According to a new study, vans consume 20% more fuel when they are three quarters full than when empty.

An experiment by van leasing company Arval tested a popular short wheelbase panel van over the same 49.1mile course, in the same weather conditions, but different loads. The run was done at 0%, 25%, 50% and 75% of the van’s maximum capacity and the fuel consumption was recorded.

The van’s fuel consumption was recorded as follows:

Empty - 35.7mpg

25% payload - 33.7mpg

50% payload - 30.7mpg

75% payload - 28.1mpg

This study shows the importance of only carrying the loads needed for any given journey. The more you carry, the more fuel you will use and therefore, more money you will spend.

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