ATRI looking for project teams to study idling reduction

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is seeking project teams to demonstrate and evaluate mobile idle reduction technologies on heavy-duty trucks, either installed as part of the truck manufacturing process or before the truck is placed in service.

Project teams must consist of a trucking fleet, a truck manufacturer, and an idle reduction technology vendor.

The anticipated outcomes for the project include:

  • Recommendations for integrating commercially available idle reduction technologies into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) truck manufacturing process.

  • A comparison between the cost and, possibly, load requirements of integrated systems versus non-integrated systems.

  • Collection and quantification of actual operational data leading to an assessment of fleet operator costs, benefits, and payback period for selected idle reduction technologies.

Interested parties must submit proposals no later than 5 pm EST March 1, 2006. A total of $350,000 is expected to be awarded. For a copy of the RFP, access www.atri-online.org/.

The project is being financed as part of a $5 million grant program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership to help promote technologies that save fuel while also reducing pollution.

This funding comes at a critical time as the trucking industry spent an unprecedented $87.7 billion on fuel last year, marking a $21.8 billion increase over 2004.

Idle reduction technologies demonstrated under this RFP are expected to save fuel and reduce pollution by providing mobile cab heating and cooling while the truck's main engine is turned off.

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