The objective of the Energotest 2008 project was to conduct controlled test-track studies of solutions for achieving higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions of greendhouse-effect gases (GHG) in the trucking industry.
With access to vehicles from Robert Transport, Transport Hervé Lemieux, Transport Bourassa, SAQ and SLH Transport, the members of Project Innovation Transport (PIT) selected 12 technologies for testing, including fuel additives, trailer skirts, trailer boat tails, bumpers, tires and various fuel-saving devices.
Transtex Composites was interested in testing their aerodynamic MFS Trailer Side Skirts during this testing program. The objective of these trailer skirts is to reduce the aerodynamic drag underneath the vehicle. Transtex Composites submitted three different prototypes for testing.
The NRC program has advanced through three phases. The first phase utilized 1:10-scale model and full-scale development programs to reintroduce the concept of tractor/trailer gap closure, trailer skirts and trailer boat-tails. The second test program optimized the component designs. This, the third program, tested commercial products of these and prototypes of other possible devices.