LACHINE, QC – Call up central casting. Ask for a stunning show truck. You’ll get this. Lachine, QC-based Trans West’s traffic-stopping Number-100. With eight coats of paint, miles of stainless steel; a 550-hp Cat; leather upholstery and every other grace note you might imagine, including a 5,000-watt surround-sound audio system.
But what’s best about the truck is the fleet it’s part of. Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented Trans-West with a SmartWay Excellence Award, recognizing Trans-West’s outstanding achievements in the fuel efficiency department.
While Old 100 is a show-and-shiner’s dream, its fleet mates are equipped with trailer skirts, trailer tails, super single tires and, where feasible, 6×2 drive trains.
Drivers are trained to wring the best fuel-economy possible out of their rigs. Hence the payback: Trans-West’s VP Finances Denis Paquet estimates the initiatives have saved over half a million gallons of diesel a year.