Diesel and the Future of Trucking

There are more than 4 million Class 8 (tractor-trailer size) vehicles on the road in America today, with more than 98 percent powered by diesel technology.

According to Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum;

“Technology for commercial trucking is changing rapidly and that includes all vehicle, fuel and powertrain choices for the future. Aspirations and predictions for new fuels and technologies are high but must be evaluated in the context of reality.

Diesel will remain the predominant fuel for commercial vehicles through at least 2025, when it retains 96 percent of the medium and heavy-duty market.

Diesel is the most energy efficient internal combustion engine. It has achieved dominance as the technology of choice in the trucking industry over many decades and challenges from many other fuel types. Still, today, diesel offers a unique combination of unmatched features: proven fuel efficiency, economical operation, power, reliability, durability, availability, easy access to fueling and service facilities.

We all benefit from a more efficient freight system. Fuel and powertrain choices are one part of that. The greatest opportunity for efficiency gains, fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air – now – is to get more truckers into the newest generation of more fuel efficient and near-zero emissions clean diesel technology, as rapidly as possible.” added Schaeffer.

Asked about the future of diesel engines in trucking, Weston Labar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association says:

“We’re decades away from converting entire fleets from diesel for instance to electric because we just don’t know what it’s going to take to do that and we don’t have the wherewithal from an infrastructure standpoint to do it today. And so – until you have a low-cost competitive solution that would be able to rival what diesel brings to the table – you’re never going to be able to get fully away from diesel technology.

addvantage clean technologies offer both material fuel savings and emissions reductions which is absolutely what our industry needs.”

LaBar also confirmed that in the USA the typical fuel consumption of a class 8 heavy-duty truck is approximately 6.5mpg.

The economics are irresistible. Imagine a company with a fleet of 500 trucks, covering 100,000 miles per year per truck at an average of 6.5 MPG. After the cost of diesel, the LPG injected and the addvantage technology installed – that fleet with 500 trucks could achieve a net saving of $1,695,385 per year with no capital outlay.

Retrofit performance improvement for existing class 8 trucks, compelling economics, and better for the environment.

For more information or to arrange a demo, please contact Steve Clarke, our Chief Commercial Officer, on steve@addvantage.net

The three biggest problems facing the US trucking industry today

The entire US economy is reliant on road haulage, but what are the biggest challenges facing the US trucking industry today? We spoke to Weston Labar CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association at the Port of Long Beach.

“The three biggest problems facing the industry today are: emissions reductions, rising fuel costs and the slim margins we operate on.

Across the country, emissions reductions is a key goal not just for regulators, but also for the industry as well. We as an industry need to find ways to transition to cleaner technology and companies like addvantage allow us to do that where we won’t have to increase the cost and become uncompetitive in the marketplace.”

addvantage reduces emissions, improves fuel efficiency and, in an industry where fully 40% of their operating costs are diesel, these savings deliver an improvement to a fleet’s margins that simply cannot be ignored.

In a nutshell,  addvantage uses patented, retrofit technology to interpret data from the truck’s electronic controls to inject a precise amount of propane into the engine, creating more efficient combustion.

Test results for the performance of addvantage have been independently validated by Emissions Analytics. They are a leading independent global testing and data specialist for the scientific measurement of emissions and engine performance.

The results confirmed up to 17.6 % fuel efficiency improvement and a reduction in NOx by up to 83%.

Compelling economics – and better for the environment.

addvantage clean technologies offer both material fuel savings and emissions reductions which is absolutely what our industry needs.” Weston LaBar

For more information or to arrange a demo – email steve@addvantage.net

Great news from Emissions Analytics.

Emissions Analytics are recognized as one of the leading independent global testing and data specialist for emissions, and engine performance (www.emissionsanalytics.com).

Emissions Analytics recently conducted an independent trial which found the addvantage technology to underpin real-world results.

The main highlights were:

“NOx emissions are reduced by 42% in urban driving, where air quality issues are greatest; and reduced by up to 83% in faster driving conditions. With the injection of LPG in small precise doses, diesel consumption is reduced by up to 17.6%.”

The testing also highlighted the ability to profile the product to suit individual market applications i.e. it will be possible to reduce emissions further at the expense of fuel economy – ideal for lower mileage inner city applications that are coming under increasing regulatory pressure.

For further information on how your fleet can benefit from retrofitting this amazing technology to your class 8 trucks, please email steve@addvantage.net