Ryder has partnered with Freightliner to offer two sleeper tractors (the Columbia and the Century) equipped with special features that have earned them the US Environmental Protection Agency's eco-friendly SmartWay designation.
The Freightliner sleeper tractors include 2007 engine technology, an auxiliary power unit to reduce idling, frame-side fairings to reduce wind resistance, an automated direct-drive transmission, and fuel-efficient drive tires.
Specially configured trailer packages from Great Dane and Utility offer aerodynamic features and weight-saving options to enhance fuel efficiency.
Trailer designs include weight-saving materials, side skirts, low rolling resistance tires, gap reducers, and automatic tire inflation systems.
Ryder is also providing on-line deiver training programs to customers through Ryder Pro-TREAD courses to improve driving skills and performance and to teach drivers simple techniques to reduce fuel consumption.