Fuel Smarts

Rolf Lockwood

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Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995

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

Photo: Stevens Sausage

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Sausage Fleet Switches to Propane Autogas

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.

Photo: Raven Transport

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Customers Make LNG ‘No-Brainer’ for Florida Fleet

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.

Photo: PG&E

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PG&E Electrifies Its Sustainability Efforts

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.

Photo: Ryder

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CNG: From an Idea to a Solution

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.

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.

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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.

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

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The Downspeeding Learning Curve

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

Rolf Lockwood

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The Electric Truck Future

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.

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No Easy Math to Plot A Green Path

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

Photo: Maxwell Technologies

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Start Reliably and Reduce Idling This Winter

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.

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How the Right Diesel Fuel Additives Can Save Your Fleet Money
Diesel fuel additives are among the most powerful and cost-effective tools a fleet manager can use to keep their fleet up and running. Not every additive does the same thing—specialized formulas can help clean fuel systems, prevent gelling, or keep the fuel flowing in the coldest temperatures. Some OEMs recommend that additives be used to keep trucks operating at peak efficiency.
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