Seven fleets will participate in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s Run on Less program to showcase the benefits of fuel-saving technologies. Each fleet will participate in the three-week-long event and then report on their findings this fall at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in September.
Run on Less will feature trucks using current, commercially available technologies. Each fleet will run routes it wants with the trucks, which will be equipped with different efficiency technologies such as 6x2 axle configurations and automated transmissions to aerodynamics and other technologies that assist with improved freight efficiency.
Driver progress, as well as the dollars and carbon emissions saved, will be tracked and reported in real time on runonless.com. Geotab devices will be installed in each participating vehicle to monitor the fuel savings.
Participating fleets are Albert Transport, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, Hirschbach, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Nussbaum Transportation, Ploger Transportation, and U.S. Xpress.
Did you know?
In 2015, 17 fleets (with a total of 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers) that adopted a variety of fuel efficiency technologies achieved a 3% increase in fuel economy over the national fleet average. That represented a $501 million in fuel savings.
“We are most excited to join Run on Less because we want to demonstrate the success that can be achieved when pairing a trained and educated driver with the latest technologies in fuel efficiency.”
- Brent Nussbaum, CEO of Nussbaum Transportation, on the fleet’s participation in a fuel-efficiency program this fall.
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People are always looking for the next great fuel efficient technology, but the seven fleets participating in the Run on Less program are among the leaders in adopting current technologies. The goal of three-week event is to achieve 9 mpg with the trucks. It will be interesting to see if they do it in real-world conditions.
Hammer down everyone!