Jun 082016

Contact: Mike Tunnell
(916) 300-3161
June 8, 2016

– The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and ExxonMobil, today launched an online survey seeking fleet manager input on fuel economy and fuel usage.  The survey will be investigating current and future approaches to improving fuel economy in heavy-duty (FHWA classes 7 and 8) truck fleets.  Current and future trends in fuel-saving technologies and strategies in today’s trucking fleets will be documented.  Additionally, fleet managers’ views on the advantages and disadvantages of alternative fuels will be examined.

The results of this research will help inform truck manufacturers, fuel providers, fleet managers, policy makers, and others with an interest in heavy-duty truck technology trends.  The findings will also help provide a better understanding of the benefits and drawbacks associated with various fuels and fuel-saving technologies in heavy-duty fleets.

“Fuel remains one of the top operating expenses for trucking companies.  Understanding fleet attitudes toward fuel-saving technologies and alternative fuels will help identify where opportunities and obstacles lie.  I encourage fleet managers throughout the industry to take a few minutes to complete the survey,” said Duke Drinkard, Energy Manager for Southeastern Freight Lines and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee.
The confidential online survey is available until July 1, 2016. Participants who complete the survey can receive a copy of the final report later this summer.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

UMTRI is dedicated to achieving safe and sustainable transportation for a global society. UMTRI continually strives for innovation in motor-vehicle safety, sound policy, and sustainable business practices in the world of transportation.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company and uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs.

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