PIT Group Energotest to Focus on Tires

Based on fleet member input, Spring 2017 edition of neutral road test laboratory to evaluate the fuel efficiency of five tire brands

 

MONTREAL, QC - May 30, 2017 PIT Group, a research and engineering group focused on improving fleet maintenance and operations in the North American transportation industry, announced that fuel economy of tires is the focus of its Spring Energotest being held through June 9th at the Transport Canada test track in Blainville, Québec.

“PIT Group fleet members met in March to identify testing and R&D priorities for the coming year,” said Yves Provencher. “Each member lists issues they are facing and our engineers create a list of potential items to test. Members then vote to identify their top ten priorities. This year, fleet members voted to focus on tire fuel economy.”

During Energotest, tires from BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin will undergo a series of fuel economy tests using the most stringent protocols in the industry to measure tire performance.

The tire tests planned for Energotest will be based on TMC Type II and Type III Fuel Consumption Test Procedures. In the Type II test, each brand will be compared to each of the other brands using a control tire brand. For the Type III testing, each tire brand will be tested on several identical vehicles, by switching tires from one test vehicle to another between tests, to clearly identify their impact on the fuel consumption.

The newest fleet to join the growing member roster at PIT Group is Loblaw Inc., a leading food and pharmacy network of corporate and independently-operated stores across Canada. Loblaw joins PIT Group to take advantage of Energotest, innovative research results and networking opportunities. This brings the number of PIT Group fleet members to 46.

Additional testing topics identified by fleet members for evaluation in the future by the PIT Group include the:

  • fuel economy of trailer gap closing technologies and reefer fuel consumption
  • impact of advanced driver assist systems
  • reliability of tire inflation systems
  • comparison between drum and disc brakes.

PIT Group fleet members also identified important maintenance issues, including corrosion mitigation and DPF cleaning systems and the impact of predictive cruise control, a topic on which PIT Group will run an operational study.

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About PIT Group

PIT Group, a division of FPInnovations, is a neutral, third-party organization that focuses on testing technologies and evaluating operational effectiveness for member fleets. PIT Group’s four main areas of focus are: testing fuel efficiency of technologies using its Energotest, verifying that ELD solutions meet the US and/or Canadian requirements, assessing fleet operations for areas of improvements and research, testing and development of smart mobility solutions.  PIT Group’s Energotest is recognized in the trucking industry as the gold standard for fuel economy tests and is ISO 17025 certified. Fleets across North America rely on PIT Group’s insight and advice because of their operations and maintenance expertise. For more details, visit www.thepitgroup.com.