June 6, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Some truck owners have begun buying trailer side skirts because they need them to legally run in California
August 20, 2010
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
Five long days of testing showed trailer aerodynamics and wide-base single tires are best bets to save fuel.
Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.
Spec a truck right, and you'll get top fuel economy. Do it wrong, and you could be doomed.
Caterpillar's Top Five Tips to Improve Economy
With diesel cost-per-mile now well over 60 cents, anything you can do to save fuel offers significant savings.
April 1, 2008
The switch to synthetic lubricants can result in many benefits.
February 1, 2008
Perhaps this fuel crisis will propel skeptical users to take a look at fuel economy enhancers.
Fleet managers can become effective teachers if they themselves know how to drive economically.
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