fuel economy

Cummins sees 6% fuel economy gain

Company is achieving a 6 percent improvement in fuel economy in its 2010 engine compared with 2007 technology.

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2010 Engine Performance

Manufacturers say EPA-driven changes yield better fuel economy and other benefits.

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‘Who’s inefficient?’ Four wheels or 18?

So asks New Cumberland, Pa., resident and owner-operator Tom Bowers in a letter to the editor published in the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News, in response to a letter from another area resident heaping the bulk of energy inefficiencies in the transportation arena on the back of the big rigs of the trucking industry. Bowers' argument for the comparable inefficiency of the auto industry, where fuel used per-pound moved is much higher than the same rate in  big-rig ...

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How to: Install Trailer Fairings

If you own a dry van or reefer, adding trailer fairings should improve your fuel economy and highway performance. Installing a kit requires only basic tools, a helper at times and most of a day.

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Through thick and thin

Specialists weigh in on cold starts, wear protection and other oil viscosity matters.

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PIB TIP: CALCULATE YOUR MPG. Calculate your mpg by tracking your mileage between fill-ups and dividing the total by the number of gallon you burned. Do this for all trips. Weather, loads, routes, traffic, terrain, road surfaces and other factors affect fuel economy, which can be somewhat controlled if monitored. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by ...

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Truck Spotlight

The Volvo VNL 730 mid-roof sleeper is designed for pulling flatbed or lower trailers with heavier loads such as fuel tankers or grain haulers.

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Feature Article: The Dynamics of Aero

Higher fuel prices and equipment-altering regulations stand to change the intensity of owner-operators' focus on their rigs' aerodynamics.

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Plus 2

Many of those who succeed discover the key to achieving better mileage usually isn't found in changing one driving practice, buying a single additive or spec'ing one component.

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LogBook

Consumer, safety and labor groups have petitioned a federal court for permission to pursue a third round of litigation to overturn the hours of service rule.

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