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2014 Fleet Fuel Benchmark ReportFleet Fuel Study released: This is the 3rd annual report on the adoption history of fuel efficiency technologies for Class 8 over the road tractors and trailers. This year’s report covers purchasing statistics of 66 technologies over 11 years, from 11 fleets encompassing 42,000 tractors and about 150,000 trailers. You can download the report here which includes the new data as well as key best practices of adoption from the full three years of the study.


Idle Reduction Solutions– In early July, Trucking Efficiency released a very comprehensive report on 19 solutions to limit idling of Class 8 Over the Road tractors. It identified five common fleet strategies, which are various combinations of the solutions that make logical complementary groups depending on a fleet’s unique operating parameters. An Executive Summary, video of findings and the full Confidence Report can be downloaded 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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Wow, another year has passed and we are grateful to all of you for helping us bring important information and data on trucking efficiency to the industry.  Five years ago last month, NACFE was officially born at an Inaugural Event in Chicago on November 3rd, 2009.  Many of you may remember the meeting that day and the overwhelming support at the end to launch this unbiased, focused effort on better understanding technologies and practices in order to double NA goods movement.  In 2013, we broadened the efforts by creating the partnership with the Carbon War Room and now in 2015 we will further our efforts and speed up the work.  It’s nice to be grateful, and it is spring-boarding us into 2015 with a great deal of momentum and excitement.  Thanks to all of you for your support in 2014.  And in particular, thanks for being part of such an important industry.  Your support of Truckers who deliver the loads every day is particularly remembered during this Holiday Season.  See here a short video – “One of us did”.  Happy Holidays to all of you.


Join us at TMC and ACT Expo:  We will be at TMC, in Nashville the week of February 15th, come see us in our booth.  Click here for the announcement and here for details on our efforts in Dallas at ACT Expo.  And… To secure an exhibit space in the Trucking Efficiency Showcase area, contact Mike.


Tire Team Announcement – We are excited to announce the unbiased, expert team, that will conduct a Confidence Report on Class 8 tractor and trailer tires.  See here.  Yunsu Park, will lead the group that will include Jim Park and Jim Rogers.  Each member of this team brings significant truck knowledge and experience as well as a unique perspective to the work.  Yunsu, with many years in new product development and operations improvements, Jim Park, was a truck driver for nearly two decades before becoming an award winning journalist and Jim Rogers, has led fleet maintenance and equipment procurement at a major fleet as well as been involved with multiple new manufacturer product introductions.


Update on our Work.  The Electronically Controlled Transmissions Confidence Report will publish in a few weeks with our conclusions being that these transmissions are proven and ready for prime time, there is a solid business case for them and that they enable improvements in the future.  Thanks to all of you who have provided input to our Engine Parameter Setting for Fuel Economy Report.  This report addresses the many customizable settings end users can manage to improve fuel efficiency and best practices to select, implement and maintain them.  The report as well as a few tools will be published in February.  And finally, we held two workshops in the past months, Indy in October and Allentown, PA in November, pictures here.  Both were well attended with a wonderful mix of fleets, dealers, truck and component manufacturers and others.


Mike continues to blog on FleetOwner ExpertXchange, see here.


On Monday, September 22nd, Trucking Efficiency will launch (announcement) a new unbiased, free, information platform to help trucking companies, technology suppliers, truck, engine and trailer builders, government organizations, associations, etc. better understand the growing solutions available to improve efficiency of Class 8 tractor trailers. We will keep you abreast of announcements over the next few weeks. The platform will be available at www.truckingefficiency.org.


Trucking Efficiency – Class 8 Tractor Trailer Efficiency Workshop Monday, October 20, 2014 Indianapolis,IN


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 www.actexpo.com. 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 mike.roeth@nacfe.org.