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NACFE releases 8th Fleet Fuel report

Jan. 28, 2020
Newest study involving multiple reefer fleets finds all 21 participants increased fuel-saving technology, practices in 2018.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) recently released its eighth annual Fleet Fuel Study.

The report includes the results of a deep-dive investigation into the adoption of various products and practices for improving freight efficiency among 21 major North American fleets.

Fleets providing data for this 2019 study include Bison Transport, C&S, Cardinal Logistics, CFI, CR England, Crete, Frito-Lay, Hirschbach, Maverick, Mesilla Valley Transportation, NFI Industries, Nussbaum, Paper Transport, Prime, Schneider, United Parcel Service and Werner.

Report findings include:

  • The 21 fleets are increasing their adoption rate of 85 fuel-saving technologies and practices. In 2003, the adoption rate was 17%; in 2018 it was 45%.
  • The average fleet-wide fuel economy of the trucks in this study was 7.27 mpg in 2018.
  • For the 16 years of this study, the average rate of improvement in MPG is 2.0%.
  • The fleets in the study are saving $9,912 over the national average of 5.98 MPG. If fuel costs had been at the four-year average of $3.89 per gallon, the savings would have been $7,941 and $12,124, respectively.
  • The 21 fleets operating 73,844 trucks saved $895,318,953 in 2018 compared to the average trucks on the road.

Study conclusions include:

  • Multiple factors are influencing fleet adoption.
  • Fleets continue to adopt fuel-saving technologies.
  • Manufacturers accelerated delivery of technologies.
  • A significant gap to best-of-the-best still exists.

The complete report is available at

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