fuel efficiency

Owner-operator on a fuel-economy test run

In May independent Albert Transport owner-operator Henry Albert participated in a test run of the 2014 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (pictured) to track and compare its fuel-efficiency against an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia. We reported about the test just last week. This week, he's been sharing results of this unique experience over on his blog as part of Freightliner's Slice of Life program -- offering windows into owner-operators' experiences with their Cascadia model updates. Albert was tapped to ...

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Pulse

Some of us at Overdrive were talking with drivers at a truck stop recently to hear about their interests. The conversation drifted to our columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford.

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Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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Two calls this week highlight driver advocacy efforts in D.C.

Scott Grenerth with Trucking Solutions Group today Those of you who've read this blog with any regularity are probably well familiar with Fikes-leased owner-operator Scott Grenerth (pictured with a new custom-designed bike at the Great American Trucking Show this past August -- Grenerth is also coproprietor of the rideandroll.me site cataloging biking trails in proximity to truck parking). I first met Grenerth when I ran with Jazzy Jordan last year and, since, have had the ...

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New technology: Hydrogen-injection for fuel mileage boost

A Q&A in the Richmond (Virginia) BizSense magazine published Monday revealed an interesting new technology coming into the trucking world. Related to the hydrogen fuel-cell idea, the technology has been created by Marz Industries of Ashland, Va., BizSense reporter Michael Schwartz wrote. Marz Industries president Eddie Miller has been working on it for several years now, the concept being to "take water from a tank and electricity from the truck and create hydrogen," Miller told Schwartz. ...

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Digital driving assistant

The Heavy Duty WatchDog device acts as a driving coach and provides visual and audio feedback on safety and fuel efficiency. A score ranging from A to F is displayed on the digital gauge package, depending on how well the driver is doing. The device can be integrated with GearMaster technology to help drivers keep track of the proper gear. The Heavy Duty WD works with Caterpillar, Cummins and Detroit Diesel engines. BULLY DOG, bullydog.com, (940) ...

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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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PIB TIP: SLOW YOUR DECELERATION. Fuel is converted to wasted energy with hard and frequent braking, in which case much of the fuel you need to get up to speed again is lost. Safety experts recommend watching ahead a distance of 12 seconds to prevent having to react at the last second. You are less likely to need to engage the engine retarder in city traffic if the 12-second rule is followed. The Partners in ...

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Rear-drag fairings

The TrailerTail rear fairings use an aerodynamic design and ultra-light thermoplastic composite materials to reduce rear drag. The fairings use a collapsible origami architecture for convenience. According to a third-party test, the trailer can offer fuel savings of more than 6 percent, the company says. The fairings come with a 90-day risk-free offer. ATDynamics, www.atdynamics.com

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An industry in transition

Truck makers share thooughts on top issues such as their biggest challenge in the next five years, customers' spec'ing choices and verticle integration of truck components.

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