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Drivers and Technologies Announced For Run On Less


Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency have announced the seven drivers participating in Run on Less, a fuel-economy roadshow that kicks off on September 6.

The seasoned drivers, working for Albert Transport, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division, Hirschbach, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Nussbaum Transportation, Ploger Transportation, and US Xpress have been selected to drive trucks equipped with a variety of technologies that improve fuel efficiency. Run on Less is a first-of-its kind fuel-efficiency roadshow sponsored by Shell and PepsiCo, and hosted by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room.

Drivers and their equipment are:
Henry Albert, 30 years driving, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution Aero Xi Sleeper
Bradley Long, 12 years driving, 2016 International ProStar SkyRise sleeper
Joel Morrow, 30 years driving, 2016 Volvo VNM62T630 Sleeper
Clark Reed, 12 years driving, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia Sleeper
Tommy Revell, 32 years driving, 2017 Volvo VNM Day Cab
Mark Risien, 30 years driving, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia Sleeper
Robert Sandoval, 26 years driving, 2018 International LT Sleeper

The drivers will benefit from a variety of different technologies on their vehicles. No two trucks are the same, as each fleet selects its own combination of technologies to achieve its fuel-efficiency goals. Axles selected by the fleets include 6×4 axles, 6×2 tags, a liftable 6×2 and a 4×2.

Several of the trucks are equipped with 15-liter engines, and others have a 13-liter and an 11-liter engine. All of the trucks will use automated manual transmissions purchased from three different suppliers. Half the trucks will be fitted with wide-base tires and the other half with duals. In addition, fleets have selected different options to assist them with idle reduction.

“This is going to be a lot of fun, challenging ourselves to achieve the best fuel efficiency with these incredible tractor trailers,” shared Henry Albert, an owner-operator for his business, Albert Transport. “All seven of us are proud to take trucking efficiency to the next level and share with the world our experiences.”

“The wide variety of technologies being deployed by these seven fleets validates the findings from our Confidence Reports that there are many technologies on the market today that allow fleets to get more miles from a gallon of fuel,” Roeth says. “There is no one size fits all, but a suite of different solutions for different needs.”

During three weeks in September, the drivers will haul freight from different locations across the U.S. and Canada and will demonstrate how Class 8 trucks can use different technologies to achieve the best fuel economy possible. Some of the routes have been confirmed. One fleet with team drivers will deliver auto parts from El Paso, Texas, to Ellisville, Missouri.

Another fleet will be doing dedicated store delivery in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. There is also a fleet that will run a semidedicated route from Laredo, Texas, to the Carolinas. Another fleet will do a daily round-trip from Perry, Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina.

The Run kicks off on September 6, 2017, and culminates in Atlanta during the North American Commercial Vehicle show September 24–28. SmartWay, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has joined as an event sponsor.

More details about Run on Less can be found at www.runonless.com.