Truckers Save $$$ going SmartWay

from EPA Newsroom

Truck and Trailer manufacturers including Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo are offering customers 2007 models certified by EPA's (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) SmartWay program to improve fuel efficiency. By meeting EPA equipment specifications, these models provide the triple benefit of saving operators money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

These new trucks will make an important contribution toward achieving EPA's goals for conserving energy and reducing emissions. SmartWay approved equipment, like aerodynamic bumpers and mirrors on a tractor, can generate fuel reduction of 10 to 20 percent more than truck without these devices. For example, aerodynamic bumpers and mirrors on a tractor help conserve fuel by reducing wind resistance. Each qualified truck can produce savings from 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel per year, which would result in a gain up to $ 11,000 a year.

EPA plans to set more ambitious performance targets for the SmartWay recognized tractor-trailer combination in the future.

Some of specifications certified by EPA SmartWay tractor are:

  • Model Year 2007 or later engine
  • Integrated cab-high roof fairing
  • Tractor mounted side fairing gap reducers
  • Tractor fuel-tank side fairings
  • Aerodynamic bumper and mirrors
  • Options for reducing periods of extended engine idling (auxillary power units, generator sets, direct fired heaters, battery powered HVAC system, and automatic engine start/stop system)
  • Options for low-rolling resistance tires (single wide or dual)

Some of specifications certified by EPA SmartWay trailer are:
New long-haul trailers can be ordered, and exiting trailers can be upgraded, to qualify as a US EPA Certified SmartWay trailer provided that they are equipped with:

  • Side skirts
  • Weight saving technologies
  • Gap reducer on the front or trailer tails (either extenders or boat tails)
  • Options for low-rolling resistance tires (single wide or dual)

Contact your local trailer dealer to see if it offers new and retrofit equipment that meets SmartWay specifications.