Fuel Smarts

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

T. Boone Pickens Predicts Quick Action on Natural Gas Incentives

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

LOUISVILLE, KY -- After the bitter battle on Capitol Hill about healthcare reform, a well-known alternative energy advocate predicts Congress will turn to legislation that will help the country toward a bipartisan goal of reducing our dependence on foreign oil

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oils For Natural Gas Engines

Border Valley Trading, a Brawley, Calif.-based alfalfa, sudan and klein grass hay producer and exporter, last year replaced its fleet of trucks with 15 liquefied natural gas-powered Kenworth T800s.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Recent announcements illustrate the growing interest in natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gasoline-Diesel Cocktail: A Potent Recipe for Cleaner, More Efficient Engines

Rolf Reitz, center, and his team of graduate students in the engine research group.

By Brian Mattmiller, University of Wisconsin

Diesel and gasoline fuel sources both bring unique assets and liabilities to powering internal combustion engines

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

This trailer is loaded to gross 110,000 pounds to replicate the heaviest containers at the docks as they come off the ships. PHETT drives like a conventional yard jockey, but quieter.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The terminal tractor - yard jockey, hostler, whatever you call it - has to be one of the most used, abused and under-regarded vehicles in any fleet

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cool Electric Spin: Driving a Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Ford does not offer hybrids from the factory, but Eaton engineers installed an electric-drive system on this F-550 chassis to show that retrofits are entirely doable on this popular class of truck. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Barriers to Commercialization Still Exist For Hybrid Truck Industry

(Photo courtesy of Peterbilt)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Hybrid drivetrain technology has the potential to improve fuel economy by 20 to 50 percent on medium- and heavy-duty trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

U.S. DOE Shells Out $115 Million to Build 'Super Truck'

The funding for Class 8 projects will go toward the development of such technologies as aerodynamics. Here, DTNA tests aerodynamics at its Wind Tunnel in Portland, Ore. (Photo by DTNA)

A new initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy includes $115 million in funding to develop a Class 8 "Super Truck," aimed at achieving a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS' Eaton Delivery Hybrids Get Nod From the Feds For Fuel Economy

(Photo courtesy of UPS)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

A year-long evaluation of the hybrid-electric step delivery vans used by UPS yielded about a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy, which averaged about 13 miles per gallo

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expiration of Biodiesel Credit Creates Uncertainty

A B20 biodiesel and E85 pump in Alabama along I-65.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of last week, leaving biodiesel producers and truckstops in uncertainty over what the next few months may hold, and truckers concerned about possible price increases

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delivering Green: One Energy Provider Sets a Green Example

Bourne's Energy chose to lease two hybrids from Ryder, including this propane-hauling truck, displayed next to President Peter Bourne.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Vermont-based Bourne's Energy, a family-owned company that delivers fuel and propane to households and businesses, has a long-term goal of producing a usable biofuel in Vermont

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Auburn University Test Track Offers Fuel Economy Testing Opportunities

Auburn University has developed a conceptual heavy truck fuel economy rating system at its pavement-testing facility.

The trucking industry needs a rational methodology for determining expected fuel economy for new tractors, says representatives for The Labs at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Viscosity and Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

For 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy expects diesel prices to average nearly $3 a gallon. As diesel prices head back up, it may be time to look at the possibility of switching to a more fuel-efficient engine oil

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smith Throws Switch on All-Electric Trucks

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles is making the first deliveries of its Newton Class 5 through 7 all-electric truck

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the economy, according to David Woodbur

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Fleet Hybrids Will Be on the Road By 2015

The use of hybrid electric vehicles is expected to catch on with fleets over the next five years, with sales increasing from 300,000 units in 2009 to more than 830,000 in 201

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Idle Reduction: What's Right for Your Fleet?

Fewer long-haul drivers idle to keep cool at night, but there's room for improvement.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

More than half of all the states in the Union plus the District of Columbia now enforce idling restrictions at either the state, county or municipal leve

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Truck, Smart Business: Former SmartWay Head Launches Aerodynamic Venture

Photo courtesy of Navistar

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

There have been many contributions to the improvement of truck and trailer aerodynamics - and therefore fuel efficiency - over the last few years, both from truck manufacturers and from add-on device

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal Stimulus Includes Billions For Alternative-fuel and Electric Vehicles

Sterling and Kenworth drayage tractors fill up at a new liquified natural gas station opened by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. adjacent to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in southern California.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Kimberly Taylor of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute was almost ecstatic. "The whole world is watching their calendar, waiting for their grants to come out," she said of people in the business of producing and using cars, truck

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Green Public Face of Private Fleets

Kraft recently bought a first-of-its-kind International Durastar hybrid delivery truck with cold-plate refrigeration technology.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Private fleets often have an extra incentive to be "green." Those trucks on the road may be the most publicly visible element of a parent company's "green" strategy, sending out a message to the public that the company is concerned about the environment.

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Research Shows Oil Viscosity Affects Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

You could save as much as 1 percent on your fuel economy simply by switching from a 15W-40 engine oil to a 10W-30 engine oil, according to new research from Chevron Oronite

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Fuel Economy Regulation on the Horizon

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Well-managed fleets focus on fuel efficiency the way a surgeon focuses on the tip of his scalpel. It is, after all, a life-and-death issu

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Fight Against Global Warming: What's at Stake For Trucking in Cap-and-Trade

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The effort to create a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions is generating more questions than answers right now, including whether or not Congress will be able to actually pass a bill

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Stay Cool While Saving Fuel

Delphi offers useful tips to help drivers enhance fuel economy during A/C use The use of any commercial vehicle's air conditioning system increases the load on a vehicle's engine, which in turn consumes fue

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

If They Can Make It Here: NYC Adds Hybrids

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The New York City Department of Sanitation collects more than 12,000 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables each da

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AMTs Can Improve Fuel Efficiency, Study Finds

Automated Manual Transmissions can improve fuel efficiency by up to 22 percent over conventional automatic transmission

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Economy Considerations: Research on side skirts and more

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Canadian researchers and fleet managers have run another series of test runs on fuel economy improvement products, and some of the results have verified what was learned at an event the year before

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Impressions: Alternative Fuels for Light-Duty Trucks

Behind the cab in the bed of this converted F-150 is a 53-gallon fuel cylinder, 41 gallons of which provide 500 miles of range.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Here are two ways to avoid buying petroleum from unfriendly countries

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Just Do It: Act Now to Cut Emissions

Bulky tanks for compressed natural gas consume room on a chassis, but there's usually room for them on trash collection trucks. Here the tanks are stacked vertically ahead of the packer body.  (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Government people tend to spend a lot of time thinking and planning when they should just get things done, contends David McCary, director of solid waste management for the City of San Antonio

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Power Industry Glossary of Terms

All Electric Range - the distance or time that a vehicle can drive in all electric mode without engaging another means of powering the vehicle

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under Pressure: Fuel Filtration

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A perennial topic at any meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council of ATA is fuel filter plugging

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Specs for Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Fuel Economy: Playing by the Numbers

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing considerations for tires run the gamut from application to serviceability, and from life cycle costs to anticipated fuel savings. No two fleets will have exactly the same considerations, but at year-end, fuel costs will factor into most spec'ing decisions

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving GM's 2-Mode Hybrid

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Is this the system that will save full-size SUVs and pickups from high-priced gasoline? General Motors' 2-Mode Hybrid, which first appeared about a year ago on the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon and recently on Silverado and Sierra 1500-series pickups

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Emissions Report: Fleet Managers Improve Fuel Economy Up to 40.5 Percent at Challenge

By Tom Berg

Fleet managers can become effective teachers if they themselves know how to drive economically.

Tags: Isuzu, Fuel Economy

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Additives For Fuel Economy

By Steve Sturgess, executive editor

The price of fuel is enough to sway even the most hardcore oil additive skeptic.

Tags: Fuel Prices, oil additives, fuel economy enhancers, Go-15

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Fuel: Load It And Lock It

By Doug Condra, president

On December 11, Detective Rob Everett watches quietly from a distance as four men pump diesel fuel from a tanker into bladders mounted on two smaller trucks. They are on a remote access road in Florida.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, fuel siphoning

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Roundup

By HDT Staff

Sales are still good, features are nicer, and fuel economy is becoming more important .

December 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New CARB Rules Loom

By HDT Staff

In a year, older diesel-powered reefers — even those meeting federal emissions rules — will no longer be welcome in California.

Tags: CARB, Reefers, Reefer

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