Fowler Welch 5% fuel gain with low rolling resistance tyres

Millbrook, Bedford, UK: Fowler Welch joined forces with Continental tyres subsidiary Bandvulc to conduct trials of low rolling resistance tyres at Millbrook vehicle test ground.

Fowler Welch currently fits Continental tyres to the steer axles of its vehicles, paired with Bandvulc tyres on the drive and trailer axles. All tyres in the fleet are managed by the Galahad platform as part of Conti 360° Fleet Services.

The purpose of the tests was to gather quantitative data on miles per gallon (MPG) for various tyre setups, while demonstrating the benefits of tyre pressure monitoring systems.

Two DAF 6×2 tractor units were used to conduct the tyre trials, which were divided into five rounds. Accuracy of the tests was critical, so all variables were closed to obtain the precise MPG figures.

The trucks were driven simultaneously to eliminate any variance in weather conditions. Forming an extremely comprehensive and analytical process, the entire testing sequence was expertly calibrated, and both cost and CO2 reductions were evaluated.

One truck acted as the control vehicle, with the same tyres fitted for all five rounds. The other became the test vehicle and was fitted with different tyre combinations. The fifth round saw both vehicles tyres’ deflated to 20% below the recommended level to measure the difference in recorded mpg.
After the data was analysed, the results showed that the combination of Continental and Bandvulc low rolling resistance tyres led to an increase in fuel efficiency of over 5%.When the tyre pressure was dropped for the final test, the trucks suffered a 2% loss in mpg.

Maurizio Romano, head of fleet strategy at Fowler Welch, says: “We were extremely impressed by the vast difference that low rolling resistance tyres offer.

“The figures speak for themselves and offer real food for thought as we look to adapt our tyre policy.

“Miles per gallon figures are critical to operational costs and we are determined to get the most out of every drop of fuel. Not only does it result in undeniable cost savings, but also significant reductions in CO2 emissions.”

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