Israel helps US truckers save fuel

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli researchers have developed a device that will help the US trucking industry save some $400 million per year in fuel costs.

Called an actuator, Israel National News reported that the device combines suction and pulsed blowing of air to significantly reduce drag, and therefore fuel consumption in the large trucks that travel America's thousands of miles of highway.

Tel Aviv University Professor Avraham Seifert and his colleagues expect their invention to increase the trucking industry's fuel economy by up to 10 percent.

That will come as welcome news to the trucking industry in the US, where fuel costs continue to rise.

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