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2013 Fleet Fuel Benchmark Report-Ten major North American fleets share their adoption experience of various products and practices for fuel efficiency. It is our first annual update of this landmark work and now includes data for ten years and 60 available technologies, as well as describing benchmark best practices of the fleets. Included are a 30 page report, a complete set of data and NACFE membership. Findings can be found here.

6×2 Axles– Many fleets are converting their specifications to include a 6×2 axle configuration rather than a 6×4. By having only one drive axle the truck weighs less, has better fuel economy. Traction is one of the major concerns and NACFE has found that by utilizing load shifting technology the traction issue is significantly improved. NACFE tested trucks for fuel economy and traction, the full Confidence Report package can be downloaded from the reports tab.

Tire Pressure Systems- NACFE’s first ever Confidence Report is a deep dive review of all the available technologies for ensuring appropriate tire pressure. Benefits of such systems include decreased roadside breakdowns, improved tire life and better fuel efficiency. This groundbreaking report describes the various technologies, identifies manufacturers, shares tractor and trailer OEM’s as well as fleet experiences. Finally, two tools have been developed for adoption analysis; a technology selection tool and a payback calculator the full Confidence Report package can be downloaded from the reports tab.

Peloton Platooning Test-November 2013, NACFE was engaged to help plan, execute and validate a fuel efficiency test of a platooning technology under development by Peloton Technology. The report below details a 10% fuel consumption reduction for the trailing tractor trailer and 4.5% for the lead combination, when electronically connected at 36 feet separation and 64 mph. A modified SAE J1321 test protocol was used in cooperation with CR England on Interstate 80 west of Salt Lake City the full Confidence Report package can be downloaded from the reports tab.

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Trucking Efficiency Workshop Slides form Little Rock (June 29)

Trucking Efficiency Workshop on technologies in Little Rock

Trucking Efficiency Publicity (June 13) 

I want to invite you to join us for our next Trucking Efficiency Workshop on technologies in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 26. These workshops are highly effective events where leaders in the industry roll up their sleeves and openly discuss, even debate, the advantages and disadvantages of adopting various technologies. Come learn while working alongside manufacturers, other fleets, test organizations, etc. in order to determine how we, together, can improve the efficiency of tractor trailers and cut fuel bills significantly. This will be the first workshop where automated transmissions are added to the agenda. Read about our next workshop here and registration for Little Rock can be found here. Sign up today and join us in Arkansas!

ACT Expo in Long Beach (Slides)

On May 5th Trucking Efficiency hosted 110 industry professionals at a workshop held in conjunction with the ACTExpo in Long Beach CA. The event agenda included comments by Scott Perry, Ryder System, a leader dialogue by Bill VanAmburg, CALSTART, Mary Aufdemberg, Daimler Trucks, Dr. Tim Frazier, Cummins Westport, Mike O’Connell, Frito Lay and Scott Perry, Ryder System and all participated in small group table discussions on various technologies. Attendees learned from the leaders how to overcome challenges to adopting or selling technologies and offered many ideas during the small groups to accelerate the uptake of these solutions. This meeting was a huge success and the slides from the event can be seen here. Thanks to all, please look forward to more Trucking Efficiency Workshops in 2014.

 ACT Expo in Long Beach

Trucking Efficiency Summit-NACFE will join with the Carbon War Room to deliver the second Trucking Efficiency Summit in Long Beach on May 5, to share best practices on technology adoption and to share detailed information on various technologies. Agenda is here. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the ACT Expo. To learn more about ACT Expo 2014 or to register, visit Our first Trucking Efficiency Summit was held in Chicago in October 2013 and was a big success.

TruckingEfficiency-is a joint effort between NACFE and the Carbon War Room to double the freight efficiency of North American goods movement by 2016 through the elimination of market barriers to information, demand and supply.  Together they led 54 industry participants in a Summit on October 7th in Chicago to highlight and discuss three sets of technologies to improve the efficiency of tractor trailers.  Workshops were conducted to openly debate the benefits and challenges with their adoption and trucking fleet, truck OEM and component manufacturing leaders shared their thoughts.  The presentation slides are attached HERE and an article appeared in FleetOwner and a link is provided here.

NACFE is proud to introduce our expert, unbiased core team who will be delivering a Confidence Report on devices that prevent the idling of sleeper tractors.

NACFE announces that the 3rd Confidence Report will be on sleeper tractor Anti-Idling devices. We have selected the unbiased core team of experts that will conduct this work this fall. A Technology Overview Summary is available HERE. Project sponsorships are needed to support this effort and we would like to speak with you soon. Contact Mike at