Fuel Smarts

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April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Should Know About Today's CNG Fuel Systems

Suppliers are finding ways to hold more CNG in on-board tanks, making it viable for trucks to accomplish longer highway runs. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Natural-gas-powered truck sales have leveled off since the drop in diesel prices, but fleets already using the fuel continue to buy them, especially CNG. What are some of the basics involved in the latest CNG tanks and fuel systems?

Tags: Agility Fuel Systems, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

By David Cullen

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

By Rolf Lockwood

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Construction Services Fleet Tests Hybrid System in the Field

The construction-services company BMC is running a pilot program with XL Hybrids to test two delivery vans equipped with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. Photos: BMC

By Steven Martinez

By converting two delivery trucks with an XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System from XL Hybrids, BMC is testing the waters on a greener fleet Colorado.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, BMC

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Forrest Lucas on Starting and Building Lucas Oil Products

Forrest Lucas at the bottling conveyer belts in Lucas Oil's second plant in Corydon, Indiana. Photo: Lucas Oil

By Stephane Babcock

In this Q&A we sit down with Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products and talk about his early life, building a company and the lessons he has learned in the past 27 years in the lubricants industry.

Tags: Leadership, Lubricants, Fuel and Oil, People, Q&A

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Exploring the World of 6x2 Drive Axles

6x2 drive axles are emerging in different configurations, including forward liftable axles. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are slowly adopting 6x2 drive axle configurations as manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Here's an overview of the latest offerings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Lift Axle, 6x2

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Alliance AutoGas Mobilizes Vehicle Conversion Program

A Ford F-150 truck (pictured above) will be converted by Alliance AutoGas to run on propane autogas at the NTEA Work Truck Show, on March 3.

By Kat Sandoval

Alliance AutoGas is making two big moves to show how propane autogas can fit into sustainability initiatives for truck fleets.

Tags: Ford F-150, Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, propane autogas conversion

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Transpower's Electric Heavy-Duty Tractor

TransPower’s ElecTruck could change the way we view electric trucks.

By Jim Park

The totally electric ElecTruck could change the way we view electric vehicles in the Class 8 space.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

UPS Goes Green With Workhorse

The new Workhorse walk-in van is a 16,000- to 19,500-pound GVWR hybrid-electric delivery vehicle. It features a choice of wheelbases from 157 to 208 inches and includes the truckmaker’s new narrow-track W-88 chassis with E-GEN drivetrain. Photo: UPS

By Lauren Fletcher

UPS purchased 125 new technology hybrid-electric delivery trucks manufactured by Workhorse Group Inc., as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Hybrid Trucks

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A Crude Awakening

Source: EIA

By Evan Lockridge

With all the hoopla lately over the plummeting crude oil prices, you may not have noticed a recent change in U.S. policy that could send prices in the other direction.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Look at the California-Compliant Trailer

It doesn’t take much to meet CARB’s 2010 requirements for trailer aero, but even this can be too much for some fleets.

By Jim Park

There’s a California-compliant trailer in your future, whether you want it or not. But what’s not to want?

Tags: CARB, Trailers, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aerodynamics

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Will Global Interest Spur DME Adoption in North America?

DME was one of a number of alternative fuels tested in Europe by Volvo in real-world service with hauling firms. Photo: Volvo

By Deborah Lockridge

Low oil and diesel prices have dampened interest in alternative fuels, and dimethyl ether, more commonly known as DME, is no exception. But will global interest in DME hasten its adoption as a fuel in North America?

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Alkane Achieves DOT Compliance, Builds New Assembly Facility

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

By IMI

Alkane Truck Co. recently achieved compliance certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation for its propane-fueled Class 7 cab-over-engine trucks, which will be assembled at a new plant in South Carolina starting in 2016.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

10 Things You Might Not Know About LNG

LNG is trucked from the plant to fueling facilities at fleets or truckstops. The trailers are built like a Thermos bottle, with an inner and outer skin. Photo: Pivotal

By Deborah Lockridge

Lower diesel prices may have slowed interest in natural gas fuel, but liquefied natural gas can still be a good fit for certain applications.

Tags: LNG, Pivotal LNG

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs

Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why VW’s ‘defeat device’ is different from what happened in trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

The current situation surrounding the VW emissions scandal parallels trucking’s emissions difficulties that led to the “consent decree” in 1998.

Tags: Volkswagen, Diesel Emissions, EPA

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GHG Phase 2 Rules Don't Pass OEM Muster... Yet

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

By Jim Park

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

Waste Management is considered a pioneer in the use of natural gas to fuel refuse trucks and averages more than 8 mpg for over the road trucks, with some units achieving 10 mpg.

By Deborah Lockridge

Industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

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

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

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Much Work Remains to Get to Final Version of GHG Phase 2 Proposal

Photo: Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

The old adage “the devil is in the details” could have been invented for the new “phase 2” greenhouse gas / fuel efficiency regulations proposed by the EPA and the NHTSA.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, FTR, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Today's complex engines may be different from in 1995 but the principles of getting better gas mileage haven't changed.

Tags: GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sausage Fleet Switches to Propane Autogas

Photo: Stevens Sausage

By David Cullen

Tim Stevens, president of Stevens Sausage, decided in 2013 to move away from spec’ing more diesel engines for the company’s 13-vehicle delivery fleet. So he decided to covert them to propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Customers Make LNG ‘No-Brainer’ for Florida Fleet

Photo: Raven Transport

By David Cullen

The Jacksonville-based truckload carrier's transition to LNG was driven by three factors: addressing customers’ sustainability goals, contributing to U.S. energy independence, and lowering fuel costs for the 500-truck fleet.

Tags: Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, LNG, Clean Energy

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PG&E Electrifies Its Sustainability Efforts

Photo: PG&E

By Adam Pringle

PG&E has proposed the building of 25,000 public EV chargers throughout California. Along with San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, it is waiting for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Tags: Sustainability, PG&E, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CNG: From an Idea to a Solution

Photo: Ryder

By Stephane Babcock

Before starting down the path of alternative fuels Ryder System had the benefit of a deep understanding of diesel technologies, which led them to research some alternatives.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG, Ryder

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mesilla Valley Transportation Swears by Its B20 Biodiesel Blend

While biodiesel mandates have probably done more to build resistance to its use than win over its skeptics, some fleets, like Mesilla Valley Transportation, report high levels of success with the fuel.

By Jim Park

While biodiesel mandates have probably done more to build resistance to its use than win over its skeptics, some fleets, like Mesilla Valley Transportation, report high levels of success with the fuel.

Tags: Emissions, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Downspeeding Learning Curve

Rolling two-lane roads are no place for a downsped driveline. If you’re considering a downspeeding axle spec, application and terrain must be considered. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Today's "downsped" drivetrains can improve fuel economy, but high torque and low axle ratios can create all sorts of havoc with drivetrain components.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Axles, DOWNSPEED

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Electric Truck Future

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

We’ve been flirting with electric trucks for an awfully long while now but they remain limited in applications. This is not to say the electric truck idea is dead. Far from it.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Wrightspeed

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

No Easy Math to Plot A Green Path

By David Cullen

Any fleet thinking of going green should think long and hard about what it expects to gain by switching to alternative power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Start Reliably and Reduce Idling This Winter

Photo: Maxwell Technologies

By Jeremy Cowperthwaite, Maxwell Technologies

Every driver with experience operating heavy-duty diesel trucks knows that batteries have their limitations in cold weather-- they can’t maintain their cranking power when temperatures drop. Extreme cold is their enemy.

Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Idling, Winter

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 - 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

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 - 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

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

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

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