Fuel Smarts

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.

via Trucking Efficiency

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New Report Explores Lightweighting

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.

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

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SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

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?

Artist’s rendering of what the StarShip fuel-econnomy vehicle may look like.

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Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

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.

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Change in Excise Tax Removes One LNG Stumbling Block

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.

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

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Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery

The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.

Photo: Jim Park

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A Closer Look at Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rules

We take a close look at the proposed 'Phase 2' greenhouse gas/ fuel economy rules.

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