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October 23, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck's Finer Points

We go underneath the hood and between the rails to find out what makes the SuperTruck so efficient – 86% more efficient, to be precise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this Ultimate Test Drive video. 

View Part 1 here. 

October 20, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck An Overview

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck is a vehicle built for fuel efficiency. With clever aerodynamic additions and new technologies, the goal of the project was to create a truck that would provide a 50% improvement in efficiency. Equipment Editor Jim Park gives us an overview.

 

October 17, 2014

Commentary: When Well-Intentioned Rules Have Unintended Consequences

Keep up the good work on cutting fuel use, but make sure to do your homework.

October 6, 2014

Transtex Expands Drag-Reducing Product Lineup

Transtex Composite’s lineup of aerodynamic improving solutions is expanding to include the Edge Cone gap reducer and Edge Tail rear fairing.

October 4, 2014

Mesilla Valley Adding FlowBelow AeroKits to Entire Fleet

SAN DIEGO -- Mesilla Valley Transportation, a New Mexico and Texas carrier known for its attention to fuel savings, has ordered 1,200 FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits to be installed on its entire fleet as MVT works toward a goal of a fleet average of 10 mpg.

October 3, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T680 Part 3 - Powertrain

The T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck Kenworth has ever produced. But a lot of the fuel savings comes from the powertrain. Jim Park shakes down the Paccar MX multi-torque engine and Eaton's Advantage transmissions, responsible for more than half of the truck's fuel economy gains. View more: Part 1: The Walkaround. Part 2: Overview

September 30, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T680 Advantage Part 2 - Overview

You can put all the techology you want on a truck, but someone still has to drive the thing. Kenworth T680 exceeds expectations in all respects. Jim Park's three-part Ultimate Test Drive video series features a look at the T680's driving environment and some of the technology designed to make the driver's life better. View more: Part 1: The Walkaround.

September 29, 2014

New Trailer Skirt Easier To Install

Transtex Composite released the ezEdge, a three piece, modular trailer skirt developed for after-market OEMs, dealers and distributors that is designed to be easier to install and store than previous models.

September 23, 2014

New Website Aims to Provide Unbiased Information on Fleet Efficiency Technologies

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency have officially launched a joint program to drive the adoption of efficiency technologies and double fleet efficiency. The launch was marked with the release of a free, independent, online technology guide to help fleet owners make the best choices for their operations.

September 22, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T680 Advantage

The aerodynamic T680 from Kenworth started turning heads the day it was launched in 2012. Now it's available in the T680 Advantage package, which should improve fuel economy by up to 5%. In Part 1 of this three-part Ultimate Test Drive series, Equipment Editor Jim Park offers a walk-around exploring the aerodynamic features in detail.

September 18, 2014

ATRI Adds Resource for Sustainable Freight Practices

The American Transportation Research Institute has added a compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.

September 17, 2014

The New Western Star 5700XE

Market research conducted by Western Star showed that even the die-hard classic truck aficionados acknowledge that fuel economy should be an important part of a truck spec. So Western Star has a delivered a truly classic styled truck with aerodynamic performance they say goes toe-to-toe with any truck on the road today. Here's a closer look at the 5700XE. Read more about it here.

September 11, 2014

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

August 26, 2014

Driving A SuperTruck

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

August 22, 2014

SmartTruck TopKit Offers 'Near-invisible" Aero Improvement for Trailers

SmartTruck's new TopKit system aerodynamic device is a "nearly invisible" system for improving fuel efficiency on dry-van and refrigerated trailers.

August 13, 2014

Volvo’s Enhanced 2016 VN Series Trucks Tout Increased Fuel Efficiency

Volvo announced several enhancements to the 2016 VN Series highway tractors designed to improve fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.

June 17, 2014

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Equipment

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

June 7, 2014

SAE 2014 ComVec Features Aerodynamic Panel Discussion

Aerodynamics panel discussion brings industry experts and regulators together for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

May 9, 2014

One Fleet's Quest for Fuel Savings

Royal Jones was an 18-year-old truck driver when he founded a trucking company in 1981 with truck mechanic Jimmy Ray. The two, who also were race car drivers, Webb said, "were early on obsessed with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency."

April 10, 2014

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.

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