Transportation

Cross-Country Race Proves Trucks Can 'Run on Less'

Sep 29th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

Get the results of Run on Less, a cross-country race that showed how the trucking industry could save 9.7 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year.
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Transportation

How the Trucking Industry Can Save Billions of Gallons of Fuel Per Year

May 1st, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

For the 1.7 million truckers in the United States, their trucks are homes away from home. During overnights and rest breaks, they need to eat, relax, catch up with their families and get a good night's sleep. The problem? Most truckers power appliances, computers, heaters and air conditioners by idling their engines — some up to 8 hours a day, more than 300 days a year — which wastes fuel and money and pollutes the air. Check out our infographic to learn more about the truck idling issue and some of the solutions the trucking industry is starting to use to save fuel.
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Transportation

New Efficiency Standards Ordered for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Feb 21st, 2014 | By Nicole Rogers

As part of an ongoing efficiency and conservation effort, President Obama announced this week that his administration will set higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2016, a move that could reduce dependence on foreign oil, cut fuel costs, and lower consumer prices.
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Eco Living

5 (More) Anti-Idling Heroes

Nov 8th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

Back in July, we wrote about five people and organizations that were doing a great job of spreading awareness about idling. Every week we hear about more people and projects that are working to raise awareness about idling, so it's already time to expand our list.
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Innovation

Food and Fuel Event Calendar

Oct 3rd, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

Part of our work here at Sustainable America is helping to spread the word and foster conversations about food and fuel issues. Here's a quick update about some of the great events Sustainable America is going to be a part of this fall.
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Eco Living

Solving the Truck-Idling Problem

Jun 19th, 2013 | By Laura Waldman

As part of our new anti-idling campaign, iturnitoff.com, we've been talking a lot about a simple personal change that can make a big difference — restarting your car instead of idling. But what if you drive a truck for a living? Drivers of heavy vehicles and tractor trailers often take breaks or even sleep in their trucks, and turning it off in extreme weather becomes is a safety issue rather than an environmental one. But with new anti-idling laws that can carry steep fines for idling more than a few minutes, not to mention the harmful impact on the environment, companies are starting to take note and explore alternative solutions.
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Innovation

Super Trucks

Apr 1st, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

Cummins Inc. and Peterbuilt Motors recently announced the impressive results of the test of their "SuperTruck," a tractor-trailer designed to cut fuel usage by half through aerodynamics and a higher-efficiency engine. Under real-world driving conditions, the SuperTruck's fuel economy was found to be 54 percent higher than a regular long-haul truck, averaging nearly 10 miles per gallon (mpg).
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