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TIPS (Trends, Indicators, and Partner Statistics) is a source of leading freight movement industry indicators and quick facts about current SmartWay Partner performance metrics.

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Posted December 3, 2013

Class 8 trucks comprise the largest over-the-road truck class used for freight transport. These heavy-duty trucks span a wide range of operations, including fire engines, city buses, and garbage trucks, to cement mixers, to combination tractor-trailer trucks, and many others. They can be further divided into Class 8A and Class 8B. Class 8A and Class 8B trucks may cover the same range of operational types, but Class 8B trucks are built to transport heavier loads.

This chart is based on 2012 Carrier Partner data for Class 8A trucks, and covers all fuel types. The line is made up of individual points that corresponds to a fleet's performance. The chart shows that an overwhelming majority of SmartWay Class 8A truck fleets range in fuel efficiency from 5 to 8 miles per gallon.

This chart is based on 2012 Truck Carrier Partner fuel consumption data for Class 8B trucks. Among the diverse heavy-duty truck types in Class 8 are combination tractor-trailers. Both Class 8A and 8B combination tractor-trailers carry a wide variety of freight in different types of trailers, including box vans, tankers, flatbeds, car carriers, etc. Class 8B trucks, which are built carry more weight than Class 8A, are often used for long-haul transport of America's over-the-road freight. SmartWay Class 8B trucks range from as low as 3 MPG to about 8 MPG, with the vast majority falling between 5 and 7 MPG. Each point on the graph represents an individual fleet's performance.

This chart, based on 2012 SmartWay Truck Carrier data, shows the average fuel efficiency of SmartWay trucks, segmented by class from 2B through 8B. Within each class, every company fleet average MPG was multiplied by the number of trucks in its fleet. These fleet numbers were then totaled for the class, then divided by the total number of trucks in the class to create the class average.

2013 TIPS Posts

September 11, 2013

  • Average Percentage of SmartWay Carriers Used by SmartWay Logistics Companies
  • SmartWay Logistics Companies' Reported Carrier Mileage
  • Percentage of SmartWay Logistics Companies by Ranges of Total Carrier Miles

August 26, 2013

  • SmartWay Fleet Average Annual Idle Hours per Truck, by Class
  • SmartWay Fleet Average Annual Idle Hours per Truck, by Category
  • Range of Average Annual Idle Hours per Truck for SmartWay Class 8B Fleets

August 5, 2013

  • Average Percentage of SmartWay Carriers Used by Shippers
  • SmartWay Shippers' Reported Carrier Mileage
  • Percentage of SmartWay Shippers by Ranges of Total Carrier Miles

About SmartWay Trends, Indicators, and Partner Statistics (TIPS)

The SmartWay Trends, Indicators, and Partner Statistics (TIPS) page is a source of leading freight movement industry indicators and quick facts about current SmartWay Partner performance metrics. It is intended to be used by industry, academia, media, and others with an interest in goods movement sustainability and freight industry trends.

The TIPS site compiles and analyzes data from key segments of the freight transport industry, and presents it using informative graphics, charts and statistics, with links to related information. EPA will update the TIPS site periodically, so visit it often to see what's new.

The SmartWay TIPS website provides:

  • A resource for SmartWay Partners, Affiliates, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • A source of leading freight movement industry indicators and quick facts on current SmartWay Partner environmental performance metrics.
  • Data that is not available from any other published sources besides EPA SmartWay.
  • Detailed metrics about freight industry performance.
  • Snapshots of companies' performance relative to other SmartWay partners.

Our goal is to provide an informative site, which showcases the performance of industry leaders and drives improvement across the industry. We encourage your feedback on TIPS content so that we can further enhance the value of this resource.

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For all media inquiries, please contact Christopher Mylan at 202-564-7411 or mylan.christopher@epa.gov.


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