Fuel Economy

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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.

March 13, 2014

The Lowdown on the New Low-Viscosity Oils

Exactly what is this "high-temp, high-shear" viscosity engine oil standard in the works for the next round of EPA emissions standards, and what are engine makers doing to make sure engines will still be well protected?

March 12, 2014

EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program

TMC, NASHVILLE – The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.

March 12, 2014

2014 Truck Fleet Innovators: Transforming Trucking

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors a handful of the country’s most forward-thinking fleet executives with the title of “HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.” Read how this year's winners are using the power of collaboration to spec the best trucks and operate more efficiently -- and profitably.

March 10, 2014

TrailerTails Gain Acceptance, Should Total 200,000 by 2017, ATDynamics Says

TMC, NASHVILLE -- ATDynamics says North American fleets are on track to order 50,000 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices this year, and there’ll be 200,000 on the road by 2017. More than 350 fleets have deployed the aerodynamic devices in the last three years, including numerous Top 100 for-hire and private fleets.

February 26, 2014

Making the Case for Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires

How do you explain to the boss that the tires you want to buy are going to cost more up front but run fewer miles? You can explain they will save money on fuel, but then she's going to want numbers.

February 25, 2014

ACT Research Offers Online Natural Gas Calculators

ACT Research Co. has released online fuel payback calculators that can help companies make the best fuel choices for their applications. The calculators, which are available at no charge at ACT’s website, allow fleets to easily calculate the diesel gallon equivalent of CNG or LNG at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.

February 19, 2014

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

February 18, 2014

Demonstration SuperTruck Hits 10.7 MPG Mark

Cummins and Peterbilt announced Tuesday their latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.

February 18, 2014

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule

UPDATED -- President Obama pushed the start button on the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty fuel economy standards.

February 13, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Mack Pinnacle's Fuel-Saving Powertrain

In this three-part video test drive of a 2013 Mack Pinnacle, Equipment Editor Jim Park rides with Dave McKenna, Mack's director of powertrain sales. He explores the mDrive automated manual transmission and the Mack SuperEconodyne fuel-saving powertrain package.

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