Mack to display EPA SmartWay-certified Pinnacle at GATS

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Mack Trucks Inc. announced Thursday, Aug. 16, that it is offering its long-haul highway customers Mack Pinnacle tractors certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program. The Certified SmartWay designation means these tractors meet EPA’s environmental and fuel-efficiency standards for excellence.

The SmartWay program requires trucks to have a detailed set of components shown to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Reduced fuel consumption also means less emissions of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

A Certified SmartWay Pinnacle will be on display in the Mack booth at the Great American Truck Show, set for Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 23-25, at the Convention Complex in Dallas ( Customers now can order Pinnacles with a full complement of SmartWay-required components through their Mack Trucks dealers.

“Mack’s SmartWay solution is an in-depth approach to providing customers with the most efficient truck available, with very clean engines,” says Jerry Warmkessel, marketing products manager for Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based Mack. “Mack has always prided itself on delivering efficiency and productivity. And with more of our customers participating in the SmartWay program for carriers, we are continuing to meet their needs.”

EPA’s SmartWay criteria call for specific aerodynamically-enhanced components to reduce drag while the truck is moving, low rolling-resistance tires, engines certified to stringent U.S. 2007 standards for reduced NOx and particulate emissions, and technologies to encourage drivers to avoid unnecessary idling.

Mack’s new MP series of engines, the 11-liter MP7 and 13-liter MP8, are a new family of engines designed to meet the U.S. ’07 emissions standards. The company says they also are the most fuel-efficient engines it has ever produced, with the horsepower and torque rise Mack customers have come to depend upon to handle the toughest jobs.

Other SmartWay components, according to Mack, include:

  • A sleeper cab with full roof fairings and cab side extenders to significantly reduce aerodynamic drag; these features can result in as much as a 15 percent improvement in fuel economy by moving air efficiently between the back of the cab and the front of the trailer;
  • Aerodynamically designed mirrors for further air drag reduction;
  • Aerodynamically designed front bumper to move air smoothly around and under the front of the truck;
  • Fuel tank fairings, also called chassis skirts. Working with the bumper, these fairings can improve fuel economy by up to another 2 percent;
  • Low rolling-resistance tires, which can result in yet another 1 percent improvement in fuel economy; and
  • The Idle Free “key-off” HVAC system, which provides driver comfort and electrical power for amenities without idling the truck’s engine, using shore power, a connection to reefer units or a special bank of batteries.
  • Aerodynamic chassis fairings with latches for quick removal also are available for the Pinnacle.