August 12, 2011

WILL C.A.F.E. STANDARDS FOR BIG RIGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE? “Trucking companies obsess about fuel costs. Talk to a trucker right now: you’ll get an earful. Better yet, talk to his manager. It’s like finding some sort of Rain Man savant whose hobby is tracking the price of diesel. And there is capital out there to help them make the transition to a more efficient fleet, if the trucks are available. So I have a hard time believing that if there were some even nominally cost-effective way to make trucks 25% more efficient, truck owners and haulers would be passing it up in favor of upgrading the leather on the heated seats. . . . Either something is missing in this story, or American manufacturing is in even worse shape than I suspected.”

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