ATRI seeks teams to evaluate idle reduction technologies

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The American Transportation Research Institute has released a request for proposals seeking project teams to demonstrate and evaluate mobile idle reduction technologies on heavy-duty trucks, either installed as part of the truck manufacturing process or prior to the truck being placed in service. Project teams must consist of a trucking fleet, a truck manufacturer and an idle reduction technology vendor.

The anticipated outcomes for the project include:

  • Recommendations for integrating commercially-available idle reduction technologies into the OEM truck manufacturing process;
  • A comparison between the cost and, possibly, load requirements of integrated systems versus nonintegrated systems; and
  • Collection and quantification of actual operational data leading to an assessment of fleet operator costs, benefits and payback period for selected idle reduction technologies.
  • Interested parties must submit proposals no later than 5 p.m. EST on March 1. A total of $350,000 is expected to be awarded. To obtain a copy of the request for proposals, go to www.ATRI-online.org.

    The request is being funded as part of a $5 million grant program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership to help promote technologies that save fuel while also reducing pollution. The idle reduction technologies demonstrated under this request are expected to save fuel and reduce pollution by providing mobile cab heating and cooling while the truck’s main engine is turned off.