NACFE is available to be hired to support your project or to collaborate with you on a mutually beneficial project. Our staff has many decades of trucking industry experience and our networks number in the thousands. (Check us out on LinkedIn.)
We have enjoyed many such challenges already and the list below should provide insight into what we are capable of doing. We can handle many things from fuel economy tests to surveys and research papers.
Watch this video to learn more about our previous collaborations and how NACFE can work with you to complete your project. If we aren’t the right people to support your project, there is a good chance that we can introduce you to the right people. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Let us know how we can help and we will send you a proposal with our team, timing and costs.
ESTABLISHING VEHICLE SPECIFICAYIONS WITH ICCT
In 2018, ICCT collaborated with NACFE to conduct research into how fleets approach the task of setting the specifications for new vehicle orders. We also studied differences by fleet sizes, types of fleets and specification differences between fleets in Canada and the United States. This report should be helpful to those that have not been exposed to the very complex world of heavy commercial vehicle features.
The report is available free of charge: https://www.theicct.org/publications/development-specifications-heavy-duty-tractor-trucks-canada-and-united-states
STARSHIP INITIATIVE WITH SHELL
Shell contracted NACFE in May of 2018 to monitor their concept truck, the #ShellStarship, on a coast-to-coast fuel economy run. NACFE provided an engineer to travel with the vehicle as well as an engineer to analyze the telematics data on a daily basis to determine the freight efficiency in several different ways.
Results of the 2,300+ mile demonstration run have been posted here: https://www.shell.com/motorist/oils-lubricants/rimula-truck-heavy-duty-engine-oil/airflow-starship.html.
TRACTOR-TRAILER GAP CLOSURE WITH XSTREAM
During May of 2016, NACFE assisted XStream Trucking, with a real-world fuel economy test of a product the company is developing to close the gap between Class 8 tractors and trailers. During these tests (details of how the test was conducted are provided in the report) there was a 2.5% reduction in fuel use when the device was deployed. Read more here. (Please note that the name of their system has changed from the GapGorilla to TruckWings since the report was published.)
PLATOONING WITH PELOTON
In 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 a 4.5% reduction for the lead combination, when electronically connected at 36 feet separation and 64 mph. Read more here.
TIRE TESTING WITH MICHELIN
During the summer of 2011, NACFE helped execute and monitor a 5,000-mile fuel economy test for various tire configurations for Michelin NA. This test was conducted as a high mileage confirmation of the improvement in fuel efficiency of various tires in doubles trailer operation. Read more here.
NA TRAILER FUEL EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES WITH ICCT
NACFE collaborated with ICCT to interview key industry participants on fuel efficiency technologies. This report shares learnings on technologies available to fleets for improving the fuel efficiency of North America 53-foot trailers. Items included were tires, tire pressure systems, gap reducers, underbelly devices, skirts and trailer tails. The full report can be downloaded here.
MARKET BARRIERS WITH ICCT
In one of the first NACFE joint efforts, we partnered with ICCT to investigate Market Barriers to Fuel Economy Technologies. We worked with fleets, owner operators, truck and trailer builders, manufacturers and others on this significant study. The full report can be downloaded here and a narrated video of findings can be viewed below: