EDFix Call #14: Greening heavy-duty trucks: the next ten years

Heavy-duty trucks deliver nearly 70 percent of all goods in the U.S. They typically achieve a fuel economy of around 5 MPG and many travel over 100,000 miles a year. Class 8 trucks (i.e. the big rigs) are responsible for over 70 percent of the global warming emissions from all medium-and heavy duty trucks.

There are near term opportunities to improve the efficiency of these vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Better operational practices, such as maximizing cargo per load and using single wide tires  to reduce fuel-consumption, can result in lower-emissions and more efficient fleets.

In the next EDFix call, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the adaptation of these and other strategies to reduce fuel consumption from heavy-duty trucks. Leading this discussion will be Hiroko Kawai, a Principal with the Transportation Practice of Rocky Mountain Institute. She was instrumental in the launch of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, a trucking industry group that seeks to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact “by establishing and communicating credible and performance-based benefits.”

Please join us to discuss current best practices for maximizing truck efficiency, key barriers to furthering improvements and ways to move past them. We’ll also be covering near-term possible advances in efficiency, key metrics for tracking freight efficiency and more.

The call will take place on June 14th at 12pm Eastern Time (9am Pacific).

To join, call:

  • Phone number: +1 (213) 289-0500
  • Code: 267-6815

(Reminder: These calls are recorded.)

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