ROI Motor Carrier Fleets Have Been Experiencing from Fuel-Efficiency Programs

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Transplace, a provider of trans­porta­tion-man­age­ment ser­vices and logis­tics tech­nol­o­gy, part­nered with the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s Smart­Way pro­gram, Pep­si­Co, J.B. Hunt, Con-way, West­ern Express, Smith Trans­port, and Dart Tran­sit to con­duct a sur­vey on return on invest­ment (ROI) fleets are expe­ri­enc­ing from imple­ment­ing fuel-effi­cien­cy pro­grams. More than 65 motor car­ri­er fleets pro­vid­ed com­men­taries for the sur­vey.

The high­est ROI has come from high­way speed reduc­tion, dri­ver train­ing, and pro­gres­sive shift­ing. Record­ing engine data for greater dri­ver feed­back is anoth­er ini­tia­tive being imple­ment­ed by sur­veyed car­ri­ers. Many car­ri­ers are imple­ment­ing aero­dy­nam­ic mir­rors and ver­i­fied low rolling-resis­tance tires.

Of the 65 respon­dents, 59 are Smart­Way-ver­i­fied car­ri­ers. A num­ber of Smart­Way ini­tia­tives have been imple­ment­ed by more than 75% of fleets sur­veyed. “We designed this sur­vey, which grew out of the Pep­si­Co sus­tain­abil­i­ty team, with key input from lead­ing ship­pers and car­ri­ers such as Pep­si­Co, Con-way, J.B. Hunt and West­ern Express,” said Ben Cubitt, Transplace’s senior VP– con­sult­ing and engi­neer­ing.

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