Fuel Daddy - Fuel Maximer Users?

 

Fuel Daddy - Fuel Maximer Users?

Has anyone heard about or are using the Fuel Daddy - "Green Fuel Maximer" product. Company claims that 5-10% fuel savings are achievable. I was just curious if anyone has had any hands-on experience with this product.

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First I'm hearing of this product. We did try a product called FuelFX several years ago that claimed to change the molecular structure of the fuel to improve fuel economy. We did see an improvement for a short period but returned to the normal MPG. Initially I think it cleaned the fuel system and improved the MPG rating.

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What do they charge for this miraculous product??? Frankly i'm skeptical of anything that claims to alter molecular structure.....

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I honestly do not know the cost yet. It depends on the size of the vehicle fuel tank. For example, for one of our Road Tractors which have 150 gallon tanks, we would apparently need two units. Based on all of the ROI information I saw, they can not be extremely expensive because the payback periods per vehicle has been expressed in months (not years).

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I would suggest going to Popular Mechanics website where they have done testing on a wide variety of "fuel enhancement" devices and explore the scientific basis of the claims, the relationship of those claims to actual physics and the results of their dyno testing of a vehicle with the devices installed.

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One other thing... I have seen anecdotal evidence that many of these fuel savers do show a temporary improvement but that is generally explained by the fact that the driver has become aware of the testing and is paying more attention to fuel economy (placebo effect?). Once the novelty wears off, MPG returns to form. Double blind or dynamometer testing would be more accurate and often shows a degradation in fuel economy.

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When I get calls like this, my challenge to the caller is: submit your product to the EPA's Aftermarket Retrofit Device Evaluation Program (also known as the "511 Program"), then send me EPA's report. That usually ends the conversation.

Note: this EPA program applies only to passenger cars and light trucks, and is intended to help private consumers evaluate product claims. While it might not meet all your (fleet) needs, it is a place to start.

You might also check EPA's list of registered additives. "Registered" does not mean it works, only that the manufacturer has told EPA what is in it, and EPA has determined those ingredients are not likely to cause the vehicle's emissions to be worse than without it. No testing -- not even any verification that the ingredient list is accurate -- and, emphatically, no endorsement of the product. And, BTW, you risk fines if you use an additive that is not registered.

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http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/reports.htm
This website is pretty good about listing the test results of these types of products. Like most of you I receive about 2 or 3 phone calls a month from sales people promising "unbelievable" results. I go by - if it sounds too good to be true...........

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Another Fleet Manager and I met with a rep of this product several months ago. The item looked like a refrigerator magnet that was attached adhesively to the fuel tank. Allegedly the "magic crystals" inside the packet did something that resulted in fuel savings. I recall the buzz word being frequencies, and something about flattening out the molecules or something like that. For large trucks you needed the "main packet" and a booster packet and the price per vehicle was breath taking. When asked for a list of customers currently using the product that we could speak with we were told that was not allowed due to privacy considerations. You can formulate your own conclusions folks.....I know I did....