May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department
By Tom Berg
You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.
Tags: Trailers, Heavy Haul, Lightweighting, Dropdeck Trailers
April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
By David Cullen
We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.
Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios
March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.
Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Engines, Lightweighting
September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department
Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.
Tags: Trailers, Payload, Lightweighting
August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager
The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
Tags: Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Materials, NACFE, Truck Weight, Lightweighting
April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department
By Jim Park
Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.
Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Lightweighting
January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about
delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.
Tags: Powertrain, Lightweighting, Torque, DOWNSPEED
August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
By Peter Carter, Today's Trucking
You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.
Tags: UPS, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweighting
July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
By Rolf Lockwood
Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.
Tags: Aluminum, Lightweighting
March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives
Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.
Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, Lightweighting
October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Lightweighting. You’ll hear this word a lot in the next few years. It refers to engineering efforts to slice weight from just about every single component on a truck or tractor in the name of fuel efficiency. And where better to start than with a truck’s backbone, its frame?
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