Greensboro, North Carolina-based Mack Trucks says it has launched a fuel savings calculator on its website “to clearly show fleet owners and owner-operators how much fuel savings could be realized if their trucks were spec’d with the next-generation Mack MP8HE+ powertrain package.”
The fuel savings calculator allows Mack website visitors to select fleet size, number of trucks in their fleet and the average cost per gallon of diesel fuel. The information is used to calculate the average amount a customer could save over one, three or five years with the Mack MP8HE+ powertrain package, the manufacturer says.
“Mack Trucks is committed to finding ways to increase the fuel efficiency of our engines and truck models, and we recognize that fuel costs are one of our customers’ largest expenses,” says John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “The fuel savings calculator is simple to use and really shows customers the benefits of the MP8HE+ powertrain package and how it could decrease their total cost of ownership.”
Mack announced in October that the next-generation version of its 13-liter MP8HE engine improved fuel efficiency by up to 3 percent when compared with the former MP8HE engine. The savings are in part attributed to Mack Energy Recovery Technology, which has been designed to capture waste energy from the engine’s exhaust and convert it back to mechanical energy delivered to the engine crankshaft as additional torque.
As part of a marketing campaign, Mack Trucks has offered a test drive of the Mack Anthem model equipped with the HE+package to customers Jamie Hagen, owner of Stratford, South Dakota-based Hell Bent Xpress LLC, and Joel Morrow, senior driver and vice president for fleet equipment procurement at Ploger Transportation, based in Norwalk, Ohio.
Hagen, a bulk hauler, and Morrow, who hauls general freight, are capturing vehicle performance data and posting the results to social media.