Fuel Economy

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November 9, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Exceeds 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado diesel courtesy of GM.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rear-wheel-drive pickups powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel have achieved fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg on the highway, making them the most fuel efficient pickups on the market.

Tags: Diesel Engines, EPA, Fuel Economy, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, 2016-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

Tags: GHG, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Downspeed

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Accuracy of Truck Fuel Usage Data Called Into Question

The data coming from a truck's engine computer may not be the most accurate gauge of fuel economy according to a new report.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FPInnovations, Big Data

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Fleet Technology Expo Awards Announced

Photo by Kareem Girgis

Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Awards, Idle Reduction, Fleet Technology Expo, Fuel Economy

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Industry Leaders to Share Insight at Trucking Efficiency Workshop

Photo: Freight Efficiency

The NACFE's Trucking Efficiency Workshop is a one-day event for fleets where industry leaders will share their insights on some of the best efficiency technologies.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products

Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors’ products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.

The future is bright for the fully automatic transmission in commercial vehicles, say executives at Allison Transmission, even as they’re saluting their company’s founder and honoring accomplishments in this, the company’s centennial year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Company Anniversaries, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, History, Automatic Transmissions

August 23, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two

When there's no work to do, an unladen axle is just fuel-sucking dead weight. Volvo gets it up and out of the way when it's not needed. Photo by Jim Park.

Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires and Wheels

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control in Production for Kenworth Trucks

Image via Kenworth

Kenworth’s Predictive Cruise Control is now in production for new Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Kenworth, Driver Training, Fuel Economy

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE: Low Rolling Resistance Tires a Worthwhile Investment

Photo by Jim Park

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has released its sixth fuel economy technology confidence report, this one covering the benefits of adopting low rolling resistance tires.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill

The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, U.S. Congress

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Stemco DataLogger Predicts TrailerTail Fuel Savings

Photo via STEMCO

The palm-sized DataLogger plugs into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data, which Stemco engineers use to predict how much fuel the TrailerTail will save that fleet.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Stemco, TrailerTail

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Environmental Regulations

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Technology Transformation

A far-out future truck project for the LA Auto Show

Two decades ago, Peterbilt was primarily known for its classic truck designs that appealed to owner-operators and small fleets. But as it showed reporters during its Technology Showcase at its plant in Denton, Texas, it has reinvented itself as a company on top of the latest technology and fuel economy.

Tags: Peterbilt, Technology, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

April 22, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Offers Efficient Packages for Cascadia

The Freightliner Cascadia is available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage packages. Photo: Freightliner

The Freightliner Cascadia is now available with the AeroSmart and SmartAdvantage Powertrain packages designed to enhance efficiency and performance.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Powertrains, Fuel Economy, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

National Renewable Energy Lab Offers Online CNG Tool

Photo : NREL

Fleets considering a compressed natural gas program now have an online resource to help evaluate cost-effectiveness.

Tags: Fuel Economy, NREL, CNG, Online Tool, CNG Fueling Stations

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Makers Seek Complete-Vehicle GHG Rule

The Phase 2 GHG/MPG proposed rule is due out in June.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Phase 2 of the federal GHG/MPG rules has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review. The

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Green Regulations, Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: David Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Large Pickups

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Photo via XL Hybrids.

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Alternative Fuels, Food and Beverage Fleets

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, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, 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



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