Three Groups Test Truck Idle Reduction Technologies
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has selected three project teams to demonstrate and evaluate mobile idle reduction technologies on heavy-duty trucks, reported The Trucker. Idle reduction strategies can reduce fuel consumption and provide significant environmental benefits by powering air, heat, and other onboard systems. This results in reducing emissions from a trucks main engine when parked for at truck or rest stops.Diversified Transfer and Storage (DTS), headquartered in Billings, Mont., will evaluate an auxiliary power unit manufactured by RigMaster Power Corporation. National Freight, Inc. (NFI), headquartered in Vineland, N. J., will evaluate an APU manufactured by Teleflex Energy Systems. Schneider National Inc., headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., will evaluate two separate air conditioning systems, a Bergstrom 12-volt system and a Webasto thermal storage system, operated in conjunction with a Webasto cab heater.The use of these technologies should allow truck drivers to rest comfortably while the truck’s engine is shut off, according to the report. The demonstration is being funded as part of a grant program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, which helps promote technologies that save fuel while also reducing pollution. The year-long data collection effort will document engine idle times with and without the use of the selected idle reduction technologies.Meanwhile, according to Washington Report, a new bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.) proposes a 25 percent tax credit, up to $1,000 for each idle reduction device. The bill has garnered support from the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.