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August 17, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, U.S. Energy Department, Federal Grants

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

255 U.S. Firms Involved in Clean Transport, CalStart Map Shows

Suppliers of high-efficiency, low-carbon transport vehicles and equipment are listed on the map at www.calstart.org. Image: CalStart

New report says U.S. heavy-duty truck suppliers and the nation benefit from strong efficiency and emissions rules.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Manufacturing, Green, CALSTART

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Dealership Tool Allows Mack Buyers to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Image courtesy of Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has created a new online fuel economy tool that allows Mack customers to configure Pinnacle trucks and evaluate fuel efficiency potential on specific routes.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Dealers

May 23, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge Offers Fuel Efficiency Training

Image via CarriersEdge

Online safety and compliance training company CarriersEdge has added a Maximizing Fuel Efficiency course using an interactive learning approach to help drivers reduce fuel usage.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, CarriersEdge

May 11, 2016 - Product News

Can Tire Balancing Save Fuel?

The driving test features a pair of nearly identical trucks, one with Equal Flexx on the tires, the other without. Photo by Jim Park

Industry statistics suggest only about 30% of fleets do wheel balancing, and even those fleets usually balance only the steer axle wheels. IMI Products says if fleets balanced wheels at every position. they could see fuel savings and gains in tire life that would return their investment in balancing compounds tenfold in the just the first year.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, IMI, Tire Balancing

May 6, 2016 - Industry News

Day-Cab Fleets Missing Out on Aerodynamic Benefits

Photo: Peterbilt

Day-cab tractors have lagged behind sleeper equipped models in aerodynamic development fleets are missing out of fuel efficiency gains, according to the latest NACFE Confidence Report.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Aerodynamics, NACFE, Fuel Efficiency, Day Cabs

April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Mack: New Powertrain Products Save Fuel, Cut Emissions

2017 Mack MP-8 TC uses a second turbo to send extra power to the crankshaft and save fuel. Photos: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks picked Earth Day in Austin, Texas – said to be one of the country’s most “green” cities – to announce its 2017-model powertrain products, designed to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automated Manual Transmissions, Greenhouse Gas, Fuel Efficiency, Vocational Trucks, Diesel Engines

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOE's $12.5M to Improve Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $12.5 million in grants and form a consortium to improve the operating efficiency of medium and heavy trucks, the agency has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency

March 7, 2016 - Product News

USA Truck Installs PedalCoach Driver App in Fleet

USA Truck has installed LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach mobile application in its fleet of trucks, designed to coach better driving habits to increase fuel efficiency.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, USA Truck, Mobile Apps

February 28, 2016 - Industry News

Aperia's Halo Finds a Home at Over 100 Fleets

Aperia's Halo bolts on in 10-15 minutes and requires no additional connections.

Rapid adoption of thousands of tractor bolt-on inflation systems follows more than 50 fleet tests, validating Halo’s performance and ability to drive significant safety and efficiency benefits

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Tires

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

PPG Teams With Bridgestone on Fuel-Efficient Truck Tires

The Department of Energy is providing funding for a $1.25-million collaborative project between Bridgestone Americas and global coatings company PPG that will focus on improving the fuel efficiency of truck and bus radial tires

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, Tires, PPG Industries, U.S. Department of Energy

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Find Test Data in Choosing Economy Options, Report Says

Fleet managers should understand the types of tests, and know how one was run and how it relates to their everyday operations.

Truck fleets should seek test data on fuel-saving products so they can intelligently decide what to use in their own operations, says Determining Efficiency, the latest “confidence report” from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, NACFE

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

Stop-Start Standard for 2017 EcoBoost F-150s

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding auto stop-start as standard equipment on 2017 F-150 trucks powered by EcoBoost engines, the truck maker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Large Pickups, Stop-Start, 2017-MY, Ford F-150, Fuel Efficiency, Ford F-150 Raptor

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler: Tests Show Integrated Approach Ups Fuel Efficiency

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks found 14% reductions in CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy using a comprehensively optimized truck as part of the company’s Efficiency Run tests.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Fuel Efficiency, Daimler Trucks, Germany

October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Mesilla Valley to Equip Allison TC10 on a Third of Its Fleet

Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transport will equip its 2015-2016 Class 8 truck purchases with Allison’s TC10 automatic transmission, the carrier announced.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Allison Transmission, Automatic Transmissions

October 4, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Quality, Fuel Efficiency to Drive Strong Orders into 2016

Model year 2017 Cascadia Evolution trucks spec’d with DT12 automated transmissions will see 7.15 mpg, Freightliner says.

“We do not think economic conditions have to be amazing to have a good trucking industry," said a Freightliner executive, predicting strong truck orders into 2016.

Tags: Freightliner, Fuel Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Awards $55M to Boost PHEVs, Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies for improving fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, along with making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more affordable.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Grant Funding, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

August 31, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Fleets Support Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards

Image courtesy of CALSTART.

A high percentage of fleet operators recently surveyed by the California clean transportation consortium CALSTART generally support higher national fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, reported Natural Gas Intelligence.

Tags: Trucks, California, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, NHTSA

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 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo is Packed with Heavy-Duty Focused Sessions

The Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, California, will have multiple sessions and panels for heavy-duty fleets, focusing on making the most of technology and saving money.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Alternative Fuels, Events, Fuel Efficiency

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events, Future Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

EPA SmartWay Plans to Expand Programs, Leadership Worldwide

Vision 2020 is a blueprint for building SmartWay's reputation and outreach to increase fuel efficiency and cut “black carbon” emissions worldwide.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Global, Emissions

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Major Fleets Saved $477 Million With Fuel-Efficient Tech

Photo via Con-way Truckload

Fourteen fleets achieved fuel savings of $477 million in 2014 by adopting a variety of fuel efficiency technologies according to an annual study from the NACFE.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fleet Efficiency, Survey, NACFE

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Link Manufacturing to Partner on Developing Volvo 6x2 Pusher Axle

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Link Manufacturing has agreed to a multi-year manufacturing deal for the new Volvo 6x2 program after a year-long collaboration between the two companies.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Axles, Link Manufacturing, 6x2, Mack Trucks

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck

Freightliner's SuperTruck. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its futuristic SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, saying the project exceeded the company’s expectations. The DTNA SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, surpassing the Department of Energy program’s goal of 50% improvement.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, SuperTruck, Fuel Efficiency

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