fuel for the long-haul
Class 8 trucks account for 60 percent of the fuel used by all on-road trucks. Class 7-8 tractor-trailers are responsible for 12% of the total U.S. consumption of petroleum. These trucks drive mostly on highways at speeds of 65 mph, get 6.5 mpg, and average 100,000 miles per year. By comparison, class 3 to class 6 fully loaded delivery trucks require less than a third of the power to operate at a constant urban speed of 40 mph, and they average about 40,000 miles per year.
Truck owners and operators have always looked for ways to save money on fuel and repairs. Now truck manufacturers and truck owners also need to begin planning to comply with the regulation established by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This regulation creates standards that will result in significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions and fuel efficiency improvements.