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TruckWings Device Improves Efficiency by 6.2% on Diesel Class 8 Day Cab Tractor

TruckWings Device Improves Efficiency by 6.2% on Diesel Class 8 Day Cab Tractor

March 7, 2024 | ConMet

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Mar. 07, 2024 – MVT Solutions (MVTS), a provider of fuel economy testing and design and development services for the trucking industry, announced that ConMet’s TruckWings™ technology showed a fuel savings of 6.61 gallons per 1,000 miles (6.2%) on a diesel-powered Class 8 day cab tractor with a 53-foot dry van trailer. The TruckWings device did this by closing the 45.9-inch gap between the tractor cab extenders and the front of the trailer.

“The TruckWings product has shown to provide major savings on day cabs, equating to 826 gallons of fuel and 8.41 metric tons CO2 for a tractor traveling 125,000 miles annually,” says Daryl Bear, lead engineer and chief operating officer of MVT Solutions.

The MVTS tests were conducted on 2023 Volvo VNL 6×2 diesel-powered day cabs with Volvo D13N-405 engines and ATF2612F 12-speed transmissions. The trailers were 53-foot Strick vans, and the gross vehicle weight was approximately 45,000 pounds.

“With upcoming regulations around diesel trucks and emissions, it’s important for fleets to find a solution that’s easy to implement and is effective. That’s where TruckWings technology comes in,” says Daniel Burrows, VP and General Manager of TruckWings at ConMet. “While not surprised, we’re thrilled these results confirm yet again how much TruckWings devices can help fleets – and the environment.”

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TruckWings technology was created by Burrows’ company, TruckLabs, which was acquired by ConMet in November 2023. This business addition complements ConMet’s dedication to providing OEMs and fleets with innovative solutions to improve freight efficiency.

About MVT Solutions

MVT Solutions, a subsidiary of Mesilla Valley Transportation, provides fuel economy testing based on race car engineering. This high-tech testing methodology can obtain accuracy up to 0.25% and accounts for such variables as wind, driver behavior and duty cycle. With over 900 fuel economy tests conducted to date, the company’s proven approach provides highly reliable and consistent data that enables trucking companies to make more informed choices and manufacturers to design and develop products backed by accurate fuel efficiency information that customers trust. MVT Solutions also provides consulting services to fleets looking to implement the right fuel-savings technologies for their operations. MVT Solutions was founded in 2016 and is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit m-v-t-s.com to learn more about MVT Solutions and for the latest in fuel efficiency news.

About ConMet

ConMet, a division of Amsted Industries, is a leading global supplier of wheel hubs, aluminum castings, and structural plastics to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket channels in the commercial vehicle industry. Founded in 1964, ConMet innovation has been critical in designing, engineering, and manufacturing revolutionary technologies for trucks and trailers. Today, ConMet products are standard equipment on most heavy-duty vehicles in North America and have a growing footprint worldwide.

ConMet is committed to creating products and services that align with critical customer needs. The development of more efficient products, processes, and technologies that transform the way customers run and maintain their vehicles is central to ConMet’s vision.