Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rutges Cargo Participates in Test Program To Reduce Road Freight Emissions

Will Trial New Technologies and Theories
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NETHERLANDS - Rutges Cargo, part of the Wallenborn Group, is to participate in the 'Truck of the Future' demonstration program being carried out by the TNO independent research body in cooperation with the Netherlands' Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

The aim of the project is to identify which of the host of ideas and products on the market that make claims to possible fuel savings for the freight transportation sector actually work, with particular focus on systems that lower resistance, stimulate fuel management and support drivers to drive in an economical way.

TNO’s Project Manager Willar Vonk explained that: ‘There are several systems that can improve a truck's fuel consumption. Some of these are still experimental, but various other systems are already on the market. The sector is still a bit hesitant to invest in these systems however.’

TNO’s Senior Consultant Ruud Verbeek agreed, saying that: ‘It is unclear which system leads to what reduction. Sound research on this issue is lacking until now.’

Rutges contribution to the program is to make available their vehicles for use with various products in order to test their effectiveness. Once the test program is concluded the findings of the research will be made available to the transport industry in the Netherlands.

Martin Gussinklo, Managing Director of Rutges Cargo: "We consider the sustainable and accountable transport of goods to be an important responsibility. Our participation in the program endorses this principle and will explore how an aerodynamic side fence fitted to our trailer decreases air resistance.

"In addition to this involvement, Rutges Cargo has initiated an investment in innovative technology to achieve lower resistance, for example via the implementation of 'spraydown' mudguards that lower air resistance. We will also install a system to monitor tire pressure in order to achieve a lower rolling resistance. These initiatives will reduce our fuel usage and CO2 emissions and are in line with our ambition to achieve greater efficiency and to improve our carbon footprint."