SmartWay® is a voluntary, public-private program by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps the freight industry reduce fleet emissions, improve fuel economy, and increase energy efficiency. The SmartWay program includes four major elements: SmartWay Transport Partnership, SmartWay Technology Program, SmartWay Vehicles, and SmartWay International Interests.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) joined the SmartWay Transport Program as an Affiliate in October 2006. In this role, NCTCOG promotes SmartWay initiatives within the region by providing educational outreach to potential partners and affected industries.
NCTCOG encourages local freight fleets to join the program and improve environmental performance while enjoying the many benefits partners and companies receive.
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Intermodal Advancements - Advances in collecting, assessing and analyzing freight data are making it easier for companies to mix and match modal choices to their advantage, identifying the best combination of modes, from origin to destination, for each shipment. Telematics, onboard data collection, sensors, geospatial software, and other IT innovations enable companies (or their third-party logistics providers) to customize shipping routes, using the exact combination of modes that best fit their cargo, timing and distribution needs -- while saving fuel and reducing emissions.
For more information, review the Clean Freight Strategies document entitled “Intermodal for Shippers.”
Intermodal for Shippers (PDF) (2 pp, 677K, February 2016, EPA-420-F-16-006)
Retread Tires - There are many innovations in tire retreading and fleets can benefit from the technology. Retread technologies are divided into two categories – mold cure and pre-cure. Each system has unique advantages but both systems produce equally effective retreaded tires. Retread technologies and low rolling resistance (LRR) tires can reduce both costs and emissions for long-haul class 8 tractor-trailers by 3% or more.
More information: Retread tire technologies and Other fuel-efficient technologies resources
Truck Electrification - The emergence of electric trucks in last mile, less-than-truckload, and long-haul deliveries will mark one of the biggest changes in trucking equipment. Many OEMs have announced plans for future electric trucks and these vehicles represent a path to a near zero wheel to wheel emissions and huge fuel savings for fleets. Early models are designed primarily for short haul applications such as urban pickup and delivery, refuse trucks and port drayage.
For more information, check out a webinar entitled “How Electric Trucks, Big Data and Connectivity are Changing the Freight Industry:
Freight Matters Webinar: How Electric Trucks, Big Data, and Connectivity are Changing the Freight Industry
In addition, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), a SmartWay affiliate, recently published 2 reports on the emergence, development and deployment of commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs).
More information is available at nacfe.org.
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NCTCOG Recieves 2017 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award!
NCTCOG is one of nine organizations nationwide to be named an EPA 2017 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award Honoree. The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by EPA to acknowledge organizations that participate in SmartWay and do an exceptional job supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals. NCTCOG has received this award seven times, and has consecutively been honored since 2012
“EPA commends the SmartWay Affiliate Challenge honorees for their extraordinary level of commitment and enthusiasm in supporting more efficient and sustainable business practices in moving goods,” said Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “These organizations represent diverse industry sectors and stakeholders who are showing that American prosperity and protecting the environment can go hand in hand.”
You can read our Press Release in the About Transportation page.
Staff Contacts: Huong Duong, Jason Brown