Study Done on How Trucking Fleets are Successfully Improving Fuel Metrics

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Logis­tics com­pa­ny Transplace sur­veyed 65 ship­per and car­ri­er fleets through the EPA’s Smart­Way Fleet Pro­gram to get a strong sense of how fleet effi­cien­cy met­rics can be approved. Here are five mea­sures that meet or exceed expec­ta­tions for sur­veyed fleets:
Weight Reduc­tion – The EPA fig­ures that every 10% reduc­tion in truck loads can reduce fuel use by 5% to 10%. Com­mon ways to achieve this include using cast-alu­minum alloy wheels, down­siz­ing to lighter engines and using alu­minum cab frames.
Reduc­ing High­way Speed – Esti­mates sug­gest that a long-haul truck that reduces its top speed from 65 miles per hour (MPH) to 60 MPH can save more than 1,200 gal­lons of fuel annu­al­ly, cut­ting costs and reduc­ing green­house gas emis­sions.
Pro­gres­sive Shift­ing – This involves anoth­er fuel reduc­tion tech­nique — chang­ing gears as ear­ly as pos­si­ble while accel­er­at­ing. It is one of the prac­tices used by J.B. Hunt Trans­port, which has received sev­er­al Smart­Way Excel­lence awards for its fleet inno­va­tions.
Inter­modal Ship­ping – This is a strat­e­gy employed heav­i­ly by Sharp Elec­tron­ics, which sends approx­i­mate­ly 15 per­cent to 18 per­cent of prod­ucts – from tele­vi­sions to solar pan­els – by rail. It also uses elec­tric fork­lifts in dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­ters and keeps ter­mi­nals open at night, using motion sen­sors to help reduce idle times.
Trail­er Side Skirts – “We were told we would get between 2.5 per­cent to 5 per­cent increase in fuel sav­ings, and we are see­ing 3 per­cent cur­rent­ly,” one Transplace sur­vey respon­dents com­ment­ed. “These have been installed on new trail­ers since 2010.”

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