Fuel Smarts

Fuel Economy

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October 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Survey Examines How Fleets are Saving Fuel

ATRI has conducted a survey of nearly 100 fleet managers and representing over 114,500 trucks to examine fuel economy and fuel usage among fleets of different sizes and needs.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey, ATRI

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

NACFE Report: Truck Platooning Could Save 4% in Fuel

Platooning is one of the steps toward autonomous trucking, but still requires drivers in all trucks, NACFE says.

The money thus conserved will pay back a $1,050 to $2,800 investment for necessary equipment in one to two years, it estimates.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fleet Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Truck Platooning, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

August 24, 2016 - Industry News

Annual Fleet Efficiency Study Helps NACFE Benchmark Fuel-Saving Trends

Seventeen fleets operating more than 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers saw a 3% increase in fuel economy in 2015, saving an accumulative $501 million on fuel when compared to the 2015 national average fuel spend of 1.7 million over-the-road Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, NACFE, Fuel Economy

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Prepares to Launch Fuel-Economy Spec'ed Day Cab T680

Kenworth now offers the fuel-efficient Kenworth T680 Advantage Day Cab for pickup and delivery and regional haul operators.

Kenworth will extend its T680 fuel economy Advantage package into vocational applications soon with the launch of two new, T680 Advantage Day Cab models,, but will cut production of the T660 by the end of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, California, Fuel Economy, Kenworth T680, Hybrid Trucks, Day Cabs

July 24, 2016 - Product News

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC's tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm's.

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins X15, Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy, Engines, Diesel Engines

July 13, 2016 - Product News

International Rolls Out Predictive Cruise Control for Class 8 Trucks

Photo: International Trucks

International Truck now offers predictive cruise control technology on its International ProStar and LoneStar Class 8 on-highway trucks.

Tags: LoneStar, International, Fuel Economy, ProStar

June 29, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Most Fleets Should Consider Low-Viscosity Oil for Fuel Economy

A new report concludes that most fleets should look at adopting lower-viscosity engine oils for fuel savings.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PC-11, NACFE, Engine Oils, Low-Viscosity Oil

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Fleet Input on Heavy-Duty Truck MPG

The American Transportation Research Institute, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and ExxonMobil, has launched an online survey seeking the input of heavy-duty truck fleet managers on fuel economy and fuel usage.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, ATRI

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group Expands Energotest Road-Test Program

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PIT Group has expanded its spring 2016 Energotest event with an invitation-only VIP Day for select Canadian and U.S. trucking operations and a Fleet Forum for invited participants and PIT Group fleet members.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT Group

February 28, 2016 - Industry News

NACFE: Trailer Aero Products Work, 'Depending'

Credit: Wabash

Trailer aerodynamic devices work, but how well depends on the products and users’ operating conditions, says the latest Confidence Report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Trailer Aerodynamics

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

Mild Hybrid Silverado, Sierra Trucks to Arrive for 2016

Photo of 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 eAssist courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer about 700 eAssist hybrid versions of its 2016 model year Silverado and Sierra pickups through California dealers, GM has announced.

Tags: GMC Sierra, General Motors, Large Pickups, Mild Hybrids, Chevrolet Silverado, Fuel Economy

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Find Test Data in Choosing Economy Options, Report Says

Fleet managers should understand the types of tests, and know how one was run and how it relates to their everyday operations.

Truck fleets should seek test data on fuel-saving products so they can intelligently decide what to use in their own operations, says Determining Efficiency, the latest “confidence report” from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, NACFE

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Image: Wabash National

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

November 9, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Exceeds 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado diesel courtesy of GM.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rear-wheel-drive pickups powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel have achieved fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg on the highway, making them the most fuel efficient pickups on the market.

Tags: Diesel Engines, EPA, Fuel Economy, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, 2016-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

Tags: GHG, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Downspeed

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Accuracy of Truck Fuel Usage Data Called Into Question

The data coming from a truck's engine computer may not be the most accurate gauge of fuel economy according to a new report.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FPInnovations, Big Data

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Fleet Technology Expo Awards Announced

Photo by Kareem Girgis

Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Awards, Idle Reduction, Fleet Technology Expo, Fuel Economy

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Industry Leaders to Share Insight at Trucking Efficiency Workshop

Photo: Freight Efficiency

The NACFE's Trucking Efficiency Workshop is a one-day event for fleets where industry leaders will share their insights on some of the best efficiency technologies.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products

Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors’ products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.

The future is bright for the fully automatic transmission in commercial vehicles, say executives at Allison Transmission, even as they’re saluting their company’s founder and honoring accomplishments in this, the company’s centennial year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Company Anniversaries, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, History, Automatic Transmissions

August 23, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two

When there's no work to do, an unladen axle is just fuel-sucking dead weight. Volvo gets it up and out of the way when it's not needed. Photo by Jim Park.

Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires and Wheels

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control in Production for Kenworth Trucks

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Kenworth’s Predictive Cruise Control is now in production for new Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Kenworth, Driver Training, Fuel Economy

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE: Low Rolling Resistance Tires a Worthwhile Investment

Photo by Jim Park

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has released its sixth fuel economy technology confidence report, this one covering the benefits of adopting low rolling resistance tires.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill

The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, U.S. Congress

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Stemco DataLogger Predicts TrailerTail Fuel Savings

Photo via STEMCO

The palm-sized DataLogger plugs into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data, which Stemco engineers use to predict how much fuel the TrailerTail will save that fleet.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Stemco, TrailerTail

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Environmental Regulations



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