U.S. Xpress and PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, will conduct the trucking giant’s in-service fuel test at the carrier’s facility in Tunnel Hill, Ga. next month.
Suppliers are currently being invited to participate in the evaluations, which will take place from Nov. 7-14.
Marc Bolduc, PIT Group business development director, says his company will conduct real world test findings to test track data by a group of certified unbiased engineers.
For the U.S. Xpress evaluations, PIT Group will use a 60-mile test course on highways and local roads and to represent typical fleet operations, U.S. Xpress fleet and other test vehicles will pull trailers with loads of equal weight.
An in-cab observer provided by PIT Group will accompany U.S. Xpress drivers operating the test vehicles. U.S. Xpress will also provide fuel, technicians and maintenance facilities for the event, including a mobile service truck if required.
PIT Group In-Service Fuel Testing utilizes TMC Fuel Consumption Test Procedure – Type III (RP 1103A). The industry standard test compares the fuel consumption of one component of a combination vehicle to the same component in another combination vehicle. PIT Group uses an ISO- 17025 certified process conducted by engineers dedicated solely to providing accurate and unbiased test results on fuel saving technologies.