Study shows reduction in fuel consumption when combining Eco Flaps, IMI EQUAL FLEXX and RealWheels wheel covers
Eco Flaps, the rapidly growing maker of ecologically sound splash guards that are changing fleet performance throughout the trucking industry, is proud to announce its partnership with RealWheels Corporation (RWC) and IMI. RWC’s wheel covers, IMI’s adaptive internal wheel-end balancer EQUAL FLEXX and Eco Flaps can now be purchased or specified together to optimize tractor fuel consumption. For trucks traveling 2000 or more miles per week, the combined fuel savings from this MPG SMART PACK is estimated at 7-8 gallons of diesel per week.
“Eco Flaps have proven to reduce fuel consumption, which maximizes savings and minimizes impact on the environment,” said Bren Marshell, VP Sales of Eco Flaps. “Now, fleets can expect to see even more of these benefits by using Eco Flaps, RWC’s wheel covers and IMI’s FLEXX together.”
RWC, Eco Flaps and IMI commissioned Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in the fall of 2017 to conduct a road-based J1321 test on Class 8 equipment. The test focused on quantifying the fuel consumption impact when RWC’s wheel covers were used in conjunction with Eco Flaps and IMI FLEXX in all wheel positions at highway speeds. SwRI found that when all three solutions were added to the test tractor and trailer, fuel consumption at 62 miles per hour improved by over 5%.
In addition to fuel savings, the 3-product combination reduces vibration, spray and corrosion. The adaptive wheel-end balancer also extends tread life on all tractor tires by up to 20 percent or more. The combined savings from fuel and tire life extension with the MPG SMART PACK total at least $6,000 over a 4-year lease or owner cycle on the tractor. Since the MPG SMART PACK can be purchased and installed for less than the fuel cost to operate a truck for 3-4 days, utilizing these products together have great ROI with no ongoing maintenance required.
Fleets will be able to purchase Eco Flaps, RWC wheel covers and IMI’s FLEXX as the MPG SMART PACK from major truck OEMs and their dealer networks. Eco Flaps are backed by a 2-year warranty for Class 8 tractor applications. IMI’s FLEXX is warranted for the life of the tractor tires, and RWC’s Twist & Lock wheel covers are warranted for the first ownership or lease term of the truck. For more information about these products, visit www.ecoflaps.com, www.realwheels.com and www.imiproducts.com.
Eco Flaps provide fleets with fuel savings, increased durability for enhanced performance, increased safety and guaranteed quality with their unique, functional design. Their molded shape and sturdy construction provide greater efficiency and durability against weather elements and extreme temperatures. They are the only splash guards that are SmartWay verified and are the best environmentally-conscious and economical option for mud flaps. Their easy-to-install, design comes in two different widths and several lengths to get a custom fit that meets all DOT requirements. There are currently more than 200,000 tractors and trailers in North America utilizing Eco Flaps to improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel costs. Shell’s Starship which was featured at TMC’s 2018 Annual Meeting is equipped with Eco Flaps. For more information about Eco Flaps, visit www.ecoflaps.com.
About RealWheels Corporation
In business since 1981, Chicago-based RealWheels Corporation was the first in the industry to offer aerodynamic wheel covers. RealWheels Twist & Lock Aero Wheel Covers offer fuel savings for fleets of all sizes. Requiring no tools to install or remove, the covers are available in mirror stainless steel, clear polycarbonate, black ABS, and wheel covers that feature clear-polycarbonate viewing windows. The easy removal and viewing windows save drivers and mechanics valuable time, equating in additional savings. The choice of material and viewing windows along with the only Aero Cover with an optional lock gives fleets choices for appearance, function and pricing. Navistar’s Super Truck sports RWC’s tractor wheel covers for better performance. For more information about RealWheels, visit www.realwheels.com.
Based in Chambersburg, Pa., IMI was founded in 1973. IMI has since led the way in developing innovative truck tire, wheel, and fuel-preserving solutions for the commercial trucking industry. With over 300 years of combined industry experience, IMI’s success has come from understanding the challenges facing commercial trucking fleets and creating exceptional products that deliver cost savings, reduce operating costs, and improve safety on the road. By understanding that fuel consumption and tire life are two of the greatest challenges fleets face, IMI focused on innovation and created the category of internal wheel-end balancing. The solution: EQUAL FLEXX. As the industry’s premier internal wheel-end balancer, FLEXX delivers increased fuel economy, more even tire wear, and longer tire life by reducing rolling resistance and allowing fleets to get the most miles from every tire. The aforementioned Shell Starship is equipped with IMI’s FLEXX. For more information on IMI FLEXX, visit www.imiproducts.com.