Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Perspective on Fuel Consumption in the Trucking Industry (Autoblog)

Infographic: Breaking down the costs of trucking

Cost of trucking infographic
Posted Apr 22nd 2012 6:03PM

If you've ever had visions of telling your boss exactly where he can put his TPS reports and heading off to reenact your favorite scenes from classic trucking movies like Smokey and the BanditConvoy or Over the Top, we have bad news for you: Trucking is prohibitively expensive.

The crew at Easy Lift Equipment worked up an infographic filled with examples of just how pricey it can be to operate an 18-wheeler. According to the information, only eight percent of all trucks on the road are privately operated. The rest are run by larger trucking companies.

No surprise there. A new cab can cost upwards of US$100,000, while a trailer will set you back US$50,000. Companies typically pay around US$30,000 a year on their truck loans, which actually makes it the third largest expense in operating a big rig. Number one? Diesel fuel. A single truck can suck down nearly 78,000 litres of fuel in a year, which can add up to over US$70,000 depending on location. Driver pay falls second, with operators earning around US$0.36 per mile. Maintenance, meanwhile, can cost around US$15,000 annually.

Hit the jump
 to check out the full graphic for yourself. Now if you'll excuse us, we have some reports to file...

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