Fuel Smarts

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


Going Green: Canadian Fleet Investing in Natural Gas

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


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

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)


Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

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.


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

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


Huttig Building Products Is Seeing Green

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

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


Going Electric

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

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


Case Study: The Fuel Efficiency Czar

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

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


Case Study: Walmart's Efficiency Goals

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

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.


SuperTruck Program Aims to Improve Economy by 50 Percent

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

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


The Future of Fuel Economy

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

How a Collaborative Approach To Fleet Fuel Maintenance Can Improve Vehicle Uptime
Find out how Penray’s collaborative approach to fleet fuel maintenance can improve vehicle uptime! Penray’s Fuel Doctor program addresses individual fleet needs through testing, independent lab analysis, recommendation of treatments and tank cleaning as well as long term maintenance program planning.

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