Fuel saving potential of 24% by 2025

Recent research shows that a 24% reduction in fuel consumption by 2025 is possible for tractors if well-known – but not yet widely commercialised – technologies are widely deployed in new trucks (this rises to 35% fuel saving by 2030). Furthermore, when wider fuel saving potential is analysed ICCT found that, compared to a typical 2015 European 40-tonne 4×2 tractor-trailer, maximum cost effective fuel saving technologies can achieve a 27% reduction in fuel consumption by 2025, and a higher 43% reduction by 2030. Efficiency improvements can be applied to technologies that are already commercially available, including engine turbo compounding, aerodynamic cabins, slow friction technologies, low rolling resistance tyres, trailer aerodynamic devices and other innovations

Mid-range savings over first five years of c. €45,000*

What’s more, all the extra costs would pay back well within the lifetime of the vehicle. Fuel efficiency improvements of 27% would result in savings of between €28,000 – €62,000 over the first five years, and  produce average lifetime fuel savings of €74,175 per tractor-trailer. Moreover, ICCT estimates show that the extra costs associated with these technologies would generally payback within a year.

These savings increase dramatically with the higher tractor-trailer efficiency improvements of roughly 43% by 2030, generating lifetime fuel savings of €65,850‑€167,550 per tractor‑trailer. Even for these advanced technology improvements, ICCT studies show the payback period is usually less than 1.9 years. Given that the first ownership lifespan of tractor-trailers is estimated to be 5 years, these technology improvements have the potential to simultaneously reduce climate-related emissions and save hauliers a considerable amount of money.

*This mid-range figure is based on 27% fuel savings as the ICCT study includes some trailer enhancements in this calculation.

Hauliers today could already save €5,700

Trucks could already be up to 18% more fuel efficient and save hauliers €5,700 a year by using technologies that are available now. But the market fails to deliver the more fuel efficient trucks our climate needs. Research shows that many cost-effective fuel saving technologies have been on the market for more than five years, but on average are only being deployed in around 15% of new trucks. This is because original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) usually only sell these technologies as expensive optional extras, leaving hauliers unable to meet the cost upfront.

Fuel economy standards will make OEMs deploy these technology improvements at competitive prices benefiting not only the environment, but also providing overall economic benefits and offering an attractive return on investment for fleet operators.

Calculate the fuel saving potential yourself!

(For a tractor-trailer by 2030)

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