C.R. ENGLAND TESTS TRAILER SIDE SKIRTS INCREASING FUEL EFFICIENCY BY 3.6%
Salt Lake City, Utah –June 1, 2009 – C.R. England, a global transportation provider, is testing 100 side skirts for increased trailer aerodynamics. As a SmartWaySM Transport Carrier Partner, C.R. England is always striving to become more sustainable. The company performs continuous testing on new technologies. A testing department experiments with both controlled and field tests to determine if the side skirts perform favorably. The tests initially yielded a 3.6% fuel savings when using this technology. Field tests are currently being performed; if the tests yield positive results, the company will save almost 3 million gallons of fuel yearly.
“Our overall desire is to operate the most efficient vehicles on the road,” says Corey England, Executive Vice President, Operations Support. “This strategy protects our environment as well as ensures our future profitability.”
C.R. England has been a member of SmartWay Transport Partnership since 2005. SmartWay is a collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. C.R. England has made significant improvements towards reducing fuel consumption by improving aerodynamics. By installing aero profile kits on tractors and adjusting the trailer gap, the company saved over 134,908 CO2 tons in 2008.
By being a part of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, C.R. England is demonstrating its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility. Dean England, Chief Executive Officer said, “As a company that has been in business nearly 90 years, it has, and always will be our intent to keep long term sustainability as a top priority.”
Corey England also noted that in keeping with the goals of SmartWay, C.R. England has made improvements to reduce emissions in the following areas:
- Improving fuel mileage by reducing highway speed from 70 MPH to 65 and 62MPH
- Idle reduction with the use of bunk heaters, engine shutdown equipment and seasonal goals reducing idling by 17% in one year
- Driver training on fuel mileage improvement through idle time accountability, preventative maintenance and MPG documentation
- Energy efficient, low-rolling resistance tires
- Technological improvements that help reduce out-of-route miles and increase trailer and driver utilization
Launched in February 2004, the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The SmartWay Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions, as well as cost savings to the companies. The Partnership currently has over 1800 Partners. For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit www.epa.gov/smartway.
Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. has grown to be one of North America’s largest transportation companies. Services include Long Haul and Short Haul (Regional) One-Way Carriage, Dedicated and Intermodal services as well as a Mexico division and offices in China. Additional services include Truckload, LTL, Parcel and Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Engineering.