"DOWNSPEEDING LONG-HAUL TRUCKS IS A KEY STRATEGY FOR FLEETS, , AND BUILDS UPON THE USE OF ELECTRONICALLY-CONTROLLED TRANSMISSIONS AND OPTIMIZING ENGINE PARAMETERS." Mike Roeth, Operation Lead, Trucking Efficiency
Although it has been around for decades, downspeeding—the practice of using fast gear ratios that lower the speed of the engine—has become more widespread because of recent complementary technologies that have made it more attractive. Downspeeding is now one of the primary powertrain-focused strategies for improving the fuel economy of both over-the-road long-haul tractor-trailers and regional-haul daycab trucks that operate at highway speeds much of the time. Read More.
Transmission technologies can mitigate fuel costs and the driver shortage, two issues that have plagued fleet owners, according to
a new Trucking Efficiency Confidence Report released today by NACFE and the Carbon War Room. The report looks at electronically controlled transmissions, and concludes that fleets can realize a 1–3% fuel economy improvement when they switch to automated manual transmissions. These transmissions also expand the pool of potential drivers significantly, improve driver recruitment, and help retain drivers already on the payroll. Read More.
Sleeper tractors currently consume around $70,000 worth of diesel fuel per year, with 8% of that cost used for idling. These solutions provide the safety benefit of well-rested drivers, while lowering costs, pollution, and noise. Read More.
Join Secretary Rodney Slater and Trucking Efficiency to hear industry leaders share their insights on some of the best efficiency technologies, as well as real-world examples of money saved by fleets.
After providing an overview of each technology, we will break into small workshops to openly debate the benefits and any challenges of adopting them. Read More.