Fuel Smarts

The funding for Class 8 projects will go toward the development of such technologies as aerodynamics. Here, DTNA tests aerodynamics at its Wind Tunnel in Portland, Ore. (Photo by DTNA)


U.S. DOE Shells Out $115 Million to Build 'Super Truck'

A new initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy includes $115 million in funding to develop a Class 8 "Super Truck," aimed at achieving a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

(Photo courtesy of UPS)


UPS' Eaton Delivery Hybrids Get Nod From the Feds For Fuel Economy

A year-long evaluation of the hybrid-electric step delivery vans used by UPS yielded about a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy, which averaged about 13 miles per gallo

A B20 biodiesel and E85 pump in Alabama along I-65.


Expiration of Biodiesel Credit Creates Uncertainty

The biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of last week, leaving biodiesel producers and truckstops in uncertainty over what the next few months may hold, and truckers concerned about possible price increases

Bourne's Energy chose to lease two hybrids from Ryder, including this propane-hauling truck, displayed next to President Peter Bourne.


Delivering Green: One Energy Provider Sets a Green Example

Vermont-based Bourne's Energy, a family-owned company that delivers fuel and propane to households and businesses, has a long-term goal of producing a usable biofuel in Vermont

Auburn University has developed a conceptual heavy truck fuel economy rating system at its pavement-testing facility.


Auburn University Test Track Offers Fuel Economy Testing Opportunities

The trucking industry needs a rational methodology for determining expected fuel economy for new tractors, says representatives for The Labs at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala


Oil Viscosity and Fuel Economy

For 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy expects diesel prices to average nearly $3 a gallon. As diesel prices head back up, it may be time to look at the possibility of switching to a more fuel-efficient engine oil


Smith Throws Switch on All-Electric Trucks

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles is making the first deliveries of its Newton Class 5 through 7 all-electric truck

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.


Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the economy, according to David Woodbur


More Fleet Hybrids Will Be on the Road By 2015

The use of hybrid electric vehicles is expected to catch on with fleets over the next five years, with sales increasing from 300,000 units in 2009 to more than 830,000 in 201

Fewer long-haul drivers idle to keep cool at night, but there's room for improvement.


Idle Reduction: What's Right for Your Fleet?

More than half of all the states in the Union plus the District of Columbia now enforce idling restrictions at either the state, county or municipal leve

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