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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 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Fuel Economy Increases 1% in Latest NACFE Study

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released its 2017 Annual Fleet Fuel Study, finding that overall fuel economy rose 1% in 2016, the ninth year in a row trucking fleets in the study have recorded an increase.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 14, 2017 - Product News

Downsped SmartAdvantage Powertrain Offers Improved Fuel Economy

Photo: Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies

The Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture has added a new downsped overdrive model to its range of Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage Powertrains.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Powertrains, Downspeeding

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE Updates 6x2 Confidence Report

Third generation 6x2 systems feature liftable pusher axles, which are said to improve ROI by allowing for axle-up light-weight operation. Photo by Jim Park

NACFE offers an updated 6x2 Confidence Raport that reflects the lessons learned over the past 14 years. It also address advancing technology and how such improvements make 6x2 a more viable consideration than previous generations of the technology.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fuel Economy, NACFE, 6x2 axle

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

Photo: Pit Group

Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Tires, PIT Group

March 24, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Model 579 Updates Aimed at Fuel Economy

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has made changes to the Model 579 Epiq package that it says deliver an 8% fuel economy improvement for the 2018 model year.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Economy, Model 579

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar&#39;s new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo, Mack, to Discontinue 16-liter Diesel Immediately

The 16.1-liter Volvo D16 and Mack MP10 diesel are going out of production for lack of customer demand. Image: Volvo Trucks

Volvo says a general trend toward 13-liter diesel engines is a key factor in discontinuing D16 production.

Tags: Volvo, Diesel Engines, Mack Trucks, Fuel Economy

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Prepares to Launch Fuel-Economy Spec'ed Day Cab T680

Kenworth now offers the fuel-efficient Kenworth T680 Advantage Day Cab for pickup and delivery and regional haul operators.

Kenworth will extend its T680 fuel economy Advantage package into vocational applications soon with the launch of two new, T680 Advantage Day Cab models,, but will cut production of the T660 by the end of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, California, Fuel Economy, Kenworth T680, Hybrid Trucks, Day Cabs

July 24, 2016 - Product News

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC&#39;s tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm&#39;s.

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Tags: Cummins, Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy, Cummins X15, Engines, Diesel Engines

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Find Test Data in Choosing Economy Options, Report Says

Fleet managers should understand the types of tests, and know how one was run and how it relates to their everyday operations.

Truck fleets should seek test data on fuel-saving products so they can intelligently decide what to use in their own operations, says Determining Efficiency, the latest “confidence report” from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, NACFE

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Image: Wabash National

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products

Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors&amp;rsquo; products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.

The future is bright for the fully automatic transmission in commercial vehicles, say executives at Allison Transmission, even as they’re saluting their company’s founder and honoring accomplishments in this, the company’s centennial year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Company Anniversaries, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, History, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 23, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two

When there&#39;s no work to do, an unladen axle is just fuel-sucking dead weight. Volvo gets it up and out of the way when it&#39;s not needed. Photo by Jim Park.

Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires and Wheels

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE: Low Rolling Resistance Tires a Worthwhile Investment

Photo by Jim Park

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has released its sixth fuel economy technology confidence report, this one covering the benefits of adopting low rolling resistance tires.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill

The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, U.S. Congress, GHG Phase 2

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA&amp;rsquo;s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Regulations, Trailers, Fuel Economy

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Technology Transformation

A far-out future truck project for the LA Auto Show

Two decades ago, Peterbilt was primarily known for its classic truck designs that appealed to owner-operators and small fleets. But as it showed reporters during its Technology Showcase at its plant in Denton, Texas, it has reinvented itself as a company on top of the latest technology and fuel economy.

Tags: Peterbilt, technology, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

April 22, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Offers Efficient Packages for Cascadia

The Freightliner Cascadia is available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage packages. Photo: Freightliner

The Freightliner Cascadia is now available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage Powertrain packages designed to enhance efficiency and performance.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Powertrains, Fuel Economy, Mid-America Trucking Show

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

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: David Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem Axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

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