Are Fuel-Efficient Technologies for Your Fleet Affordable? They Can Be

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A new AmeriQuest blog offers advice on ways to test new fuel-efficient equipment and technologies without brutalizing your company’s balance sheet.

Andy Stopka, Vice President of Maintenance, NationaLease

Fleet owners are constantly facing the double whammy of increased fuel prices and emissions regulations. But the cost of purchasing new fuel-efficient vehicles or retro-fitting existing ones is, for most fleet owners, prohibitive, even if these new vehicles can cut fuel costs by up to 30%. Plus, if a vehicle runs less than 40,000 miles per year, the payback on fuel savings will take far too long to make it worthwhile.

Instead, the blog suggests that fleet owners look at the EPA SmartWay Technology Program for some new equipment and technologies that are both affordable and effective. The suggested products all have something in common. They all minimize drag and improve airflow, and since 35% of a vehicle’s fuel cost is lost to drag or rolling resistance, these products can make a major difference.

AmeriQuest lists six items that will put the brakes on fuel costs without breaking the bank, including:

  • Cab Fairing - Cost: $750-$2,500; Fuel Savings: 6-8%; Est. Payback Time: 8-16 months
  • Trailer Side Skirts – Cost: $1,500-$3,000/pair; Fuel Savings: 4-7%; Est. Payback Time: 7-18 months
  • Wheel Covers – Cost: $50-$80/each; Fuel Savings: 1-2%; Est. Payback Time: 4-6 months

The blog explains how each of these products works to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. In addition, the point is made that it is extremely important for fleet owners to do their homework; to conduct research on each product and to ask OEM’s currently using these technologies and add-ons if the savings are really as advertised. See how each of the products work, and view the other examples at

About AmeriQuest Transportation Services

AmeriQuest, headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, is a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services. By leveraging the strength of more than 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides supply management services, asset management services, material handling services, financing, technology products, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, integrated logistics, and contract maintenance. More information can be found at

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