The average fleetwide fuel economy of trucks that participated in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s annual study increased 15% from 6.27 miles per gallon in 2009 to 7.27 mpg in 2018. On a year-over-year basis, the fuel economy of trucks increased .5%, from 7.23 mpg in 2017. NACFE released the results of its report Jan. 6.
NACFE worked with 21 North American fleets that operate Class 8 tractor-trailers, including day cabs and sleepers, in regional and longhaul operations to compile the study.
“Of course, we want it to be more than that, but it’s a pretty substantial increase year-over-year of the whole population of trucks in these fleets,” NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth told Transport Topics. “We’re continuing to get better fuel-economy trucks, and that’s good.”