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Trucking Technologies

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According to a 2007 Rocky Mountain Institute study only 11% of fuel used in long-haul trucking actually moves a tractor-trailer and its cargo from point A to point B. The rest is “lost” to thermodynamic effects in the engine, aerodynamic forces, idling, tire rolling resistance and driveline and transmission drag. The question is: What can be done?

After-market technologies are now readily available for heavy-duty trucks and trailers to reduce fuel consumption, improve performance, reduce emissions and improve a fleet's bottom line. These include:

British Columbia Rolls Out enviroTruck

Several after-market technologies were recently tested on modern heavy-duty trucks and trailers, part of an “enviroTruck” initiative of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). In British Columbia the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Trucking Association introduced the BC enviroTruck program, working with several fleets between 2007 and 2009.

After-Market Technologies – Recent Results

In 2010 a report on the experience of two BC fleets piloting after-market technologies was issued by the FERIC Division of FPInnovations, for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. A report synopsis is available on the Transport Canada website.

The study examined three technologies – low rolling resistance dual and single wide-base tires, trailer sideskirts and speed limiters.

The report found that the technologies aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance offer great potential for increasing fuel efficiency. The pilot projects showed an average 5.69% fuel improvement. These technologies could reduce annual GHG emissions by 9 tonnes per vehicle for the vehicles equipped with the combination of low-rolling resistance tires, trailer skirts and speed limiters, and by 13 tonnes per vehicle for the vehicles equipped with wide-base tires. Payback periods ranged from 0 to 21 months. The full study is available to members of FP Innovations and Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Fleets considering after-market technologies for their trucks and trailers are encouraged to review all performance claims made by the original equipment manufacturers and after-market technology providers and to confirm the claims prior to purchasing any product.

More Resources

Also check out these reports:

E3 Fleet Partners

The E3 Fleet program reflects the commitment and expertise of many people, including some of the country’s most innovative fleet managers. All have a common passion – to see Canada’s fleets take a cleaner, green road to the future.

The Fraser Basin Council launched E3 Fleet in 2006 in cooperation with Climate Change Central (Alberta) and Fleet Challenge. Since October 2016, the program has been managed by Richmond Sustainability Initiatives (RSI).

The E3 Fleet Charter members were also pivotal to its success: Auto-Gas Propane, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Environment, City of Coquitlam, Corporation of Delta, Enbridge, City of Hamilton, Hydro One, City of Kelowna, Township of Langley, District of Maple Ridge, City of North Vancouver, Novex Couriers, City of Prince George, District of Saanich, University of BC and Municipality of Whistler. We’ve enjoyed the journey so far, and it’s only just begun. Join us!

E3 Fleet in Brief

E3 Fleet is a Canada-wide program that helps public and private sector organizations green up their vehicle fleets.

E3 Fleet offers information and tools to help you increase fuel efficiency in your fleet, reduce harmful emissions, manage expenses, and incorporate new technologies, fuels and best management practices. We offer Fleet Review and Fleet Rating, unique opportunities for you to boost fleet performance and receive recognition for that achievement.

New Management

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In October 2016 Richmond Sustainability Initiatives (RSI) assumed management of the E3 Fleet program from the Fraser Basin Council. RSI is recognized for its work on green transportation and green building projects across North America and is host to Fleet Challenge.

Reach Us

For more information on Fleet Challenge and the E3 Fleet Standards program, contact:

Roger Smith
Executive Director
Fleet Challenge and E3 Fleet Program

T: 416 418-9931

Jana Cervinka

Director, Communications and External Relations
T: 447 998 4982

Melissa Felder

Energy, Fleet, Green Buildings & Film
T: 416 951-9030

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