Fuel Smarts

Fuel Efficiency

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September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Gasoline Engines, Mixed Truck Fleet

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Joins SuperTruck II Project

Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced that it will participate in the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program, collaborating closely with the Paccar Technical Center and DAF Trucks, a subsidiary of Paccar, to develop fuel efficient technologies.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Paccar MX Engine, SuperTruck

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Run on Less Kicks Off as Participants Aim for 9 mpg

Run on Less, billed as a first-of-its-kind national fuel efficiency roadshow, has kicked off this week from multiple locations around the country.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Contest, Events, NACV Show, Run on Less, NACFE, Carbon War Room

September 7, 2017 - Product News

Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

The Anticipation feature measures the gap in time between lifting off an accelerator and applying the brakes. Image via Blue Tree Systems

Blue Tree Systems introduced a new feature called Anticipation, which tracks and measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage in normal driving.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Blue Tree Systems, Driver Coaching, Telematics, Fuel Efficiency, Drivers

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

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 11, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress to Install SmartTruck TopKit on All New Trailers

Image: SmartTruck

U.S. Xpress announced that it will include SmartTruck’s TopKit Aero System on all of its trailer builds in 2017.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, SmartTruck, U.S. Xpress, Trailer Aerodynamics

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Ridge Partners with Aerospace Company to Improve Truck Aerodynamics

Photo: National Research Council of Canada

Ridge Corporation has partnered with the aerospace technology company FlexSys to help improve truck aerodynamics devices, reducing drag and improving fuel efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Ridge Corp., Trailer Aerodynamics

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

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

Photo: Peloton

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

Tags: Legislation, Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency, Advanced Technology

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Geotab to Track Fuel Efficiency for Run on Less Roadshow

Screenshot via Run on Less

Run on Less, a cross-country roadshow to showcase fuel efficiency advancements, has partnered with telematics provider Geotab to install its devices on all trucks participating in the three-week event to track their progress.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Geotab, NACFE, NACV Show

May 2, 2017 - Product News

Stoughton to Install TopKit Aero System on Rental, Lease Trailers

The TopKit Aero System Image: SmartTruck

Stoughton Lease will begin installation of SmartTruck TopKit Aero Systems on across its entire fleet of rental and lease trailers.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, Stoughton Trailers, Top 20 Products, Trailers

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

HDTX to Feature Interactive Fuel Efficiency Roundtables

Photo: NACFE

Participants in next month’s Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event will participate in a special roundtable discussion about fuel economy technologies, facilitated by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and HDT editors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Events, NACFE, HDTX

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

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Offer FlowBelow Fairing System on Model 579

Peterbilt is offering the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit aerodynamic rear fairing system for the Model 579, beginning in the second quarter of 2017.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, FlowBelow

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, Advanced Technology

February 14, 2017 - Product News

Workhorse Touts Efficiency of Electric Delivery Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Workhorse Group has announced that its medium-duty electric trucks are up to six times more efficient than comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered models.

Tags: Workhorse, Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Developing SuperTire for Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II Project

Super-low-rolling-resistance tires will still have to meet customer expectations for mileage and retreadability.<br />Photo by Jim Park

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf tire, the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II team is bringing Bridgestone on board to develop an ultra-low rolling resistance tire. The goal is a 30% reduction in rolling-resistance which equates to a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

Tags: Cummins, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, SuperTruck, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

December 6, 2016 - Product News

Swift Adopts FlowBelow Kits for Existing and New Tractors

Swift will retrofit 40% of its 65,000 existing tractors with FlowBelow AeroKits and install them on new purchases. Photo: FlowBelow Aero Inc.

Aerokits improve fuel economy on Swift’s tractors by a “solid 1.5%,” the procurement VP said. The payback comes in 24 to 26 months.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Swift Transportation, FlowBelow

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

Energy Department Project Aims for Fuel Efficiency Gains Through Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Peloton Technology announced its participation in the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles program, or Nextcar, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, U.S. DOT, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Rule Published

Photo: Jim Park

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have officially published the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/ fuel efficiency rule for commercial vehicles in the Federal Register.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Greenhouse Gas, GHG Phase 2

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

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group to Conduct Fuel Efficiency Testing for U.S. Xpress

PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the trucking industry, plans to conduct its first In-Service Fuel Testing on powertrain combinations for U.S. Xpress.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, U.S. Xpress, PIT

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