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November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

10 Things to Consider When Spec'ing an Inverter

Sine wave is the same power as what you get at home – meaning the voltage is consistent without spikes or drops. Photo courtesy Xantrex

By Staff

Inverters, which convert DC power into AC power to power creature comforts in the truck cab, have always been a magnet for controversy. An expert at one inverter company offers his tips for what to think about when spec'ing an inverter.

Tags: Inverter, Idle Reduction

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Volvo's SuperTruck Demonstrates the Art of the Possible

Volvo Trucks North America’s SuperTruck project boasts a freight efficiency improvement of 88%, a 40% reduction in aerodynamic drag and 12-13 mpg. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Volvo Group’s SuperTruck demonstrates where energy-saving technology could take us – and in some cases, already has.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aerodynamics, Volvo Group, SuperTruck

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Answers to 3 Key Questions on the 2 New Oil Categories

Oil companies have done extensive testing of CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils to help give engine makers and fleets confidence in the ability of these oils to protect engines and even extend drain intervals. Photos: Shell

By David Cullen

With engine oils meeting new CK-4 and FA-4 category specs on the market, fleets need to know how best to make use of them.

Tags: Oil, Engine Oil, Low-Viscosity Oil

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

This list of 50 industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

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

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why U.S. Xpress is Getting Help With Fuel Economy Testing

U.S. Xpress is one fleet using the Pit Group's fuel economy testing services. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts, Contributing Editor

U.S. Xpress hosts a fuel-economy test of the latest high-mpg tractors as the Canadian engineering-consulting firm moves to help American fleets protect their bottom lines.

Tags: Fuel Economy, U.S. Xpress, Aerodynamics, PIT Group

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Engine Stop-Start System Saves Fuel for New York's Trash Trucks

DSNY’s dyno-equipped evaluation facility in Queens, N.Y., proved the engine stop-start system’s concept was sound, and it’s saving substantial fuel in real operations.  Photos: Effenco

By Tom Berg

New York City’s Department of Sanitation has been testing an engine stop-start system with impressive fuel savings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Refuse Trucks, Stop-Start

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Ploger Transportation Pushes 10 Mpg With a Far-From-Typical Powertrain Spec

Ploger Transportation’s diverse customer base provides a mix of light and heavy loads, many multi-stop routes and high exposure to urban environments. Photos: Ploger Transportation

By Jim Park

Ploger is a diverse carrier hauling mostly high-cube multi-drop loads to customer retail locations in urban areas predominantly east of the Mississippi.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, 6x2

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Available in Hybrid and Electric Drive Systems

Many of Odyne’s hybrid systems go into utility service trucks, where they work cleanly and  silently on job sites. Public utilities, municipalities and other high-profile fleets are still interested in cutting emissions and fuel use, the manufacturer says. Photo: Odyne Systems

By Tom Berg

Interest has waned in the face of low fuel prices, but ‘price points’ are lower and the business remains active.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California's Zero Emissions Vehicle Dreams

California’s Air Resources Board says zero-emissions technology is already available for delivery vehicles such as package vans and medium-duty trucks. Photo: First Priority GreenFleet/EVI

By Jack Roberts

Diesel engines are cleaner than ever. So why is the California Air Resources Board calling for more zero emissions vehicles?

Tags: CARB, Regulations, EPA, Zero Emissions, Alternative Fuels

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels in the Age of Cheap Oil

Is cheaper even the issue?

By David Cullen

The slide in the price of diesel fuel over the past two years has complicated the decision to switch to alternative fuels for many fleets. But is cheap oil even the real issue?

Tags: Ryder, Green Fleets, UPS, Diesel Prices, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GHG Phase 2: Weighing the Devil in the Details

By Jack Roberts

Agencies contend the program will provide $230 billion in net benefits to society, including benefits to our climate and the public health of Americans but the trucking industry must still deal with those costs, as well as ones the agencies might not have taken into account.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, GHG Phase 2

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New E-Reefers Smart Move for LA Grocery Delivery

Two of D&D's trucks outfitted with Volta Air electric reefers. Photo courtesy Second Generation Cooling and Volta Air.

By Deborah Lockridge

D&D Wholesale Distributors in City of Industry, Calif., has been distributing produce, meats, poultry, grocery, non-foods, frozen foods and dairy in the Southern California area since 1979. It's responding to the state's demand for lower emissions by moving to all-electric refrigeration units for its delivery trucks.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Solar Power, Transportation Refrigeration Units

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Powertrain, Aero Enhancements Push Cascadia Fuel Economy

Freightliner's new Cascadia model represents fours years of work. It has tested to be 8% more efficient than the current Cascadia Evolution model. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

DTNA boss Martin Daum calls the fuel-efficiency gains with the new Cascadia mind-boggling. He said the design target was 5% over the current Cascadia Evolution model, but the design team's efforts produced a truck that bests the Evolution by a full 8%. Daum said new Cascadia in full AeroX trim is 19% more fuel efficient than the current base-model Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

GHG Phase 2: Trucking Industry Reactions

Trailers for the first time are included in the fuel economy/GHG regs. Photo: Wabash

By Jack Roberts

Industry reactions to the final greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks tended to be [mostly] upbeat and positive, reflecting a determination to roll up the sleeves and deal with trucking’s latest reality.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, GHG, Fuel Economy

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

A Different Approach to Fuel Efficiency Coaching

Our test truck was a rented 2013 Volvo VNL. Vnomic’s development test truck is in the background. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vnomics’ True Fuel is a monitoring device that encourages drivers to do better without getting on their nerves or taking away drivability, while providing back-office data that helps fleets coach and instruct drivers on better driving habits to save fuel.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Vnomics

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Devil's in the Details of California Emissions Dream

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Yes, it’s a worthy goal to improve the environment and public health by reducing emissions. But you can’t blame trucking for looking at proposals to further cut NOx with a good bit of trepidation.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, GHG, NOx

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Private Fleet Tackles Turbulence To Improve Fuel Economy

Streamlined Peterbilt 567s pull Great Dane and Utility vans with Laydon side skirts and Air Tab vortex generators. “All you have to do is ride a motorcycle behind the trailers to notice the difference” between them and bare trailers, says John Drake, the fleet manager. Photo: Duplainville Transport

By Tom Berg

Duplainville Transport’s aerodynamic tractor-trailers average 7.7 mpg on trips among printing plants operated by its parent, QuadGraphics.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Trailer Aerodynamics

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Idle Reduction is Key for Ohio Construction Fleet

The newest Kenworths in the construction firm’s fleet are T880s, like this multi-axle flatbed truck with a National 27-ton on-board crane. They carry and lift materials and mechanical equipment at heavy bridge and industrial projects, and engines run hydraulic pumps to operate the cranes. Thus idle-reduction isn’t always possible.

By Tom Berg

How do you save fuel in a work-truck and heavy-haul operation? “Leave the truck parked,” quips Wayne Queen, trucking yard manager at Kokosing Construction.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Idle Reduction, Construction Fleets, Kenworth T880

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Economy at Any Size

It’s been a long-standing rule: Whether burning propane, gasoline, natural gas or diesel, engines in the parcel carrier’s package cars are shut off when drivers leave to make a delivery or pick-up. Photo: UPS

By Tom Berg

UPS has 90,000 trucks, tractors and package cars around the world is known for its push to adopt alternative fuels and powertrains, which run “green miles.” But the greenest miles are the ones you never run, says the giant parcel carrier.

Tags: Green Fleets, UPS, Fuel Economy

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Drivers Can Dial Up MPG

Henry Albert, veteran owner-operator from Mooresville, N.C., is exceptionally good at squeezing more miles out of each gallon of fuel. Photo: Albert Transport

By Jack Roberts

An accomplished owner-operator offers his advice on what it takes to drive fuel efficiently. He contends that if drivers want to achieve high fuel economy numbers, they simply cannot drive like they always have.

Tags: Fuel-Saving Tips, Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Owner Operators

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Friendly Competition Helps RRR Drivers Improve MPG

From the OE fuel economy spec through testing add-on aero devices and making sure trucks and trailers are properly maintained, RRR Transportation tackles fuel economy from all directions. Photos: RRR Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

With a bevy of fuel-saving options on its 65 tractors and its 100-plus refrigerated trailers, drivers have a head start at RRR Transportation – but it still takes driver skill and a little friendly competition to hit those double digits.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Competition

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Ways Aerodynamics Save Fuel

The National Research Council of Canada studied 30% scale models in its 29-foot wind tunnel. Photo: National Research Council of Canada

By Jim Park

Everyone knows reducing aerodynamic drag saves fuel, but figuring out which aero devices make sense is a challenge. A multi-year Canadian study offers insight into which types of devices and combinations provide the greatest benefits.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Saving Fleets: Cooper Makes An Every Day Effort

Cooper Freight celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Its 8.5-mpg fleet average would no doubt astound its founders. Photos: Cooper

By Deborah Lockridge

By staying on top of data and its drivers, Cooper Freight makes its quest for better fuel economy an every day effort.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Idle Reduction, TrailerTail

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Tires contribute approximately 25-35% of a truck’s total rolling resistance. The less rolling resistance, the less energy it takes to move the truck. And a tire with less or thinner tread requires less energy to move than a deep-treaded tire.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Low-rolling Resistance, Tires and Wheels

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Saving Fleets: Ursa Sees High MPG in the Real World

Long- and short-haul truckload carrier Ursa Logistics reports that its best trucks are running at close to 10 mpg.

By David Cullen

Ursa Logistics reports that the long- and short-haul truckload carrier's best trucks are getting close to 10 mpg in certain real world conditions.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fuel Economy, Truckload

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways You Can Use Technology to Cut Fuel Use

LinkeDrive’s Pedal Coach provides instant feedback on driver performance delivered to the driver’s smartphone. Photo: LinkeDrive

By Jim Beach

Whether you’re looking to improve mpg or reduce overall fuel use and cost, automated routing and dispatching systems, telematics, in-cab nav, analytics and other systems improve efficiencies, reduce unproductive miles and monitor drivers and equipment.

Tags: telematics, fuel cards, Driver Behavior, Fuel Economy, Routing

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-MPG Fleets: Halvor Lines On the Cutting Edge

The nationwide carrier regards the mpg potential of its 2016 tractors as “a work in progress.” The fleet says that it enjoys “great relationships” with OEMs, which “know we want to be on the cutting edge and are willing to try different things” to boost fuel efficiency. Photos: Halvor Lines Inc.

By David Cullen

While nearly 20% of its fleet already averages over 8 mpg, Halvor Lines Inc. is hopeful its newest tractors — some 100 model-year 2016 units — will earn the distinction of becoming their first 10-mpg trucks.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Fleet Profile, Halvor Lines

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

This “aerodynamically optimized road train” concept truck from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe, was showcased at the 2012 IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany. The builders said it could save 25% in fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

A fundamental shift in thinking has transformed the trucking industry and ushered in a new era of highly advanced vehicles delivering unprecedented fuel savings. But it’s only the beginning.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Future Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Electric on the Cheap?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With a new twist engineered by giant United Parcel Service and the tiny Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group, once a Navistar property, the electric hybrid is looking better than it has in quite some time.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Hybrid Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

8 Steps to Better MPG Through Maintenance

Proper alignment is an often-overlooked maintenance task that can have a significant effect on fuel economy. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Deborah Lockridge

We asked leading fleet maintenance managers and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency for tips on how preventive maintenance can help improve fuel economy.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Technicians, Preventative Maintenance, Repair Shops

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Breaking the 10 MPG Barrier

10 mpg is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off?

By Jim Park

10 miles per gallon is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off?

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Concept Truck Boasts 30% Lower Fuel Use

By Rolf Lockwood

With almost one-third lower fuel consumption. Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Global, Volvo Group, Concept Vehicles

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Talks About Piston Technology in Latest Engines

By Deborah Lockridge

The Volvo Group’s new truck engines in the U.S. are more fuel efficient thanks in part to a new piston design, which has "waves" on the piston crown that improve oxygen utilization.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Engines, Volvo Group

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Promises Quick Payback

Hyliion founder Tom Healy poses with the first prototype of the hybrid system. The company is currently driving and testing a newer and more improved, third prototype. Photos: Hyliion

By Tom Berg

A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem being developed by a group of engineers at Hyliion Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. The device, which for now has no official name, is undergoing road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017,

Tags: Trailers, Tandem Axle, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Figuring Out DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters appeared in 2007 model-year trucks. After nearly 10 years we are still grappling with maintenance issues.

By Jim Park

DPF and aftertreatment systems may be a maintenance nightmare, but they aren’t going away. It’s up to you to figure them out.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, DPF

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy. By locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want.

Tags: Volvo, Transmissions, Liquid Tank Trailers, Volvo XE-Adaptive Gearing

May 2016, Fleet Financials - Feature

How to Implement a Fuel Hedging Program

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Paul Clinton

Fleets can manage the risk of rising fuel prices with financial instruments known as fuel hedges.

Tags: Fuel Hedging, Fuel Costs, WEX, Equity Markets, Airlines

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

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