Fuel Economy

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January 28, 2016

Find Test Data in Choosing Economy Options, Report Says

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.

December 15, 2015

Preventive Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Economy, Report Says

Research found fleets that saw MPG gains of 5% to 10% with rigorous PMs, Trucking Efficiency's confidence report says.

December 15, 2015

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

November 9, 2015

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Exceeds 30 MPG Highway

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rear-wheel-drive pickups powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel have achieved fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg on the highway, making them the most fuel efficient pickups on the market.

November 1, 2015

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

October 29, 2015

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

October 14, 2015

Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995

Today's complex engines may be different from in 1995 but the principles of getting better gas mileage haven't changed.

October 12, 2015

Accuracy of Truck Fuel Usage Data Called Into Question

The data coming from a truck's engine computer may not be the most accurate gauge of fuel economy according to a new report.

October 1, 2015

‘Platooning’ Tractor-Trailers Raise Questions at TMC Meeting

ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council just adopted a White Paper: Automated Driving and Platooning Issues and Opportunities discussing where development is and what its prospects are.

September 21, 2015

The Downspeeding Learning Curve

Today's "downsped" drivetrains can improve fuel economy, but high torque and low axle ratios can create all sorts of havoc with drivetrain components.

September 9, 2015

Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an aero system for the tractor tandems to help smooth the air flow over the trailer.

September 9, 2015

Q&A: New Committee Head Talks PC-11 Oil Category

There's a new head of the committee developing the new heavy-duty engine oil classification, known as PC-11. HDT talked to Shawn Whitacre to find out what fleets need to know about the new oils.

August 26, 2015

Heavy-Duty Fleet Technology Expo Awards Announced

Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.

August 26, 2015

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.

August 25, 2015

Industry Leaders to Share Insight at Trucking Efficiency Workshop

The NACFE's Trucking Efficiency Workshop is a one-day event for fleets where industry leaders will share their insights on some of the best efficiency technologies.

August 24, 2015

Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products

The future is bright for the fully automatic transmission in commercial vehicles, say executives at Allison Transmission, even as they’re saluting their company’s founder and honoring accomplishments in this, the company’s centennial year.

August 23, 2015

Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two

Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.

August 21, 2015

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.

August 20, 2015

Predictive Cruise Control in Production for Kenworth Trucks

Kenworth’s Predictive Cruise Control is now in production for new Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines.

August 17, 2015

Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery

The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.


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