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Fuel Efficiency Roadshow

October 7, 2019

Since the usage of fuel has been an issue for quite some time, it was already time that it also hit the commercial trucking industry. And, especially, the short hauling companies. So, it is great news that the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has decided to do a fuel-efficiency roadshow.

10 drivers have already been selected to participate in Run on Less Regional. The event is sponsored by several big companies and entities, including Shell and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Today, October 7th will mark the kickoff at several different locations around the country. The ending location will be Atlanta since the city will hold the North American Commercial Vehicle Show later this month.

Among the selected truckers, there are drivers that work for companies like C&S Wholesale Grocers, J.B. Hunt, PepsiCo, Ploger Transportation, and Schneider. Some of the other represented companies will be Hogan Transportation, Meijer, Southeastern Freight Lines, Hirschbach, and UPS.

Meanwhile, the years of driving experience of each participant vary highly. They can go from barely 1 year to the astounding 42 years of one of the drivers.

During the next three weeks, the drivers will travel with special equipment and their own combination of technologies. The goal? To try and achieve their most fuel-efficient trip while hauling freight. Each truck will be unique, and they will deliver in different locations across the country.

This way, they are hoping to prove that fuel economy is possible and real in the hauling and trucking industries. All of these drivers tend to only travel in a 300 miles radius of their base place.

Mike Roeth, executive director at NACFE, declared why they decided to choose these truckers.

“The 10 drivers who are participating in Run on Less Regional have shown that fuel efficiency is as important in regional operations as it is in long haul, over-the-road trucking,” he said.

“We are pleased that these drivers have agreed to participate in the Run to show all of us how they can get great fuel economy despite some of the challenges of regional haul including traffic, multiple stops, construction, etc.”

What about you? Do you think this is a good system to bring awareness to fuel-efficiency issues? Let us know your take into the matter in our comment section!  

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