Fuel Smarts

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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 - Vehicle Review

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

October 2014, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

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, Step Van, Anti-Idling, Delivery Fleet, 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 Tails, 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, Efficiency, 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, Fleets, 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.

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Companies Moving Forward with Hybrid Truck Technologies

Coca-Cola purchased 100 gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express delivery vans that were converted using the XL Hybrids powertrain. Photo:XL Hybrids

By Deborah Lockridge and Jim Park

A pioneering supplier has exited the market, but up-and-coming companies aim to fill the gap for light-, medium- and even heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Eaton, BAE, Hino Trucks, XL Hybrids, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Odyne Systems, Crosspoint

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Technology Improvements Changing Attitudes

CNG distributors often rely on a large "anchor" fleet to build start-up volumes in an area. Other business soon follows, once fuel availability is established.

By Jim Park

While adoption is slower than expected, technology improvements are changing some traditional assumptions of compressed and liquified natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG, CNG infrastructure

September 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker John Viera

John Viera, Director Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford: Photo via Ford.

By Steven Martinez

Closing the Green Fleet Conference this year is John Viera, the Director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford. This year he'll be making a case that not only is going green achievable for fleets, it's good business.

Tags: Sustainability, Ford F-150, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Ford

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

Mark Smith

By Becky May

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference as its opening keynote speaker. We talked to him about he program, fleet challenges and more.

Tags: Clean Cities, Green Fleet Conference, DOE, Alternative Fuels

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Tires Affect Fuel Economy Testing

Apples to oranges. Accurate fuel economy test results can only be obtained using idendical trucks, including the tires.

By Jim Park

When setting out to evaluate a fuel-saving product, you don't want your numbers skewed by differences in rolling resistance from the tires. With some fuel-saving devices promising only marginal gains, the tires' contribution to the fuel consumption can adversely affect the apparent performance of the product. Here's what to watch for when setting up an evaluation or testing program.

Tags: Fuel Economy, SAE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Driving A SuperTruck

By Jim Park

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry

By Staff

There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.

Tags: Emissions, Drivers, Safety, Equipment, Statistics, Parts, industry statistics, Fuel and Oil

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency

Alternative fuels such as propane are part of UPS' green strategy. Photo courtesy UPS.

By Peter Carter, Today's Trucking

You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.

Tags: UPS, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweighting, Fleets, United Parcel Service

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park

The factors driving tire design for medium-duty trucks has changed. Today, tire makers must balance fuel efficiency and bulletproof durability to stand up to a harsh P&D environment.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Direct Drive or Overdrive?

By Eaton

The long-running debate over which type of transmission — direct drive or overdrive — provides the greatest efficiency is one that’s not easily settled and not likely to go away.

Tags: Eaton, Spec'ing, Fuel Economy, Transmissions

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk

The brand-new Peterbilt Model 579 loaned to us by TransX Ltd. had less than 40 miles on the clock. The SmartAdvantage powertrain makes it a very nice place to work.  Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Test Drive, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Benefits of Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Explained

By Jim Park

There's little doubt left that tires formulated for lower rolling resistance work as advertised, but it's still tough to give up at few thousandths of an inch of tread. After all, tire miles are important, too. How much of a difference does the reduction in rolling resistance make?

Tags: Goodyear, Fuel Economy, Bridgestone, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do You Know Where the Fuel From Your Yard's Fuel Tank is Going?

By Glen Sokolis

A bulk fuel tank in your own yard could be the most cost-effective fleet fueling option -- assuming your tank doesn't "leak."

Tags: Fuel Management, Sokolis Group

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Viscosity: How Low Can You Go?

Chevron conducted a live teardown of a Detroit DD15 engine, with more than 400,000 miles of service using Delo 400 XLE 10W-30, during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

To meet expected greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency standards, oil companies and engine makers have been busy developing a new standard for engine oils that will provide a new type of lower-viscosity oil to improve engine efficiency.

Tags: OIl, Low-Viscosity Oil, Shell, Detroit Diesel, CITGO Lubricants, Chevron, Duron, API, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Daimler, Fuel Economy

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Environmental Defense Fund's Jason Mathers

By Deborah Lockridge

Environmental groups working hand in hand with trucking? "One of the key priorities for our organization over the coming years is to advance strong fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards in the heavy-duty truck space," says Jason Mathers with the Environmental Defense Fund. But he says he wants to do it in a way that makes sense for trucking businesses.

Tags: GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Environmental Defense Fund, NACFE, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, Environmental Regulations

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delving Into the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck: Part 1

By Jim Park

By the time the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck made its public debut in February boasting 10.7 mpg, some contemporary trucks were achieving better than 8 mpg, and some super-fuel-conscious fleets boast even higher. While that may make the SuperTruck accomplishment seem slightly diminished, that 10.7-mpg milestone is only a small part of the story.

Tags: Cummins, MPG, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck, Part 2: More Secrets Revealed

Cummins ISX15 with waste heat recovery from the front-right side

By Jim Park

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck project achieved almost-unheard-of gains of 68% in freight efficiency over a 24-hour duty-cycle, a 50% improvement in freight efficiency on an 11-hour drive-cycle and a 20% improvement in the thermal efficiency of the engine. How did they do it, and what does that mean?

Tags: Cummins, SmartWay, Peterbilt, EPA, U.S. Department of Energy, SuperTruck, Engines, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Turn to Technology to Keep Tires at Proper Inflation

By Jim Park

We know from experience that many fleets don't do a great job at tire inflation management. And we know there's little point in looking to drivers for help in the matter, so what's left to do? Enter technology.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

121 Ways to Save Fuel

By HDT Staff

There’s hardly a fleet out there that wouldn’t like to save money on fuel costs. Maybe you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you feel like you’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit and you’re looking for new ideas. Here’s help. From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Equipment, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Theft, Idle Reduction, Technology, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inflate your Tires, Not Your Fuel Bill

The harm from overinflating tires, especially those that run a high percentage of unloaded miles, could outweigh the perceived gains in fuel efficiency.

By Jim Park

For as hard as fleets work for a 1% gain in fuel efficiency, it's hard to imagine giving up something like 2-4% in fuel efficiency to something as simple as maintaining correct inflation pressure, especially today when almost every inflation or monitoring system on the market offers payback in less than a year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Tire Inflation

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Upgrading Refuse Fleets to CNG: Three Considerations Beyond Economics

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

By Annalloyd Thomason, Natural Gas Vehicle Institute

Refuse fleets are one of the fastest growing markets for compressed natural gas, primarily because of the significant fuel cost savings that can be realized. The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute offers these key factors refuse fleets need to examine when considering upgrading to CNG.

Tags: Driver Training, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Technician Training, CNG, Refuse Fleet, NGVi

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Scrub Away Tire Savings

By Jim Park

You've heard the expression, 'It's like herding cats"? It's like that with tires when your alignment is out of whack. With all those wheels heading in different directions, it's unlikely you're getting the best fuel economy -- or tire life.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Alignment

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Company Installs Electric Drive in Heavy-Duty Drayage Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge

California-based TransPower has installed its ElecTruck battery-electric drive system into the second of eight trucks of this design that it plans to convert this year and place into drayage service near the L.A./Long Beach ports.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Vehicles Zoom in Indy

By Tom Berg

Is electricity a fuel? Sure, even if we call it “power.” Electricity itself is far cheaper than any petroleum or gaseous fuel, and the motors it powers have many advantages for propulsion – high efficiency, tremendous torque, quietness and cleanliness, at least in the vehicle itself.

Tags: Ram ProMaster, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zenith

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

Ryder's natural gas fleet of more than 500 natural gas vehicles has travelled more than 20 million miles, but not every fleet has been so successful.

By Deborah Lockridge

The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks

Bill Decker’s Miller welder, stashed against a tool box on the front wall of his Wilcox truck body, doubles as an APU and makes 220-volt power to run heavy tools. The genset at his feet produces 110 volts for work lights and smaller tools.

By Tom Berg

Any work truck with a serious electric welder also has an auxiliary power unit, because the engine-driven device doubles as an APU to run smaller welders, heaters and power tools. And soon, purpose-built APUs will report for duty on work trucks.

Tags: Work Trucks, Maxwell Technologies, APU, Thermo King, Idle Free, Medium-Duty Trucks, Idle Reduction

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

MATS Focus: Integrated Drivetrains and Automated Transmissions

The Cummins ISX 15 SmartAdvantage powertrain.

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

If there was an unspoken theme to this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, it was probably the focus on integrated drivetrains. And Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, had some interesting things to say about automated transmissions in general.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Paccar, Eaton, Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, ZF

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Lowdown on the New Low-Viscosity Oils

Kinematic viscosity is what you might envision when thinking of viscosity – gravitational flow. But the new oils will meet viscosity standards measured at high temperatures/high shear conditions.

By Deborah Lockridge

Exactly what is this "high-temp, high-shear" viscosity engine oil standard in the works for the next round of EPA emissions standards, and what are engine makers doing to make sure engines will still be well protected?

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Engines, Fuel Economy, GHG Emissions, Engine Oil, TMC, API

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Performance With a Purpose

Mike O’ConnellSenior Director, Supply ChainFriot-LayPlano, Texas

By Deborah Lockridge

Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.

Tags: Maintenance, PepsiCo, Smith Electric Vehicles, Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation In The Details

Bill BliemSenior Vice President, Fleet Services, NFI

By Deborah Lockridge

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

Tags: Maintenance, NFI, PSI, Aerodynamics, Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, TMT, Lightweighting, CNG, LNG, Reducing Maintenance Costs, Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI

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