EPA SmartWay data from 2018 shows Class 7, 8A, and 8B mileage-weighted miles per gallon data for each truck category for SmartWay program participants. Not surprisingly, Class 7 trucks had the highest urban drive cycle percentages, since many more of these types of trucks are involved with last-mile deliveries, which consist of more stops along the route. Normally, the mpg would be much lower with this type of driving, but the greatly reduced payloads also reduced the fuel consumption.
Miles per gallon of single-unit trucks (based on total travel and fuel consumption) increased by 2.7% from 7.3 mpg to 7.5 mpg from 2007 to 2018. Total fuel consumption declined slightly as single-unit trucks traveled 20.9% fewer miles per vehicle.
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Although labor issues remain a significant challenge for respondents in the National Private Truck Council's annual survey, they continued to report retention and turnover performance far better than their for-hire colleagues.
Heavy-duty truck driver and tractor-trailer driver wages and employment rates vary greatly by state.
Looking at the average price of the benchmark sleeper tractor sold through the two largest nationwide no-reserve auction companies, Class 8 auction volume increased in June.
While both tractor and trailer sales saw a surge in October of 2019, those numbers quickly started dropping, with a COVID-19-related low in April 2020 of 1,680 tractors and 209 trailers.
The number of models of zero-emission trucks, buses, and off-road equipment available globally is expected to double between the end of 2019 and 2023.
Spot rates were all about the old adage “what goes up must come down.” After strong growth in 2017 and 2018, rates in 2019 were sharply negative through mid-year before firming.
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