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Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Advanced high-strength steels have a lighter impact on the environment than aluminum in light-duty trucks and SUVs, according to two new case studies released by WorldAutoSteel. The case studies examined the effect various automotive materials can have on total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions. The studies used the Automotive Materials … Read more »

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes is the leader at manipulating the way vehicles are tested, producing official fuel economy figures in labs that cannot be replicated in the real world, according to a report by Transport & Environment. The report analyzes real-world fuel consumption by motorists that highlights the abuses by carmakers of the … Read more »

Pepsi truck

Pepsi Curbs Fuel Consumption, Avoids CO2 Emissions

PepsiCo has kept 55,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere by reducing fuel consumption in its transportation fleet by 24 percent since 2010, and is looking to further reduce fuel consumption for its trucks and vehicles, according to Green Century Capital Management, which has been in discussions … Read more »

Shipping NGOs Call for More Transparency

Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk and the Carbon War Room are urging the International Maritime Organization to be transparent regarding data on ship efficiency and fuel consumption. According to the NGOs, the IMO’s environment committee plans to restrict access to the energy efficiency design index data on newly built … Read more »

Cummins Engine Demonstrates Up to 80% CO2 Emissions Reductions

Cummins has developed an engine and powertrain that it says reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 80 percent compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. The work was jointly funded by Cummins in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC). More than 1,000 miles and 1,500 hours have been … Read more »

ABB Onboard DC Grid

27% Fuel Savings from ABB’s Onboard DC Grid

ABB has released third-party verification that its Onboard DC Grid helps vessels reduce their fuel consumption up to 27 percent. ABB’s Onboard DC Grid distributes power through a single DC circuit, which the company says provides power savings while also improving the safety and redundancy compared with traditional AC systems. … Read more »

Volvo Tests ‘Eco-Driving’ Technology

Volvo Tests ‘Eco-Driving’ Technology

The Volvo Group is testing eco-driving technology that it says can help reduce fuel consumption by about 10 to 15 percent, saving trucking companies money and reducing carbon emissions. Eco-driving includes avoiding hard acceleration and maximizing utilization of engine braking. Guillaume Vernet, project manager at Intelligent Transport Systems at Volvo … Read more »

Fleet Roundup: BMW GM Breakup, BMW Toyota Hookup, Volvo, Citroen C-Zero

Volvo’s “I-See” system, which captures kinetic energy created when a truck brakes and uses that energy to propel the truck, can reduce fuel consumption by up to five percent and will be on the market in 2013, the company says. A truck covering 140,000 kilometers a year can save about … Read more »

Ecolab Cuts Fuel Consumption by 22% Since 2006

Ecolab has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent since 2006, normalized to sales, helping to earn it a Sustainable Fleet award from the NAFA Fleet Management Association. The $11 billion provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies to the food, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and energy sectors won the award … Read more »

Cargill Buys Giant Kites to Cut Carbon

Shipping company Cargill plans to use giant sails to reduce its fuel consumption. Cargill signed an agreement with Hamburg-based SkySails GmbH & Co. to use its 320 sq m kites, which fly ahead of vessels at a height of 100 to 420 meters. The kites generating propulsion which can reduce … Read more »

ABS, SDARI to Test Fuel-Saving Tech for Ships

ABS and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) have entered into a two-year joint research and development project to study the potential of an energy-saving device that could improve propulsion efficiency on a bulk carrier. This add-on device could offer ship owners the potential to reduce greenhouse … Read more »

U.S. Army to Test Honeywell Micro-Grid System

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) has awarded Honeywell a $4.6 million contract to test and demonstrate its Micro-Grid system at Wheeler Air Base, Hawaii, over an 18-month period, including 12 months of operation and evaluation, beginning in September 2010. The technology, developed by Honeywell Aerospace, can … Read more »