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Motoring Along: Understanding the role of motors in electric trucks

September 18, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Do you know who makes the motor in your washing machine? Do you care? Do you know who will make the motor on your first electric truck? Will you need to care? That’s just one of the many paradigm shifts we’ll be dealing with as electric drivetrains emerge in the trucking industry.

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Driving Force: Axles are at the heart of an electric revolution

July 12, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — We’re at the dawn of a new era in the propulsion of heavy trucks. Electric powertrains are opening new packaging and integration possibilities, including driven axles. Traditional transmissions, driveshafts, power dividers or differentials are no longer required.

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More electrification coming, but it’ll take time

May 2, 2018 by John Smith

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs) will play an increasing role in moving freight, but mixed fleets will likely be the norm through 2050, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency concludes.

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Expect more Run on Less from NACFE

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has unveiled a new look and redesigned website (www.nacfe.org) as it widens its focus beyond the fuel-saving equipment and components on the road today.

The organization’s original goal was to promote the doubling of freight-moving efficiency. And the recent Run on Less event proved that target is “pretty practical”, said executive director Mike Roeth, during a briefing at the Technology and Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

Seven trucks participating in Run on Less proved an average of 10.1 mpg (23.3 L/100 km) is possible with existing technologies, and under real-world operating conditions. This compares to a national average of 6.4 mpg (36.75 L/100 km), and U.S. Department of Energy super trucks achieving 11-13 mpg (21.38-18.09 L/100km).

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Run on Less tour begins

September 7, 2017 by John Smith

NEW YORK, NY – The Run on Less tour that will see seven freight-hauling trucks participate in a three-week test of fuel efficiency is underway.

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Event to show how to run on less

June 26, 2017 by John Smith

NEW YORK, NY – Seven fleets that collectively operate about 11,000 power units and 26,000 trailers have signed on to participate in Run on Less – a fuel-efficiency demonstration that runs September 6-28 and wraps up at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Georgia.The event is being run by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, which has already developed a library of “confidence reports” that quantify the benefits realized through different fuel-saving technologies.