Seven trucks out to demonstrate how to 'Run on Less'

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | Wednesday, September 06, 2017

And they’re off! Run on Less, a first-of-its-kind national fuel-efficiency roadshow, hit the highway Wednesday, Sept. 6, from seven locations around the country. Seven trucks hauling real freight began the three-week fuel-efficiency challenge.

Participating fleets include Albert Transport (with OOIDA Senior Member Henry Albert at the wheel), PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division, Hirschbach, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Nussbaum Transportation, Ploger Transportation, and US Xpress. Watch the kick off video here.

Albert, the only owner-operator in the group, has been preparing for weeks. He’ll be driving his 2018 Freightliner Cascadia Aero Xi with Detroit DD15 400 hp engine and Detroit DT 12 AMT transmission. Albert revealed a few of his efficiency secrets to Land Line: Detroit rear axles with active lube management, 223-inch wheelbase, 2008 Utility 53-foot 4000DX dry van equipped with Fitzgerald NoseCone, Fleet Engineers Aero Classic sideskirts and Aero flats. Flow Below wheel covers, Trailer Tail, Michelin fuel-efficient wide base single tires and many other small enhancements, such as moving the trailer license plate out of the air stream.

Generously sponsored, the roadshow is led by the Trucking Efficiency Operation of the North American Council on Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room. Shell and PepsiCo are the title sponsors.
 
The drivers and trucks will be monitored throughout the next three weeks as they roll through different types of terrain and various traffic and weather conditions. Daily fuel economy, including dollars and gallons saved, will be reported on RunOnLess.com.

It’s not really a race but more of a challenge to celebrate advancements in fuel economy.
 
The goal of Run on Less is to demonstrate how Class 8 trucks can use different technologies to achieve the best fuel economy possible. With a goal of achieving 9.0 mpg, the trucks have been fitted with different technologies, including 6x2s and automated transmissions, aerodynamics, and other technologies that assist with improved freight efficiency.

Final results will be presented during a press conference prior to the North American Commercial Vehicle inaugural show in Atlanta, taking place Sept. 24-28. 

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