John Sommers II for Transport Topics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cummins Inc. officials, speaking as the Mid-America Trucking Show opens here, emphasized engine-related fuel efficiency gains that can save $4,000 per truck annually and stimulate increased business in the improving 2014 trucking market.
“One of the reasons that business is picking up is that customers are confident in the savings,” Jeff Jones, vice president of Cummins’ North American engine business, said during a press event. “Customers will buy a truck with an engine that is at least 7% more fuel efficient than four years ago.”
The savings were based on running 100,000 miles with $4-a-gallon diesel in a truck with a 15-liter engine, whose miles per gallon now is 6.96, compared with 6.5 mpg four years ago. Savings resulted from steps such as optimization of combustion and aftertreatment and better low-end torque, Jones said.