‘Run on Less’ Will Help Gauge What’s Possible for Trucks
The North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room, working with the support of Shell and PepsiCo, have tapped Geotab to help keep tabs on its Run on Less fuel efficiency initiative.
Run on Less is described as a “first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency. Canada’s Geotab, a leading telematics provider, is to install its devices on all trucks participating in the three-week experience.
“The event will demonstrate how Class 8 trucks can use different technologies to achieve the best fuel economy possible,” states a NACFE release.
The fair measurement of fuel efficiency is a complex matter, says NACFE executive director Mike Roeth. “Trucks will be operating in different weather conditions, hauling different payloads and on different routes,” he says.
“Some will be driving in more mountainous areas and some will have to deal with crosswinds – as they do every day.”
‘All-Star Truckers .. Real Challenges’
“The key is how these all-star truckers and the fuel efficient equipment the fleets provide them, handle all of these real challenges.”
Statistics on fuel usage, DEF level, idle time, and cruise control usage – and the team’s fuel economy – will be shared on NACFE’s runonless.com website throughout the event.
“For over 15 years, Geotab has been helping businesses streamline their operations and discover new cost saving potential with our industry-leading telematics device and software,” said Geotab commercial vehicle solutions associate VP Scott Sutarik.
‘Minimizing Their Fuel Usage and Spend’
“With a key focus on fuel economy,” he said, “we’re thrilled to partner with NACFE and help class 8 trucks discover new techniques and best practices for minimizing their fuel usage and spend.”
Run on Less will feature six to ten Class 8 trucks, using current, commercially available technologies that will haul real freight around the country. The trucks will be equipped with different efficiency technologies, and drivers will demonstrate how to achieve the best fuel economy in today’s highway tractors.
The three-week experience will kick off from multiple locations across the U.S., culminating at NACV, the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta in September. Final results will be announced there.
“Drivers will showcase their equipment and share fuel economy learnings and best practices with attendees.”
More details about Run on Less will be announced in coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities will remain open until June 1.
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.