Fuel Smarts

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

Photo courtesy of Navistar


Smart Truck, Smart Business: Former SmartWay Head Launches Aerodynamic Venture

There have been many contributions to the improvement of truck and trailer aerodynamics - and therefore fuel efficiency - over the last few years, both from truck manufacturers and from add-on device

Sterling and Kenworth drayage tractors fill up at a new liquified natural gas station opened by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. adjacent to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in southern California.


Federal Stimulus Includes Billions For Alternative-fuel and Electric Vehicles

Kimberly Taylor of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute was almost ecstatic. "The whole world is watching their calendar, waiting for their grants to come out," she said of people in the business of producing and using cars, truck

Kraft recently bought a first-of-its-kind International Durastar hybrid delivery truck with cold-plate refrigeration technology.


The Green Public Face of Private Fleets

Private fleets often have an extra incentive to be "green." Those trucks on the road may be the most publicly visible element of a parent company's "green" strategy, sending out a message to the public that the company is concerned about the environment.


Research Shows Oil Viscosity Affects Fuel Economy

You could save as much as 1 percent on your fuel economy simply by switching from a 15W-40 engine oil to a 10W-30 engine oil, according to new research from Chevron Oronite

How the Right Diesel Fuel Additives Can Save Your Fleet Money
Diesel fuel additives are among the most powerful and cost-effective tools a fleet manager can use to keep their fleet up and running. Not every additive does the same thing—specialized formulas can help clean fuel systems, prevent gelling, or keep the fuel flowing in the coldest temperatures. Some OEMs recommend that additives be used to keep trucks operating at peak efficiency.

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