Would You Believe…

You Could Save 9 Percent or More in Fuel Costs? Get SmartWay to Find Out How.

CONTROL Agent Maxwell Smart played by Don Adams in the 1960s comedy TV show – “Get Smart,” wasn’t always the smartest guy when it came to choosing which agency equipment to use to battle the evil forces of KAOS.

When it comes to choosing which equipment to buy to battle the evil forces of operating costs threatening your fleet operations at every turn, a program offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called SmartWay, can help you get smarter than Agent 86. A lot smarter.

With so many options available in the trucking industry to reduce how much fuel your trucks burn to get freight from point A to point B, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency operates a program and web site that can help you pick out the right ones. The SmartWay program, helps truck fleets advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking and improving freight transportation efficiency.

The growth of freight activity has already grown by 50 percent in the last two decades and is set to nearly double in the next 20 years. Global freight transport emissions are projected to surpass those of passenger vehicles by 2050. For those reasons and others, many corporations seek opportunities to assess and streamline shipping operations to use less fuel and generate less pollution. To address these trends and challenges, EPA developed the SmartWay program to assist those in the transportation industry to accomplish those reductions.

At the site you can find lists of various devices that have been verified by the SmartWay program to help you lower fuel consumption and save you money. You can also learn more about the test methods and protocols for SmartWay verification for the various devices.

At the Smartway site, you can learn more about:

Aerodynamic devices and device combinations for 53-foot dry vans and refrigerated trailers. Items on this list are grouped into four fuel saving categories – each category represents varying degrees of fuel savings performance. At the top performance level – Elite, these technology combinations have been tested and verified by the EPA to perform with a fuel savings of 9 percent or higher;
Low rolling resistance new and retread tire technologies. The site offers a table that can help truck fleet owners and operators choose tires for tractors and trailers based on brand name, technology type, axle position and tire models;
Idling reduction technologies for trucks. The list includes APUs and gen-sets, battery-powered air conditioning systems, electrified truck parking spaces and truckstop electrification, fuel-operated heaters, and thermal storage systems;
Pre-packaged tractors or trailers with the technologies listed above;
• Who can use the SmartWay tractor and trailer logos on equipment and how to apply the SmartWay logo to tractors or trailers that meet SmartWay specifications;
• Why becoming involved as a registered SmartWay partner makes sense for your operation.

Fortunately for Maxwell Smart, Agent 99 and Chief Thaddeus were there to help him stay out of trouble and keep from being 86’d by KAOS. And fortunately for you, EPA’s SmartWay can help your company stay competitive and avoid being 86’d by fuel costs.

In the Market for a New Car or Truck? Federal Website Can Help You Make a Smart Choice

Are you also looking to get a more fuel-efficient vehicle for yourself or your family? Or perhaps your company also runs smaller size vehicles? There’s another government web site maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that can help you make some smart choices – www.fueleconomy.gov. This site can answer a myriad of questions about EPA ratings, alternative fuel-powered vehicles and how much you could save by choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Not in the market for a new car or truck? No problem, they also help with used vehicles, too. FuelEconomy.gov can help you find information for models of cars and trucks as far back as 1984. You can search by year, make, model, vehicle type, EPA size class, and best and worst cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

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