Brazil Considers Joining OPEC & Run On Less MPG Announcement

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Brazil Considers Joining the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) formally invited Brazil to join the cartel.  President Jair Bolsonaro said he is eager to accept the offer but will first have to talk with his economic and energy teams before agreeing to join.  If Brazil joins OPEC, their roughly 3 million barrels per day production would make them the third-largest oil producer behind Saudi Arabia and Iraq.  However, big competing strategies lie with Brazil looking to expand their crude oil production capacity, where OPEC is known for cutting production to boost prices.

NACFE Run On Less Regional Demonstration Achieves 8.3 MPG Average

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has completed its Run On Less Regional demonstration and announced promising results.  Over the course of 18 days, NACFE tracked 10 participating trucks (9 diesel and 1 natural gas) hauling real freight and the fuel efficiency the fleets achieved.  The fleets picked the driver, truck, and any technology for the test.  The final results showed that the fleets achieved an average fuel efficiency of 8.3 MPG, which is well above the stated national average of 6.0 MPG.  The nine diesel trucks achieved an average 8.7 MPG.  The demonstration proved that as regional haul increases, diesel trucks can become more efficient and can produce fuel savings.  It also opens the door to explore alternative energies, with NACFE already started to research and educate on electric vehicles.


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