Fuel Smarts

Fuel Economy

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November 13, 2017 - Product News

XStream Offers Speed-Sensitive Trailer Gap Aerodynamic Device

XStream Trucking says that in addition to fuel savings, drivers report a much smoother ride in crosswinds with its TruckWing trailer gap device deployed. Photo: XStream Trucking

XStream Trucking says its new, speed-sensitive, TruckWings trailer gap aerodynamic system can deliver fuel savings while reducing emissions.

Tags: Emissions, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Court Decision Puts GHG Phase 2 Rules for Trailers on Hold

TTMA contends that the fleets that can benefit from aerodyamic technology on trailers are already using it voluntarily. Photo: Utility Trailer

A three-judge panel Friday granted the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association request to provisionally stay the trailer provisions of the greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards that were slated to go into effect in January.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, EPA

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Axle for Trucks Saves Up to 15% in Fuel, Hyliion Says

Green-painted Hyliion 6X4HE components include the motorized rear axle, lithium-ion battery pack, electronic controls, and electric APU.

The Hyliion 6X4HE system, which includes an electric APU that saves another 12% in fuel, is being tested by three major fleets.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Electric APU, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, APUs, Hyliion

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Sustains Over 11 MPG for 5,600 Miles

Sharp Transport driver David Gooch next to the Cumberland C10 he drove for the #Raceto10MPG challenge. Screenshot via Cumberland International YouTube

Driver David Gooch was able to sustain 11.21 miles per gallon over 5,599 miles during the #Raceto10mpg challenge put on by Cumberland International and Sharp Transport.

Tags: MPG, Truck Drivers, Fuel Economy, Contest

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Fuel Economy Increases 1% in Latest NACFE Study

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released its 2017 Annual Fleet Fuel Study, finding that overall fuel economy rose 1% in 2016, the ninth year in a row trucking fleets in the study have recorded an increase.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Drivers Aim for Top Fuel Economy in Run on Less Roadshow

Photo: NACFE

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced the seven drivers participating in Run on Less, a fuel-economy roadshow set to kick off on Sept. 6.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

DOT May Revise 2021 Fuel Economy Standards

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation may revise automotive fuel economy standards starting with the 2021 model year and could lower standards through 2025, reports Reuters.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, 2021-MY

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE Updates 6x2 Confidence Report

Third generation 6x2 systems feature liftable pusher axles, which are said to improve ROI by allowing for axle-up light-weight operation. Photo by Jim Park

NACFE offers an updated 6x2 Confidence Raport that reflects the lessons learned over the past 14 years. It also address advancing technology and how such improvements make 6x2 a more viable consideration than previous generations of the technology.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fuel Economy, NACFE, 6x2 axle

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Truck Fleets Sign on for Run on Less MPG Roadshow

Image via RunOnLess.com

Seven U.S. truck fleets— together accounting for nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers-- have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a new cross-country “roadshow” aimed at showcasing advancements in fuel efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

Photo: Pit Group

Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Tires, PIT Group

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

Run on Less participants will begin the contest by running normal routes and end with a drive to the new NACV Show in Atlanta this September. Photo: Ryder System

In September, a contingent of trucks from fleets around the country will hit the road to see if their special blend of vehicles, technology and drivers can log the highest fuel economy numbers in real-world operating conditions.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, NACV Show

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump, Global

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE: Modest Gains Seen So Far from Variable Engine-Driven Accessories

Variable engine-driven accessories are being tested for their fuel-saving capabilities on various OEM SuperTruck designs, such as this one by Volvo.

New NACFE confidence report on emerging technology says that current fuel economy gains are modest, but some systems show promise and research and development should continue.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs Partners with Peloton on Truck Platooning Product

Photo: Peloton

Omnitracs and Peloton Technology announced a partnership that will bring Peloton’s truck platooning technology to Omnitracs fleet management solutions customers.

Tags: Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Fuel Economy

February 3, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Predictive Cruise Update Ups Fuel Economy

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has updated its Predictive Cruise Control functionality for T680 and T880 trucks equipped with the 2017 Paccar MX-11, MX-13, and Cummins X15 engines.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Fuel Economy, T680, Adaptive Cruise Control

January 26, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Becomes a Pit Group Member

U.S. Xpress trucks preparing to begin a 52-mile fuel economy run out of its facility in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. The trucks are the latest model tractors available equipped with each OEM&#39;s most aggressive fuel economy package. Photo: Jack Roberts

Following fuel consumption tests conducted at its facilities in Georgia, U.S. Xpress has become a member of the Pit Group, an organization specializing in truck related technology implementation through testing and fleet advisory services.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, U.S. Xpress, PIT Group

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group to Hold its First U.S. Fuel Economy Trials

Photo: PIT Group

Montreal-based research and engineering firm PIT Group has announced it will hold its first set of Energotest fuel-economy trials in the U.S. at Uvalde, Tex., from Feb. 13-17, 2017.

Tags: Emissions, Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, PIT

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&#39;s tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm&#39;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

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