Today's Trucking


Vnomics’ True Fuel Part One: Bad Jim

April 17, 2017 by John Smith

PITTSFORD, NY — Since you can’t physically sit beside your drivers all day, observing and coaching their driving habits and performance, some sort of monitoring tool can be quite useful. However, if drivers see such devices as annoying or impeding their ability to drive the truck, they won’t happily accept the intrusion.


Allison boosts fuel savings with software

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Allison Transmission has unveiled a new software package that will boost fuel economy by 6% over its existing FuelSense offering.


Aperia, FlowBelow combine forces

February 27, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – Aperia Technologies and FlowBelow Aero have been competing for some of the same space at the end of truck wheels. Now they’ve found a way to work together.


Eaton predicts electrified future

February 27, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – Eaton’s Technology Innovation Center has looked into the future and believes it’s electrifying.


Fuel-saving engine accessories tough to justify: NACFE

February 27, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – Variable engine-driven accessories offer “relatively modest” fuel economy gains and can be complex, making it difficult for fleets to justify the related investments, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and Carbon War Room have found.


Target: Fuel Economy

November 2, 2016 Rolf Lockwood

Amidst all the talk of progressively wilder technologies, there’s one fundamental subject that comes first: fuel economy and how to maximize it.


Study showcases use of fuel-saving tech

October 17, 2016 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – What does it take to reach 6.5 miles per gallon (36 liters per 100 kilometers)? A survey by the American Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and sponsors at ExxonMobil offers some insights into what fleets did to reach this median target.


Canadian fleets honored by SmartWay

October 4, 2016 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, FL – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized several Canadian fleets with SmartWay Excellence Award, which honors environmental performance.


Two-truck platoons would boost fuel economy: report

September 28, 2016 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — Technology that allows two trucks to travel in tight platoons promises to improve fuel economy, a report by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room concludes.


Mack’s MP engine tweaks on firm footing for GHG cuts

September 5, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ALLENTOWN, PA – Mack Trucks feels like it’s in a solid position to start down the road towards the emissions realities of the U.S. government’s latest greenhouse gas reduction targets for heavy trucks.

It may even be a benefit, at least to the customer.


Fuel economy up 3% at 17 major fleets

August 24, 2016 by John Smith

NEW YORK, NY — Seventeen major North American fleets – including Canadian-based Challenger Motor Freight and Bison Transport – boosted their fuel economy by 3% in 2015, according the Annual Fleet Fuel Study released today by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE).

Fleet-wide fuel economy increased from 6.87 to 7.06 miles per gallon (34.2 to 33.3 liters per 100 kilometers), representing the largest boost in eight years of consecutive improvements. And they saved just shy of $650 million on fuel bills when compared to the national average.

Put another way, their individual trucks saved about $6,020 per year compared to the baseline of a “business as usual” truck that reaches 6.3 miles per gallon (37.3 liters per 100 kilometers).


Volvo concept boosts fuel economy 30%

June 13, 2016 by John Smith

With almost one-third lower fuel consumption, Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations.

With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo developed a new concept vehicle, the result of a five-year-long research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles. The new concept truck is said to cut fuel consumption by more than 30%.

“Our concept truck showcases the immense power of on-going technical advances,” says Claes Nilsson, Volvo Trucks president and CEO. One of the key factors behind the low fuel consumption is its massive 40% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency that has benefited both the tractor and trailer.


Mack boosts fuel economy under Earth Day backdrop

April 26, 2016 by John Smith

AUSTIN, TX – Mack Trucks’ choice of the setting and day to unveil a series of powertrain upgrades was no coincidence. Austin, Texas is known for its music and barbecue, but is also recognized as one of the Top 10 greenest cities in the U.S. And April 22 marks Earth Day.

Collectively, they offered a fitting backdrop for changes made in the name of fuel economy.

The 2017 Mack MP engine lineup will see fuel economy jump between 2.1 and 8.8% compared to today’s models, while a new Predictive Cruise will effectively memorize terrain and enhance shifts when routes are repeated.

Engine upgrades include a common rail fuel system, and turbo compounding that tranforms waste heat into torque on the camshaft.

Fuel-saving enhancements have certainly put the engines on a diet. The common rail fuel system, widely used in Europe, allows for an assembled camshaft that is 27 pounds lighter than its single-piece predecessor. The MP8’s cylinder block is also 44 pounds lighter than today’s models. Even when turbo compounding is introduced on the MP8, the engine is still 33 pounds lighter than existing models.


Nine MPG-Plus!

November 4, 2015 by sehui

When Volvo announced its new Adaptive Loading technology at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, much was made of its seamless, no-driver-input-required ability to switch between 6×2 and 6×4 axle configurations.

That was then.

Five months later, after having about 200 trucks equipped with Adaptive Loading in use across North America, fleets that employ the technology are reporting a wide variety of other welcome results, including improved fuel mileage; much faster drop-and-hook times; much longer tire wear; greater payload because the system itself weighs about 300 lb less than a standard 6×4 setup; increased traction on wet pavement; easier take offs on snow and ice; and even improved driver retention.


Concerns at U.S. GHG Hearing, Canada Expected to Adopt

August 20, 2015 by sehui

LONG BEACH, CA – Proposed regulations, expected to adopted by Canada, regarding U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks were the focus of a public hearing on Tuesday in California.

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the event to gather comments about their joint proposal. An earlier hearing was held this month in Chicago.

Representatives from government and environmental agencies, manufacturers, fleets and other related organizations were allowed five minutes each to make a public statement on the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules as currently outlined. A panel of top members from EPA and NHTSA listened and posed clarifying questions.