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Buying fuel-efficient tires? Better make sure they're at the optimum inflation. (File photo: Goodyear)
Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation
By Jim Park
We sat down with tire-industry expert Al Cohn to gain some insight into fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.
In this Eco-Drive challenge program, you can see the driver accelerating gradually while the non-fuel-saving-truck on the left has raced ahead to the next light. Look at the red arrow below the truck graphic on the left that indicates the energy being wasted in hard braking.
How Simulators Can Help Save Fuel
By Deborah Lockridge
From the November Issue of HDT - Driving simulators aren't just for new drivers or safety training, they can be used to teach drivers how to improve fuel economy by breaking bad habits.
Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014
By Deborah Lockridge
HDT honors the industry leaders in sustainability, which show the path to being green is different for every fleet.
UPS Sets Aggressive Emissions-Reduction Goals
By Staff
Reaching its emissions-reduction goals of 10 percent three years early, the parcel delivery fleet has upped its goals to achieve a 20-percent reduction by 2020.
I-Shift's selector does a lot of things, but it won't prompt an upshift to 12th when its controls know that the rig is heavily loaded. Photo:Tom Berg
Direct/Overdrive Adds Efficiency to Bulk-Hauling Volvos
By Tom Berg
Bulk hauling rigs that consistently go out loaded and return home empty constitute the best application for the new feature.
The Importance Of Keeping DEF Pure
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Poor quality DEF can cause problems in the injection system that introduces the DEF into the exhaust. It can also cause premature failure of the catalyst.

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Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30 Designed for Fuel Economy Chevron’s new heavy-duty motor oil, Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30, was designed to improve fuel economy in heavy-duty diesel trucks in both on- and off-highway applications.
Agility Adds Lighter, Higher Capacity CNG System Agility Fuel Systems launched an improved high capacity behind-the-cab compressed natural gas fuel system. The new system holds 160 diesel gallon equivalents – up from 155 DGE - and weighs 500 pounds less than the previous model.
Toyo Drive Tire is SmartWay Verified Toyo Tire U.S.A. released the Toyo M650, a commercial drive tire that is SmartWay verified. The tire is designed for regional haul service and higher-torque operating conditions.
Meritor Fuel-Efficient Axle to be Used for 6x2 Configurations Meritor's 17X EVO axle for linehaul applications, originally designed for 4x2 applications in Europe, will be introduced in North America for the 6x2 segment.
Pro-Vend 2000 is a High-Tech Propane Dispenser The Pro-Vend 2000 propane autogas fuel dispenser features a secure, web-based fuel management system for creating customizable fuel reports. Made by Superior Energy Systems, the dispenser is designed to make tracking fuel usage and costs easier for fleets.

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I-Shift's selector does a lot of things, but it won't prompt an upshift to 12th when its controls know that the rig is heavily loaded. Photo:Tom Berg Direct/Overdrive Adds Efficiency to Bulk-Hauling Volvos
Bulk hauling rigs that consistently go out loaded and return home empty constitute the best application for the new feature.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
An Intro to Hybrid Navigation
What is Hybrid Navigation? Virtually all commercial navigation solutions available today rely on just the computing power of the on-board device alone to make directional decisions. Hybrid Navigation takes a completely different approach and philosophy to navigating the worldwide road network.
Purity in DEF Delivery
With the introduction of the latest Environmental Protection Agency emissions levels limits in 2010, diesel engine manufacturers turned to a new technology to clean up nitrogen oxides in the exhaust stream called selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
The Impact of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap and Trade Programs on California Retail Diesel Prices
A report done for the California Trucking Association examines the effects of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap and Trade program.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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