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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

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

University of Tennessee Confirms 6% Fuel Savings for SmartTruck

The SmartTruck trailer on display during this past October's ATA Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.

Tags: SmartTruck, Mid-America Trucking Show, CD adapco, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program

TMC, NASHVILLE – The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

TrailerTails Gain Acceptance, Should Total 200,000 by 2017, ATDynamics Says

TMC, NASHVILLE -- ATDynamics says North American fleets are on track to order 50,000 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices this year, and there’ll be 200,000 on the road by 2017. More than 350 fleets have deployed the aerodynamic devices in the last three years, including numerous Top 100 for-hire and private fleets.

Tags: ATDynamics, TrailerTails, Trailers, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research Offers Online Natural Gas Calculators

ACT Research Co. has released online fuel payback calculators that can help companies make the best fuel choices for their applications. The calculators, which are available at no charge at ACT’s website, allow fleets to easily calculate the diesel gallon equivalent of CNG or LNG at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.

Tags: ACT Research, DGE, CNG, LNG, Fuel Economy, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, OOIDA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA, President Obama

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Demonstration SuperTruck Hits 10.7 MPG Mark

Cummins and Peterbilt announced Tuesday their latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Department of Energy, Peterbilt, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon)

UPDATED -- President Obama pushed the start button on the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty fuel economy standards.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, President Obama, Regulations, ATA

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Fuel Efficient Trucks Benefit American Households

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A group representing more than 260 non-profit consumer organizations across the country is making a case in favor of continuing to increase the fuel efficiency of medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Announces First Energotest in the United States

Spring 2013 PIT Energotest in Canada.

FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group, a not-for-profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, announced it will hold its first U.S. Energotest at the Continental Truck Tires Uvalde Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas, Feb. 3-7.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

SmartTruck Refutes Recent Test Results

SmartTruck said a recent third-party computational fluid dynamics study conducted by CD-adapco showed SmartTruck’s UT6 trailer aerodynamics system reduces drag by more than 10%, translating into highway fuel savings of approximately 7%

UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.

Tags: SmartTruck, PIT, Aerodynamics, MPG, Fuel Economy, Trailers, ATA 2013

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

SAE Fuel Economy Tests Reveal Aero Device Performance

Tests show trailers with side skirts consumed almost 7% less fuel than trailer without skirts

User-paid and impartial SAE Type II tests reveal the trailer side skirts tested are more effective at reducing fuel consumption than undercarriage aerodynamic devices.

Tags: PIT, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Fuel Savings, PIT Undertray

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Group to Host Fuel Consumption Test

Evaluations to include fuel consumption comparisons between North American and European truck models

Tags: Volvo, Fuel Economy, PIT, FPInnovations

April 5, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Honors Developers of Fuel-Saving I-See System in Europe

In Europe, Volvo now offers its I-See system, which reduces fuel consumption for long-distance transport by up to 5%. The four individuals responsible for developing the solution are set to receive the Volvo Technology Award for 2013.

Tags: Volvo, I-See, Fuel Economy, Global

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, Eaton to Offer Integrated ‘Powertrain Package’

SmarTorque2 ISX15 mates with Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated mechanical transmission via special programming to “downspeed” cruising RPMs and yield high efficiency, the companies say.

Cummins Inc. and Eaton Corp. have devised a fuel-saving, integrated engine-transmission combination that will rival proprietary offerings from some truck builders.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Engines, TMC

March 8, 2013 - Industry News

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go green, including using telematics.

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward "going green." "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply during a session for NTEA's Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Tags: Green, Fuel Economy, greenhouse gas emissions, Work Truck Show, Telematics

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