Fuel Smarts

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Penn’s demo tractor, assembled from a Freightliner Coronado glider kit, has an American Power Group diesel-natural gas fuel system and a Webasto coolant heater.

December 12 2013 - Products

Glider-Kit Tractor to Demo Money-Saving Dual-Fuel System, Cab Heater

Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Freightliner

A demonstrator tractor featuring dual-fuel equipment and a diesel-fueled heater will show the advantages of the glider kits run partly on natural gas and heaters that warm engine coolant and the cab without engine idling.

Tags: Natural Gas, Freightliner, APG, Webasto, Glider Kits, Dual Fuel System, Penn Commercial Vehicle Solu

December 9 2013 - Products

Zenith Electric Van Claims High Operating Savings

Zenith Motors

A recently developed product from a recently formed company is an electric-drive van, with shuttle-bus versions now in production and cargo vans available. It’s called the Zenith 350 for its 3,500-pound payload capacity.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Zenith Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Ram ProMaster

November 20 2013 - Products

EcoDual, Hunter Truck Sales to Offer Peterbilt Dual Fuel Gliders

EcoDual, Hunter Truck Sales

EcoDual Inc. is partnering with Hunter Truck Sales, one of Peterbilt dealers with 15 locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Hunter will provide custom configured Peterbilt gliders with EcoDual's platform, the MAX/SR Dual Fuel System.

Tags: Cummins, Peterbilt, EcoDual, Glider Kits, Hunter Truck Sales

November 4 2013 - Products

Goodyear Launches G572 1AD Tire

Goodyear

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has launched the SmartWay-verified Goodyear G572 1AD truck tire for single-axle drive and 6x2 applications.

Volvo's Optimized Series offers weight- and fuel-saving benefits for regional haulers.

October 28 2013 - Products

Volvo Optimized Series Offers Better Fuel Efficiency, Payload for Regional Haul

Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks in North America says its new Optimized Series, now available for order, includes eight models equipped with proven fuel- and weight-saving specifications for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications.

Tags: MPG, Volvo Trucks, Lightweighting, Regional

October 23 2013 - Products

Vnomics Now Offers Driver Coaching Tool as Stand-Alone

Vnomics Corp.

Vnomics announced that its driver coaching system, which analyzes each vehicle's performance to identify the potential mpg then coaches drivers in the cab to help achieve that, is now available to be used by any fleet, regardless of what in-cab computer system they may be using, through the new Core product.

Tags: Drivers, Fuel Efficiency, Vnomics, MPG, Information Technology

October 22 2013 - Products

Auxiliary Fuel Tank for Pickups Uses Spare-Tire Space

Titan Fuel Tanks

Titan Fuel Tanks has a 30-gallon auxiliary tank and fuel transfer control unit for diesel pickups that fits under the bed in the spare-tire stowage cavity. Claimed to be a first, the polyethylene tank fits most American-made diesel pickup trucks made after 1999.

Tags: Titan Fuel Tanks, Fuel Capacity

October 22 2013 - Products

Webasto Releases New SmarTemp Control fx Timer

Webasto

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America recently released its new SmarTemp Control fx Timer. The SmarTemp Control fx Timer is designed to work exclusively with Webasto’s engine pre-heaters and is easy to program for repeat heating duration times.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Webasto, Heaters

October 21 2013 - Products

Idle Smart Enhances Fuel Saving Solution

Idle Smart

Idle Smart announced it has improved the idle reduction system it announced earlier this year, many as the result of customer feedback, CEO Jeff Lynch explained at the American Trucking Associations' Annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: ATA2013, Ilde Reduction

October 21 2013 - Products

Navistar Offers Portfolio of Fully Automated Transmissions Options

Navistar, Cummins, Eaton, Allison

Navistar Inc. announced it is the first to market with a portfolio of fully automatic and automated manual transmissions for a range of applications, according to the company. The options will be available on International ProStar and International TranStar vehicles.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Navistar, Allison

October 20 2013 - Products

ATDynamics Debuts Automatic TrailerTail Deployment System

ATDynamics

ATDynamics on Sunday announced the launch of TrailerTail AutoDeploy system at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. along with other product news.

Tags: Fuel Economy, ATDynamics, ATA2013

A sampling of some of Alcoa's current truck wheel offerings.

October 20 2013 - Products

Alcoa Introduces New Aluminum Wheel Alloy, First Product Due Early 2014

Alcoa

Alcoa Wheels rolled a new aluminum wheel alloy, its first in 45 years, at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., and will introduce its first new wheel featuring this alloy early next year.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, ATA2013

PedalCoach uses a simple graphic interface to provide real-time feedback.

October 19 2013 - Products

PedalCoach Helps Drivers Operate in the Fuel Efficiency Green Zone

LinkeDrive

ORLANDO -- LinkeDrive, a new company, says its first product, PedalCoach, helps drivers achieve better fuel economy through a smartphone or tablet app that converts complex data from the engine and other areas into a simple graphic gauge interface that coaches drivers to stay in the "green zone."

Tags: Drivers, ATA, MPG, Fuel Economy, ATA2013, Mobile App

October 17 2013 - Products

Aerodynamic TrailerTails Now Have Open/Close Sensors

BlueTree Systems, ATDynamics

Blue Tree Systems Inc., a provider of reefer monitoring, trailer tracking, and in-cab fleet management solutions and ATDynamics Inc., a supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, announced the availability of a modified door sensor to detect when a semi-trailer’s TrailerTail aerodynamic device is properly deployed by a driver.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, ATDynamics, Blue Tree Systems, Trailer Tails

Volvo’s XE11 powertrain package, available for Volvo VNM and VNL (above) models, provides up to a 3% fuel efficiency improvement when compared with another overdrive transmission in a similar operation.

October 15 2013 - Products

Volvo Trucks Announces XE11 Fuel Efficiency Package for 11-Liter Engine

Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks expanded its XE powertrain package lineup with the introduction of XE11 for its 11-liter Volvo D11 engine. XE11 is available on Volvo VNM and VNL models and rated up to 80,000 pounds GCWR. The powertrain package improves fuel efficiency by up to 3%, according to the company.

Tags: Volvo, Fuel Efficiency, Engine, Engine Smarts, I-Shift

October 8 2013 - Products

Omnitek Engineering Establishes Alliance With Reviva

Omnitek, Reviva

Omnitek Engineering Corp. has established a strategic alliance with Minnesota-based diesel engine remanufacturer Reviva to produce a "drop-in" natural gas engine for the Navister DT 466E and DT 530E heavy-duty truck engines, with plans to offer additional engine models.

Tags: Natural Gas, Navistar, Remanufactured Parts, Omnitek, Revivia

October 2 2013 - Products

Paragon Software Systems Announces Carbon Minimizer

Paragon Software Systems Inc.

Paragon Software Systems Inc. announced that Carbon Minimizer functionality adds environmental factors to its routing and scheduling optimization software.

Tags: Information Technology, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paragon Software Systems

September 20 2013 - Products

Ricardo and Clean Air Power to Develop Dual Fuel Engine Business

Ricardo Inc. and Clean Air Power

Ricardo Inc. and Clean Air Power have entered into an agreement for the development of a dual fuel engine business. This agreement serves to strengthen the offering to clients of both companies, by bringing together Ricardo's system integration experience with CAP's dual-fuel technology of compression ignited diesel engines that use natural gas with diesel pilot ignition.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Ricardo Inc., Clean Air Power, Dual Fuel System

September 20 2013 - Products

PG&E, EVI Unveil Electric Hybrid Bucket Trucks

PG&E, EVI

Electric Vehicles International and the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. unveiled an electric hybrid drivetrain Class 5 trucks at the manufacturer’s facility in Stockton.

Tags: PG&E, California, Electric Vehicles International, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 19 2013 - Products

Phillips Industries Expands Permalogic Availability

Phillips Industries

The Phillips Permalogic Selector System is now available for more applications. It can be included in the Phillips i-Box housing and as a component of the new Sta-Dry S7 swivel electrical socket recently introduced for tractor/trailer combinations operating in tight maneuvering environments.

Carrier Transicold’s Vector 8500 single-temperature hybrid trailer refrigeration unit introduces a new electric digital scroll compressor, resulting in a significant unit weight reduction while helping the improve refrigeration capacity.

September 18 2013 - Products

New Carrier Transicold Vector 8500 Unit

Carrier Transicold

Significantly reduced weight, improved fuel economy and greater refrigeration capacity are a trio of advantages found in Carrier Transicold’s new Vector 8500 single-temperature hybrid trailer refrigeration unit.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Carrier Transicold

September 18 2013 - Products

EcoDual Unveils MAX/SR 2.0 Dual Fuel System

EcoDual Inc.

EcoDual Inc. announced Version 2.0 of its MAX/SR Dual Fuel System and a new two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, EcoDual

September 5 2013 - Products

OptiGauge Helps Determine Optimum Speed

Transportation Value Engineering

Transportation Value Engineering LLC, an independent research and development company specializing in heavy vehicle telematics, has introduced a dashboard-mounted and self-contained OptiGauge that calculates the “sweet spot” speed that generates highest efficiency in real time.

Tags: Information Technology, OptiGuage, Transportation Value Engineering

September 4 2013 - Products

ATDynamics TrailerTails Now an Option on Wabash National Trailers

ATDynamics

Wabash National Corp. will offer ATDynamics TrailerTails as an option on select semi-trailer dry van and refrigerated van models.

Tags: Fuel Savings, ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

August 28 2013 - Products

SmartTruck Introduces Road Team for Owner-Operators

SmartTruck

SmartTruck is launching a free new program for owner-operators using its aerodynamic UnderTray Systems. The company has introduced the first members of the Road Team: Daniel and Jayme Snow, owners of Snow Farms Trucking; Denny Boatman, owner of Denny Boatman Trucking, and Michael Wallace a Landstar BCO.

Tags: SmartTruck, Aerodynamics

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