MISSION

Run on Less will demonstrate how Class 8 trucks can use different technologies to achieve the best fuel economy possible. The three-week experience will kick off from multiple locations across the United States and culminate at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) inaugural show in Atlanta. Seven fleets are participating in the Run: Albert Transport Inc., PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, Hirschbach, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Nussbaum Transportation, Ploger Transportation, and US Xpress.

The trucks are equipped with current, commercially available technologies, and drivers will demonstrate how to achieve the best fuel economy in today’s highway tractors, with a goal of achieving 9.0 mpg or more.

MEASURING FUEL ECONOMY

The mpg will be total mpg (i.e., includes idle fuel).

CONDITIONS

In order to portray the conditions drivers and their equipment are facing, in addition to mpg, we will be showing some of the factors that are likely to affect fuel economy. These include the total gross weight of the truck, total elevation gain, average vehicle speed and average wind speed.

ON WHY TRUCKS AREN’T IDENTIFIED

Truck data is shown without identifying the specific vehicle in order to maintain anonymity. A goal of Run on Less is to highlight the effectiveness of the many different technologies, not to identify a specific ‘winning’ combination.  Therefore, to minimize any competitive aspect and keep certain information proprietary, trucks on the map and in the Results section are not identified.

GALLONS, DOLLARS, & CO2 SAVED

Gallons saved is calculated by comparing the fuel consumption of the Run on Less trucks to the amount of fuel they would have consumed if they all had an mpg of 6.4, the U.S. national average.  Various datasets were supplied to NACFE and used for this estimate for all of the 1.7 million over-the-road tractor trailers in use in the U.S. 

Dollars saved is based on an average diesel price of $2.50 per gallon.

CO2 saved is based on the fuel savings and is presented in metric tons.  Combustion of one hundred gallons of diesel fuel emits 1.01 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.