Fuel economy test for Better Diesel™ FBC (Fuel Borne Catalyst)
We have results from a controlled single engine test and are pleased to share the good news…here are the results:
•2% reduced fuel consumption at 1400 rpm and 30% load
•14% reduced fuel consumption at 1400 rpm and 60% load
This engine is a 2016 Cummins ISX CM2350 rated at 550 hp mounted in a Kenworth W900 “SuperCab”. The engine had 272,476 miles on the odometer when the fuel treatment period began in April. The test concluded at the end of July with an odometer reading of 308,218 miles. The ECM program was “stock” as received from the engine dealer.
The engine testing was done using a Taylor rolling dynamometer at fixed rpm and load. The stack exhaust emissions were sampled and analyzed using a PEMS (Portable Emissions Measurement System) manufactured by Sensors Inc using 40 CFR Part 1065 compliant methods for certifying engine fuel consumption. This EPA method for measuring fuel consumption eliminates any influence of extrinsic variables such as wind and rolling resistance, driving style, and terrain.
The DPF regeneration performance was nothing short of outstanding with only 6 completed regenerations logged by the ECM over a period of 30,460 miles. The fuel consumed per regeneration was 1.5 gallons. The calculated regeneration interval was 5077 miles. These results were obtained with the combination of the Better Diesel™ FBC fuel treatment and the soot cyclone filter, “Dorothy” as manufactured by Pittsburgh Power. Approximately one (1) ounce of soot was found accumulated in “the Dorothy” after each of two (2) oil changes at intervals of ~15,000 miles. The engine oil analysis reports were normal.
As is typical with the use of Better Diesel™ FBC the driver noted smoother, quieter engine operation and better pulling power. The manually logged baseline MPG was 5.2. The driver noted that the MPG gradually increased over the first month of the evaluation period. The driver-logged MPG from beginning to end of the 3-month test period was 5.85 MPG. This represents an increase of 13% which included the initial clean-up and conditioning time. The driver-logged MPG for the last 2 months of the test period was 5.94, an increase of 14%. These results are consistent with the rolling dynamometer results obtained under stringently controlled engine operating conditions of rpm and load.
Better Diesel™ FBC is registered on the US EPA list of approved fuels and fuel additives under CFR 40 Part 79.