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September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Drivers Aim for Top Fuel Economy in Run on Less Roadshow

Photo: NACFE

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced the seven drivers participating in Run on Less, a fuel-economy roadshow set to kick off on Sept. 6.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

Run on Less participants will begin the contest by running normal routes and end with a drive to the new NACV Show in Atlanta this September. Photo: Ryder System

In September, a contingent of trucks from fleets around the country will hit the road to see if their special blend of vehicles, technology and drivers can log the highest fuel economy numbers in real-world operating conditions.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, NACV Show

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Downspeed

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, driver performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

Wyoming Speed Limits to Move Higher

80-mph speed limit sign in Utah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Wyoming will soon join an elite club of states with speed limits of 80 mph or greater -- but drivers shouldn't hit the accelerator just yet.

Tags: Drivers, Fuel Economy, Wyoming, Speed Limits, Interstate

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

6x2 Fuel Savings Average 2.5% in Track and Fleet Tests, NACFE Study Finds

The "tag-tandem" tests well and does even better in actual service, says the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. One negative: Drive-tire wear is worse than most people believe.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Axles, NACFE

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

SAE Fuel Economy Tests Reveal Aero Device Performance

Tests show trailers with side skirts consumed almost 7% less fuel than trailer without skirts

User-paid and impartial SAE Type II tests reveal the trailer side skirts tested are more effective at reducing fuel consumption than undercarriage aerodynamic devices.

Tags: PIT, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Fuel Savings

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, Eaton to Offer Integrated ‘Powertrain Package’

SmarTorque2 ISX15 mates with Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated mechanical transmission via special programming to “downspeed” cruising RPMs and yield high efficiency, the companies say.

Cummins Inc. and Eaton Corp. have devised a fuel-saving, integrated engine-transmission combination that will rival proprietary offerings from some truck builders.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Engines, TMC

March 8, 2013 - Industry News

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go green, including using telematics.

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward "going green." "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply during a session for NTEA's Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Tags: Green, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, Work Truck Show, Telematics

December 10, 2012 - Industry News

Obama Praises Detroit Investment as Daimler Announces American Production of Automated Transmission

President Barack Obama speaks to employees at the Detroit Diesel plant outside Detroit, where the new Detroit automated manual transmission will be built.

President Barack Obama visited Detroit Diesel Corp. in Redford, Mich., on Monday to recognize Daimler Trucks North America's decision to invest $120 million in facilities to build the new Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and the new Detroit DD15 proprietary asymmetric turbocharger in the United States

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Michigan, Transmissions, Barack Obama, Detroit DT12, Automated Manual Transmissions, Fuel Economy

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