Fuel Economy

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August 17, 2017

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

August 17, 2017

Seven Drivers Aim for Top Fuel Economy in Run on Less Roadshow

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.

August 14, 2017

Downsped SmartAdvantage Powertrain Offers Improved Fuel Economy

The Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture has added a new downsped overdrive model to its range of Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage Powertrains.

July 25, 2017

DOT May Revise 2021 Fuel Economy Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation may revise automotive fuel economy standards starting with the 2021 model year and could lower standards through 2025, reports Reuters.

July 24, 2017

Taking Tires for a Test Drive

If you want to test drive some new tires before you buy — and who wouldn’t — be prepared to invest significant time and energy in the project.

July 13, 2017

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

July 11, 2017

NACFE Updates 6x2 Confidence Report

NACFE offers an updated 6x2 Confidence Raport that reflects the lessons learned over the past 14 years. It also address advancing technology and how such improvements make 6x2 a more viable consideration than previous generations of the technology.

June 21, 2017

Seven Truck Fleets Sign on for Run on Less MPG Roadshow

Seven U.S. truck fleets— together accounting for nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers-- have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a new cross-country “roadshow” aimed at showcasing advancements in fuel efficiency.

June 16, 2017

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

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.

June 2, 2017

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

May 30, 2017

Ultimate Test Drive: New Cascadia's Intelligent Powertrain [Video]

In this Ultimate Test Drive road test, Equipment Editor Jim Park takes Freightliner's new Cascadia on the road to see how the truck's Intelligent Powertrain Management system optimizes fuel economy for the situation. 

April 6, 2017

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

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.

March 24, 2017

Peterbilt Model 579 Updates Aimed at Fuel Economy

Peterbilt has made changes to the Model 579 Epiq package that it says deliver an 8% fuel economy improvement for the 2018 model year.

March 15, 2017

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

March 5, 2017

Regulations Will Widen Use of Aero Devices, Wabco Says

Starting Jan. 1 of next year – fewer than nine months from now – all new 53-foot box-type trailers will come with trailer skirts, like ‘em or not. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

February 27, 2017

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

February 27, 2017

NACFE: Modest Gains Seen So Far from Variable Engine-Driven Accessories

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.

February 27, 2017

FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels

Wheel covers and fairings smooth the complex air flow around trailer wheels and suspension. They complement other trailer aerodynamic devices. Tom Berg highlights one of the newest entrants in his Trailer Talk blog.

February 16, 2017

Omnitracs Partners with Peloton on Truck Platooning Product

Omnitracs and Peloton Technology announced a partnership that will bring Peloton’s truck platooning technology to Omnitracs fleet management solutions customers.

February 3, 2017

Kenworth Predictive Cruise Update Ups Fuel Economy

Kenworth has updated its Predictive Cruise Control functionality for T680 and T880 trucks equipped with the 2017 Paccar MX-11, MX-13, and Cummins X15 engines.

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