Scaling Cleaner Freight Movement

Intentional Pairing

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) investigated the factors relevant to intentionally matching a specific tractor model to specific trailer model in logistics systems for the purpose of maximizing fuel economy, minimizing emissions and improving profitability. Many have said, if a specific tractor and trailer can be designed as a system and always operate together additional fuel savings can be attained.

NACFE determined that the vast majority of tractors pulling dry van and refrigerated 53-foot trailers operate in a drop and hook mode, keeping the tractor assets moving as much as feasible rather than waiting for trailers to be loaded or unloaded. Except in some very specific cases, such as in lightweighted tractors and trailers for use in dedicated routes for beverage hauling, intentional pairing of specific tractor and trailers is not a practical consideration for North American goods movement.

In fact, given NACFE’s findings on Regional Haul (link) because of factors such as e-commerce, technology advances and big data, the industry is poised to take advantage of more drop and hook operations decreasing the opportunities for intentionally pairing individual tractors and trailers.


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