Tuesday, March 6, 9:30AM–10:45AM
Matching a new truck chassis to the application requirements is critical. If you downsize too much for fuel efficiency, you risk an overloaded chassis. If you over-spec’ the chassis to reduce maintenance costs, you may end up with an overpriced unit with poor fuel economy. This session will help you get it “just right” by optimizing fuel efficiency, achieving full regulatory compliance and improving vehicle performance. Essential design issues will be addressed, including frame selection; axles and suspensions; vehicle performance and powertrain design considerations; accessory component selection; payload analysis; weight distribution; and completed vehicle certification. Other considerations such as the potential use of hybrids; alternative fuels (including electricity); and advanced fuel use reduction technologies will also be discussed.
Presented by: Robert J. Aquaro, Vice President, TARA Commercial Vehicle Consulting Services, Inc. (Lake Placid, FL)