Fuel Economy

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January 7, 2013

Green in 2014: The New Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Finally, a regulation that gives something back. Sometime between now and Jan. 1, 2014, all new heavy-duty trucks coming into service will be certified to a new fuel efficiency standard. Compliance rests with the truck maker, and the customer sees the benefit. So, what's the catch

October 12, 2012

Extensively faired trailers show big savings, skirt maker says

Brian Layfield, president of Laydon Composites Ltd. in Ontario, Canada, read our recent Trailer Talk about the MAN-Krone aero tractor-trailer shown at the IAA show in Germany

September 19, 2012

Aero Trailer could save $3,900 a year in Euro fuel, Daimler engineer says

HANOVER, GERMANY - Thirty years of aerodynamic research is behind a streamlined semitrailer displayed this week at the huge Hanover truck show in Germany, says a Daimler Trucks executive who briefed a crowd of journalists on the efforts behind the vehicle

June 6, 2012

Tire rolling resistance: It's real

I love it when someone comes up with a simple way of illustrating a point. Rolling resistance in tires is real and it's a problem for trucks. But how do you quantify it? Percentages are vague. This little test is not vague at all.

May 31, 2012

The 1.6 mpg epiphany

Here's a tale that, if it were from any other industry, might inspire a feel-good feature film. It's about a struggling rookie lease-operator who, as he is driving back to the terminal to hand back the keys, decides to try something different.

May 24, 2012

'Teardrop' trailers save 2%-5% for British beverage distributor, but shape's not new

Streamlined "teardrop" trailers are saving enough fuel money for Tradeteam, a British beverage distributor, that it's buying a second set of them

September 21, 2011

A Revolutionary Development in Powertrain Technology

Humped torque curves were the norm in North American heavy-duty on-road diesel engine power maps for decades. Today's torque curves are much flatter, but the height and width of the torque curve remain limited. Volvo Trucks has broken that mold in dramatic fashion with its new XE13 powertrain option

August 18, 2011

Save the Planet, Save Money Too

Hard-wired five-minute idle timers will probably begin appearing on trucks in 2014. You'll have two choices come winter: freeze your hiney off, or get an APU. This week we provide a list of idle-cost calculators so you can start budgeting for the new EPA rules

August 1, 2011

17 easy steps to 9.5 mpg

Owner-operator Henry Albert was at the Shell SuperRigs event in Kenly, N.C. in June, but he wasn't showing his truck in the conventional sense. He was walking anyone who was interested around his truck pointing out fuel-saving strategies he uses to achieve an average of 9 mpg

July 29, 2011

Skirts built to last 1 million miles, and slide over the gap ahead of the tandem, their maker says

Everyone who sells a product talks up its advantages over the competition. Jim Reiman's claims about his Aerofficient side skirts include some that I've not heard before: 1 million-mile life, and ability to close the gap ahead of the trailer's wheels

May 10, 2011

Here's more scientific and real-world proof that trailer aerodynamics work.

Jack Latimer sells Airtabs, the wishbone-shaped aero enhancers that many truckers apply to the trailing edges of tractors and trailers. He keeps tabs (so to speak) on studies of truck aerodynamics and recently sent us this information

November 12, 2010

High-Tech Trailer Aero Systems

A couple of new, sophisticated trailer aero add-ons were on display caddy-corner to each other on the show floor at the recent American Trucking Associations management conference and exhibition

September 15, 2010

Innovative Fleet Installing 3,500 Sets of Trailer Aero Improvers

Mesilla Valley Transportation, known for its efforts at saving fuel, is equipping its entire fleet of 3,500 long-haul trailers with side skirts and a folding boat tail that together claim an economy betterment of almost 12 percent at highway speeds

August 31, 2010

Trailer Side Skirts Save This Trucker 8.94% in Fuel

Some truck owners have begun buying trailer side skirts because they need them to legally run in California

August 20, 2010

Federal Program Helps Interstate Install Aerodynamic Skirts on 2,058 Trailers

After several years of testing showed trailer side skirts save considerable fuel and therefore cut exhaust emissions from tractors that pull them, Interstate Distributor Co. has begun installing them on 2,058 reefers and dry vans at its maintenance facilities in the Pacific Northwest

June 1, 2008

Trailer Economy

Five long days of testing showed trailer aerodynamics and wide-base single tires are best bets to save fuel.

June 1, 2008

Grace Under Pressure

Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.

June 1, 2008

Spec Economy

Spec a truck right, and you'll get top fuel economy. Do it wrong, and you could be doomed.

June 1, 2008

Fuel Crisis Survival

Caterpillar's Top Five Tips to Improve Economy

June 1, 2008

Driving To Survive

With diesel cost-per-mile now well over 60 cents, anything you can do to save fuel offers significant savings.

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