Michael Roeth

Executive Director,
North American Council for Freight Efficiency
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Mike has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for nearly 30 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.   Mike is also leading the Trucking Efficiency Operations for the Carbon War Room.  Mike’s specialty is brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale.  He has a BS in Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.  Mike served as Chairman of the Board for the Truck Manufacturers Association, Board member of the Automotive Industry Action Group and currently serves on the second National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles and has held various positions in engineering, quality, sales and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins.

It’s on: Fuel efficiency roadshow now a reality

It’s been a long time in the making and the scope and plan have changed from when we originally came up with the idea, but Run on Less is now a reality.

If you haven’t heard about it, the Run is a three-week one-of-a-kind cross-country roadshow. Real truckers from real fleets will be hauling real freight to showcase the advancements the trucking industry has made in fuel efficiency.

An early look at variable engine-driven accessories 2

For only the second time in our history we have we focused our resources on a technology — or in this case a family of technologies — that are not commercially available.

We released our Confidence Report on Variable Engine-Driven Accessories because manufacturers are working hard on a making improvements in this area and we wanted to make sure you had some basic information. All of the items we studied put a load on the engine but do not help propel the vehicle down the road. Basically they rob the engine of power without helping move the vehicle.

Autonomous trucks redux

It’s always a thrill to discover that someone actually reads what you write. So I was happy to see comments on my recent blog on autonomous trucks. And I want to offer some additional thoughts on the subject.

Innovation stems in part from an almost absolute faith that anything is possible.  Engineered products for commercial use owe their origins to this faith. As do most other amazing things that get developed. If we didn’t have people who thought the impossible was possible new things would never get invented.

Taxes and fuel economy

Most people don’t normally think of taxes and fuel economy in the same sentence. But Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT Research, offered an interesting connection when speaking at a recent NACFE workshop during the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis.

Bad driving and autonomous vehicles

I do a lot of driving. A very lot. And I’ll admit maybe I am getting old and impatient but I think driver skills and behaviors are much worse than they used to be. Speeding, abrupt lane changes, passing on the right, driving way too slow in the left lane, texting while driving, poor on ramp merging. Need I go on? Those of you who spend hours and hours behind the wheel have seen these behaviors and much more from drivers of both passenger cars and trucks.

Mitigate tire price increases

You knew it would happen at some point, you just weren’t sure when. Well it looks like the day of reckoning is nearly here. Tire manufacturers have announced price increases in some cases as high at 8%.

Golf handicaps and fuel efficiency 1

We were talking with Vnomics the other day, and they brought to our attention the idea of Potential mpg.  They compared it to the United States Golf Association handicapping system, which allows golfers of different ability to play in tournaments on equal terms.  

Looking at the alternatives

There has been a fair amount coverage in the news about natural gas powered vehicles and electric trucks. ACT Research recently said that, “the natural gas and alternative fuel industries in the U.S. are very much alive and kicking.”

A bit of caution for autonomous vehicles 2

There has been lots of talk about autonomous vehicles. Driverless cars if you prefer that term. Even the general public is interested in the subject.

But I wonder if we are willing autonomous trucks into existence because of pressure by regulators to reduce accident rates, drivers less interested in driving cars, let alone trucks, companies wanting to make money off the sale of the systems needed to make autonomous vehicles a reality and the vested interest of researchers and NGOs.

NOx reductions and fuel economy

Looks like NOx reduction may once again be the target of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency is responding to petitions from state and local governmental agencies and other organizations that want to see further reductions in NOx in commercial vehicles.

NOx standards for trucks were last set 16 years ago and agencies such as the California Air Resources Board say there are new technologies available to reduce NOx emissions further.

I’m from the government and I am here to help

There’s an old joke about how hearing that phrase makes folks very afraid because they think something really bad is going to happen.

But I recently read about something that the government is doing that I think actually will help.

The Energy Department recently announced $19.7 million for research and development of advanced vehicle technologies. This would include things like lightweighting, batteries and advanced combustion engines.

Oh the places we have gone!

When I look back on 2016, I am reminded of the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go “with your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet.”

Reflections on the trucking industry

The end of the year seems like a good time to reflect, so I will take this opportunity to talk about why I am so proud of the trucking industry.

Those of us in the trucking industry already know how vital we are to the economy, but I think we all need to do a better job of reminding the general public about our place. All you have to do is tell to someone to look around their home or office at all the things in it and then ask them how those things got there. Of course the answer is on a truck.

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