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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program is an innovative collaboration between EPA, transporters and shippers. The program is designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy security.

Alan Ritchey's participation in the SmartWay program allows us to pass along cost savings to our customers by reducing our fuel consumption. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment and conserve natural resources. Since 2009 we have made modifications and upgrades to our fleet to achieve these goals.

At Alan Ritchey we believe in being stewards to our environment and promote this initiative throughout our company. Our dedication to this important partnership with the EPA is evident in our investment in "green" technology. Learn more about what SmartWay can do for you.
Energy Efficient Tires & Wheels
The majority of our fleet of tractors and trailers are equipped with aluminum wheels to reduce the weight and improve fuel efficiency while allowing for a heavier payload. We also implemented two tire technologies: wide-base tires and automatic tire inflation systems on some of our vehicles. The wide-base tires reduce fuel consumption up to 10% compared to traditional tires. The automatic tire inflation system we use automatically monitors trailer tire pressure and adds air to maintain optimal pressure resulting in a 3% reduction in fuel consumption.
Innovation & Technology
Alan Ritchey works with manufacturers to research new technologies that allow us to minimize our impact on the environment. We are currently testing new trailer skirt technology on a small scale to determine the impact on our fleet. Our executive team actively participates in trade shows, conferences and seminars aimed at exploring the latest technological advances.
Idle Reduction Technology
In order to limit idle time on our tractors we installed idle reduction systems. We programmed the engines to automatically shut-down after idling for five minutes. This minor change has resulted in a big impact on fuel consumption and air pollution. By reducing the idling time of our equipment by nearly 50%, we have eliminated the consumption of approximately 1,000 gallons of diesel per truck per year.
Top Speed Limiters
Alan Ritchey instituted a speed limit on our entire fleet of long haul tractors to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases. Adjusting the top speed settings in the Electronic Control Module (ECM) from 70 miles per hour to 65 miles results in a .5 miles per gallon fuel savings. The reduced speeds not only minimizes our impact on air quality it also increases highway safety.
“EPA’s SmartWay program demonstrates Alan Ritchey's commitment to protecting the environment. Our team has worked tirelessly to achieve the highest rating of 1.25 from the US EPA”

— Dave Allison, Sr. Vice President Read More →
Alan Ritchey, Incorporated
740 S. Interstate 35
Valley View, TX 76272
Toll Free: 800.877.0273
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