In 2016, many local and national trucking companies made strides to improve eco-friendliness throughout their fleets. Find out which fleets are the greenest and take a closer look at their environmentally-friendly practices.
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Celadon is a large trucking company that employs top-notch over-the-road (OTR) drivers. With numerous bonuses, opportunities for new endorsements, and a lease purchase program, Celadon is a top choice for drivers based in the Midwest.
The company owns approximately 4,000 commercial vehicles that average just over a year old, and it relies on specialized software to reduce fuel needs and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, all trucks have battery-operated auxiliary power units that substantially lower engine idling time. All Celadon trucks are outfitted with low-resistance tires, 125-gallon gas tanks, and aerodynamic features.
Celadon's trucks are also SmartWay-certified, which means the company participates in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) program. As the EPA states, the SmartWay program "supports global energy security and offsets environmental risk for companies and countries."
From its base of operations in Lowell, Arkansas, J.B Hunt operates predominantly local and regional routes, which allows for ample home time and competitive pay. To make the most of its local and regional fleet, J.B. Hunt has made going green a priority.
Over the past several years, J.B. Hunt has increased the fuel efficiency of its fleet, substantially reduced carbon emissions, and is lowering transportation costs for its clients. The company has also developed a five-step plan to reduce carbon consumption, which includes understanding its carbon footprint, decreasing payload, optimizing transit mode, and maximizing energy efficiency.
Melton Truck Lines
For over 60 years, Melton Truck Lines has built an impressive fleet of more than 1,200 trucks from its base in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company operates several cross-country routes and maintains an average tractor age of just 2 years.
All trucks are equipped with auxiliary power units to keep idling time to a minimum as well as fully featured aerodynamic packages and wide-base low-resistance tires. In addition, this carrier trains and educates drivers on fuel economy daily by employing a fuel performance supervisor. This education includes progressive shifting, cruise control, and idle reduction efforts. Melton Truck Lines has implemented driver incentives such as a fuel bonus recognition program as well as a driver scorecard system, which in turn rewards drivers who focus on fuel efficiency efforts.
Melton Truck Lines Vice President of Human Resources and Safety Angie Buchanan says, "We challenge ourselves every day to invest in ‘green practices,' technology, and facilities that will increase energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. From our environmentally friendly new headquarters to the continued quest for increases fuel efficiency on the road, we have proven our commitment to improve the environment.”
Mesilla Valley Transportation
Mesilla Valley Transportation is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but its fleet delivers to 48 states. One of the ways this growing company stays competitive is by incentivizing drivers with fuel efficiency.
This New Mexico-based trucking company does much more than just make the most of technology that's already on the market. Mesilla Valley Transportation researches and develops its own aerodynamic designs and efficient technology. Most of the company's fleet boasts trailer skirts, wheel covers, and wide-base single tires. Most tractor trailers also have a small trailer gap and efficient 10-speed automatic transmissions, and they run on company-produced biodiesel. Mesilla Valley Transportation drivers are on board with the company's fuel-efficient goals, since they receive incentives for increasing their mileage per gallon.
Denver-based Navajo Express might not have the largest fleet in the industry, but this company is expanding quickly. Its green policies and strong commitment to drivers have helped it grow into a major nationwide carrier.
Navajo Express's fleet is comprised of many of the newest and most aerodynamic truck models on the market. Most trailers have the Smart Truck UT6+ system for added fuel efficiency. The company enforces a standard speed of 62 mph for improved gas mileage, and auxiliary power units maintain minimal idle time to boost efficiency even more.
The trucking industry demands extensive resources, but some enterprising companies are working hard to make cost-effective and eco-friendly changes. Whether you're applying for your first commercial driver's license or you're looking for a great new opportunity in the trucking industry, set your sights on these green fleets.