On August 5, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded Mississippi State University’s Center for Advance Vehicular Systems (CAVS) a $1.08 million grant as part of the National Clean Diesel Funding assistance Program.
KLLM Transportation Services is very proud to be one of the University’s industry partners. The funding from this grant will be used to install battery powered climate controlled systems on a minimum of 101 trucks. The units will reduce diesel emissions significantly by allowing the driver to run air conditioning and heat without idling the vehicle’s engine.
“This project is a perfect example of the positive economic and environmental impact that Mississippi State is making in the state and region,” said Michael Mazzola, the associate director for advanced vehicle systems at CAVS and the principal investigator on the EPA grant. “We will also have a national impact because of the cross-country routes many of our partners’ trucks drive.”
Jim Richards, president and CEO of KLLM, said “We are excited to partner with Mississippi State. This is just one more avenue in our attempt to go green and be as environmentally-friendly as possible.”
Currently, 60% of KLLM’s fleet is equipped with Alternative Power Units (APU’s). The company has purchased lightweight, aerodynamic tractors and low resistance tires. They are also installing trailer skirting.
KLLM drivers receive incentive bonuses to reduce unnecessary idling. All company-owned tractors are governed at 62 mph.
“As a result of actions taken at KLLM we are proud to have attained the highest ranking from the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Carrier Partnership program,” stated Richards. SmartWay Transport is an innovative collaboration between the EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions and improve energy security. Companies that partner in SmartWay Transport programs save money, reduce fuel consumption and are recognized for their responsibility and leadership.
“An investment in green technology is an investment in the future of our company and will have a positive effect for generations to come,” said Richards. KLLM was also presented with the 2009 Chiquita Green Transportation Excellence Award.
We are very appreciative of the partnership we have developed with MSU and the funding provided in this grant by the EPA.