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August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Report Explores Lightweighting

via Trucking Efficiency

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

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

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?

Tags: China, EPA SmartWay, Tires

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

Artist’s rendering of what the StarShip fuel-econnomy vehicle may look like.

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.

Tags: Shell, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

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.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Diesel Tax, LNG, Pivotal LNG

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Closer Look at Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rules

Photo: Jim Park

By David Cullen

We take a close look at the proposed 'Phase 2' greenhouse gas/ fuel economy rules.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Aims to Regulate Sustainability Into Freight System

Image: California State Transportation Agency

By David Cullen

Trucking stakeholders across the country will be keenly watching developments in California after a recent proclamation by Gov. Jerry Brown called for zero-emission technologies in vehicles.

Tags: CARB, California, GHG, California Trucking Association

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

4 Ways Hirschbach Saves Fuel

The fleet’s latest aerodynamics retrofit project is the FlowBelow AeroKit, with quick-release wheel covers and tandem fairings that fill the gap between and behind the tractor drive wheels. Photo courtesy Hirschbach Motor Lines

By Deborah Lockridge

At Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., the goal is “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers."

Tags: Fuel Savings, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, Reefers, Aerodynamics

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Two Oil Categories Rolling to the Finish Line

Inside an engine test cell at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute, which helped develop two new engine tests that define the wear-performance parameters of the new PC11-A and PC-11-B oil-service categories for heavy-duty applications.

By David Cullen

It’s not rocket science to split an API oil-service category. But it takes lots of chemical engineering to develop and bring to market not one, but two, new heavy-duty motor oil specs in a mere five years.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel and Oil, API

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains

Ian Wright

By Steven Martinez

Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fleet Technology Expo, Wrightspeed, Medium-Duty Trucks

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean

The presence of water or other fluid mixed with diesel fuel is clearly apparent from the stratification shown here.

By Deborah Lockridge

If you don’t take steps to keep diesel fuel clean, it can degrade your fuel economy, damage expensive fuel system components and cause downtime. That’s never been more important than today.

Tags: Filtration, Filters, Engine Protection, Diesel

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

By Stephane Babcock

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-mpg Model Round-Up

Start with these aero tractors for the best fuel economy.

By Tom Berg

The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.

Tags: Kenworth, International, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Fuel Economy

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Can Help Drivers Maximize Fuel Economy

The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success.

By Jim Park

The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. Part 6 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Economy

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain

Wrightspeed’s Fulcrum turbine-powered generator charges batteries that power electric motors at the truck’s rear axles. The motors act as generators during braking, further charging batteries. The turbine will burn a variety of fuels.

By Tom Berg

California trash fleet hopes ‘out of the box’ heavy-duty series hybrid will save big money in fuel.

Tags: California, Fuel Efficiency, Turbine Truck Engines

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler's SuperTruck Revealed

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities. Photos: Stephane Babcock

By Stephane Babcock

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities.

Tags: Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Freight Efficiency, Powertrain Integration

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mining Data for Fuel Savings

From routing to gamification to spotting equipment issues, information technology can help save fuel.

By Jim Beach

Fleet use of technologies to reduce costs is nothing new. Along with increased productivity and efficiency, cutting fuel costs was a big reason fleets adopted technologies such as automated routing and dispatch, GPS tracking and mobile communications.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Technology, Fuel

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How Low Will Diesel Go?

The real question is how long the price will stay low?

By David Cullen

While it’s hard to say just how low the retail price of diesel will go, what is fairly certain is the trend line in place since last autumn will continue to run its positive course at least through the rest of the year.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Fuel

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Savings vs. Shorter Tire Life

Can low-rolling-resistance tires reduce tire costs and save fuel? Some say yes; other disagree.

By Jim Park

Are low-rolling-resistance tires a cost-effective proposition? It’s not an easy question to answer. Chances are your low-rolling resistance tires are performing better than you think.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

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

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