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November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

Heavy Duty Trucking announced its second annual Top 50 Green Fleets at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., Thursday. A ceremony was held at the conference to honor these fleets for their sustainability efforts in areas such as fuel economy, alternative fuels and emissions.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Top 50 Green Fleets, Fuel Economy

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Mack Makes AMT Standard on Pinnacle

Mack mDrive automated manual transmission.

SAN DIEGO -- Mack Trucks is making its mDrive automated manual transmission standard equipment on its Pinnacle on-highway truck model.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E, Fuel Economy

October 4, 2014 - Product News

Mesilla Valley Adding FlowBelow AeroKits to Entire Fleet

The FlowBelow AeroKit adorns a special gold Freightliner rig in the exhibit hall at ATA MC&E. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- Mesilla Valley Transportation, a New Mexico and Texas carrier known for its attention to fuel savings, has ordered 1,200 FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits to be installed on its entire fleet as MVT works toward a goal of a fleet average of 10 mpg.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Fleets, Aerodynamics, Mesilla Valley Transportation, FlowBelow, ATA MC&E

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency

Graphic via Wabco.

Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

Tags: IAA, Fuel Economy, Driver Assistance Systems, Wabco, Adaptive Cruise Control

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: New Truck Technologies Can Dramatically Cut Fuel Bills

Inside of an automated transmission, one of several technolgies helping fleets reduce their fuel bills, according to NACFE. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Fleets operating 41,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers achieved fuel savings of $7,200 per year per truck by adopting a variety of new technologies, according to a new study released Wednesday by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Technology, Research, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Eco-flaps Website

Andersen Flaps has launched a new website at www.ecoflaps.com that highlights its Eco-flaps Splash Guards' fuel-saving and splash reduction benefits.

Tags: Andersen Flaps, Fuel Economy, New Website

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

International DuraStar, WorkStar Get 9.3-Liter SCR Diesels

Navistar has started customer shipments of its International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks with the company's 9.3-liter diesels fitted with selective catalytic reduction emissions-aftertreatment equipment.

Tags: SCR, MaxxForce, Fuel Economy, N9, N10, Navistar, Vocational, Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Oil Standard Won't Have Adhesive Wear Test

Shell's Dan Arcy explains how oils protect against scuffing or adhesive wear in the cylinders and liners in an earlier engine teardown. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

A proposed test for adhesive wear, or scuffing, will not be a part of the upcoming new API oil standard, currently known as PC-11, and the new category is running behind schedule for implementation.

Tags: Shell, Lubricants, API, Low-Viscosity Oil, Fuel Economy, Engines

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Hits SuperTruck Goals Ahead of Schedule

Artist rendering of Daimler's SuperTruck. Credit: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America said Thursday it has realized the objectives of its SuperTruck program one year ahead of schedule. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the SuperTruck program is an ambitious five-year research and development initiative focused on improving freight efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of Class 8 trucks.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, DOE, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

A Good Review for SuperTruck Program

Truck and engine manufacturers report significant efficiency gains as a result of the public-private “SuperTruck” program. An interim assessment of the Energy Department’s collaborative effort says that the concept vehicles are closing in on a 50% improvement in freight efficiency and a 20% improvement in engine efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, DOE, SuperTruck, Fuel Economy

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

The LogixDrive 17XEVO axle in European trim. It may come to North America in 2015, Meritor says.

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.

Tags: Meritor, Drivetrains, Axles, Fuel Economy, Global

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar and Swift Transportation Begin Pilot Program to Improve Fuel Economy

Navistar said it developed a specification for the International ProStar tractor that the company expects to deliver improved fuel economy results.

Tags: Navistar, Fuel Economy, ProStar, Fleets, Swift Transportation

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Engine Teardown Compares Protection of Experimental Oil

These engine parts are from a teardown of an engine using an experimental low-HTHS viscosity oil. A visual inspection shows no noticeable differences in wear between it and the higher-viscosity oil.

What do you get when you put a group of trucking journalists in a room with three tables of engine teardown parts and ask them to choose which one is from the truck running the experimental low-viscosity oil? A lot of eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

Tags: Engine Oil, Fuel Economy, Shell Rotella, API, Engines

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Editors Seeking Fuel-Saving Ideas for June Issue

Do you have a sure-fire tip, trick or technique that has helped your company save money on fuel? If so, Heavy Duty Trucking's editors would like to hear about it for our special June issue, featuring "100 Ways to Save on Fuel."

Tags: Fuel Economy, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Fuel and Oil

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Deploying Trailer Skirts

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced it is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate AeroSkirts to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Wabash, Con-Way, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts, Con-way Freight, Fuel Economy

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

University of Tennessee Confirms 6% Fuel Savings for SmartTruck

The SmartTruck trailer on display during this past October's ATA Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.

Tags: SmartTruck, Mid-America Trucking Show, CD adapco, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Wrap-up: Fuel Economy, Robust Truck Orders Highlight Mid-America Trucking Show

Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Fuel economy continued to be a major theme of this year's Mid-America Trucking Show as truck makers and suppliers predicted an improved year of heavy truck sales.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Events, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Talks Fuel Economy, Telematics, Higher ISX Rating at MATS Kickoff Event

Rich Freeland, president of Cummins' engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Cummins Tuesday announced a new engine rating and its first telematics program just prior to the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, March 27-29.

Tags: telematics, Cummins, Fuel Economy, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

Wyoming Speed Limits to Move Higher

80-mph speed limit sign in Utah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Wyoming will soon join an elite club of states with speed limits of 80 mph or greater -- but drivers shouldn't hit the accelerator just yet.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Fuel Economy, Wyoming, Speed Limits, Interstate

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program

TMC, NASHVILLE – The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

TrailerTails Gain Acceptance, Should Total 200,000 by 2017, ATDynamics Says

TMC, NASHVILLE -- ATDynamics says North American fleets are on track to order 50,000 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices this year, and there’ll be 200,000 on the road by 2017. More than 350 fleets have deployed the aerodynamic devices in the last three years, including numerous Top 100 for-hire and private fleets.

Tags: ATDynamics, TrailerTails, Trailers, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research Offers Online Natural Gas Calculators

ACT Research Co. has released online fuel payback calculators that can help companies make the best fuel choices for their applications. The calculators, which are available at no charge at ACT’s website, allow fleets to easily calculate the diesel gallon equivalent of CNG or LNG at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.

Tags: ACT Research, DGE, CNG, LNG, Fuel Economy, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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