Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION Phoenix, Ariz. For-hire carrier With about 4,000 heavy-duty tractors, this multi-year Smart- Way Excellence Award winner has been recognized in the top 1% of all carriers for a sustained period of time. It has invested more than $200 million in low- emissions, fuel-efficient, and lighter weight tractors and trail- ers. Knight is replacing tractors with an advanced engine and automated manual transmission that work together to cut cruis- ing rpm and fuel consumption. It's completely outfitting its more than 9,000 trailers with aerody- namic trailer skirts. Knight con- tinues to test and develop alter- native fuel technologies. Knight facilities use motion-sensing light switches, LED lighting, recycled carpet material, low-energy water cooling towers and a 200,000-watt solar farm. M&M CARTAGE Louisville, Ky. For-hire carrier M&M Cartage received the "Greenest Freight Fleet Award" for 2013 from the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. In the past 18 months, the company has built its 186-truck fleet through the purchase of 31 CNG trucks, and has plans to purchase more. Through a partnership with Kentuckiana Cleanfuel, this fall it's opening the first of several planned public-access CNG fuel stations. M&M hired a sustainability direc- tor early this year and became a member of the SmartWay Trans- port Partnership. The company is evaluating energy efficiency measures for its new three-building campus, such as net zero energy use, becoming a "zero waste to landfill" organization, solar panels and solar carports for employee parking. MEIJER LOGISTICS Lansing, Mich. Private fleet Meijer was the first company in North America to test pre-produc- tion series 2010 EPA Freightliner Cascadias and then purchase and operate them. The entire fleet is now 2010/2014 EPA Smartway certified. Wide-base single tires and trailer fairings have been used since 2005. The fleet has tested an all-electric yard switcher, a CNG Freightliner and is currently looking at an all-electric Class 8 truck for testing. A new maintenance facility design will incorporate energy- efficient and alternative energy. MELTON TRUCK LINES Tulsa, Okla. For-hire carrier 1,000-truck Melton Truck Lines, a previous winner of the SmartWay Excellence Award, has a "fuel conservation specialist" on staff. It equips its trucks with full aero- dynamic packages, low-rolling- resistance tires and auxiliary power units. Melton educates drivers on fuel-efficient driving habits, such as progressive shifting, cruise control, governing at 65 mph and idle reduction. It has implemented driver incentives such as a driver scorecard system, rewarding driv- ers who focus on fuel efficiency. In addition, a company-wide recycling program includes paper, aluminum, tires and oil. MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION Las Cruces, N.M. For-hire carrier If it is possible to reduce drag or rolling resistance or parasitic drag, Royal Jones and company at the 1,200-truck MVT will do it. The company runs all 6x2 rears, with APUs on all trucks and Michelin X-One wide-base single tires on all trucks and trailers. All trailers have ATDynamics TrailerTails and side skirts on all trailers. The fleet recently announced it's adding FlowBelow AeroKits to all its tractors. All trucks have direct drive (no overdrive). All trucks have speed limited by mpg and idle time. Small details include 70 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Mesilla Valley Transportation recently announced that it is adding FlowBelow AeroKits to all its tractors.

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