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Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is about the whole spec, from the powertrain to the tires, from the sloped hood and roof fairing to the gap between the tractor and the trailer. Leave no stone unturned.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What's in it for me? That's what drivers want to know when you try to get them to save fuel. There are few stronger motivators than a good return on an investment. Building driver buy-in to your fuel economy program requires enough incentiv

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February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Funding Your Idle Habits: A Quick Guide to Idle Reduction Equipment Funding

By Josh Lupu, Marketing Manager, Webasto Product North America

If you drive a truck or maintain a fleet, chances are you've heard talk about other companies getting emissions reduction equipment at a reduced rate, or even free with government funding

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February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EPA's SmartWay Looks for a Smarter Way

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

In this era of complaining about heavy-handed government, here's one federal program that gets cheers all around

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Peek at How Engine Makers Might Hit New Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Apart from teh fuel economy regs, the Department of Energy is funding research at Navistar and other companies to develop a Class 8

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Barely had the trucking industry heaved a collective sigh of relief at putting EPA 2010 behind us when in May of 2010, from the Rose Garden at the White House, came a Presidential Memorandum targeting greenhouse gas emission

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December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: More Efficient Drayage, One Match at a Time

Saving fuel doesn't always mean higher mpg. Sometimes it's about being more organized and having the patience to identify inefficiencies. Evans Network of Companies is doing exactly that with its Eco-Match program, which aligns imports and exports for more efficient transportation.

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flawed Economy Rules: Fuel Efficiency

Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By all means, let's improve fuel economy in our trucks as well as in our cars

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Private Fleets Find Fuel Savings in Changing Driver Behavior

You can teach old dogs new tricks (Photo: Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

With the federal government's new regulations setting fuel economy goals for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, there's been a lot of attention paid to current technologie

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Optimization Software Can Reduce Gallons Burned, and Increase Money Saved

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

All trucking management software helps fleets reduce fuel use, because such systems are designed to reduce unpaid or out-of-route miles. An efficient fleet wastes less fuel

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

There are Many Anti-Idle Systems: Which One is Right for Your Fleet?

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Among the obvious principles of successful trucking is the idea that those trucks of yours aren't earning a penny if they're not moving while there's freight onboard. Simple enough logic

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Fleets Test Fuel Efficiency Products

Mesilla Valley Transportation successfully tested TrailerTails aero devices.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Fuel is gold," says Jimmy Ray, fleet manager at Mesilla Valley Transportation in Las Cruces, N.M. He's out to save a lot of it with innovative components that have proven themselves in testing and everyday operations

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Price Follies: Why Fuel and Oil Prices Are Up, and Where They're Headed

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Soaring diesel prices in the first quarter of this year fueled fears of a dampened economic recovery, and prompted flashbacks to 2008's record high oil prices. However, the worst may be over - for now

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Obama Administration Announces First Fuel Economy Standards for Medium and Heavy Trucks

By Truckinginfo Staff

President Obama today announced first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, saying the new rules will save American businesses who operate and own these commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program

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June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Dozen Ways to Drive MPG

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Years ago I won a fuel-economy competition driving 150 easy miles or so along a major highway. And I beat a bunch of pros in the process

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AAA Cooper Turns to Low- and High-Tech Fuel Economy Strategies

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

AAA Cooper puts a high premium on fuel saving technologies, so is experimenting with a range of fuel saving devices, from side skirts on trailers to aftermarket computer devices, says Terry Clouser, director of maintenance

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cardinal Logistics Looks Under Every Rock for Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

"Managing fuel is really a proxy for how well you manage your overall business," said Vin McLoughlin, chairman of Cardinal Logistics. "But it's not that easy.

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

C.R. England Employs Bag of Tricks to Improve Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

"Fuel economy is one of our top priorities," says Chad England, president of C.R. England

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April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Economy Key Theme at Mid-America Show

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

While there weren't many big new product announcements at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show last week in Louisville, Ky., there was one theme that rang loud and clear through nearly every product introduction and enhancement announced: improved fuel economy, and as part of that, lighter weight

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March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gordon Trucking Adds 2,000 Freight Wing Aeroflex Side Skirts

Gordon Trucking is set to begin installing 2,000 additional side skirt sets on its trailers that will join the 2,200 plus trailers already using the skirts in the GTI fleet

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Early Reaction to Fuel Economy Proposal Generally Positive

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

At first read, a new proposal to establish national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions appears to offer a workable approach for the trucking industry, said Glen Kedzie, vice president and environmental counsel for the American Trucking Associations

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: For Schneider National, Fuel Efficiency's Old Hat

Schneider says its efforts over the years have led to fuel savings of almost 49 million gallons a year.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Schneider National has been tending its fuel economy garden for more than 30 years and has long since picked the fruit within easy reach

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Huttig Building Products Is Seeing Green

Huttig monitors drivers' mpg, idling and rpm using the PacTrac telematics system, available on the Peterbilt trucks it leases. (Photo by Huttig)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

"Go Green" is a program Huttig Building Products uses to motivate its drivers to improve performance and increase fuel efficiency

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: The Fuel Efficiency Czar

At NFI, fuel efficiency is a company-wide effort; everyone pitches in.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

New Jersey-based NFI Industries has improved its year-over-year fuel efficiency by 3.5 percent. From 2008 to 2009, its drivers slashed idle time by almost 44 percent

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: Walmart's Efficiency Goals

Since 2005, Walmart has managed to improve fleet efficiency by 60 percent.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In 2005, Walmart set a goal of doubling the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet to 13 mpg by 2015, according to widely published reports. By 2008, Walmart got its mpg up to 7.1 from 5.9 in 2005

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SuperTruck Program Aims to Improve Economy by 50 Percent

In 1981, the radical aerodynamics of Fruehauf's FEV (fuel-efficient van) 2000 got 7.4 mpg -- 72 percent better than a baseline tractor-trailer.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Department of Energy is backing development of clean-burning, more fuel-efficient vehicles with cold cash, including $115 million for the Super Truck program. Announced earlier this year, the program is awarding grants to three teams, headed by Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar International and Cummins

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

Spec'ing for fuel economy used to be just good business. Soon, it'll be required.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Defining fuel economy for heavy trucks is like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The scope of your imagination would be the only constraint to the possibilities

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waterless Coolant Shows Savings and Economy Payback

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor, and Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Evans Coolants says its unique waterless engine coolant has shown fuel savings of 3 percent to 7 percent in fleet testing

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Win-Win on MPG

By Editorial Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The folks in Washington should take a page from last month's Obama administration announcement that two federal agencies would be working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

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April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Werner Takes Fuel Efficiency Message to Employees on Earth Day

The goal of Werner's Earth Day event was to educate employees on the company's green initiatives, in hopes of getting people involved. (Photo courtesy of Werner Enterprises)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

On Earth Day last Thursday, 600 employees of Werner Enterprises lined up outside its Omaha, Neb., headquarters to get educated on the company's sustainability initiatives and strategies

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April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Greenhouse Gas Management for Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

For years, Frito-Lay used 24-foot Class 6 straight trucks for urban grocery store deliveries. It recently found they could use a 20-foot Class 5 straight truck to do the same job, with a fuel savings of roughly 10 percent.

Medium-duty trucks, identified as Classes 3-6, are the workhorses of the American economy

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gasoline-Diesel Cocktail: A Potent Recipe for Cleaner, More Efficient Engines

Rolf Reitz, center, and his team of graduate students in the engine research group.

By Brian Mattmiller, University of Wisconsin

Diesel and gasoline fuel sources both bring unique assets and liabilities to powering internal combustion engines

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

U.S. DOE Shells Out $115 Million to Build 'Super Truck'

The funding for Class 8 projects will go toward the development of such technologies as aerodynamics. Here, DTNA tests aerodynamics at its Wind Tunnel in Portland, Ore. (Photo by DTNA)

A new initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy includes $115 million in funding to develop a Class 8 "Super Truck," aimed at achieving a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS' Eaton Delivery Hybrids Get Nod From the Feds For Fuel Economy

(Photo courtesy of UPS)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

A year-long evaluation of the hybrid-electric step delivery vans used by UPS yielded about a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy, which averaged about 13 miles per gallo

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Auburn University Test Track Offers Fuel Economy Testing Opportunities

Auburn University has developed a conceptual heavy truck fuel economy rating system at its pavement-testing facility.

The trucking industry needs a rational methodology for determining expected fuel economy for new tractors, says representatives for The Labs at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Viscosity and Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

For 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy expects diesel prices to average nearly $3 a gallon. As diesel prices head back up, it may be time to look at the possibility of switching to a more fuel-efficient engine oil

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Idle Reduction: What's Right for Your Fleet?

Fewer long-haul drivers idle to keep cool at night, but there's room for improvement.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

More than half of all the states in the Union plus the District of Columbia now enforce idling restrictions at either the state, county or municipal leve

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Truck, Smart Business: Former SmartWay Head Launches Aerodynamic Venture

Photo courtesy of Navistar

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

There have been many contributions to the improvement of truck and trailer aerodynamics - and therefore fuel efficiency - over the last few years, both from truck manufacturers and from add-on device

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Green Public Face of Private Fleets

Kraft recently bought a first-of-its-kind International Durastar hybrid delivery truck with cold-plate refrigeration technology.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Private fleets often have an extra incentive to be "green." Those trucks on the road may be the most publicly visible element of a parent company's "green" strategy, sending out a message to the public that the company is concerned about the environment.

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Research Shows Oil Viscosity Affects Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

You could save as much as 1 percent on your fuel economy simply by switching from a 15W-40 engine oil to a 10W-30 engine oil, according to new research from Chevron Oronite

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Fuel Economy Regulation on the Horizon

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Well-managed fleets focus on fuel efficiency the way a surgeon focuses on the tip of his scalpel. It is, after all, a life-and-death issu

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Fight Against Global Warming: What's at Stake For Trucking in Cap-and-Trade

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The effort to create a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions is generating more questions than answers right now, including whether or not Congress will be able to actually pass a bill

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Stay Cool While Saving Fuel

Delphi offers useful tips to help drivers enhance fuel economy during A/C use The use of any commercial vehicle's air conditioning system increases the load on a vehicle's engine, which in turn consumes fue

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AMTs Can Improve Fuel Efficiency, Study Finds

Automated Manual Transmissions can improve fuel efficiency by up to 22 percent over conventional automatic transmission

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Economy Considerations: Research on side skirts and more

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Canadian researchers and fleet managers have run another series of test runs on fuel economy improvement products, and some of the results have verified what was learned at an event the year before

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under Pressure: Fuel Filtration

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A perennial topic at any meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council of ATA is fuel filter plugging

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Specs for Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Fuel Economy: Playing by the Numbers

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing considerations for tires run the gamut from application to serviceability, and from life cycle costs to anticipated fuel savings. No two fleets will have exactly the same considerations, but at year-end, fuel costs will factor into most spec'ing decisions

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