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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.

Current TIPS

Posted May 26, 2015

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  1. Distribution of SmartWay Truck Fleets by Reported Percent Revenue Miles
  2. Distribution of SmartWay Truck Fleets by Reported Percent Empty Miles
  3. Percent Revenue and Empty Miles in Private vs. For-Hire SmartWay Truck Fleets

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Based on data reported in 2014 by SmartWay Truck Carriers, this chart shows the range of the percentages of revenue miles traveled for SmartWay truck fleets (across all truck classes). Revenue miles are the mileage traveled for which the carrier is being paid. The line is made up of individual points, each of which corresponds to a single fleet’s average percentage of revenue miles. To preserve confidentiality, no fleet name is associated with any data point.

This graph shows the distribution of empty miles for SmartWay truck fleets (all truck classes), based on Truck Carrier Partner data reported in 2014. The line is made up of individual points, each of which corresponds to a single fleet’s average percentage of empty miles. To preserve confidentiality, no fleet name is associated with any data point.


Note that not all empty miles are non-revenue miles; for example, a contract may include payment for return miles after freight delivery. However, it is usually both more cost-effective and energy efficient to contract for freight to be carried in the backhaul, rather than have trucks return empty.

This graph shows the total revenue and non-revenue miles for SmartWay truck fleets (all truck classes), based on data reported by Truck Carrier Partners in 2014. (Fleets indicated here as “Private” include those that are owned by the shipper, but a few of these are actually dedicated fleets that are devoted to one or a few shippers but are not owned by them. “For-hire” fleets are available to be hired by shippers, logistics companies, and multimodal companies.)

Note that because not all non-revenue miles are empty miles, the percentages for revenue and empty miles within a category do not add up to 100%.

2014 TIPS Posts

Click to View TIPS from December 15, 2014

  • Growth in Biofuel Use per Truck by Truck Carrier Partners
  • Percent Change in Biofuel Use by SmartWay Truck Carriers
  • Consumption of Ethanol and Biodiesel by U.S. Transportation Sector, 2005-2012

Click to View TIPS from October 8, 2014

  • Average Annual Idle Hours per Truck for SmartWay Carriers, 2009-2014
  • Average Annual Idle Hours per Truck for SmartWay Carriers by Class, 2009 vs. 2014
  • Number of Trucks Operated by SmartWay Truck Carriers by Class, 2009 vs. 2014

Click to View TIPS from July 28, 2014

  • SmartWay Partner Categories Submitting Data
  • Average Percent SmartWay Carrier Companies Used by SmartWay Shippers, 2011-2013

Click to View TIPS from April 28, 2014

  • Fuel Cost Savings by SmartWay Truck Carriers
  • Reduced Oil Consumption by SmartWay Truck Carriers
  • Reduction in CO2 Emissions by SmartWay Truck Carriers

2013 TIPS Posts

Click to View TIPS from December 13, 2013

  • MPG Range for SmartWay Class 8A Fleets
  • MPG Range for SmartWay Class 8B Fleets
  • SmartWay Average Truck MPG by Class

Click to View TIPS from 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

Click to View TIPS from 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

Click to View TIPS from 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

Click to View TIPS from June 4, 2013

  • Average Percent Capacity Volume Utilization for SmartWay Fleets, by Category
  • Average Percent Capacity Volume Utilization for SmartWay Fleets, by Class
  • Average Average Percent Capacity Volume Utilization across SmartWay Class 8B Fleets

Click to View TIPS from May 13, 2013

  • SmartWay Average Payload by Category
  • Average Payload across SmartWay Class 6 Fleets
  • Average Payload across SmartWay Class 7 Fleets

Click to View TIPS from April 29, 2013

  • Percentage of Revenue Miles across SmartWay Fleets
  • Revenue and Non-revenue Miles for SmartWay Trucks, by Year
  • Average Percent Revenue Miles for SmartWay Truck Fleets, by Category

Click to View TIPS from April 15, 2013

  • Percentage of Empty Miles Across SmartWay Fleets
  • Average Percent SmartWay Fleet Empty Miles vs. Fleet Non-Empty Miles
  • Average Percent Empty Miles for SmartWay Truck Fleets, by Category

Click to View TIPS from April 2, 2013

  • SmartWay Carriers' Truck Distribution, by Engine Model Year
  • SmartWay Carriers' Class 2B Truck Distribution, by Engine Model Year
  • SmartWay Carriers' Class 8B Truck Distribution, by Engine Model Year

Click to View TIPS from March 19, 2013

  • Percent of SmartWay Fleets Using Fuel Types, by Class
  • Number of SmartWay Trucks Using Fuel Types
  • Number of SmartWay Truck Fleets Using Fuel Types

2012 TIPS Posts

Click to View TIPS from December 10, 2012

  • Average MPG for Private and For-Hire SmartWay Fleets
  • Revenue and Non-revenue Mileage for Private and For-hire SmartWay Fleets
  • Empty and Non-empty Miles for Private and For-hire SmartWay Fleets

Click to View TIPS from November 26, 2012

  • MPG Range for SmartWay Class 2B Fleets
  • MPG Range for SmartWay Class 5 Fleets
  • MPG Range for SmartWay Class 8A Fleets

Click to View TIPS from November 13, 2012

  • MPG Range for SmartWay Flatbed Fleets
  • Average SmartWay Fleet MPG by Truck Category
  • MPG Range for SmartWay Refrigerated Fleets

Click to View TIPS from October 29, 2012

  • SmartWay Fleet Average MPG by Class
  • SmartWay Average Percent Revenue Miles by Class
  • Average Total Miles per SmartWay Truck by Class

Click to View TIPS from October 15, 2012

  • SmartWay Average Payload by Class
  • SmartWay Class 8B Average Payload
  • SmartWay Truckload Dry Van Fleet Average Payload

Click to View TIPS from October 1, 2012

  • SmartWay Percentage of Empty Miles Traveled by Truck Class
  • Percentage SmartWay Miles Traveled by Fuel Type
  • SmartWay Revenue and Non-Revenue Miles as Percentages of Total

Click to View TIPS from September 17, 2012

  • MPG All SmartWay Fleets
  • MPG All SmartWay Dray Fleets
  • MPG All SmartWay Class 8B Trucks

Click to View TIPS from September 4, 2012

  • Fuel Saved by SmartWay Partners
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions Reduced by SmartWay Partners
  • Growth in SmartWay Partners

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.

SmartWay Media Contacts

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


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