Going ‘Green’ Can Offer Dealers Financial Benefits, Panelists Say
Jackson said his association reviewed University of Denver research showing that the 5% of the state’s car and truck fleet that is oldest — manufactured before 1990 — generates a disproportionately high proportion of the smog. As a result, the trade association started a foundation to buy up older vehicles, recycle the parts they could and then scrap the rest.
“We won support from the media and the public. It may have been ‘low-hanging fruit,’ but we shouldn’t concede the moral high ground to environmental extremists,” Jackson said.
Maintenance consultant Darry Stuart, a recent former chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations, said recycling and fuel mileage improvement have long been goals of maintenance shops because of their cost-cutting aspects, but they also are environmentally sound.
Among his remarks, Stuart offered some small tips and summarized a large debate on truck engines. He recommended avoiding flimsy radiator caps that allow pressure to leak out and suggested electric passenger-side windows, block heaters, well-insulated cabs and extra-wide, super-single tires when possible.
As for engines, he said that while smaller models weigh less and cost less initially, he still recommends buying versions that are somewhat bigger than the minimal need. A larger engine with more liters of displacement can do its job working at lower revolutions per minute, thereby saving fuel.
“The key to fuel conservation,” Stuart advised, “is low RPM — as low as you can get them.”
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