Video: Regional fleets average 8.3 mpg in Run on Less challenge

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ATLANTA, Ga. — Ten regional fleets averaged 8.3 mpg in the latest challenge run by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) known as Run on Less.

Over 135 days of driving vehicles outfitted with commercially available technologies, they ran at average speeds of 55 mph and achieved 93 ton-miles per gallon. The national average for vehicles in these applications is closer to 6 mpg.

If every regional truck adopted the fuel-saving strategies embraced by the participating fleets, the would save US $9 billion in fuel and reduce CO2 emissions by 30,560,319 tons, NACFE says.

There are about 800,000 regional trucks across North America.

“We learned a lot,” says Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE.

See this video report from the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking,, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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