New Technologies Promise to Turn Eco-Friendly Trucks into Reality

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By all accounts, trucking is not the most environmentally-friendly venture in the world. However, recent technologies, fueled by research and investment into respecting the planet Earth, can provide some much needed relief to a truck fleet owner’s environmental concerns.

Reducing a truck’s carbon footprint has a lot to do with prolonging its lifespan, or more accurately put, the life span of its components. Also, saving up on fuel is an essential part of being environmentally-aware.

While some might argue that trucks are – and always will be – massive gas-guzzlers, the list below suggests that performance, mileage and fuel consumption can be improved with a bit of effort and mindfulness. To boot, recent scientific discoveries unveiled by Siemens, suggests that trucks can be rendered almost completely eco-friendly. Read on to learn more.

How to Save Fuel with Your Truck

There are several replaceable and/or reusable components that you can have put in, in order to get a better mile-per-gallon ratio out of your truck. One such device is an air intake kit, which helps drive more air into the vehicle’s engine.

With more air, the engine is able to produce more energy, without an increase of fuel intake. Similarly, by updating your exhaust system with an improved header, the pressure in the engine will be released more efficiently, essentially allowing it to ‘breathe’ better. Also, you can have performance modules and more intelligent dashboard computer chips installed on your truck – they will help calculate more efficient ways of driving the vehicle, in order to reduce CO2 emissions and save gas.

Better Quality Fuels & Oils

Irrespective of its type, fuel will make a vehicle move, by being transformed into energy, via the truck’s engine. While this is essentially true, it’s equally important that a truck is equipped with the best available accessories, which allow it to make as much of the fuel’s inherent chemical properties. One such accessory is a catalyst for fuel, which improves on its intrinsic chemical properties, thereby allowing fuel to be consume more efficiently.

Tire Tips & Tricks

Lighter trucks score far better on mileage than heavier ones, which is why numerous environmental experts are advocating the use of metal alloy wheels instead of steel wheels. Also, having your tires inflated to the proper level of pressure will ensure a better rate of miles per gallon of gas. Similarly, the ratio between your truck’s gears and its trucks will impact the engine’s rotation-per-minute rate. Better rates mean less of a carbon footprint.

Are Electric Trucks Feasible?

According to Siemens Infrastructure & Cities, not only can this reality be brought about, but it is essential that it happens before 2050, since freight transportation is the number one source of carbon emissions in the United States. As such, the German-founded company devised a revolutionary project titled the eHighway of the Future, which it unveiled early on in the year, at the 26th Annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in L.A..

The system consists of electric wires, which are already installed over most highways, as well as the development of compatible electric hybrid trucks, equipped with the necessary hardware and software to operate on electricity whenever the power lines are close-by – and switch back to running on diesel in the absence of the wires.

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