Cumberland’s NextGen C10 has been featured in Transport Topics. Here’s an excerpt of the article and a link to the full piece.
“The U.S. average price for regular gasoline rose 0.6 cent to $2.384 a gallon. The cost is 23.5 cents more than it was a year ago, DOE’s Energy Information Administration said.
Weekly gasoline prices rose in four regions and fell in five others, EIA said.
“The biggest way to help fleets’ bottom line is fuel economy,” Patrick Mendenhall, fleet sales manager at Cumberland International, told Transport Topics.
Since 2013, the Nashville, Tenn.-based truck dealership has been offering prospective customers the chance to drive a more fuel-efficient over-the-road tractor — most recently an International LT model powered by a Cummins X15 engine and Eaton 10-speed transmission with aerodynamic features.
The latest fleet test covered 10,868 miles through Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and California. The truck, known as NextGen C10, achieved an average fuel mileage of 9.5 miles per gallon. In top gear, in which the truck spent 90% of its time, it was 10.18 mpg, according to an engine control module summary of the trip dated Aug. 9.
The industry’s generally accepted average fuel mileage is 6.5 mpg.
“Opening the minds of decision-makers has really been a big deal for us,” Mendenhall said.
The truck also spent 15.1 gallons of diesel idling during the trip.”
Fuel Economy and #RACEto10MPG
Cumberland is serious about fuel economy. The C10 project is our ongoing effort to not only impact our customer’s bottom dollar, but to make the trucking industry more energy efficient.
We’ve recently pulled out all the stops and started a four week driving campaign with our partners over at Sharp Transport to see if we can crack the 10 MPG barrier.
Two of Sharp’s elite drivers will each be driving 2 weeks (the same route) across multiple states and back to middle Tennessee competing to see who can average over 10 MPG for the duration of their route.
We can’t understate the excitement around this drive campaign and #RACEto10MPG here at Cumberland!
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