The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added an Elite level category for 53-foot dry van or refrigerated trailers to its SmartWay program, which the agency said will result in greater fuel savings and fewer emissions than the original category.
Elite products save at least 10 percent in fuel over base vehicles. That includes one percent for low-rolling resistance tires and nine percent for SmartWay-verified aerodynamic devices. Fleet operators will need to use two or more devices, such as nose treatments, side skirts and tail devices, to reach the figure. The EPA said a typical tractor using a SmartWay Elite trailer could save about 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel annually.
SmartWay Trailers result in fuel savings of six percent or greater and use one or more SmartWay-verified aerodynamic devices totaling at least five percent fuel savings. The EPA said SmartWay Trailers result in fuel savings of about 1,000 gallons annually.
To achieve even greater fuel savings, some fleet operators are utilizing natural gas engines. Penske Truck Leasing has compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia tractors available in select markets. Fleet operators can learn more about CNG vehicles in this six-minute video.
|SmartWay Trailers||SmartWay Elite Trailers|
|Trailer Types||53-foot box trailers (either dry vans or refrigerated trailers) used for long haul operations||53-foot box trailers (either dry vans or refrigerated trailers) used for long haul operations|
|Aerodynamic Devices||One or more SmartWay-verified aerodynamic devices totaling at least five percent fuel savings||Combination of two or more SmartWay-verified aerodynamic devices totaling at least nine percent fuel savings|
|Low-Rolling resistance Tires||SmartWay-verified low-rolling resistance tires totaling at least 1% fuel savings||SmartWay-verified low-rolling resistance tires totaling at least one percent fuel savings|
|Total Fuel Savings||6% or greater||10% or greater|
|Per Trailer Annual Fuel Savings||Approximately 1,000 gallons of diesel per year||Approximately 1,700 gallons of diesel per year|
Penske Truck Leasing has been a SmartWay affiliate partner since 2008. For five straight years, from 2013 through 2017, Penske Truck Leasing was named a winner of the EPA's SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award.
The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by the EPA to acknowledge organizations that participate in SmartWay and that do an exceptional job in supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals.
To promote the SmartWay Transport Partnership, Penske:
In the logistics category, Penske Logistics ranks in the top 40 percent among other logistics SmartWay Partners in CO2, NOx and Particulate Matter emissions on a grams/mile basis. More than 75 percent of the freight Penske Logistics manages is transported using a SmartWay partner, ensuring our customers that they are partnering with companies committed to efficiency and continuous improvement.