Energy Conservation and Money Savings Through the Use of Diesel-Powered Trucks

Report No: 80-R25

Published in 1980

About the report:

This report presents an analysis of the potential energy and money savings to be achieved from the increased use of class 7, diesel-powered, 4-yard dump trucks by the Department. The technical differences between diesel and gasoline power plants are reviewed. The findings of a literature search are presented along with the results of a survey conducted to examine diesel truck use by various types of highway maintenance facilities. A data base of the average estimated mileage use and gasoline consumption of the Department's gasoline-powered, 4-yard dump trucks was generated for this analysis. The possible energy and money savings are calculated using the data base and a computer simulation for the diesel truck fuel consumption. These calculations use five alternative future fuel costs and economic analyses of payback and present worth. The study conclusions indicate that considerable energy and money can be saved by the increased use of diesel-powered trucks.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Gary L. Roberts

Last updated: January 23, 2024

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