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Website Aims to Lower Fuel Cost for Trucks

The Carbon War Room, together with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, has launched Truckingefficiency.org, a website that aims to cut fuel costs for tractor-trailers by as much as 50 percent. The website includes about 70 trucking efficiency technologies, including aerodynamics, tires and idle reduction. According to the Carbon … Read more »

Verizon MAGIC Buses Cut CO2, Save Gas

Verizon has rolled out a fleet of 25 buses in New York City that will reduce CO2 by more than 645 metric tons, compared to the older trucks, and save the company more than 70,000 gallons of gasoline yearly. The fleet — known as MAGIC, which stands for mobile area … Read more »

Unilever to Remove 23 Million Vehicle Kilometers from UK Roads

Unilever has said it will reduce the distance its trucks drive on Europe’s roads by around 200 million kilometers annually by the end of 2014, compared to 2010 levels, as part of a project partially funded by the EU. The company says its new transport management scheme will remove 23 … Read more »

Vigia Launches Remote Tire Pressure Gauge

Tire pressure product manufacturer Vigia Canada has released a tool that allows truck drivers and fleet managers to check tire pressure via an in-cab display or remotely using a computer or mobile device. The NM343 integrates tire inflation information with existing fleet telematics systems, allowing access to information on the … Read more »

Scania’s Internal Transport to Use Bioethanol

Truck manufacturer Scania has switched its internal transport services to fossil-free fuel. The Swedish company is putting eight trucks (pictured) powered by bioethanol into use at its production facilities in Södertälje, Sweden. The move should cut emissions at those plants by around 70 percent, Scania says. In Södertälje, Scania primarily … Read more »

Alcoa Releases Low-Weight Truck Wheels

Aluminum fabricator Alcoa has launched a new series of wide base that wheels are the lightest 14″ aluminum wheels on the market. The new 58 lbs wheels are engineered for high performance through Alcoa’s proprietary LvL ONE wheel manufacturing process of light weighting. By switching from single steel 22.5″ x … Read more »

Ryder Cuts Direct, Indirect GHG Emissions

Ryder Cuts Direct, Indirect GHG Emissions

Ryder System’s direct GHG emissions fell two percent in 2010, from 470,481 metric tons to 461,828 metric tons, and were down 18 percent on 2008’s level of 565,488 metric tons, according to the company’s latest corporate sustainability report. Direct emissions included on-site natural gas consumption and Ryder owned/operated vehicles. The … Read more »

Volvo, Michelin Study Reveals Simple Tricks for Truck Fuel Savings

Minor adjustments to haulage vehicles can have a surprisingly large effect on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, according to a study by Volvo Trucks and Michelin. A study carried out by the truck maker and tire manufacturer shows that having the right tires, tire pressure and wheel alignment can reduce … Read more »

Maverick Chooses Meritor Automatic Tire Inflation

Maverick Transportation has chosen the Meritor Tire Inflation System by Pressure Systems International as a standard fuel-saving measure on all new trailers purchased in 2012. MTIS is an automatic system that supplies air pressure to the tires whenever needed to keep them fully inflated. PSI says this improve tire maintenance … Read more »

Report: Hybrid Truck Sales to Top 100k

Report: Hybrid Truck Sales to Top 100k

Sales of hybrid medium- and heavy-duty trucks are on course to top 100,000 annually by 2017, according to a report by Pike Research. “Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Battery Electric Medium and Heavy Trucks: Market Analysis and Forecasts” says that the increased demand for hybrid trucks is being led by, and … Read more »

Trucking Industry Welcomes Fuel Efficiency Standards

Trucking industry leaders have greeted new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles with reactions ranging from cautious optimism to hearty enthusiasm. Navistar, Cummins and the American Trucking Associations came out strongly supporting the regulations. The Engine Manufacturers Association and the Truck Manufacturers Association described the program timeline as “challenging,” but … Read more »

Obama Launches Fuel Standards for Trucks and Buses

Big-rig trucks will be required to reduce fuel consumption by about 20 percent by model year 2018, under heavy-duty vehicle efficiency rules unveiled by President Obama today. The new rules also include standards for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, with separate regulations for gasoline-powered and diesel-powered models. These vehicles will … Read more »