HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

June 2016

Cover Story By Jim Park
Breaking the 10 MPG Barrier

10 miles per gallon is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off?

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Private Fleet Tackles Turbulence To Improve Fuel Economy Streamlined Peterbilt 567s pull Great Dane and Utility vans with Laydon side skirts and Air Tab vortex generators. “All you have to do is ride a motorcycle behind the trailers to notice the difference” between them and bare trailers, says John Drake, the fleet manager. Photo: Duplainville Transport

By Tom Berg

Duplainville Transport’s aerodynamic tractor-trailers average 7.7 mpg on trips among printing plants operated by its parent, QuadGraphics.

Idle Reduction is Key for Ohio Construction Fleet The newest Kenworths in the construction firm’s fleet are T880s, like this multi-axle flatbed truck with a National 27-ton on-board crane. They carry and lift materials and mechanical equipment at heavy bridge and industrial projects, and engines run hydraulic pumps to operate the cranes. Thus idle-reduction isn’t always possible.

By Tom Berg

How do you save fuel in a work-truck and heavy-haul operation? “Leave the truck parked,” quips Wayne Queen, trucking yard manager at Kokosing Construction.

Fuel Economy at Any Size It’s been a long-standing rule: Whether burning propane, gasoline, natural gas or diesel, engines in the parcel carrier’s package cars are shut off when drivers leave to make a delivery or pick-up. Photo: UPS

By Tom Berg

UPS has 90,000 trucks, tractors and package cars around the world is known for its push to adopt alternative fuels and powertrains, which run “green miles.” But the greenest miles are the ones you never run, says the giant parcel carrier.

4 Ways Drivers Can Dial Up MPG Henry Albert, veteran owner-operator from Mooresville, N.C., is exceptionally good at squeezing more miles out of each gallon of fuel. Photo: Albert Transport

By Jack Roberts

An accomplished owner-operator offers his advice on what it takes to drive fuel efficiently. He contends that if drivers want to achieve high fuel economy numbers, they simply cannot drive like they always have.

Friendly Competition Helps RRR Drivers Improve MPG From the OE fuel economy spec through testing add-on aero devices and making sure trucks and trailers are properly maintained, RRR Transportation tackles fuel economy from all directions. Photos: RRR Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

With a bevy of fuel-saving options on its 65 tractors and its 100-plus refrigerated trailers, drivers have a head start at RRR Transportation – but it still takes driver skill and a little friendly competition to hit those double digits.

7 Ways Aerodynamics Save Fuel The National Research Council of Canada studied 30% scale models in its 29-foot wind tunnel. Photo: National Research Council of Canada

By Jim Park

Everyone knows reducing aerodynamic drag saves fuel, but figuring out which aero devices make sense is a challenge. A multi-year Canadian study offers insight into which types of devices and combinations provide the greatest benefits.

Fuel Saving Fleets: Cooper Makes An Every Day Effort Cooper Freight celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Its 8.5-mpg fleet average would no doubt astound its founders. Photos: Cooper

By Deborah Lockridge

By staying on top of data and its drivers, Cooper Freight makes its quest for better fuel economy an every day effort.

Fuel Saving Fleets: Ursa Sees High MPG in the Real World Long- and short-haul truckload carrier Ursa Logistics reports that its best trucks are running at close to 10 mpg.

By David Cullen

Ursa Logistics reports that the long- and short-haul truckload carrier's best trucks are getting close to 10 mpg in certain real world conditions.

9 Ways You Can Use Technology to Cut Fuel Use LinkeDrive’s Pedal Coach provides instant feedback on driver performance delivered to the driver’s smartphone. Photo: LinkeDrive

By Jim Beach

Whether you’re looking to improve mpg or reduce overall fuel use and cost, automated routing and dispatching systems, telematics, in-cab nav, analytics and other systems improve efficiencies, reduce unproductive miles and monitor drivers and equipment.

High-MPG Fleets: Halvor Lines On the Cutting Edge The nationwide carrier regards the mpg potential of its 2016 tractors as “a work in progress.” The fleet says that it enjoys “great relationships” with OEMs, which “know we want to be on the cutting edge and are willing to try different things” to boost fuel efficiency. Photos: Halvor Lines Inc.

By David Cullen

While nearly 20% of its fleet already averages over 8 mpg, Halvor Lines Inc. is hopeful its newest tractors — some 100 model-year 2016 units — will earn the distinction of becoming their first 10-mpg trucks.

The Future of Fuel Economy This “aerodynamically optimized road train” concept truck from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe, was showcased at the 2012 IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany. The builders said it could save 25% in fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

A fundamental shift in thinking has transformed the trucking industry and ushered in a new era of highly advanced vehicles delivering unprecedented fuel savings. But it’s only the beginning.

Departments

Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Tires contribute approximately 25-35% of a truck’s total rolling resistance. The less rolling resistance, the less energy it takes to move the truck. And a tire with less or thinner tread requires less energy to move than a deep-treaded tire.

8 Steps to Better MPG Through Maintenance Proper alignment is an often-overlooked maintenance task that can have a significant effect on fuel economy. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Deborah Lockridge

We asked leading fleet maintenance managers and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency for tips on how preventive maintenance can help improve fuel economy.

Fleets Answer the Question, 'How's Business?' The percentage of fleets' parked trucks in the first quarter of 2016 is the highest in a year, but is only one of several signs of a slowing trucking business and overall economy.

By Evan Lockridge

After enduring a bruising first quarter that saw falling profits at many fleets, it comes as no surprise that in a second quarter survey of business conditions fleet executives are feeling a bit down.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan’s Titan XD Gas XD's maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What does it take for a pickup to be considered “American”? Nissan is a Japanese company, but its Titan XD is American all the way through.

Editorials

Independent Aftermarket Getting Poised for the Future Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets want to have as much choice for parts acquisition as possible, so having a strong independent aftermarket is important.

Commentary: Electric on the Cheap? Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With a new twist engineered by giant United Parcel Service and the tiny Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group, once a Navistar property, the electric hybrid is looking better than it has in quite some time.

Commentary: Taking the First Step to Wellness Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Fleets report they are losing drivers who can no longer re-certify to drive after health issues were uncovered under newer more stringent DOT physical procedures.

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