Fuel Efficiency

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January 6, 2017

Bridgestone Developing SuperTire for Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II Project

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf tire, the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II team is bringing Bridgestone on board to develop an ultra-low rolling resistance tire. The goal is a 30% reduction in rolling-resistance which equates to a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

December 20, 2016

How Navistar’s SuperTruck Exceeded Goals

Navistar's SuperTruck, the CatalIST, makes creative use of existing systems, relying less on advanced technology for its impressive gains.

December 6, 2016

Swift Adopts FlowBelow Kits for Existing and New Tractors

Aerokits improve fuel economy on Swift’s tractors by a “solid 1.5%,” the procurement VP said. The payback comes in 24 to 26 months.

November 18, 2016

Volvo's SuperTruck Demonstrates the Art of the Possible

Volvo Group’s SuperTruck demonstrates where energy-saving technology could take us – and in some cases, already has.

November 15, 2016

Energy Department Project Aims for Fuel Efficiency Gains Through Platooning

Peloton Technology announced its participation in the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles program, or Nextcar, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

November 10, 2016

Stemco System Deploys TrailerTails via ABS Inputs

Called ZeroTouch, the motorized system unfolds the fairing panels when the vehicle reaches 35 mph.

October 28, 2016

On the Spot: Drive the Future With Volvo's SuperTruck [Video]

Volvo Trucks recently unveiled its fuel-conscious SuperTruck concept vehicle, squeezing every ounce of efficiency out of a truck that can achieve 12 mpg. Equipment editor Jim Park explains the innovative systems behind Volvo’s most efficient concept to date.

October 25, 2016

GHG Phase 2 Rule Published

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have officially published the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/ fuel efficiency rule for commercial vehicles in the Federal Register.

October 21, 2016

Engine Stop-Start System Saves Fuel for New York's Trash Trucks

New York City’s Department of Sanitation has been testing an engine stop-start system with impressive fuel savings.

October 17, 2016

ATRI Survey Examines How Fleets are Saving Fuel

ATRI has conducted a survey of nearly 100 fleet managers and representing over 114,500 trucks to examine fuel economy and fuel usage among fleets of different sizes and needs.

October 6, 2016

Kenworth Offers 52-Inch Mid-Roof Sleeper on T680 Advantage

Kenworth has introduced the fuel-efficient T680 Advantage Package with 52-inch mid-roof sleeper for regional haul and less-than-truckload operations.

October 4, 2016

PIT Group to Conduct Fuel Efficiency Testing for U.S. Xpress

PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the trucking industry, plans to conduct its first In-Service Fuel Testing on powertrain combinations for U.S. Xpress.

October 2, 2016

Peterbilt Adds Fuel-Efficient Day Cab

LAS VEGAS — Peterbilt has added a day cab version of its aerodynamic, fuel efficient Model 579 Epiq day cab, aimed at fuel-conscious day-cab fleet customers in regional, tanker and bulk haul applications.

September 30, 2016

Daimler and Trailer Maker Partner on European Fuel-Efficient Rig

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Truck unit along with Germany-based trailer maker Krone have teamed up to put together a linehaul tractor-trailer they say delivers up to a 20% cut in fuel consumption compared to existing combinations.

September 28, 2016

NACFE Report: Truck Platooning Could Save 4% in Fuel

The money thus conserved will pay back a $1,050 to $2,800 investment for necessary equipment in one to two years, it estimates.

September 28, 2016

Mahle Shows More Efficient Bearings at IAA

Mahle is working on a camshaft technology that will replace conventional bearings with wear-free roller bearings, the company announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

September 27, 2016

Chinese Truck Maker Teams With Daimler, Cummins to Launch Global Super Truck Line

Chinese truck manufacturer Foton Motor has launched three fuel-efficient trucks under the Super Truck line in collaboration with Daimler, Cummins and several German component suppliers.

September 26, 2016

Ploger Transportation Pushes 10 Mpg With a Far-From-Typical Powertrain Spec

Ploger is a diverse carrier hauling mostly high-cube multi-drop loads to customer retail locations in urban areas predominantly east of the Mississippi.

September 23, 2016

What's Available in Hybrid and Electric Drive Systems

Interest has waned in the face of low fuel prices, but ‘price points’ are lower and the business remains active.

September 16, 2016

Twist & Lock Speeds Up Wheel Cover Installation

RealWheels Corporation’s new line of Twist & Lock Aero Covers is designed to streamline the installation and removal of the cover.

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