Robust Grille Guard Demonstrates Low Fuel Economy Loss

December 5, 2023

Ex-Guard XG-150G2 has minimal impact on fuel use in MVT Solutions test.


December 5, 2023 (Las Cruces, NM) – MVT Solutions (MVTS), a provider of breakthrough fuel economy testing and design and development services for the trucking industry, today announced that the XG-150G2 grille guards had only a minimal impact of fuel economy, only -0.58 gal/1000 miles (-0.56%).

“MVTS’ research clearly validates the economic benefits of protecting a fleet with an Ex-Guard XG-150G2 are minimally impacted by fuel consumption,” says Ex-Guard General Manager, Ryan Holt. 

Holt notes, “Ex-Guard has a long and successful history of protecting fleets from the expense of downtime due to front end impacts. Our customers report that their typical costs per day run from $1,200 to $2,000 or more a day, while FMCSA data shows front end crashes typically cost $15,000 or more in damage. Ex-Guard continues to be one of their most affordable measures to protect fleet operating ratios day in and day out – with no downtime.”

The MVTS tests were conducted on an International LT sleeper tractor with a Cummins X15 15-liter engine and 53-ft. dry van loaded to 46,000 lbs. Two vehicles ran simultaneously at 65 mph on a 9-mile circle track near Pecos, Texas.

“The XG-150G2 showed it only had a small impact on fuel economy,” says Daryl Bear, lead engineer and chief operating officer of MVT Solutions. “Using the XG-150G2 will result in an additional fuel expense of only about $364 a year, which needs to be weighed against the cost of repairing a damaged front end. Having only a minor effect on fuel economy, the Ex-Guard grille guards should provide fleets confidence to pursue the products based on operational costs as opposed to fuel economy losses.”

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