Transportation is still one of the biggest places where companies can become more efficient and reduce the amount of pollution they emit. Now a new campaign, Run on Less, led by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room’s Trucking Efficiency Operation is looking to show how fleets of tractor trailers can reduce their emissions.
Fully seven companies with nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers are participating in the cross-country roadshow to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency. Companies participating include Albert Transport, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, Hirschbach, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Nussbaum Transportation, Ploger Transportation and US Xpress.
“We’re excited to have these top fleets show how business can collaborate and innovate when it comes to efficiency. Collectively, these fleets are leading the way in entrepreneurial solutions to help the trucking industry remain profitable while reducing its emissions,” said Mike Roeth, executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and Operation Lead of Trucking Efficiency.
“Regardless of the price of a gallon of diesel, fuel is one of our largest expenses,” said Royal Jones, CEO and president of Mesilla Valley Transportation. “We have made the investment in fuel-efficiency technologies to bring our fuel costs down as much as possible. Every dollar we save in fuel costs goes right to our bottom line.”
Clean, emissions free long-haul trucks are still a while off, but that doesn’t mean fleets can’t improve their fuel economy and reduce emissions of existing vehicles. The companies will demonstrate how their trucks can achieve the best fuel economy possible using a variety of technologies.
The fleets will use Getotab in all the participating trucks to measure fuel usage, idle time, cruise control usage and more. The results, including fuel economy, freight efficiency, and dollars and carbon saved, will be tracked and reported during Run on Less via runonless.com, Carbon War Room explained.
The companies participating represent a broad swath of the trucks on the road and the types of things they’re being used for. Some run dedicated routes, while others operate on a for-hire basis. Frito-Lay is a private fleet, while another company is an owner-operator.
The companies participating will choose a combination of commercially available fuel-saving technologies to evaluate them and show the multiple ways companies can achieve reduced fuel use. The companies are also choosing drivers whose habits contribute to high fuel efficiency. The companies hope to create a road map for others in the transportation sector to lower fuel use and emissions. Shell and PepsiCo are the title sponsors of the project and Pilot Flying J will donate $1,000 in fuel to each participating fleet. The three-week event will start in Semptember.Tweet