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Why Today’s Diesel Engines Are More Efficient Than Ever

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Diesel engines have always been the most fuel-efficient choice of engine, as diesel is one of the most energy-dense energy sources commonly available. It contains more usable power than regular gasoline, thus delivering better fuel economy. Despite this, fleets have worked hard to increase their efficiency even further, and the results are nothing short of amazing. 

According to an annual report released this year by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, the average fuel economy of fleets participating in the study increased by 15% since 2009. They went from 6.27 miles per gallon in 2009 to 7.27 mpg in 2018, and on a long haul, that’s a lot of savings.

Today’s diesel trucks are more efficient than they’ve ever been because, in recent years, diesel engines have changed in small but very important ways!

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Do Truckers Pay For Their Own Fuel?

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Fuel is one of, if not the largest operating expense in trucking. The amount of fuel varies per truck, but a semi-truck can hold between 800 and 1000 litres of diesel. This fuel is pumped into dual tanks that sit on either side of the tractor, giving them the name “saddle tanks.” They make sure that the weight of the amount of fuel is balanced. 

If the average is roughly three kilometres per litre, it will be 3,000 kilometres before refuelling is necessary. But when you’re driving 60 hours a week over seven days, that can be a lot of refuelling. If we use an average diesel fuel price of $1.20 (the average at the time of writing), this means that it can cost more than $1200 to fuel up just once. For a large fleet, this is tens of thousands of dollars per month, so who is paying at the pump?

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Are Truck Drivers In Demand In Canada?

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Trucking is the lifeblood of many Canadian industries, as just about every major store relies on it to receive new goods from distributors. The reliance on transport trucks is only going to increase, and this means that truck drivers are in big demand in Canada. 

The catch? There aren’t enough new drivers joining the fleets. Unless major changes are made soon, the industry will be facing a severe driver shortage that could impact every major industry in our country. 

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How Did Recent Carbon Tax Laws Impact Truckers?

On April 1, 2019, the federal government imposed the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) on the four provinces that had not yet passed their own carbon tax laws – Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick. Now every province is under a carbon pricing scheme, and this will impact what trucking companies will pay at the pumps, what they’ll pay when filing taxes, and what consumers will pay at the store.

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What Will The Future Of Trucking Look Like?

What does the future hold for the trucking industry? It’s not hard for us to slip into daydreams about what the next few decades will look like. Will our team soon be interacting with a computer system alone on the side of the road instead of a driver? Or will trucking stay as it has for the past half-century? There are many trends we have to watch very closely if we want to make accurate predictions for the future!

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