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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, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

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

September 30, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler and Trailer Maker Partner on European Fuel-Efficient Rig

New European tractor-trailer setup promises real-world fuel savings of up to 20%. Photo: David Cullen

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Truck unit along with Germany-based trailer maker Krone have teamed up to put together a linehaul tractor-trailer they say delivers up to a 20% cut in fuel consumption compared to existing combinations.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, IAA, Daimler, Trailer Aerodynamics

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

September 28, 2016 - Product News

Mahle Shows More Efficient Bearings at IAA

Mahle is working on a camshaft technology that will replace conventional bearings with wear-free roller bearings, the company announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, IAA, Emissions Reduction, Mahle, GHG emissions

September 27, 2016 - Industry News

Chinese Truck Maker Teams With Daimler, Cummins to Launch Global Super Truck Line

The Foton Motors Auman EST super truckn. Photo: Foton Motors

Chinese truck manufacturer Foton Motor has launched three fuel-efficient trucks under the Super Truck line in collaboration with Daimler, Cummins and several German component suppliers.

Tags: Green Fleets, Fuel Efficiency, Foton Motor, Super Truck, Global, IAA

September 13, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo’s SuperTruck Exceeds EPA Freight Efficiency Goals

Volvo&#39;s SuperTruck is unveiled in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jim Park

Volvo Trucks North America’s SuperTruck demonstration rig combined advanced aerodynamics, vehicle and powertrain technologies to achieve a freight efficiency improvement of 88%, averaging 12 mpg in road tests.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Group Outlines SuperTruck II Plans

Volvo Group has outlined how it plans to use $20 million in federal funding to further the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks as part of the SuperTruck II initiative.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Volvo Group, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck

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 17, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy, SuperTruck, Federal Grants

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

255 U.S. Firms Involved in Clean Transport, CalStart Map Shows

Suppliers of high-efficiency, low-carbon transport vehicles and equipment are listed on the map at www.calstart.org. Image: CalStart

New report says U.S. heavy-duty truck suppliers and the nation benefit from strong efficiency and emissions rules.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Manufacturing, Green, CALSTART

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Dealership Tool Allows Mack Buyers to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Image courtesy of Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has created a new online fuel economy tool that allows Mack customers to configure Pinnacle trucks and evaluate fuel efficiency potential on specific routes.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Dealers

May 23, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge Offers Fuel Efficiency Training

Image via CarriersEdge

Online safety and compliance training company CarriersEdge has added a Maximizing Fuel Efficiency course using an interactive learning approach to help drivers reduce fuel usage.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, CarriersEdge

May 11, 2016 - Product News

Can Tire Balancing Save Fuel?

The driving test features a pair of nearly identical trucks, one with Equal Flexx on the tires, the other without. Photo by Jim Park

Industry statistics suggest only about 30% of fleets do wheel balancing, and even those fleets usually balance only the steer axle wheels. IMI Products says if fleets balanced wheels at every position. they could see fuel savings and gains in tire life that would return their investment in balancing compounds tenfold in the just the first year.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, IMI, Tire Balancing

May 6, 2016 - Industry News

Day-Cab Fleets Missing Out on Aerodynamic Benefits

Photo: Peterbilt

Day-cab tractors have lagged behind sleeper equipped models in aerodynamic development fleets are missing out of fuel efficiency gains, according to the latest NACFE Confidence Report.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Reduction, Aerodynamics, NACFE, Day Cabs

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOE's $12.5M to Improve Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $12.5 million in grants and form a consortium to improve the operating efficiency of medium and heavy trucks, the agency has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency

March 7, 2016 - Product News

USA Truck Installs PedalCoach Driver App in Fleet

USA Truck has installed LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach mobile application in its fleet of trucks, designed to coach better driving habits to increase fuel efficiency.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, USA Truck, Mobile Apps

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

PPG Teams With Bridgestone on Fuel-Efficient Truck Tires

The Department of Energy is providing funding for a $1.25-million collaborative project between Bridgestone Americas and global coatings company PPG that will focus on improving the fuel efficiency of truck and bus radial tires

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, Tires, PPG Industries, U.S. Department of Energy

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

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