Idle Reduction & Fuel Economy

Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time drivers idle their engines. Reducing idling time has many benefits, including reductions in fuel costs, emissions, and noise.

Drivers idle for a variety of reasons, such as keeping vehicles warm, operating radios, or powering equipment. Each year, U.S. passenger cars, light trucks, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline-without even moving. Roughly half of that fuel is wasted by passenger vehicles.

Idling can be reduced without compromising driver comfort or vehicle equipment operations.

Similarly, improving fuel economy in U.S. automobiles and trucks can reduce petroleum use, making our country less dependent on foreign oil. It can also save drivers money at the fuel pump and limit emissions. Each day, U.S. drivers consume millions of barrels of petroleum to fuel their more than 250 million vehicles.

Learn more by visiting the Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center page for idle reduction and fuel economy.

U.S. EPA SmartWay Program

Launched in 2004, SmartWay® is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. SmartWay is comprised of five components: transport partnership, finance program, international interests, technology program, and vehicles.

WCC supports SmartWay's efforts by promoting idle reduction and fuel efficiency methods and technologies. Further, WCC assists the SmartWay program by partnering with fleets in order to aid them in their fuel reduction efforts. WCC has several members that have benefited from also participating in the SmartWay program:

  • Convenience Transportation (Kwik Trip)
  • Contract Transport Services
  • Paper Transport
  • Sheehy Mail Contractors, Inc.
  • Skinner Transfer Corporation
  • Time Transport
  • Veriha Trucking

Contact us to learn how your fleet can also benefit from the SmartWay program.

Click here to read more about the SmartWay program.


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