fuel economy

Government, Business

Trump, Automakers Face New Pressure Not to Ease Mileage Rules

President Trump gestures during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Jan. 22. President Trump gestures during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Jan. 22. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

Environmentalists and consumer advocacy groups are castigating automakers for supporting the Trump administration’s effort to relax fuel economy standards, amid fresh warnings from a Democratic leader that the plan won’t deliver promised safety benefits and will raise costs for consumers.

January 23, 2020
Government

Trump Administration Dials Back Plan to Gut Auto Mileage Rules

President Trump speaks to the media at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. President Trump speaks at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Tuesday. His administration has decided to relax its auto mileage rules rollbacks. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

A draft of the final rule, now undergoing a final White House review, includes several changes that could make it easier to defend in court and more palatable to some automakers that had refused to publicly endorse the earlier proposal.

January 21, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump Administration Signals Compromise on Gas Mileage Rules

Gas Mileage Trucks travel on Interstate 60 in the City of Industry outside Los Angeles. (City of Industry)

The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Fine-Tuning Truck Filtration

Truck Filtration A technician with Universal Logistics inspects and replaces a filter as part of important routine equipment maintenance. (Universal Logistics)

Effective filtration systems always have played an integral role in the daily life of a truck’s lubrication, air intake and fueling processes.

April 26, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

Orbcomm ELD Carriers can offset the cost of ELDs through added features designed to enable fuel-economy improvements and other operational efficiencies, vendors say. (Blue Tree Systems, an Orbcomm company)

Complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
February 12, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Fuel Economy in Focus

CFI's Bill Miller helps a driver find fuel economy CFI’s learning and development specialist, Bill Miller (left), discusses telematics data from an onboard computer with driver Mike Wallace. Fleets are finding opportunities to improve fuel economy by tracking vehicle and driver performance data. (CFI)

For many fleets, onboard telematics has become an indispensable tool in the never-ending quest to improve fuel economy.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
February 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fuel Economy Improves for 9th Straight Year, NACFE Study Finds

Truck fueled with diesel Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Nineteen fleets tracked by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency showed fuel efficiency improvements last year, for the ninth straight year, but the gain was just 1% year-over-year as some fleets dropped certain fuel-saving technologies and as other factors such as extreme summer heat played a role in fuel consumption.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 24, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Feds Propose New Fuel-Economy Labels

Federal regulators for the first time in more than 30 years are proposing a redesign of the fuel economy label that consumers see on the window of new passenger vehicles and light trucks.

September 7, 2010
Government, Business, Fuel

Details of Plan to Raise Truck Fuel Economy Remain to Be Spelled Out, Observers Say

WASHINGTON — A week after President Obama announced that the federal government would be crafting the first-ever fuel economy standards for large trucks, observers said it was still unclear exactly what those standards would entail.

May 31, 2010