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New Report Explores Lightweighting
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.
Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.
SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires
By Jim Park
A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?
Artist’s rendering of what the StarShip fuel-econnomy vehicle may look like.
Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG
By Tom Berg
By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.
Change in Excise Tax Removes One LNG Stumbling Block
By Deborah Lockridge
The temporary highway funding bill passed this summer changed how liquified natural gas is taxed to make it more equitable to diesel fuel, and one LNG provider believes that will lead more fleets to consider using it as an alternative fuel.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery
By Rolf Lockwood
The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.

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Truck Fleets Support Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards
A high percentage of fleet operators recently surveyed by the California clean transportation consortium CALSTART generally support higher national fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, reported Natural Gas Intelligence.
Trailer Hybrid System Recovers Energy Lost During Braking
Two European startup companies have developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a hybrid system for road freight vehicles that attaches to a trailer and provides a boost to the vehicle.
TrailerTail panels fold out to reduce aerodynamic drag. Photo: ATDynamics
Court Injuncts Ridge Corp.’s Green Tail Aero-Device Business
By David Cullen
Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell of the United States District Court for the Central District of California on August 24 granted Stemco subsidiary ATDynamics’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction against Ridge Corporation’s Green Tail aerodynamic-device business.
Photo courtesy of Evergreen CNG Systems.
Public CNG Station Opens Near LAX
TIMCO CNG has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Inglewood, Calif., near Los Angeles International Airport, announced Evergreen CNG Systems, which commissioned the facility.
Photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.
Anheuser-Busch Converts St. Louis Fleet to CNG
Anheuser-Busch has replaced all 97 diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled tractors, the brewing company announced. By transitioning to CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year.
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Industry Leaders to Share Insight at Trucking Efficiency Workshop
The NACFE's Trucking Efficiency Workshop is a one-day event for fleets where industry leaders will share their insights on some of the best efficiency technologies.
American Natural Gas Building Ky. CNG Station
The American Natural Gas LLC (ANG) announced the construction of a public compressed natural gas station (CNG) in Georgetown, Ky., with Bestway Express serving as the station's anchor tenant.
Diesel Prices Drop as Oil Hits 6-Year Lows
Amidst some of the lowest crude oil prices since 2009, the average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued its more than 2-month streak of price drops.
Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors’ products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.
Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products
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.
When there'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's not needed. Photo by Jim Park.
Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two
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.

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AeroFlap Accommodates Wide-Base Tires Fleet Engineers has released the AF-19, a 19-inch wide version of the AeroFlap mud flap which is sized to accommodate wide-base tires.
Racor Fuel Cart Filters Diesel Fuel The Racor Division of Parker Hannifin’s CLEANDiesel Fuel Cart is designed for pre-filtration and transfer of diesel and biodiesel fuels.
DTech Adds Two Diesel Fuel Additives DTech’s DieselMax and DieselBoost fuel additives are designed to improve lubricity in diesel fuel for all makes and models of diesel trucks.
Worthington Introduces Lightweight Large Diameter CNG Cylinder Worthington Industries' lightweight, large diameter 26.2-inch compressed natural gas cylinder is designed to extend route length for refuse trucks.
Veriflo Dispenser Designed for Speed and Safety The XF70 Fast Fill Commercial and Fleet Dispenser from Parker Hannifin's Veriflo division is a compressed natural gas fueling dispenser for CNG fleets.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
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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