Anyone can benefit by using eco-driving techniques, even long-haul truckers, who can reduce their rig's fuel consumption substantially with a lighter touch. That's the conclusion of SmartDrive Systems' new Commercial Transportation Fuel Efficiency Study.

Commercial fleets can cut fuel consumption by 22 percent, saving up to $12,500 per vehicle per year, by engaging in fuel-efficient, eco-driving practices. SmartDrive's study evaluated 695 tractor-trailers and heavy-duty trucks in multiple locations throughout the U.S. and assessed the effects of eco-driving on overall fuel consumption.

During the test, in-vehicle feedback systems provided drivers with immediate feedback so that they could adjust their techniques to reduce fuel consumption. The study concluded that by employing simple eco-driving techniques – things like gentler application of the accelerator pedal and idling less – average fuel economy of the rigs jumped from 5.92 miles per gallon to 7.98 mpg (this is the aforementioned 22-percent improvement). And, as we all should know by now, increasing mpgs on the low side matters a lot more than a boost up top.


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      EVSUPERHERO
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hmm, they needed a smart gadget to tell them this. This is stuff I learned in a class called Driver's Ed back in the 70's.
        Noz
        • 7 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Have you met truck drivers?
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Noz
          I'm a truck driver.I am neither ignorant nor uneducated.I drive to conserve as much fuel as possible,I don't idle my truck unless it is very hot or very cold and I don't make ignorant comments about people I know nothing about.Judging a whole class of people by a few is ignorance on your part.~~Judge not lest you be judged~~.Have a nice day.
      Nullify
      • 7 Months Ago
      To help combat fuel usage a hybrid setup would be best until we can do full electric. The two benefits I see right off top is that you would use the electric motors to get the load moving. This consumes a massive amount of fuel and electric motors have massive amounts of torque at low RPM's. Use the motors to get the load moving then switch to ICE. Also, would help for moving cargo at distribution facilities since a trailer is dropped off and then another one picked up 1/2 mile away. This helps prevent stopping and starting of the engine as well. A semi requires a abnormally large amount of fuel to start.
      • 7 Months Ago
      They recently put these camera systems in our trucks and they have been watching us constantly. They report to the company for EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING! They accused drivers of smoking that do not smoke at all. They report us for speeding when we are 5 miles over going down hills. I was reported for not having my passenger's seat belt buckled, the problem with that is I never have passengers in my truck, it's against policy! They even reported a guy for yawning. I mean, come on. This system is good for accidents but they are totally ridiculous with their nonsense reporting of false information.
      Arun Murali
      • 7 Months Ago
      Trucks need high energy storage and strong torque. I think series hybrids makes a lot of sense in trucks. High energy storage is inherently available in diesel already used and electric motors are really good at delivering torque. Even old Diesel trains have used Series hybrid for ages, pretty efficiently. Its not even experimental or new technology. Most of the current day trucks use 12-24 gears to achieve high efficiency. I think today its pretty easy to use in axle motors(just like trains).
      goodoldgorr
      • 7 Months Ago
      Quote from the article "increasing mpgs on the low side matters a lot more than a boost up top." That's why i recommend fuelcells over batteries. Batteries won't be put into these big trucks but fuelcells can for a dramatic change in mpg into these big trucks.
        paulwesterberg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        That's why I recommend electric trains over long haul trucking for freight. They are significantly more efficient, don't destroy our roads and electric trucks can handle local distribution.
        HVH20
        • 7 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Its been done before. It sort of worked but was wildly expensive. If your looking to be a bandwagon fan of fuel cell semi trucks, go check out Vision Motors.
        DaveMart
        • 7 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        That's why I recommend 'Food tubes' instead of trucks or trains. Computerised canisters in pipes could move goods at around 1/50th of the energy cost of trucking, and save most maintenance on the roads as damage mounts as the 4th power of axle weight. http://nextbigfuture.com/2010/12/foodtubes-wants-to-make-internet-of.html
      • 7 Months Ago
      BREAKTHROUGH SAVES FUEL WHILE INCREASING SAFE DRIVING Clearwater, Florida, USA- GREEN TECHNOLOGY MFG Inc manufactures the long awaited inertia indicator, called Momentum-Meter, a new consumer friendly car instrument that helps reduce fuel consumption (US Patent # 7,411,140) by changing the driver’s behavior by Pavlovian reflex. "It may take ten years for car manufacturers to create and redesign higher fuel efficient cars, fifteen years to find and exploit fuel fossil reserves in the US and maybe twenty more years to develop safe nuclear energy providing 50% of our electricity," said the inventor, Tom Delor. Using the free unlimited energy of a vehicle in motion (inertia aka momentum) presents an immediate and durable solution. As a Speed-O-Meter indicates the speed of your vehicle, Momentum-Meter indicates its inherent momentum prompting the driver when to coast using the force of the inertial mass generated by Newton’s second law of motion, instead of fossil fuel, diesel, bio fuel or electricity. Green light indicates you can coast, red light indicates you need to use fuel to maintain the car's speed. It's like a personal trainer telling you what to do and continuous improvement is acquired. Eco-Driving is becoming the new way of driving worldwide. "Every driver can take advantage of their car's momentum to drastically increase their fuel efficiency with Momentum-Meter," the inventor said. "You will save 20% to up to 50% of fuel the very first time you use it”. To make it work for everyone, it had to be simple and visual. Momentum-Meter is very simple; just react to the device's lights to save fuel. “I personally save 48% but it still depends on the driver's skills and motivation.” concluded Delor. More information: http://www.EasyEcoDriving.com Contact: Tom Delor, President-Inventor 1-800-937-9455