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PIT Group’s tech test puts mud flaps under microscope

Posted: June 6, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

MONTREAL, QC – PIT Group’s spring road test laboratory, Energotest, is underway in Montreal, where the primary focus will be the fuel efficiency, splash reduction and durability of various mud flap designs for the 11-day event that runs until June 9. 

Energotest is held at the Transport Canada test track operated by PMG Technologies in Blainville, QC. 

The engineering and research group is testing and evaluating a wide range of products focused on providing improved fuel efficiency to the North American commercial vehicle market. Some of the mud flaps being tested at Energotest are: Mudguard Technologies LLC V-Flap; Eco-Flaps Aerodynamic Splash Guard; and Fleet Engineers Inc.’s Aeroflap. 

The technology testing event also features a special VIP Day and a Fleet Forum for members and leading motor carriers. U.S. fleets attending the Fleet Forum include US Xpress, Schneider, C.R. England, Swift Transportation, Keller Logistics and Skyline Transportation. 

“Our event is growing larger and larger every year,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “The high level of interest in Energotest validates that the process we employ is the benchmark for precise, verified and unbiased data on the return on investment large and small carriers alike can expect from green technologies.” 

Also being tested for energy and emissions efficiency during Energotest are the following: 

 *   Adescia SUPERTECH

 *   DSI Canada X-1R Lean Fuel Burn

 *   Vanguard National Trailer Corp. AeroSail

 *   XP Lab Xp3 Diesel Fuel Additive 

“PIT Group membership benefits fleets in several ways,” Provencher explains. “Members have access to test results and network with colleagues on technology issues. Fleets also have access to PIT Group engineers dedicated solely to providing accurate unbiased test results on fuel saving technologies. Larger carriers often view us as an extension of their in-house engineering teams and smaller carriers consider us their entire engineering department.” 

The fall 2016 version of Energotest runs from Sept. 13 – 23. For information and the Energotest registration form:

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