The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle. Although NPTC is a member of the most active lobby for upping the federal GCW limit, the Coalition for Transportation Productivity, the association that represents some 600 private fleets said on October 9 that it has directly voiced its support for truck-weight reform in a letter sent to the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room have been studying the myriad of trucking technologies that improve efficiency. The most recent technology studied was lightweighting, resulting in the group’s latest “Confidence Report,” released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
SuperTruck — Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) diesel-sipping truck initiative — was unveiled at the Freightliner Trucks booth this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show, where it was touted as achieving a fuel-efficient 12.2 mpg in on-the-road tests.
Daimler’s SuperTruck program achieved a 115 percent freight efficiency improvement, which surpassed the Department of Energy (DOE) program’s goal of 50 percent improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs.