Great at their craft

Aug. 21, 2017
We announced the fleets that have joined the roadshow that will take place from September 6th, through the NACV show in Atlanta, ending September 28th.

Last week, we announced the drivers and showcased the equipment that will participate in RunonLess, a first-of-its kind fuel efficiency roadshow sponsored by Shell and PepsiCo, and hosted by NACFE and Carbon War Room.  It gave us a chance to share the amazing equipment and talented drivers that will demonstrate what can be done with currently available tractors and trailers to save fuel and emissions.

On June 20th, we announced the fleets that have joined the roadshow that will take place from September 6th, through the NACV show in Atlanta, ending September 28th.  Data from the trucks will be streamed to a dashboard on the website, where you can view daily totals of miles traveled, fuel consumed, dollars and emissions save, amongst other detailed statistics.

During July, we went out and met the drivers that Albert Transport, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Division, Hirschbach, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Nussbaum Transportation, Ploger Transportation, and US Xpress, selected to drive some of their most fuel-efficient tractor trailers.  This experience was amazing as we met some fascinating people, with a common passion – driving trucks to make money and save fuel and emissions.  My conclusion, they are great at their craft.  “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.”

We’ve set up a situation here where we can all look into the everyday challenges and thrills of driving these trucks and use less fuel.  Their stories are shared in seven videos that can be viewed here.  They’re short, two to three minutes, but very impactful.  Some are humbler than others, all concentrate on their driving and idling and are incredibly knowledgeable with the technologies on their equipment.  During the Run, they will be sharing their stories from the road, helping us gain insights into how they deliver high mpg while concentrating on making money for their companies and themselves. 

It was like watching a great quarterback win a game in the fourth quarter, or attend a concert of a world-renowned pianist, or go to a movie of an academy award winning actor. I think my team and I have met some of the best HD truck drivers over the past few weeks.  Watch their videos and get to know them over the course of the next few months on, I think you’ll be glad you did.

About the Author

Michael Roeth | Executive Director

Michael Roeth has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for nearly 30 years, most recently as executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). He serves on the second National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles and has held various positions in engineering, quality, sales, and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins.

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