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Title: Analysis of Technology Options to Reduce the Fuel Consumption of Idling Trucks

Abstract

Long-haul trucks idling overnight consume more than 838 million gallons (20 million barrels) of fuel annually. Idling also emits pollutants. Truck drivers idle their engines primarily to (1) heat or cool the cab and/or sleeper, (2) keep the fuel warm in winter, and (3) keep the engine warm in the winter so that the engine is easier to start. Alternatives to overnight idling could save much of this fuel, reduce emissions, and cut operating costs. Several fuel-efficient alternatives to idling are available to provide heating and cooling: (1) direct-fired heater for cab/sleeper heating, with or without storage cooling; (2) auxiliary power units; and (3) truck stop electrification. Many of these technologies have drawbacks that limit market acceptance. Options that supply electricity are economically viable for trucks that are idled for 1,000-3,000 or more hours a year, while heater units could be used across the board. Payback times for fleets, which would receive quantity discounts on the prices, would be somewhat shorter.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Heavy Vehicle Technologies (OHVT) (EE-33) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
771201
Report Number(s):
ANL/ESD-43
TRN: US200207%%207
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-Eng-38
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jun 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; TRUCKS; FUEL CONSUMPTION; OPERATION; AUXILIARY SYSTEMS; HEATING; OPERATING COST; COOLING; ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Citation Formats

F. Stodolsky, L. Gaines, and A. Vyas. Analysis of Technology Options to Reduce the Fuel Consumption of Idling Trucks. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/771201.
F. Stodolsky, L. Gaines, & A. Vyas. Analysis of Technology Options to Reduce the Fuel Consumption of Idling Trucks. United States. doi:10.2172/771201.
F. Stodolsky, L. Gaines, and A. Vyas. Thu . "Analysis of Technology Options to Reduce the Fuel Consumption of Idling Trucks". United States. doi:10.2172/771201. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/771201.
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title = {Analysis of Technology Options to Reduce the Fuel Consumption of Idling Trucks},
author = {F. Stodolsky and L. Gaines and A. Vyas},
abstractNote = {Long-haul trucks idling overnight consume more than 838 million gallons (20 million barrels) of fuel annually. Idling also emits pollutants. Truck drivers idle their engines primarily to (1) heat or cool the cab and/or sleeper, (2) keep the fuel warm in winter, and (3) keep the engine warm in the winter so that the engine is easier to start. Alternatives to overnight idling could save much of this fuel, reduce emissions, and cut operating costs. Several fuel-efficient alternatives to idling are available to provide heating and cooling: (1) direct-fired heater for cab/sleeper heating, with or without storage cooling; (2) auxiliary power units; and (3) truck stop electrification. Many of these technologies have drawbacks that limit market acceptance. Options that supply electricity are economically viable for trucks that are idled for 1,000-3,000 or more hours a year, while heater units could be used across the board. Payback times for fleets, which would receive quantity discounts on the prices, would be somewhat shorter.},
doi = {10.2172/771201},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {6}
}