Survey examines idle reduction trends
Mar 1, 2006 12:00 PM
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released results of a national survey characterizing the extent of idling and use of idle reduction technologies among trucking companies. Results were unveiled in Tampa FL at the 2005 Winter Leadership Meeting of the American Trucking Associations.
In the report, Idle Reduction Technology Fleet Preferences Survey, trucking company views on several idling-related topics are explored, including impacts of idling regulations and current and future use of idle reduction technologies. The survey participants provided data on more than 55,000 trucks.
Participants have already spent more than $8.8 million equipping sleeper cabs with on-board idle reduction technologies. These technologies, which include direct-fired heaters, auxiliary power units/generator sets, and battery-powered air-conditioners, conserve fuel and reduce pollution by powering heaters, air-conditioners, and/or in-cab appliances while eliminating main engine idling. In the next five years, participants are expected to spend another $56 million to further deploy these technologies.
According to the report, trucking companies appear to be investing more in idle reduction technologies. In general, users seem to be satisfied with the performance of these technologies, although costs appear to be higher than most are willing to pay. Nonetheless, the use of idle reduction technologies is expected to expand. When growth projections associated with the United States trucking industry are considered, a 70% increase in the volume of goods moved from 1998 to 2020, the demand for idle reduction technologies should continue to increase.
The report can be accessed at www.atri-online.org.
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