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Sep 29, 2016

REDUCING FUEL CONSUMPTION * USA: With truck-platons

* New York - Two-truck platoons can reduce fuel consumption by 4%: NACFE

--- Two-truck platoons have the potential to reduce fuel consumption by about 4%, averaged across both vehicles. That’s the finding from the latest North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) confidence report, published today... The study looked at testing that has aolready been conducted. It then adjusted on-track test results to take into account real-world, on-road realities such as traffic congestion and the fact the two trucks will likely only be able to remain in platoon formation about 75% of the time. Track testing has shown the lead truck reducing fuel consumption by 4% while the following truck saves 10%... This is with a following distance of 40-50 feet, which NACFE’s Mike Roeth predicted will be the starting point as two-truck platooning is adopted.concept” ... Though platooning is not yet in use, many of the technologies that will enable it are already available, Roeth pointed out... 
New York, N.Y., USA -- Truck News, by James Menzies - September 28, 2016

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