Fuel Smarts

From routing to gamification to spotting equipment issues, information technology can help save fuel.

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Mining Data for Fuel Savings

Fleet use of technologies to reduce costs is nothing new. Along with increased productivity and efficiency, cutting fuel costs was a big reason fleets adopted technologies such as automated routing and dispatch, GPS tracking and mobile communications.

The real question is how long the price will stay low?

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How Low Will Diesel Go?

While it’s hard to say just how low the retail price of diesel will go, what is fairly certain is the trend line in place since last autumn will continue to run its positive course at least through the rest of the year.

Can low-rolling-resistance tires reduce tire costs and save fuel? Some say yes; other disagree.

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Fuel Savings vs. Shorter Tire Life

Are low-rolling-resistance tires a cost-effective proposition? It’s not an easy question to answer. Chances are your low-rolling resistance tires are performing better than you think.

One of the new testing methods allowed for EPA SmartWay verification is wind tunnel testing. Here a scale model is prepped carefully before the test; small irregularities can make a big difference in the outcome.

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The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.

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The Automated Revolution is Real

After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.

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Bob Sliwa’s 3rd Aero Project Has Shell’s Backing

The StarShip tractor-trailer will get mpg that's "better than anyone else," but the former owner-operator, whose work with aerodynamics goes back to the 80s, is not announcing a target number.

The diesel and original manual transmission are replaced by a Power Control and Accessory Subsystem and a pair of inverter-charger units. They convert 220-volt AC power during charging to 360 volts DC for storage in the batteries, and back to AC to power two electric motors (green in the illustration) that run through an Eaton UltraShift 10-speed automated transmission. Motors use as much as 150 kilowatts to make up to 400 peak hp and 880 lb-ft.

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Driving on Kilowatts

From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

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Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Waste Heat Recovery

Waste heat recovery systems are being developed by engine makers but are they the worth the compromises they bring in the name of more efficiency?

The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab.

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Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

Testing the engine as a component rather than separate from a vehicle could be a better solution for meeting strict emissions standards. Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

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Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: One Test or Two?

Allowing a manufacturer to focus on improving an entire vehicle - instead of just the engine - could reduce operating costs while still meeting efficiency standards.

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