Renault plans 13pc cut in fuel consumption

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Renault has started work on an articulated truck project, named FALCON, designed to cut fuel consumption by 13 per cent.

Developments are focusing on the optimised aerodynamics of the truck and trailer combination, connected low rolling resistance tyres and predictive energy-saving driving aid and fuel management functions, together with an improved powertrain using a new-generation Rankine heat recovery system and optimised lubricant formulations.

The FALCON (Flexible & Aerodynamic Truck for Low CONsumption) project involves a consortium of partners comprising Faurecia, Michelin, Total, Fruehauf, Wezzoo, Benomad, Styl’Monde, Polyrim, Enogia, the IFPEN, the École centrale de Lyon and the IFSTTAR.

The project is due to end in 2020.

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