Fuel Smarts

Fuel Economy

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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

April 22, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Offers Efficient Packages for Cascadia

The Freightliner Cascadia is available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage packages. Photo: Freightliner

The Freightliner Cascadia is now available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage Powertrain packages designed to enhance efficiency and performance.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Powertrains, Fuel Economy, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

National Renewable Energy Lab Offers Online CNG Tool

Photo : NREL

Fleets considering a compressed natural gas program now have an online resource to help evaluate cost-effectiveness.

Tags: Fuel Economy, NREL, CNG, Online Tool, CNG Fueling Stations

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: David Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Large Pickups

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Photo via XL Hybrids.

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Alternative Fuels, Food and Beverage Fleets

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, Aluminum, 2015-MY

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

Heavy Duty Trucking announced its second annual Top 50 Green Fleets at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., Thursday. A ceremony was held at the conference to honor these fleets for their sustainability efforts in areas such as fuel economy, alternative fuels and emissions.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Top 50 Green Fleets, Fuel Economy

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Mack Makes AMT Standard on Pinnacle

Mack mDrive automated manual transmission.

SAN DIEGO -- Mack Trucks is making its mDrive automated manual transmission standard equipment on its Pinnacle on-highway truck model.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E, Fuel Economy

October 4, 2014 - Product News

Mesilla Valley Adding FlowBelow AeroKits to Entire Fleet

The FlowBelow AeroKit adorns a special gold Freightliner rig in the exhibit hall at ATA MC&E. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- Mesilla Valley Transportation, a New Mexico and Texas carrier known for its attention to fuel savings, has ordered 1,200 FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits to be installed on its entire fleet as MVT works toward a goal of a fleet average of 10 mpg.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, FlowBelow, ATA MC&E

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency

Graphic via Wabco.

Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

Tags: IAA, Fuel Economy, Driver Assistance Systems, Wabco, Adaptive Cruise Control

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: New Truck Technologies Can Dramatically Cut Fuel Bills

Inside of an automated transmission, one of several technolgies helping fleets reduce their fuel bills, according to NACFE. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Fleets operating 41,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers achieved fuel savings of $7,200 per year per truck by adopting a variety of new technologies, according to a new study released Wednesday by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Technology, Research, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

International DuraStar, WorkStar Get 9.3-Liter SCR Diesels

Navistar has started customer shipments of its International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks with the company's 9.3-liter diesels fitted with selective catalytic reduction emissions-aftertreatment equipment.

Tags: SCR, MaxxForce, Fuel Economy, N9, N10, Navistar, Vocational, Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Oil Standard Won't Have Adhesive Wear Test

Shell's Dan Arcy explains how oils protect against scuffing or adhesive wear in the cylinders and liners in an earlier engine teardown. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

A proposed test for adhesive wear, or scuffing, will not be a part of the upcoming new API oil standard, currently known as PC-11, and the new category is running behind schedule for implementation.

Tags: Shell, Lubricants, API, Low-Viscosity Oil, Fuel Economy, Engines

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Hits SuperTruck Goals Ahead of Schedule

Artist rendering of Daimler's SuperTruck. Credit: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday it has realized the objectives of its SuperTruck program one year ahead of schedule. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the SuperTruck program is an ambitious five-year research and development initiative focused on improving freight efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of Class 8 trucks.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, DOE, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

The LogixDrive 17XEVO axle in European trim. It may come to North America in 2015, Meritor says.

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.

Tags: Meritor, Drivetrains, Axles, Fuel Economy, Global

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar and Swift Transportation Begin Pilot Program to Improve Fuel Economy

Navistar said it developed a specification for the International ProStar tractor that the company expects to deliver improved fuel economy results.

Tags: Navistar, Fuel Economy, ProStar, Swift Transportation

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Engine Teardown Compares Protection of Experimental Oil

These engine parts are from a teardown of an engine using an experimental low-HTHS viscosity oil. A visual inspection shows no noticeable differences in wear between it and the higher-viscosity oil.

What do you get when you put a group of trucking journalists in a room with three tables of engine teardown parts and ask them to choose which one is from the truck running the experimental low-viscosity oil? A lot of eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

Tags: Engine Oil, Fuel Economy, Shell Rotella, API, Engines

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Editors Seeking Fuel-Saving Ideas for June Issue

Do you have a sure-fire tip, trick or technique that has helped your company save money on fuel? If so, Heavy Duty Trucking's editors would like to hear about it for our special June issue, featuring "100 Ways to Save on Fuel."

Tags: Fuel Economy, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Fuel and Oil

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Deploying Trailer Skirts

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced it is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate AeroSkirts to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Wabash, Con-Way, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts, Con-way Freight, Fuel Economy

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

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