Idle Reduction

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July 1, 2014

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

June 23, 2014

Solar Panels Cure Problem of Run-Down Liftgate Batteries

A single 100-watt solar panel keeps the trailer's four Group 31 batteries charged and the liftgate operating reliably.

June 17, 2014

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Idle Reduction

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

June 17, 2014

121 Ways to Save Fuel

There’s hardly a fleet out there that wouldn’t like to save money on fuel costs. Maybe you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you feel like you’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit and you’re looking for new ideas. Here’s help. From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

May 15, 2014

Odyne Hybrid Power System Offers Clean Exportable Power

Odyne’s advanced export power system replaces dedicated generators on trucks. Scalable pure sine exportable power of up to 6kW or greater is available from the Odyne plug-in hybrid drive system for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. It provides power from the hybrid battery system to power large electrical loads, equipment and tools.

May 9, 2014

Tending Liftgate Batteries

Bruce Purkey knows where the electrons go. And, as president of Purkey’s Fleet Electric and his many activities in the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations, he’s well aware that some of them flow to batteries that support the electric-over-hydraulic systems for liftgates on trucks and trailers. Usually there are two and as many as four Group 31 batteries, like the ones on a truck or tractor.

May 5, 2014

'Clean Trucks Bill' Approved in Colorado

A Clean Trucks Bill has received final approval from Colorado lawmakers and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

May 1, 2014

EPA Announces Funding to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made $9 million in grant funding available for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

April 14, 2014

Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

April 11, 2014

Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks

Any work truck with a serious electric welder also has an auxiliary power unit, because the engine-driven device doubles as an APU to run smaller welders, heaters and power tools. And soon, purpose-built APUs will report for duty on work trucks.

April 10, 2014

Truck Emissions Nonprofit Cascade Sierra Solutions Closes Up

A nonprofit company whose mission was to reduce diesel exhaust from heavy-trucks is no more following a federal audit and financial problems.

April 1, 2014

IdleAir Continues Expansion, Adding More Fleet Terminals

Truckstop electrification services provider IdleAir has broken ground with construction at the Flying J in Laredo as part of a wider expansion effort.

March 10, 2014

Dometic Launches Blizzard Battery-Operated Air Conditioner for Trucks

The new Dometic Split-System Blizzard 134a is a battery-operated auxiliary air conditioning unit for trucks.

March 9, 2014

Idle Smart's Battery Protect Ensures Engine Starts

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The new Battery Protect system from Idle Smart continuously monitors battery voltage levels, and will automatically start and run a vehicle’s engine to recharge batteries.

February 19, 2014

‘PowerCube Slim’ APU Fits In Tight Frame-Rail Space

Perrin Manufacturing says it has a new, more compact version of its PowerCube auxiliary power unit that fits the mounting space requirements of the majority of North American sleeper-cab tractors. The more compact APU is 19.5 inches wide, but packs the same HVAC power of its predecessor.

February 11, 2014

Anti-Idling System Introduced for Work Trucks

Designed specifically for the day cab or work truck market, the Work Truck No Idle Heat System from Idle Free Systems provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off, eliminating unnecessary workday idling.

February 4, 2014

C.R. England Opens IdleAir Facility at Laredo, Texas, Terminal

C.R. England has opened a new IdleAir facility at its terminal at 8422 Amparan Road in Laredo, Texas. The 24-space IdleAir facility provides C.R. England drivers with in-cab services that provide heating and air conditioning, Internet connectivity, television, and 110-volt electrical, completely eliminating the need for idling.

December 20, 2013

Idle Smart Introduces Cold Weather Guard

Idle Smart announced Cold Weather Guard, a feature that helps prevent issues with starting a truck after long idle periods in cold temperatures.

December 19, 2013

New Work Truck Anti-Idling System

Idle Free Systems Inc. announced the launch of a new anti-idling system specifically for work trucks.

December 9, 2013

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

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