U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Vehicle Technologies Office – Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity

Idle Reduction Specifications and Test Procedures

The Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (AVTA) team initiated a study of idle reduction technologies and assessed the needs of the trucking industry for using these technologies. Using the results of the study, the team developed a document that maps a route to idle reduction commercial acceptance through technology demonstration: Idle Reduction Technology Demonstration Plan (PDF 559 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

In April 2003, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held the first idle reduction workshop, in Philadelphia, to solicit industry input on the Idle Reduction Technology Demonstration Plan. The input collected during this event was used to develop a request for proposals, or solicitation, from companies interested in participating in an idle reduction technology evaluation conducted by the AVTA team.

In September 2003, DOE hosted the second Heavy-Duty Idle Reduction Technologies Workshop in Cincinnati. The event followed the 2003 Fall Meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations. It focused on identifying methods and establishing cooperative government/industry efforts to overcome cost barriers associated with idle reduction technologies.

The idle reduction workshops helped AVTA select three idle reduction demonstration projects to sponsor. The projects consist of teams of a truck fleet, truck manufacturer, and idle reduction technology manufacturer.