Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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Saddle Creek's fleet includes 150 tractors that run on CNG and plans to take delivery of another 50 by the end of the year, the fourth generation of its develop- ment work with truck and fuel- system manufacturers. As the trucking arm of Saddle Creek Logistics, it operates 440 Class 8 tractors providing regional contract carriage throughout the U.S. To promote natural gas fuel, in February it staged "The Great American Green Ride," billed as the first cross-country trip with a for-hire CNG truck. SCHNEIDER Green Bay, Wis. For-hire carrier Schneider, with 9,700 trucks, specs its equipment with the most energy-efficient and aerodynamic features available, including automated manual transmissions, predictive cruise control, trailer skirting, wheel covers, tire inflation monitoring systems, low-rolling-resistance tires, smooth-side trailers, side extenders, optimized roof fair- ings, aero bumpers, engine-off in-cab heaters and more. It's testing other technology, in- cluding a pilot program of 100 TrailerTails in 2015. This year, it added than 1,900 tractors with EPA 2014-emissions engines. It has been exploring alternate fuel sources, using more than 10 mil- lion gallons of blended biodiesel per year, with testing of natural gas options under way. Driver training delivers an additional 3.6 million gallons of fuel savings per year. And each year, Schneider facilities recycle 12,000 batteries and 160,000 gallons of oil, and retread 92,950 tire casings. SHARP TRANSPORTATION Logan, Utah For-hire carrier Over the last five years, this 80-truck fleet says it has raised its fleet average from mid-5-mph to 7.4. It's used strategies such as cutting road speed, going to low-rolling- resistance tires, adding trailer skirts, tightening the tractor-trailer gap, putting APUs on all trucks, and performing regular alignments on trailers and tractors. It recently started adding automated trans- missions. STAPLES Framingham, Mass. Private fleet Newsweek ranked Staples' carbon productivity at 91.2%, sixth in that category in its 2014 list of greenest companies. Top speed of U.S. delivery trucks is limited to 60 mph and engines shut off after three minutes of idling. Staples also has 53 electric delivery trucks and continues to test new alterna- tive truck technologies, like hybrids, CNG and advanced idle reduction. It was recently awarded a Smart- Way Excellence award and named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 11th straight year. In addition, Staples has 34 facilities hosting a total of 37 solar arrays in the U.S. SOUTHEASTERN FREIGHT LINES Columbia, S.C. For-hire carrier The regional less-than-truckload carrier, which runs 2,700 heavy- duty vehicles, has improved its fuel economy average by almost 6% in the past nine months, according 78 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Liquified natural gas is one of many alternative fuels used by UPS.

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