ATRI posts research results on ULSD, snow/ice accumulation

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The American Transportation Research Institute has made available the results of two trucking industry research initiatives:

  • Energy and Other Fuel Property Changes with Onroad Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel: This research analyzed the energy and fuel property changes associated with the move to onroad ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The process used to remove sulfur from onroad diesel fuel was expected to reduce the amount of energy in the fuel. EPA anticipated an energy loss of as much as 1.5 percent to result from refining fuel to meet the new ULSD fuel standard.
  • ATRI’s fuel sample analysis found that, contrary to EPA’s anticipation of an energy loss, the mean energy content of the ULSD samples was slightly higher than the same-location non-ULSD samples (mean = +0.4%, p = 0.15). It also was determined through the laboratory analysis that ULSD’s emissions outputs were equivalent to several state “boutique” fuel samples that were included in the comparative research. A copy of the full report is available by clicking here.

  • Snow and Ice Accumulation on Vehicles: This research examined the effects of snow and ice accumulation on vehicles and the potential for ice dislodging during transit. The research determined that challenges for the trucking industry include the hazards that workers face when manually clearing snow and ice from the tops of trailers, the limited availability and effectiveness of snow removal devices, and the lack of available vehicle-based solutions.
  • ATRI’s research identified short-, mid- and long-term stakeholder action plans for better educating all drivers on the issue, exploring options for fixed location solutions and, in the long term, identifying and implementing vehicle-based solutions. A copy of the full report is available by clicking here.

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