Fuel Economy

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May 14, 2014

Shell Engine Teardown Compares Protection of Experimental Oil

What do you get when you put a group of trucking journalists in a room with three tables of engine teardown parts and ask them to choose which one is from the truck running the experimental low-viscosity oil? A lot of eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

May 14, 2014

Photos: Shell Rotella Engine Teardown

A North Carolina fleet has been running a group of trucks on three different Shell Rotella oils -- a 15w-40, a 10w-30, and a 10w-30 that's been altered to provide a lower high-temp/high-shear number than is currently approved. A teardown of one of each after more than half a million miles shows virtually no difference in wear among the three engines. Learn more here. (By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief.)

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."

May 1, 2014

HDT Editors Seeking Fuel-Saving Ideas for June Issue

Do you have a sure-fire tip, trick or technique that has helped your company save money on fuel? If so, Heavy Duty Trucking's editors would like to hear about it for our special June issue, featuring "100 Ways to Save on Fuel."

April 11, 2014

MATS Focus: Integrated Drivetrains and Automated Transmissions

If there was an unspoken theme to this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, it was probably the focus on integrated drivetrains. And Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, had some interesting things to say about automated transmissions in general.

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.

April 7, 2014

Past and Future Mingle at MATS

Where in the same exhibit hall could you see a stagecoach, a 1964 White Freightliner cabover, an '85 Dodge Ram and a sleek Jetsons-like tractor-trailer with a carbon fiber trailer? Deborah Lockridge explains in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

April 3, 2014

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

April 2, 2014

University of Tennessee Confirms 6% Fuel Savings for SmartTruck

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.

April 1, 2014

Wrap-up: Fuel Economy, Robust Truck Orders Highlight Mid-America Trucking Show

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Fuel economy continued to be a major theme of this year's Mid-America Trucking Show as truck makers and suppliers predicted an improved year of heavy truck sales.

April 1, 2014

Video: The Building of the Freightliner Revolution Innovation Concept Truck

Walmart's WAVE concept truck made a splash at the Great Dane booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show last week, but it wasn't the first to come up with a streamlined concept truck designed around a single driver. Two years ago it was Freightliner's Revolution generating buzz at MATS, and we ran across this video about the thought and design behind it.

March 31, 2014

Vusion Launches MPG Analytics Dashboard

TCA, GRAPEVINE, TX – Vusion, a division of PeopleNet and Trimble, announced the launch of an analytics tool designed to give fleet managers a better view of how their vehicles and drivers are performing mpg-wise.

March 28, 2014

Electronic Air Processing Uses ABS’s Controller for Compressor, Meritor Wabco Says

Software stored in an upgraded control module on Meritor Wabco’s anti-lock braking system replaces the compressor’s mechanical governor and more precisely operates the mechanism, saving up to 1% in fuel.

March 27, 2014

Peterbilt Adds Natural Gas Option to Models 579, 567

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Cummins Westport ISX12 G and Quantum CNG tanks are key components of a gas-powered tractor displayed at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

March 27, 2014

Peterbilt’s Driver Info Display Offers Tips to Save Fuel, Brakes

The feature is available on Model 579, 567 and 587 trucks and tractors with the Paccar MX-13 diesel.

March 26, 2014

Peterbilt Announces EPIQ Fuel Efficiency Package for 579

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- The new EPIQ package for the Model 579, which was introduced in 2012, provides a combination of technologies and components that allow customers to easily order and operate the most fuel efficient Model 579 available

March 26, 2014

LinkeDrive Announces Driver Analytics Platform

LinkeDrive's new DATA platform gives fleets an option for managing fuel efficiency and safety

March 25, 2014

Cummins Talks Fuel Economy, Telematics, Higher ISX Rating at MATS Kickoff Event

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Cummins Tuesday announced a new engine rating and its first telematics program just prior to the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, March 27-29.

March 18, 2014

Wyoming Speed Limits to Move Higher

Wyoming will soon join an elite club of states with speed limits of 80 mph or greater -- but drivers shouldn't hit the accelerator just yet.

March 18, 2014

VIDEO: New Engine Could Reduce Truck Emissions, Lund University

Gasoline in truck diesel engines can give more than 50% efficiency if the combustion process is done correctly. A modified diesel engine running on gasoline could be a way of significantly reducing truck emissions, according to research at Lund University in Sweden. New fuel efficiency standards for large trucks were announced by President Obama just last week. The method could halve fuel consumption for gasoline engines.

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