Today's Trucking

Pushing 10: Mack test drive shows role of tech in fuel economy

October 11, 2018 by John Smith

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Equipment editor Jim Park has developed a new appreciation for drivers who post consistently high fuel economy numbers, especially those who push every day to crack 10 mpg (23.5 L/100km). But the trucks also deserve a good chunk of the credit.


Shell launches Starship demonstration vehicle

March 5, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Shell Rotella has officially unveiled the Starship Project – a streamlined tractor-trailer designed to showcase energy savings that can be realized using technology available today. “If an owner-operator built a super truck, what would it look like? […]


Paid eNow Let’s You Run with the Sun

January 16, 2018 by Martin Smith

eNow is the first company to take large scale solar and make it mobile. We are changing the way the transportation industry thinks about energy by transforming their vehicles from consumers of energy into energy creators. eNow products convert, store, […]


Fuel-saving, safety training should be refreshed: study

November 1, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – A recent study by PIT Group has found that training in fuel efficiency and safety are only effective when it includes refresher courses, while real-time in-vehicle technologies help to reinforce good practices.

“While vehicle technology designed to improve fuel economy continues to advance, driver training is the element that has the largest impact on fuel consumption,” says Yves Provencher, director – market and business development. “Our studies show that various ways to train drivers – including classroom, in-cab and simulator training – all have their advantages.”


On the Spot at NACV Show: NACFE Run on Less

October 3, 2017 by Jim Park

Kenworth T680’s Updated Aero Package

September 13, 2017 by Jim Park

When Kenworth launched the T680 in 2012, the company said it was the most aerodynamic truck it had ever built. A few things have changed since then, and the T680 has evolved, and it’s not even more aerodynamically efficient.


IN PRINT — The Downspeeding Decision: Can it work with Canadian spec’s?

May 9, 2017 by John Smith

Spec’ing powertrains for Canadian operations is a tricky job. Americans take their powertrain spec’s pretty seriously as well, but how tough is it to get something that will move 80,000-pound loads on interstate highways? To be fair, our southern neighbors are always pushing the proverbial envelope, but tricky takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to downspeeding.


Road show to highlight fuel-efficient tech

April 6, 2017 by John Smith

NEW YORK, NY – Shell, PepsiCo, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and Carbon War Room are joining forces in a U.S. road show to showcase fuel-efficiency technologies – and the final stop on September 24 will be at the new North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta, Georgia.


U.S. commits $137M to advance fuel-efficient truck tech

August 24, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy 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.

The program is designed to advance environmental and innovative technologies for heavy- and medium-duty vehicles while accelerating technology advancement for passenger cars and lighter trucks.

Through another initiative, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement selections, 35 new projects will receive $57 million to develop and deploy an array of cutting-edge vehicle technologies. These technologies include advanced batteries and electrical drive systems to reduce carbon emissions and petroleum consumption in passenger cars and light trucks.


Carbon War Room Says “Yes!” to Downspeeding

October 29, 2015 by Peter Carter

NEW YORK, NY — Although it has been around for decades, downspeeding-the practice of using fast gear ratios that lower the speed of the engine-has become more widespread because of recent complementary technologies that have made it more attractive. Downspeeding is now one of the primary powertrain-focused strategies for improving the fuel economy of both over-the-road long-haul tractor-trailers and regional-haul daycab trucks that operate at highway speeds much of the time.


Volvo Announces New XE16 Package at Truck World 2012

October 28, 2015 by Martin Smith

Volvo Announces New XE16 Package at Truck World 2012

October 28, 2015 by Martin Smith

Drink haulers find 13% fuel savings

December 19, 2014 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON, DC – New sustainability initiative shows gains in fuel efficiency of North American fleet.


Ryder Wants to Help You Make More Money. Here’s How.

December 10, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

MIAMI, FL- Truck-and-equipment leasing firm Ryder System announced it is sponsoring, a free, independent, online technology guide aimed to help fleet owners double their fleet efficiency.


Volvo’s 2016 Enhancements

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Volvo Trucks has announced an assortment of aerodynamic and powertrain enhancements for model-year 2016 VN trucks, bringing what it calls “significant” fuel savings