February 13, 2014
In this three-part video test drive of a 2013 Mack Pinnacle, Equipment Editor Jim Park rides with Dave McKenna, Mack's director of powertrain sales. He explores the mDrive automated manual transmission and the Mack SuperEconodyne fuel-saving powertrain package.
November 11, 2013
Green strategies vary greatly depending on the operation. For one company, natural gas might make sense. For another, green might mean solar-powered warehouses. For others, it’s all about fuel-efficient specs and driver training.
October 28, 2013
Volvo Trucks in North America says its new Optimized Series, now available for order, includes eight models equipped with proven fuel- and weight-saving specifications for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications.
October 23, 2013
UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.
Vnomics announced that its driver coaching system, which analyzes each vehicle's performance to identify the potential mpg then coaches drivers in the cab to help achieve that, is now available to be used by any fleet, regardless of what in-cab computer system they may be using, through the new Core product.
October 19, 2013
ORLANDO -- LinkeDrive, a new company, says its first product, PedalCoach, helps drivers achieve better fuel economy through a smartphone or tablet app that converts complex data from the engine and other areas into a simple graphic gauge interface that coaches drivers to stay in the "green zone."
October 7, 2013
Heavy Duty Trucking has extended its deadline for fleets to complete a survey about their "green" activities in order to be considered for inclusion in our November issue on Top Green Fleets.
October 4, 2013
The low-hanging fruit when it comes to fuel economy has all been picked. Now truck and engine makers are examining every part and component of the truck in exacting detail to figure out where they can cut the smallest amount of drag or the small parasitic loss of power that drag down fuel economy. Deborah Lockridge offers two examples in the "All That's Trucking" blog.
September 27, 2013
Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.
September 10, 2013
There are lots or reasons not to embrace fuel-saving technology (some better than others), but validation exists for tire-pressure mitigation systems. And the payback is significant.
September 4, 2013
On Friday, Sept. 6, the $100 discount for early registration ends for the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo. The Conference is in Phoenix on Oct. 1-2.
August 28, 2013
Whether you're looking for funding for alternative fueled vehicles, idle reduction or other fuel efficiency and emissions improvers, one blog post out there offers an impressive list of incentive programs.
August 22, 2013
Heavy Duty Trucking is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and greenhouse gas emissions for its November issue on Top Green Fleets.
June 26, 2013
In 2011, commercial trucks burned 37.2 billion gallons of diesel and 14.8 billion gallons of gasoline, according to the American Trucking Associations.
June 12, 2013
After working to revitalize the network of the truckstop electrification service provider IdleAir since purchasing it three years year ago, Convoy Solutions is turning its attention toward truck fleets as customers -- but in a new way, with what it calls dedicated terminal solutions.
June 10, 2013
Fleet managers understand that reducing cost-per-mile (CPM) by a single penny means huge savings, considering the number of miles a fleet drives each year. Here's how technology can help.
May 7, 2013
It’s still an oddball spec in road tractors and you’re not likely to consider it, but the 6x2 – a single drive axle with two powered wheels among six total wheel positions – will someday become more common as truck operators look for ways to save fuel and cut tare weight, suppliers think. Today, progressive fleets are testing or embracing it, and it might even be a good choice for some owner-operators.
April 23, 2013
Goodyear's G399A LHS Fuel Max, the G572A LHD Fuel Max, and the G392A SSD with DuraSeal + Fuel Max wide-base tire have been improved to help deliver reduced rolling resistance for better fuel efficiency, as well as long miles to removal.
April 16, 2013
Truck drivers can now drive the entire length of U.S. Interstate 5 between Seattle and San Diego and parallel State Route 99 in California and get restful sleep without idling the truck engine, running down batteries or firing up an APU.
April 10, 2013
Poor fuel mileage can be a make-or-break proposition for owner-operators, and a lot of whether you get 6 mpg or 8 mpg depends on your skills and habits as a driver. Two drivers on two identical trucks can see a difference of up to 30% in fuel economy. Much of that chasm stems from good or bad pedal and stick management, and the driver's willingness to use available technology to his best advantage.
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