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April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Orders Revision of Fuel Economy Rules

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

The Trump administration began the process of revising Obama-era fuel economy standards for vehicle manufacturers today, and announced it may revoke California's waiver that allows that state to set its own emissions rules.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Donald Trump

March 4, 2018 - Industry News

FlowBelow Aerodynamic Systems Optional on International Trucks, Strick Trailers

International Trucks customers can now order FlowBelow’s Quick Release wheel covers and have them factory-installed on new LT and RH truck models.

Tractor-trailer aerodynamic device supplier FlowBelow announced during the 2018 TMC Annual Meeting that it has entered into agreements with two major truck and trailer makers to provide its systems as an optional equipment spec.

Tags: International Trucks, Aerodynamics, FlowBelow, Trailer Aerodynamics, Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, Fuel Efficiency

March 4, 2018 - Industry News

Digging Deeper into NACFE's Run on Less Truck Fuel-Efficiency RoadShow

10 actions truck fleets can take away from the Run on Less report on how to improve fuel efficiency. Graphic: NACFE

It's possible to average over 10 mpg in real-world, over-the-road truck freight operations, but that doesn't mean it's easy to maximize fuel economy, according to a new, in-depth report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency analyzing its Run on Less fuel-efficiency roadshow.

Tags: MPG, Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Carbon War Room, Run on Less

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, SmartWay, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy, CNG, Kimberly-Clark, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels

January 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's first diesel-powered 2018 F-150 pickup can deliver an EPA-rated 30 mpg in highway driving, which would put it among the most fuel-efficient pickups available when it goes on sale in the spring.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy

November 13, 2017 - Product News

XStream Offers Speed-Sensitive Trailer Gap Aerodynamic Device

XStream Trucking says that in addition to fuel savings, drivers report a much smoother ride in crosswinds with its TruckWing trailer gap device deployed. Photo: XStream Trucking

XStream Trucking says its new, speed-sensitive, TruckWings trailer gap aerodynamic system can deliver fuel savings while reducing emissions.

Tags: Emissions, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Court Decision Puts GHG Phase 2 Rules for Trailers on Hold

TTMA contends that the fleets that can benefit from aerodyamic technology on trailers are already using it voluntarily. Photo: Utility Trailer

A three-judge panel Friday granted the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association request to provisionally stay the trailer provisions of the greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards that were slated to go into effect in January.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, EPA

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Axle for Trucks Saves Up to 15% in Fuel, Hyliion Says

Green-painted Hyliion 6X4HE components include the motorized rear axle, lithium-ion battery pack, electronic controls, and electric APU.

The Hyliion 6X4HE system, which includes an electric APU that saves another 12% in fuel, is being tested by three major fleets.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Electrical Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, APUs, Hyliion

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Sustains Over 11 MPG for 5,600 Miles

Sharp Transport driver David Gooch next to the Cumberland C10 he drove for the #Raceto10MPG challenge. Screenshot via Cumberland International YouTube

Driver David Gooch was able to sustain 11.21 miles per gallon over 5,599 miles during the #Raceto10mpg challenge put on by Cumberland International and Sharp Transport.

Tags: MPG, Truck Drivers, Fuel Economy, Contest

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Fuel Economy Increases 1% in Latest NACFE Study

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released its 2017 Annual Fleet Fuel Study, finding that overall fuel economy rose 1% in 2016, the ninth year in a row trucking fleets in the study have recorded an increase.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Drivers Aim for Top Fuel Economy in Run on Less Roadshow

Photo: NACFE

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced the seven drivers participating in Run on Less, a fuel-economy roadshow set to kick off on Sept. 6.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

August 14, 2017 - Product News

Downsped SmartAdvantage Powertrain Offers Improved Fuel Economy

Photo: Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies

The Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture has added a new downsped overdrive model to its range of Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage Powertrains.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Powertrains, Downspeeding

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

DOT May Revise 2021 Fuel Economy Standards

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation may revise automotive fuel economy standards starting with the 2021 model year and could lower standards through 2025, reports Reuters.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, 2021-MY

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE Updates 6x2 Confidence Report

Third generation 6x2 systems feature liftable pusher axles, which are said to improve ROI by allowing for axle-up light-weight operation. Photo by Jim Park

NACFE offers an updated 6x2 Confidence Raport that reflects the lessons learned over the past 14 years. It also address advancing technology and how such improvements make 6x2 a more viable consideration than previous generations of the technology.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fuel Economy, Axles, NACFE

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Truck Fleets Sign on for Run on Less MPG Roadshow

Image via RunOnLess.com

Seven U.S. truck fleets— together accounting for nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers-- have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a new cross-country “roadshow” aimed at showcasing advancements in fuel efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

Photo: Pit Group

Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Tires, PIT Group

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

Run on Less participants will begin the contest by running normal routes and end with a drive to the new NACV Show in Atlanta this September. Photo: Ryder System

In September, a contingent of trucks from fleets around the country will hit the road to see if their special blend of vehicles, technology and drivers can log the highest fuel economy numbers in real-world operating conditions.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, NACV Show

March 24, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Model 579 Updates Aimed at Fuel Economy

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has made changes to the Model 579 Epiq package that it says deliver an 8% fuel economy improvement for the 2018 model year.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Economy, Model 579

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump, Global

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar&#39;s new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

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