Allstate's Green Machine is set out to prove environmentally friendly products can save fuel.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The introduction of the 2007 EPA-approved engines, coupled with the ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel, has raised some fuel economy concerns throughout industry.
Allstate Leasing recently specd a tractor, utilizing environmentally friendly equipment and technology in an effort to document real-world fuel performance.
The engines and new ULSD fuel came out and nobody had solid data on performance that would help ease the apprehension, explained Gary LeLoup, general manager at Allstate Leasing. We decided to be proactive and create a tractor that would combine the top technology available today to give our customers, and the industry, some real information on fuel performance.
AllState is a full-service leasing, renting and maintenance vendor of highway transportation equipment headquartered in Eagan, Minn. The company has a fleet of approximately 550 tractors, 200 trucks, 150 trailers and 150 refrigeration units.
We know cleaning up the environment is the right thing to do. We want to show the industry that there is a cost-effective way to do it, added LeLoup. Im anticipating that customers who test our Green Machine prototype will realize a .5 1 mpg improvement over the previous generation equipment.
Allstate outfitted a 2008 Peterbilt 387 tractor with a C15 Caterpillar engine and 13-speed Fuller transmission. It features Bridgestone tires and rear axle ratio of 3.25, as well as a Thermo King TriPac hybrid auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system.
Allstate also installed top-of-the-line tools to help drivers and fleets manage and track fuel economy performance including satellite tracking (GPS) and instant, in dash MPG reporting.
Allstate Leasings Green Tractor just came off the assembly line and is ready for trials. The company has it scheduled out for several months already with a line of customers to gauge the results first-hand.
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