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smartway logoTrends, Indicators, and Partner Statistics (TIPS) for December 13, 2013

TIPS (Trends, Indicators, and Partner Statistics) is a source of leading freight movement industry indicators and quick facts about current SmartWay Partner performance metrics.

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Posted December 13, 2013

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  1. MPG Range for SmartWay Class 8A Fleets
  2. MPG Range for SmartWay Class 8B Fleets
  3. SmartWay Average Truck MPG by Class

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Class 8 trucks comprise the largest over-the-road truck class used for freight transport. These heavy-duty trucks span a wide range of operations, including fire engines, city buses, and garbage trucks, to cement mixers, to combination tractor-trailer trucks, and many others. They can be further divided into Class 8A and Class 8B. Class 8A and Class 8B trucks may cover the same range of operational types, but Class 8B trucks are built to transport heavier loads.

This chart is based on 2012 Carrier Partner data for Class 8A trucks, and covers all fuel types. The line is made up of individual points that corresponds to a fleet's performance. The chart shows that an overwhelming majority of SmartWay Class 8A truck fleets range in fuel efficiency from 5 to 8 miles per gallon.

This chart is based on 2012 Truck Carrier Partner fuel consumption data for Class 8B trucks. Among the diverse heavy-duty truck types in Class 8 are combination tractor-trailers. Both Class 8A and 8B combination tractor-trailers carry a wide variety of freight in different types of trailers, including box vans, tankers, flatbeds, car carriers, etc. Class 8B trucks, which are built carry more weight than Class 8A, are often used for long-haul transport of America's over-the-road freight. The vast majority of Class 8B truck fleets in SmartWay ranged from 5 MPG to 7 MPG, with a few averaging over 8 MPG. (Note that average payload varies across these fleets, which affects MPG.)

This chart, based on 2012 SmartWay Truck Carrier data (reported in 2013), shows the average fuel efficiency of SmartWay trucks, segmented by class from 2B through 8B. For each class, company fleet average MPG was multiplied by the number of trucks in each fleet. These fleet numbers were then totaled for the class, then divided by the total number of trucks in the class to create the class average.

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