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May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

One of the new testing methods allowed for EPA SmartWay verification is wind tunnel testing. Here a scale model is prepped carefully before the test; small irregularities can make a big difference in the outcome.

By Jim Park

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

Tags: SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Test Drive, Aerodynamics

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Automated Revolution is Real

Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.

By Jim Park

After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bob Sliwa’s 3rd Aero Project Has Shell’s Backing

By Tom Berg

The StarShip tractor-trailer will get mpg that's "better than anyone else," but the former owner-operator, whose work with aerodynamics goes back to the 80s, is not announcing a target number.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Shell Lubricants, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving on Kilowatts

The diesel and original manual transmission are replaced by a Power Control and Accessory Subsystem and a pair of inverter-charger units. They convert 220-volt AC power during charging to 360 volts DC for storage in the batteries, and back to AC to power two electric motors (green in the illustration) that run through an Eaton UltraShift 10-speed automated transmission. Motors use as much as 150 kilowatts to make up to 400 peak hp and 880 lb-ft.

By Tom Berg

From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.

Tags: California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Waste Heat Recovery

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

Waste heat recovery systems are being developed by engine makers but are they the worth the compromises they bring in the name of more efficiency?

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, GHG

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab.

By Tom Berg

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

Tags: Green Fleets, Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: One Test or Two?

Testing the engine as a component rather than separate from a vehicle could be a better solution for meeting strict emissions standards. Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

Allowing a manufacturer to focus on improving an entire vehicle - instead of just the engine - could reduce operating costs while still meeting efficiency standards.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Daimler Trucks North America

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Apples and Oranges

Adjusting to Phase 1 of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations may have eased the coming transition into Phase 2. Photo via Freightliner

By Rolf Lockwood

Adjusting to Phase 1 of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations may have eased the coming transition into Phase 2. Part 3 of a webXclusive series.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Changing the Focus

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Rolf Lockwood

A great deal of controversy already surrounds this next phase of the fuel economy and GHG reduction effort, as President Obama demanded in February of last year.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Where We've Been

EPA 2010 emissions standards created exhaust gases so clean they no longer blacken the stacks. Photo: Jim Park

By Rolf Lockwood

An in-depth look at the emissions regimes that we have now and will see in the future. Part one of a WebXclusive series.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Will We See DME-Powered Trucks?

Martin Energy truck powered by DME in pilot program.

By Deborah Lockridge

Although interest in alternative fuels has cooled down a bit as diesel prices have dropped, supporters of dimethyl ether, or DME, still believe the alternative fuel has a bright future.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show, DME, Alternative Fuels

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Extend Tire Life and Improve Fuel Economy

Speed is a tire and fuel-economy killer. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fuel efficiency and tread mileage go hand in hand. Here's one of those rare opportunities to whack two birds with one stone. By following these five easy steps, you can improve your tread life as well as your fuel economy.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, Alignment, ATIS, Tire Inflation, Tires, Fuel Economy

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

By Tom Berg

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

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Optimizing Engines To Improve Fuel Efficiency

Technicians can set various engine parameters with a laptop or a specialized reader, often dedicated to a particular engine maker. Generic tools are available as well. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The engine is an often underused fuel-saving device. Optimizing the engine parameters of new trucks could improve fuel efficiency by 5 to 8%.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fuel Efficiency, Engines, NACFE

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood

By Jim Park

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Test Drive, SmartWay

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Good News Coming?

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

For the first time in recorded history, the EPA and NHTSA are sort of your friends.

Tags: Emissions, Legislation, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC Survey Reveals Misinformed View of Fuel-Efficient Tires

By Jim Park

Do the fuel savings of low-rolling-resistance tires outweigh the assumed shorter miles-to-removal? A TMC survey found a disturbing lack of knowledge among members about their own fleet operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Technology & Maintenance Council, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Meritor's Chris Villavarayan

Chris Villavarayan. Photo courtesy Meritor.

By Deborah Lockridge

Chris Villavarayan tells HDT about his first year as president of Meritor Americas, Meritor's latest axle and tire inflation news, the global business and more.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Global, Technology & Maintenance Council, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Touting CNG in the Texas Triangle

Love’s first began providing CNG to heavy-duty drivers in 2012, and has continued to expand its network throughout the U.S., including adding stations in eastern Texas. Photo via Love's

By Stephane Babcock

In eastern Texas, natural gas has seen successes within the highly traveled corridor linking three huge metro areas.

Tags: Texas, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, Kenworth T680

January 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Arrives for Medium-Duty Trucks

The Celerity system is built on low-pressure, non-humidified stack technology. Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.

By Adam Pringle

Hydrogenics' new product, Celerity, a hydrogen fuel cell power system built for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus markets, is an all-inclusive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogenics, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion

Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg

By Jim Park

If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.

Tags: CNG Conversions, Managing the Shop, Safety & Compliance, CNG

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

By Tom Berg

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter, Fuel and Oil

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Trucks Could Borrow From F1 Hybrid Tech

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

The latest hybrid V-6 Formula One engines are marvels of technology that may give us a glimpse into the future of truck efficiency and performance.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Turbochargers, Hybrids, Locking It In

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth

Mike Roeth, Executive Director of the NACFE.

By Deborah Lockridge

Mike Roeth is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. We talked to him about his group's mission, fuel economy and freight efficiency in general.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, NACFE, Freight Efficiency, Q&A

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inspecting Your Tires

By Pressure Systems International

Inspecting tires on a routine and regular basis is the key to succeeding in maximizing your tire removal miles. The goal of every tire program is to ensure that the tires are running smoothly and evenly without irregular wear.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Meritor, PSI, Tire Inflation, Tires

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: We Need to Look Past Fossil Fuels

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Our current interest in natural gas may be keeping us from investing in more forward thinking technologies not based in fuel with a fixed supply.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Cell, Locking It In

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Navistar Outlines SuperTruck Progress

A breakdown of how Navistar's SuperTruck will achieve its efficiency goal.

By Deborah Lockridge

Increasing brake thermal efficiency in the SuperTruck's diesel engines is proving more challenging than expected and the goal of 55% still seems a ways off.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: Promising Waste-Recovery Tech from Formula One

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

The pinnacle of automotive engineering, and easily its most expensive pursuit, is to be seen in the sometimes crazy world of Formula One racing. Rolf Lockwood says the most interesting thing about the new engine formula is waste-energy recovery.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Engines, Hybrids

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

Buying fuel-efficient tires? Better make sure they're at the optimum inflation. (File photo: Goodyear)

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.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Simulators Can Help Save Fuel

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.

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.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fuel Economy, Training Simulator, Fuel Smarts

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

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.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, Top 50 Green Fleets, CNG

November 2014, Work Truck - Feature

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.

Tags: UPS, CNG, Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleets

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Direct/Overdrive Adds Efficiency to Bulk-Hauling Volvos

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

By Tom Berg

Bulk hauling rigs that consistently go out loaded and return home empty constitute the best application for the new feature.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Volvo XE-Adaptive Gearing, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

December 2014, Business Fleet - Feature

Anti-Idling Program Slashes Fleet’s Fuel Costs

Dave Hardy, Crown’s fleet supervisor, (left) stands with Greg Franklin, a service manager, in front of a Crown Freightliner step van. Crown’s fleet has reduced its daily idling time from 70 minutes per driver down to 7 minutes.

By Amy Winter

Implementing a company-wide anti-idling program, this uniform service has decreased its idling time from 70 minutes to 7 minutes per driver per day, resulting in serious fuel savings.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Anti-Idling, Delivery Fleet, Step Vans, Idle Reduction

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Full-length Skirts Add Fuel Savings for Nussbaum

The newest in the long skirts run from nose to tail of Nussbaum’s 53-foot Wabash National vans. Skirts, TrailerTails and a few other modifications together save close to 1 mpg.

By Tom Berg

Nussbaum is streamlining its trailers looking to save money on fuel. Skirts, TrailerTails and a few other modifications together save close to 1 mpg.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Nussbaum Transportation, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Trucks Still Generate a Spark of Interest

EVI assembled 100 electric-drive vans for UPS using FCCC glider kits, and 15 cab-chassis trucks for Frito-Lay from Freightliner M2 gliders.

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at the state of the electric truck market as fleets struggle to balance benefits with economics.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Boulder Electric Vehicle, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fuel Smarts

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: When Well-Intentioned Rules Have Unintended Consequences

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Keep up the good work on cutting fuel use, but make sure to do your homework.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Regulations

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Green Fleet Conference Offers Ride & Drive Event

The Zenith Electric Shuttle Van (pictured at last year's event) will be there at this year's Ride & Drive.

By Steven Martinez

This year’s Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., features the Ride & Drive event where attendees will have the chance to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled vehicles from major automotive manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Events

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Count Diesel Out

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Alternative fuels may be more popular but diesel will still be the fuel of choice for most of trucking for a long, long time to come.

Tags: Diesel, Alternative Fuels, Clean Diesel

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Fuel Smarts: Opposed-Piston Diesels About Five Years Away

An OP can be configured and packaged to fit the vehicle it’s intended for. For trucks, the cylinders are likely to be vertical or slanted. Photo: Achates Power

By Tom Berg

Truck users can look forward to 30% better fuel economy at 10% lower production cost, says Achates Power

Tags: Diesel, Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Alt Fuel Aftermarket Options: Propane Autogas Proves Affordable, Environmentally Friendly

Photo via PERC.

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor from the Propane Education and Research Council answers some common questions about converting a fleet to propane and outlines the benefits of switching to a more environmentally friendly option.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kwik Trip's Joel Hirschboeck

Photo via Kwik Trip

By Steven Martinez

Joel Hirschboeck, the superintendent of commercial and alternative fuels at fueling station chain Kwik Trip, will speak at this year’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo on the fueling station's experience with CNG.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Kwik Trip

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Discussing DME with Oberon Fuels Co-Founder Elliot Hicks

Graphic via Oberon.

By Steven Martinez

At this year’s Green Fleet Conference Elliot Hicks of Oberon Fuels will be part of a panel called Looking Ahead: Emerging Alternative Fuels & Powertrains where he will discuss DME as a sustainable, clean and efficient alternative to diesel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer

The front-facing barrel and chute on this Oshkosh S-Series allow the driver to place the concrete right where the crew wants it, and front-driving axle helps get it through sand and mud. Here the chute is stowed for travel, with its extensions flipped up.

By Tom Berg

Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oshkosh, Test Drive, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Vocational, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gas-to-Liquids Technology Makes Fuel, Oil From Natural Gas

Shell’s gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is the largest in the world. Photo: Shell

By Deborah Lockridge

A a giant facility in Qatar, Shell is turning natural gas into products normally produced from crude oil — fuel, base oils, paraffin, kerosene, etc.

Tags: Shell, Gas-to-Liquid, GTL

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DME: Companies Testing 'Alternate’ Alternative Fuel

Photo: Volvo Trucks

By Stephane Babcock

Volvo Trucks is testing dimethyl ether in a pair of Volvo VNL 300 trucks with D13 DME engines with partners Oberon Fuels and Martin Energy Services.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, DME, Oberon Fuels, dimethyl ether

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: There’s More Than One Path to Sustainability and Savings

By HDT Staff

Whether you’re looking to improve the environment, tap into demand for “greener” transportation options, or save money on fuel, there are many possible routes to take when it comes to alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Hybrid Trucks, Gas-to-Liquid

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Emerging Technologies Enlarging Playing Field for Biofuel

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a way to transform a mixture of algae and water into a form of crude oil in less than an hour. Photo: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

By Stephane Babcock

The face of biofuels is changing, and more than one company is responsible.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, Biofuels, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane Remains Popular Alternative Fuel in the U.S.

UPS made headlines earlier this year when it announced a $70 million investment in propane-powered delivery trucks. Photo: UPS

By Tom Berg

The country’s third most popular vehicle fuel powers everything from gas grills to medium-duty trucks.

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