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Proving Fuel Performance:Allstate Leasing's Green Machine Pays Off

(Minneapolis March 27, 2008) Affectionately called Kermit, Allstate Leasing's "green" tractor with industry leading equipment and technology has proven it offers more than just good looks. The 2008 Peterbilt 387 tractor with C15 Caterpillar engine and 13 speed Fuller transmission features Bridgestone tires, a rear axle ratio of 3.25, a Thermo King TriPac Hybrid Auxiliary Idle Reduction and Temperature Management System (APU), and .4 mpg fuel improvement over previous generation equipment.

Minnesota-based Allstate Leasing began real customer trials with Kermit in August 2007. ''Because there was no solid performance data available, we wanted to garner some real-world performance documentation with the top of-the-line, environmentally-friendly technology,'' explained Gary LeLoup, general manager at Allstate Leasing. ''Despite understanding the importance of protecting the environment, the new, EPA-approved engines and ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel scare people in the industry. With gas prices only going up, optimum fuel economy is a must in preserving a company''s bottom line.

LeLoup lined up 13 customer trials with Kermit that averaged a week trip each of approximately 2,700 miles. ''These were 13 different customers and 13 different applications, explained LeLoup. ''We had light payloads, match payloads, local deliveries, a five state regional distributor, and a cross country run. To obtain a starting baseline, we downloaded each driver personal tractor engine data. Obviously, every baseline was different, but it gave us an improvement benchmark. My hope from the beginning was to prove a minimum .5 mpg improvement on fuel consumption and significant idling reductions.

Kermit and its technological prowess did not disappoint LeLoup or the drivers who participated in the trials. It averaged a .4 mpg improvement and a 33 percent idle reduction overall. ''We were very pleased with the driver comments and the results,'' said LeLoup. ''We obviously could not take every outside factor into account such as ambient temperatures, highway conditions, traffic, etc., but we felt like we recorded some fairly decent data that proved the effectiveness of newer equipment and fuels.

According to LeLoup, speed proved to be the main factor in fuel performance. Drivers who traveled 75 mph or faster recorded the weakest results; those who traveled below 70 mph outperformed the baseline significantly. Average speeds of 57 to 59 mph seemed to garner the best fuel efficiencies.

Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries. For more information, access the Thermo King web site at www.thermoking.com.


Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.


Contact:
Mike O'Brien, Thermo King Corporation
952-885-3505
Mike O'Brien

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