NACFE conducts extensive benchmarking study on fleet fuel efficiency

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TAMPA, Fla. — A new fleet fuel efficiency study conducted by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has revealed some of the most widely used and successful fuel-savings tactics employed by fleets.

The non-profit organization studied eight North American fleets, collectively representing 75,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers, making it “arguably the largest ever fleet fuel efficiency benchmarking study ever completed,” the NACFE announced at the Technology & Maintenance Council meetings.

The study highlights successful applications of new products and practices that have provided fuel savings in real-world usage. It also analyzed the adoption of 60 known technologies and practices available to fleets over the past eight years. Technology implementation experiences and best practices were identified through the study.

The study found that the participating fleets were saving about US$4,400 per year in fuel as a result of their fuel-saving initiatives.

“The economic value that this NACFE Fuel Efficiency study represents to us is significant as it provides specific ideas for execution as we continue to lower our fuel costs,” said Mike O’Connell, national senior director, fleet capability with Frito Lay. “Environmental opportunities are equally exciting; and since our fleet is known for its environmental leadership, we look forward to receiving both economic and environmental benefits from this report.”

Added Steve Phillips, senior vice-president of operations with Werner Enterprises: “This is a groundbreaking, first-ever report that is beneficial to all fleets, large and small, plus owner/operators interested in reducing their operating costs and lowering their risk of adopting new technologies. It also provides suppliers and support organizations with real world information garnered directly from those of us who purchase, operate and maintain all these products they produce.”

Both Werner and Frito Lay were among the eight participating fleets. NACFE executive director Mike Roeth, said “Being a newly-created non-profit, formed within the past two years, we are thrilled that our first major product is generating so much interest among the trucking industry. Through our unbiased approach to aggregating information on fuel-efficient technologies, we are adding direct value to the fleets’ bottom line and offering significant insights for suppliers and other organizations as they work in this field. We are receiving a number of accolades from the participating and other fleets wanting to join future studies to build on these findings.”

To find out what’s inside the report, non-member fleets will have to purchase it from NACFE at a cost of US$795. An executive summary is available for $195. More information is available at

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  • Wow, considering it’s a non-profit organization they sure do consider this report to be quite valuable. Apart from which, shouldn’t something like this be made public if only for the fact that it might promote further fuel savings? Doing so would have an obvious positive impact on our environment which benefits everyone. Heck, they should be making it public in every country and in every language possible around the world…..