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Subject: Fuel Reduction In The Trucking Industry Must Be A Priority
(Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 11:27AM by Media Manager)

Fuel Reduction In The Trucking Industry Must Be A Priority

Province NEWSPAPER July 23, 2013

We are all supposed to be on the hunt for new and innovative ways to save, conserve, and reuse energy. No more wasting.

It’s not just a mindset these days: It has become a must-do task. Everyone of us is expected to be an active participant, and that boils down to my industry, too.

Big rigs of today average about 39 litres per 100 km, or for some old-timers still on that other scale, 6 mpg. That’s not good enough in this day and age of energy conservation.

Goals have been set to achieve 23.5 litres per 100 km. It may sound like a fantasy, but I for one do believe it will become reality, and in very short order no less.

Let me explain what’s been going on behind a number of closed doors.

Fifteen trucking industry manufacturers have started to experiment with everything from engines to vehicle power demands, including idle reducing technology and use of new and lighter materials, such as carbon fibre and special higher strength steel.

This is not just a bunch of tweaking, but down and dirty re-designing and implementation.

A couple of well-known engine builders are developing workable systems that focus on recapturing the heat from the truck’s exhaust system and transforming it into reusable mechanical power.

Piston sizes will become smaller, low friction pumps added, and the goal of a lower carbon footprint from each truck is starting to be realized.

Just such a heat recovery system could increase one truck’s fuel economy by five per cent. That may seem a small number, but it is a very large advanced step on the energy trail.

The transmissions are part of the equation too, as more and more automatics are being installed.

This simple additional change has made it possible to lower the rig’s cruising speed down to approximately 1,200 rpm, and over the length of one rig’s trip, that represents major fuel conservation.

The trucks and trailers are already becoming even more streamlined, to cut air resistance.

When you next see one of our rigs on the road, just think of this: Only 40 per cent of the energy in a load of diesel is turned into power that we can use. That is not very efficient in today’s world.

Where does the other 60 per cent go? Heat transfer wastes 24 per cent, friction gobbles up another 10 per cent, and the remaining 24 to 26 per cent goes up the stack.

The North American demand for diesel fuel is ever increasing, with some forecasters predicting commercial transportation will consume 70 per cent more energy in 2040 compared to today.

And in the developing countries, their demand for diesel is ever greater.

So you can see why changes have to come, and come now.

Over the next four years, government mandates will require fuel efficiency improve by 10 to 23 per cent. On its heels will be another mandate that will call for an additional improvement of 10 to 20 per cent.

Today, we big-rig drivers may be the folks everyone loves to hate, but we don’t care because we seem to be leading the rest of the motoring public on the road to energy and fuel conservation.


So are there other ways to support and help the trucking industry to reduce fuel cost. Absolutely, and they are right in front of us.

The Fleet Going Green Program was recently launched as an innovative, simple and cost effective way to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the trucking, marine, rail and Industrial sectors by using the CealDoctor Self-healing Nanotechnology Engine Treatment to heal and tighten tolerances within the cylinders and rings of a fossil fuelled engine, then stacking that technology with advanced fuel treatment products and other technologies. This approach is seeing anywhere from 6.6% to in some cases up to 14.6% reductions and cost savings. This approach offers a very high ROI and little to no added infrastructure costs.

Visit the website at www.fleetgoinggreen.com or www.cealdoctor.com for more information.



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