How spec’ing for fuel efficiency can help make fleets more sustainable

How spec’ing for fuel efficiency can help make fleets more sustainable

For every gallon of diesel saved, there's a reduction of 22.4 pounds of CO2 emissions. This contributes to environmental sustainability.

There’s one goal when it comes to spec’ing heavy-duty trucks: Improved fuel efficiency. While that directly contributes to your bottom line, there’s more value to fuel-efficient spec’ing—it can make you more sustainable. Decarbonization—the equipment strategy of burning less fuel today than you burned yesterday—in trucking isn’t a sudden switch but a gradual process. It involves carefully selecting truck specifications to ensure greater fuel efficiency and to reduce emissions. 

Consider this: For every gallon of diesel saved, there’s a reduction of 22.4 pounds of CO2 emissions. This not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also translates into cost savings–a double benefit for companies. Fuel efficiency, therefore, becomes a critical factor in both economic and environmental strategies.

Volvo Trucks North America‘s partnership with experts like Joel Morrow, CEO of Alpha Drivers Testing and Consulting, highlights their focus on driving down emissions and driving up fuel economy savings. Morrow is known for his ability to drive impressive efficiency through his truck specs. Click to watch the video to hear Morrow talk about his truck spec’ing strategy and how Volvo Trucks North America makes fuel efficiency numbers like 9 MPG and 10 MPG a reality for on-highway trucking.

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