fuel savings

Cummins waste heat expander

Cummins Turbo Technologies is offering a look at its advanced waste heat expander prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The system, which includes the Holset waste heat expander, can reduce fuel consumption by up to 6 percent, delivering fuel savings of between $4,000 (typical heavy-duty cycle) and $40,000 (typical high-horsepower cycle), depending on the application and engine power. Adrian Tipling, Cummins Turbo Technologies account executive for Global OEMs, said, “With increasing pressure to reduce CO2 emissions and ...

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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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New regulations will increase truck cost, owner-operator pay expected to rise, natural gas trucks catching on and other industry news items are featured.

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How to save fuel: ‘Fix the roads!’ researchers say

We all know the tire makers have done their due in improving truck-tire rolling resistance in recent years to help operators save fuel with tire choices. Two Auburn University researchers say it’s time for the paving industry and the governments that allocate funds for roads to step up to the plate. They located a holy grail of sorts in fuel savings via the analytical report they presented at the midyear meeting of the National Asphalt ...

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PIB TIP: PASS UP COSTLY FUEL STOPS. Owner-operators are well advised to pass up network fuel stops that are too costly, too far off route, sell inferior fuel, are dangerous or poorly maintained, or are perceived as a profit center for the carrier at owner-operators' expense. If you have concerns about a stop on the fleet network, respectfully bring them to the fleet’s attention. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the ...

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PIB TIP: CUT OUT-OF-ROUTE MILES. If you’re like many owner-operators, with 6 percent to 10 percent of your miles out of route lost to detours, side trips and just human error, you could possible cut them 3 percent. Doing so would save 3 percent on fuel, as well as on other variable costs such as tires and maintenance. Rethinking your route, minimizing side trips and getting better directions will pay off in savings. The Partners ...

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Engine problems worsen, FedEx Ground wins key case, APU grants offered to OOIDA, truck-related fatalities drop and more industry issues are featured.

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Two in one

Electric and diesel muscle combine in hybrid systems that store energy, cut fuel usage and reduce operating costs. If you want to see the face of tomorrow's powertrain, look at what's on the road today.

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