The Energy Paradox in Seemingly Competitive Industries: The Use of Energy-Efficient Equipment on Heavy-Duty Tractor Trailers

Some federal agencies have suggested that, where there is split ownership between tractors and trailers, owners of trailers will underinvest in energy-saving equipment. We collected roadside data over three summers and modeled use of energy-saving equipment on trailers, and found associations consistent with cost-reducing behavior in the use of energy efficiency devices, but no evidence to support the agencies’ claims.

Working Paper by Arthur G. Fraas, Randall W. Lutter, and Derek Wietelman — April 18, 2019