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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)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Waterless Coolant Shows Savings and Economy Payback

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

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)

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Driving Navistar's eStar Van

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

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A Win-Win on MPG

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

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