reduce fuel emissions of truck and trailer combinations
Renault's current FALCON (Flexible & Aerodynamic Truck for Low CONsumption) project was launched to improve the energy efficiency of truck and trailer combinations. The objective iof this project is to create technologies that will help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of their trucks.
For some time, Renault has focused on lowering fuel consumption of their trucks, with an additional goal in mind to profit truck operators.
"Several technical and innovative developments will aim to achieve a maximum ROI of 2 years in normal conditions (...)"
In line with previous distribution vehicles' prototypes, such as Optifuel Lab 1, Optifuel Lab 2 and Urban Lab 2, Renault is now experimenting on a new combination, which will consume 13% less fuel than a standard trailer pullled by a Range T truck.
Several technical and innovative developments will aim to achieve a maximum ROI of 2 years in normal conditions, with a view to start building these trucks in the medium term. Technical specificities include these 4 focuses:
1) optimising the aerodynamics of tractor/semi-trailer units,
2) developing connected tyres with low rolling resistance,
3) introducing new fuel-saving driving aids and
4) improving the drive line (engine, gearbox and rear axle) through a new generation of Rankine heat recovery systems and use of special lubricants
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