fuel efficiency

Equipment, Fuel

The Top 3 Factors that Affect Fuel Efficiency in Trucking

Michelin Whitepaper

A new, free study by Michelin reveals the top three factors that affect a truck and trailer’s fuel efficiency—and how fleets can overcome them to reduce their fuel costs.

November 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Agility Fuel, XStream Trucking Agree on Exclusive Distribution of TruckWings

TruckWings visible on a tractor-trailer XStream’s TruckWings folding panels visible in the tractor-trailer gap. (XStream Trucking, Inc.)

Agility Fuel Solutions and XStream Trucking Inc. announced Agility will be the exclusive distributor of XStream’s TruckWings aerodynamic systems on compressed natural gas trucks in North America.

February 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

GM Set to Revive Hummer Brand With Electric Truck and SUV

Hummer A modified electric Hummer H1 sport utility vehicle on display at the Kreisel Electric GmbH research center and battery assembly plant in Rainbach, Austria, on Oct. 9, 2017. (Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. is moving forward with plans to revive its polarizing Hummer brand, this time as an electric truck instead of an emblem of gasoline consumption, according to people familiar with the matter.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

NACFE: Fuel Efficiency Up 15% From 2009 to 2018

Truckers fill up at a Pilot Flying J in Kentucky Truckers fill up at a Pilot Flying J in Shepherdsville, Ky. NACFE says it has proved at its semi-annual Run on Less event that significant fuel-economy improvement can still be made. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The average fleetwide fuel economy of trucks that participated in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s annual study increased 15% from 6.27 miles per gallon in 2009 to 7.27 mpg in 2018.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Diesel Inches Up 0.4¢ to $3.07 Per Gallon

Trucks fill up on diesel Diesel costs 13.7 cents less than it did a year ago. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 0.4 cent to $3.07 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Dec. 2.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 2, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Report Urges Trucking Regulators to Evaluate Fuel-Efficiency, GHG Emissions Standards

Trucks fuel up at a Pilot Flying J Drivers fuel their trucks at a Pilot Flying J in Shepherdsville, Ky. Improving fuel efficiency is an important step in meeting climate goals, the National Academy of Sciences report said. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new study by the National Academy of Sciences urges federal regulators to conduct an “interim evaluation” of the federal medium- and heavy-duty truck Phase 2 greenhouse gas and economy rule with an eye toward more stringent standards.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

NACFE Plans Regional 'Run on Less' Road Trial

NACFE's Mike Roeth Roeth by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency is in the early planning stages for a second Run on Less road trial, this time focusing on the technologies and vehicle specifications for improving fuel efficiency in regional trucking.

November 29, 2018
Business, Fuel

Coaching Program Helps Drivers Develop Fuel-Efficient Habits

Clark Reed Clark Reed is tops in fuel efficiency at Nussbaum Transportation. (Phillip Adams)

When it comes to fuel economy, Clark Reed is the top performer at Nussbaum Transportation, which nearly seven years ago instituted a program through which performance coaches work with drivers to improve the fleet’s fuel economy.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Perspective

Opinion: Sensing the Future of Fleet Maintenance and Efficiency

Fuel is often one of the first considerations in calculating annual expenses. According to the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2017 Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, nearly 40% of operating costs are derived from fuel alone.

Wally Stegall | Technical Fellow and Director of Business Development, Morey
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Experimental Starship Initiative Truck Completes Cross-Country Test

AirFlow Truck Company

A Starship landed in Jacksonville, Fla. But there were no aliens on board, just 40,000 pounds of reef-building material hauled cross-country in an experimental lightweight truck with streamlining everywhere.

Dan Scanlan | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
June 11, 2018