Fuel Smarts

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Crescent Crown Tests Hybrids, Other Sustainable Technologies

Crescent Crown's fuel savings with diesel-electric hybrids are even better than projected, once they got them broken in, on the right routes and got drivers trained

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Crescent Crown Distributing is one of the five largest beer distributors in the country, delivering more than 26 million cases a year in Arizona and Louisiana. As a leader in the industry, company officials believe it's their job to take the lead in sustainability initiatives as well

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Canadian Fleet Investing in Natural Gas

Groupe Robert plans to be the first true for-hire, long-haul fleet to be powered by natural gas in North America.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What prompts a very successful and highly visible carrier to wade deeply into uncharted territory and invest millions in yet-to-be proven technology? "It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it," says Claude Robert, president of privately held Groupe Robert in Boucherville, Quebec

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Jack Roush Venture, CleanTech, Drives Propane Vehicle Power

Motorsport legend Jack Roush is bringing his trackside know-how to the alternative fuels market with a new venture called Roush CleanTech, that will develop and market liquid propane injection powered vehicles

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

Special lettering and lack of tailpipe are all that visually distinguish this Transit Connect Electric from Ford's gasoline-powered version. (Photo by Tom Berg)

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks Develop Hybrid Fuel Truck

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks together have developed what they say is the first-ever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck. The innovative Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid will be used to deliver fuel to fleets primarily in Massachusetts

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Huttig Building Products Is Seeing Green

Huttig monitors drivers' mpg, idling and rpm using the PacTrac telematics system, available on the Peterbilt trucks it leases. (Photo by Huttig)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

"Go Green" is a program Huttig Building Products uses to motivate its drivers to improve performance and increase fuel efficiency

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Electric

Except for its electric propulsion, Smith's Newton looks and maneuvers like the low cabover it is. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For many years we've been accustomed to seeing electric carts scoot around golf courses and airports, and strong, silent forklifts do heavy lifting in factories and warehouses. Now street-legal trucks are ready to haul cargo in American cities

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: The Fuel Efficiency Czar

At NFI, fuel efficiency is a company-wide effort; everyone pitches in.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

New Jersey-based NFI Industries has improved its year-over-year fuel efficiency by 3.5 percent. From 2008 to 2009, its drivers slashed idle time by almost 44 percent

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: Walmart's Efficiency Goals

Since 2005, Walmart has managed to improve fleet efficiency by 60 percent.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In 2005, Walmart set a goal of doubling the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet to 13 mpg by 2015, according to widely published reports. By 2008, Walmart got its mpg up to 7.1 from 5.9 in 2005

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SuperTruck Program Aims to Improve Economy by 50 Percent

In 1981, the radical aerodynamics of Fruehauf's FEV (fuel-efficient van) 2000 got 7.4 mpg -- 72 percent better than a baseline tractor-trailer.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Department of Energy is backing development of clean-burning, more fuel-efficient vehicles with cold cash, including $115 million for the Super Truck program. Announced earlier this year, the program is awarding grants to three teams, headed by Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar International and Cummins

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

Spec'ing for fuel economy used to be just good business. Soon, it'll be required.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Defining fuel economy for heavy trucks is like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The scope of your imagination would be the only constraint to the possibilities

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waterless Coolant Shows Savings and Economy Payback

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor, and Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Evans Coolants says its unique waterless engine coolant has shown fuel savings of 3 percent to 7 percent in fleet testing

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Win-Win on MPG

By Editorial Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The folks in Washington should take a page from last month's Obama administration announcement that two federal agencies would be working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digging Deeper into Navistar's New eStar

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In a Portland "market" launch of its plug-in electric commercial van, Navistar expanded on the technical side of the eStar, which it's offering in cooperation with Modec of the United Kingdom. The Class 2C-3 van is all-electric. With a range of 100 miles on an eight-hour charge, the revolutionary-looking vehicle is targeted at operations that currently use gasoline or diesel step vans in city applications.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Frost & Sullivan: Medium-Duty Market Will Lead the Growth in Hybrid Trucks

Medium-duty hybrid trucks, such as this one, are expected to gain even more traction in the years ahead.  (Photo by Eaton)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Demand for hybrid trucks is expected to grow over the next six years across North America and Europe, and the medium-duty market will likely be the leader, with significant penetration into the hybrid secto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar's Electric Truck Named 'eStar,' Production Begun in Indiana RV Plant

(Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International's electric truck is called "eStar." It's being assembled by its Monaco RV subsidiary in Wakarusa, Ind., and it's priced at $150,000, less various government monetary grants meant to encourage purchases of the non-polluting vehicle

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EIA Projects Greater Use of Renewables By 2035

Over the next 25 years, rising oil prices and worries about climate change will prompt more use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel.

Over the next 25 years, energy consumption is expected to grow, but there will also be a greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation secto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tropicana Puts Peterbilt Hybrids Into Service

With the new hybrids, Tropicana expects to achieve an additional 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over its diesel-powered trucks.

Tropicana, a division of PepsiCo, has taken delivery of two new hybrid diesel-electric medium-duty Peterbilt trucks, which service downtown Chicag

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Goes With Gas in Diesel Engines

Mats Franzen at Volvo Trucks looks ahead.

By Thomas Pettersson, Volvo Trucks

Which fuels will replace oil? Nobody yet knows the answer. However, in order for the manufacturers to be able to offer vehicles that the market will want in the future, strategic decisions have to be made today

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Werner Takes Fuel Efficiency Message to Employees on Earth Day

The goal of Werner's Earth Day event was to educate employees on the company's green initiatives, in hopes of getting people involved. (Photo courtesy of Werner Enterprises)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

On Earth Day last Thursday, 600 employees of Werner Enterprises lined up outside its Omaha, Neb., headquarters to get educated on the company's sustainability initiatives and strategies

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDAW Session Highlights Hybrids

Eaton's hydraulic hybrid system is ideal for use in refuse applications.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Diesel-electric hybrids are proving ever more popular in vocations such as utility trucks and pickup and delivery

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Greenhouse Gas Management for Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

For years, Frito-Lay used 24-foot Class 6 straight trucks for urban grocery store deliveries. It recently found they could use a 20-foot Class 5 straight truck to do the same job, with a fuel savings of roughly 10 percent.

Medium-duty trucks, identified as Classes 3-6, are the workhorses of the American economy

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

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

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