Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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76 HDT • MONTH 2014 www.truckinginfo.com resistance tires and drivers get mpg bonuses. PERFORMANCE TRANSPORTATION LLC Rice, Minn. Private fleet It may only have 45 trucks, but the private fleet for Performance Food Group says its commitment to fuel mileage improvement has become "its greatest challenge with the most reward." Fuel mileage is tracked weekly, downloaded and analyzed. All tractors and trailers sport wheel covers and trailer skirts and use synthetic lubes. The max road speed is 62 mph. Tire cas- ings and retreads are Smartway certified. By the fall of 2015 the fleet will have 33 reefer trailers with the Carrier Vector units with 480-volt standby capability to run on electric standby while in the home yard. PRIME INC. Springfield, Mo. For-hire carrier Prime has designed its own flat- bed skirt for its 48-foot flatbed trail- ers. For its tanker fleet, it's added a tank heater that allows it to main- tain product temperature without idling, for a 20-25% reduction in idle time. The reefer fleet has gotten all-new, more efficient equipment, with ATDynamics TrailerTails, and it's adding wheel covers. For the van fleet, lightweight trailers Prime calls Ecofeather allow it to cube out with more product and reduce the number of trucks (and fuel) needed. The company has added more simulator training to address fuel economy, and is using 10w-30 synthetic engine oil for additional fuel savings. QUEST GLOBAL Kennesaw, Georgia For-hire carrier This 260-tractor refrigerated fleet improved fleet-wide fuel economy by 15%. It recently upgraded 210 of its tractors to new Freightliner Cascadias and Cascadia Evolu- tions. Tractors are equipped with low-profile low-rolling-resistance tires, side skirts, cab extenders, aluminum wheels, 6x2 axle configu- rations, automatic transmissions and governed top speeds. Trailers are equipped with low-profile low- rolling-resistance tires, side skirts, aluminum wheels and automatic tire inflation/deflation systems. At the terminal, parking area and prop- erty lights have been converted to LEDs and recycling is important. This year, Quest also started incen- tivizing fuel economy (along with safe driving techniques) among drivers, using a driver scorecard and related bonus. RRR TRANSPORTATION Calhoun, Georgia For-hire carrier This refrigerated carrier has 70 Class 8 trucks, all of them with Volvo's XE Extreme efficiency pack- age. Auxiliary power units and an electric shore power option help reduce idling. ATDynamics Trailer Tails are on all trailers, along with Trans Tex trailer skirts. Flow- through mud flaps are used on both tractors and trailers. Fleet speeds have been reduced to 65 mph. Thermo King Precedent reefers equipped with electric standby can take advantage of the electrical grid the company has installed in its trailer parking areas, allowing loads to maintain the proper temperature without using diesel fuel. SADDLE CREEK TRANSPORTATION Lakeland, Fla. For-hire carrier 76 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Staples has more than 50 all-electric delivery trucks and is testing hybrid vehicles like this one.

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