Fuel Efficiency

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September 2, 2014

PIT Receives Funding for Engine Programming Project

The Performance Innovation Transport group announced it has received funding to initiate a commercial vehicle engine programming project to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

August 26, 2014

Driving A SuperTruck

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

August 22, 2014

Green Fleet Conference Introduces the Heavy Duty Green Symposium

This year’s Green Fleet Conference will include a series of sessions aimed specifically at trucking fleets called the Heavy Duty Green Symposium.

August 22, 2014

UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency

You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.

August 22, 2014

SmartTruck TopKit Offers 'Near-invisible" Aero Improvement for Trailers

SmartTruck's new TopKit system aerodynamic device is a "nearly invisible" system for improving fuel efficiency on dry-van and refrigerated trailers.

August 21, 2014

Mack Adds MP8 505C+ to Engine Lineup

For customers seeking a powerful high-performing 13-liter engine, Mack Trucks announced its newest powertrain offering – the Mack MP8 505C+

August 18, 2014

Deadline Extended for Top 50 Green Fleets Nominations

The deadline to nominate a fleet for Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 50 Green Fleets has been extended through the end of the month to Friday, August 29.

August 18, 2014

Navistar Offers Fuel-Efficient Transmission Package

Navistar announced that it is offering the Allison Transmission FuelSense fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational truck models.

August 13, 2014

Volvo’s Enhanced 2016 VN Series Trucks Tout Increased Fuel Efficiency

Volvo announced several enhancements to the 2016 VN Series highway tractors designed to improve fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.

August 12, 2014

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference & Expo (GFC) announced its schedule for the annual event Oct. 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

August 8, 2014

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

July 9, 2014

Q&A: Environmental Defense Fund's Jason Mathers

Environmental groups working hand in hand with trucking? "One of the key priorities for our organization over the coming years is to advance strong fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards in the heavy-duty truck space," says Jason Mathers with the Environmental Defense Fund. But he says he wants to do it in a way that makes sense for trucking businesses.

July 7, 2014

Delving Into the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck: Part 1

By the time the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck made its public debut in February boasting 10.7 mpg, some contemporary trucks were achieving better than 8 mpg, and some super-fuel-conscious fleets boast even higher. While that may make the SuperTruck accomplishment seem slightly diminished, that 10.7-mpg milestone is only a small part of the story.

June 16, 2014

A Good Review for SuperTruck Program

Truck and engine manufacturers report significant efficiency gains as a result of the public-private “SuperTruck” program. An interim assessment of the Energy Department’s collaborative effort says that the concept vehicles are closing in on a 50% improvement in freight efficiency and a 20% improvement in engine efficiency.

June 12, 2014

HDT Looking for Greenest Fleets

Heavy Duty Trucking is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions for its 2014 Top 50 Green Fleets.

June 3, 2014

Waytek's E-Copilot Saves Fuel by Reducing Throttle Demand

In addition to fuel savings, E-Copilot eliminates aggressive acceleration without sacrificing necessary power. WayTek says E-Copilot can reduce maintenance costs, fuels costs and decreases premature tire wear.

March 10, 2014

Freight Group Joins with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room announced the creation of “Trucking Efficiency,” an industry collaboration that aims to double the freight efficiency of cargo movement.

March 3, 2014

VIDEO: Meijer's Clean Diesel Fleet

Meijer, a Michigan-based chain of supercenter stores, says it was the first fleet in the country to adopt EPA-2010 emissions trucks. That's one reason David Hoover, director of outbound logistics for Meijer, is an HDT 2014 Truck Fleet Innovator. Learn more in this video and in the March issue of HDT.

February 24, 2014

VIDEO: Walmart Canada's SuperCube Rig

Walmart's futuristic concept truck wasn't the only rig that was featured at it sustainability conference. Watch this video about Walmart Canada's SuperCube rig, which uses a cabover glider kit, drom box and trailer innovations to reduce transportation costs by 24% and greenhouse emissions by 14%. We first reported on it in a 2012 "Trailer Talk" blog post.

February 18, 2014

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

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