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Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Florida 3PL Adding Natural-Gas Trucks to For-Hire Fleet

Saddle Creek's new Freightliner Business Class M2 112 tractors run on compressed natural gas.

Saddle Creek Corp., a nationwide third-party logistics provider based in Lakeland, Fla., is taking delivery of the first 40 natural gas trucks in a planned purchase of 120

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Greenspeed to Chase Speed Record for Petroleum Fueled Trucks Using Vegetable Oil

This August, Boise State University's student club Greenspeed will use vegetable oil in hope of breaking the existing 215-mph world land speed record for all vehicles in the diesel truck classification, including those that burn traditional fuel

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Joule Secures $70 Million For Expansion of Biofuel Demonstration Plant

Above: Joule bioreactors at its Texas pilot plant.

Startup company Joule Unlimited Technologies announced it received $70 million from undisclosed private and institutional investors, and the company hopes this funding will bring it closer to a breakthrough in biofuel technology

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: Hybrids Paying Off for Bay Area Produce Fleet

San Francisco-based Veritable Vegetable is committed to being sustainable, from distributing certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to using hybrids and fuel-saving strategies in its fleet of trucks. As the nation's oldest distributor of certified organic produce, Veritable Vegetabl

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Alternatives Are There to Diesel?

Liquified-natural-gas trucks are better suited to longer hauls thatn CNG, but their range maxes out at 600 miles or so and fueling stations are very expensive.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Once you start, the questions don't stop. Every answer begets another query. Sooner or later even some of the experts will pause, scratch their heads, and might even say something like, "Beats me.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, Algae, Biodiesel, Fuel Cell

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Frito-Lay Electric Delivery Trucks Hit the "Green" Streets of Orlando

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America will roll out 10 new electric trucks in Orlando next year. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 176 electric trucks this year in the U.S. and Canada, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Solyndra Redemption: Clean Diesel Technology

DPF-equipped 2010-generation engines have cut particulate matter emissions by an estimated 96%. The health-related benefits are substantial. Photo by Jim Park.

By Guest commentary Francesca Flynn

Billions of taxpayer 'stimulus' dollars have been directed toward the perceived savior of our environment and the economy -- anything "green," i.e., green jobs, green energy etc

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DeKalb County Takes 24 Freightliner CNG Trucks

DeKalb County, Ga., has ordered 24 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. The county will use the CNG trucks for sanitation and maintenance applications

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dairy Operation to Recycle Natural Waste of Cows into Fuel for Delivery Vehicles

A milk delivery vehicle refuels at an on-site CNG station that will soon use manure-derived natural gas. Paclease has partnered with the Fair Oaks Farms to provide a full-service leasing agreement, and Ruan operates the trucks.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Recycling waste is an integral part of sustainable living in both small-scale homes and large-scale industrial operations. Fair Oaks Farms, a dairy farm in northwestern Indiana, is taking this concept to a new level

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Public-Private Partnership Helps Put Natural Gas Trucks into Southern California Fleets

Ryder System will have 202 natural gas vehicles available for lease or rent under a public-private partnership in southern California.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

What do an office supply store, a dairy processor, a flooring supplier, a beer distributor and a grocery retailer have in common

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September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Truck Sales Rising

Hybrid truck sales are expected to pass 100,000 units annually by 2017, according to a report from Pike Research

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September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pharmacy Partners with Smith Electric Vehicles on All-Electric Fleet

Duane Reade, a retail pharmacy, announced a partnership with Smith Electric Vehicles to add Newton zero-emission, all-electric commercial trucks to its delivery fleet

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September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is a CNG Fleet in Your Future?

Chevrolet Silverado bi-fueled natural gas pickup

By Commentary Bob Strickland, Manager of Natural Gas Transportation, Alagasco

With the advent of hybrid cars, more and more people are rethinking American energy dependence and choosing alternative energy. While we still have a long way to go toward true energy independence, most of our gasoline and diesel vehicles could be replaced by vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG)

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September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hribar Logistics Adds CNG-Fueled Kenworth T440 To Help Manage Fuel Costs and Emissions

Hribar Logistics of Caledonia, Wis., added two Kenworth 440 compressed-natural-gas tractors to its fleet powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goin' with Gas: Driving Natural Gas Trucks

Freightliner M2-112 with an 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL-G

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Use of natural gas to propel vehicles seems to be gaining momentum as various advocates continue their efforts to promote it, and manufacturers prepare more products that use the clean-burning fuel

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June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New York City Ready-Mix Company, Ferrara Bros., Goes Green with CNG Mixers

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Ferrara Bros., a New York City ready-mix company, is helping to lead the concrete industry with compressed-natural gas-powered mixer chassis

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Batteries Key to Hybrid and Electric Truck Growth

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For years, builders of hybrid-electric systems have been saying that prices for lithium ion batteries they need would be coming down, which would make these fuel-saving vehicles more affordable

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PG&E: Practicing What They Preach

By Jim Romeo, Contributor

Public utilities are in a precarious position. They must advise customers to be more prudent with their energy consumption; they also must set an example that their business operations are doing the same.

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March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dual-Fuel Diesel/CNG System Enters Fleet Testing

APG is conducting EPA testing of its dual-fuel system on a Sprinter van, nine Class 8 tractors, and a Ford F450 pickup. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

One company thinks it has the answer for truck operators that want to use natural gas but are concerned about range issues: a dual-fuel system that can be retrofitted to existing diesel engines

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS Buys 48 LNG Tractors for Southwest Corridor Operations

Cryogenic saddle tank holds enough liquified natural gas to give a UPS tractor a range of 600 miles.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

United Parcel Service has ordered 48 road tractors that will burn liquified natural gas while pulling trailers up and down Interstate 15 between southern California and northern Utah

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS Clearing the Air with New LNG Tractors

UPS has purchased another 48 heavy tractor trucks equipped to run on Liquefied Natural Gas, bolstering its continuing effort to reduce the emissions of its truck fleet while taking a step toward energy security

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARB Announces Second Year of Grants for Hybrid Trucks and Buses

Air Resources Board has initiated a second year of grants totaling $19 million for hybrid vehicle technology. The Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program will provide vouchers to help California fleets purchase fuel-efficient hybrid trucks

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevrolet and GMC Offer a Single-Source LPG Option for Cutaway Vans

General Motors embraces an established infrastructure by offering its customers a liquefied petroleum gas option for the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans

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January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates 1000th Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Daimler Trucks North America is marking the production of its 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle with a celebration at its Mt. Holly, NC plant. The 1,000th vehicle - a Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck, manufactured at the Mt. Holly plant

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January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Resources Canada Releases LNG Deployment Roadmap

LNG has the potential to serve as an important niche in the trucking marketplace, but it won't be suitable for every type of operation given the limitations on its distribution and the costs of purchasing LNG tractors.

A report recently released by Canada's federal department of Natural Resources, entitled Natural Gas Use in Transportation Deployment Roadmap assesses of the potential benefits and the obstacles to liquefied natural gas as a fuel for trucking

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Something New: Gassy Fuel

GDiesel's maker sells directly to users, and to truckstops and fueling stations in northern Nevada. Customers say the gas-diesel blend burns cleaner than standard ULSD fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A refiner in Nevada has formulated still another alternative fuel, a mixture of natural gas and petroleum it calls GDiesel

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Up With Alternative Fuels?

Culver City, Calif., is replacing its original CNG trash collection trucks with new Autocars powered by Cummins Westport ISL-G engines.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Although some researchers predict fuel prices won't spike again as they did in 2008, it's still likely that fuel prices will go up over time

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

We Try Out Latest Electric, Hybrid Models at Hybrid Truck Users Forum

Ride and drive featured a Peterbilt 320 with Eaton's latest Hydraulic Launch Assist system (left), and all-electric walk-in van introduced by FCCC and Morgan Olson, right. (Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Hybrid Truck Users Forum's 10th annual meeting in late September in Dearborn, Mich., featured a ride and drive of electric and hybrid trucks

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HTUF's 10th Meeting a Big Draw

A parade of about 40 hybrid- and electric-drive trucks enters a parking lot at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn to start a ride-and-drive function at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Hybrid Truck Users Forum's 10th annual meeting in late September in Dearborn, Mich., was its largest ever, with close to 700 attendees.

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 100 Million Miles of Service, Save 4 Million Gallons of Fuel

Eaton Corporation says that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, and have cumulatively saved 4 million gallons and 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vedder Transport to Take 50 Westport HD LNG Trucks

Vedder Transport Ltd. of Abbotsford, British Columbia has issued a purchase order for 50 Peterbilt 386 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by Westport HD LNG-powered engines

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

BAE Systems is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vacuum Truck Features Natural Gas

Freightliner Trucks delivered what it calls the first turnkey natural gas truck upfitted with a vacuum body

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Crescent Crown Tests Hybrids, Other Sustainable Technologies

Crescent Crown's fuel savings with diesel-electric hybrids are even better than projected, once they got them broken in, on the right routes and got drivers trained

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Crescent Crown Distributing is one of the five largest beer distributors in the country, delivering more than 26 million cases a year in Arizona and Louisiana. As a leader in the industry, company officials believe it's their job to take the lead in sustainability initiatives as well

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Canadian Fleet Investing in Natural Gas

Groupe Robert plans to be the first true for-hire, long-haul fleet to be powered by natural gas in North America.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What prompts a very successful and highly visible carrier to wade deeply into uncharted territory and invest millions in yet-to-be proven technology? "It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it," says Claude Robert, president of privately held Groupe Robert in Boucherville, Quebec

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Jack Roush Venture, CleanTech, Drives Propane Vehicle Power

Motorsport legend Jack Roush is bringing his trackside know-how to the alternative fuels market with a new venture called Roush CleanTech, that will develop and market liquid propane injection powered vehicles

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

Special lettering and lack of tailpipe are all that visually distinguish this Transit Connect Electric from Ford's gasoline-powered version. (Photo by Tom Berg)

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks Develop Hybrid Fuel Truck

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks together have developed what they say is the first-ever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck. The innovative Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid will be used to deliver fuel to fleets primarily in Massachusetts

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Electric

Except for its electric propulsion, Smith's Newton looks and maneuvers like the low cabover it is. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For many years we've been accustomed to seeing electric carts scoot around golf courses and airports, and strong, silent forklifts do heavy lifting in factories and warehouses. Now street-legal trucks are ready to haul cargo in American cities

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digging Deeper into Navistar's New eStar

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In a Portland "market" launch of its plug-in electric commercial van, Navistar expanded on the technical side of the eStar, which it's offering in cooperation with Modec of the United Kingdom. The Class 2C-3 van is all-electric. With a range of 100 miles on an eight-hour charge, the revolutionary-looking vehicle is targeted at operations that currently use gasoline or diesel step vans in city applications.

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Frost & Sullivan: Medium-Duty Market Will Lead the Growth in Hybrid Trucks

Medium-duty hybrid trucks, such as this one, are expected to gain even more traction in the years ahead.  (Photo by Eaton)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Demand for hybrid trucks is expected to grow over the next six years across North America and Europe, and the medium-duty market will likely be the leader, with significant penetration into the hybrid secto

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar's Electric Truck Named 'eStar,' Production Begun in Indiana RV Plant

(Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International's electric truck is called "eStar." It's being assembled by its Monaco RV subsidiary in Wakarusa, Ind., and it's priced at $150,000, less various government monetary grants meant to encourage purchases of the non-polluting vehicle

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EIA Projects Greater Use of Renewables By 2035

Over the next 25 years, rising oil prices and worries about climate change will prompt more use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel.

Over the next 25 years, energy consumption is expected to grow, but there will also be a greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation secto

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tropicana Puts Peterbilt Hybrids Into Service

With the new hybrids, Tropicana expects to achieve an additional 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over its diesel-powered trucks.

Tropicana, a division of PepsiCo, has taken delivery of two new hybrid diesel-electric medium-duty Peterbilt trucks, which service downtown Chicag

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Goes With Gas in Diesel Engines

Mats Franzen at Volvo Trucks looks ahead.

By Thomas Pettersson, Volvo Trucks

Which fuels will replace oil? Nobody yet knows the answer. However, in order for the manufacturers to be able to offer vehicles that the market will want in the future, strategic decisions have to be made today

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April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDAW Session Highlights Hybrids

Eaton's hydraulic hybrid system is ideal for use in refuse applications.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Diesel-electric hybrids are proving ever more popular in vocations such as utility trucks and pickup and delivery

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

T. Boone Pickens Predicts Quick Action on Natural Gas Incentives

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

LOUISVILLE, KY -- After the bitter battle on Capitol Hill about healthcare reform, a well-known alternative energy advocate predicts Congress will turn to legislation that will help the country toward a bipartisan goal of reducing our dependence on foreign oil

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oils For Natural Gas Engines

Border Valley Trading, a Brawley, Calif.-based alfalfa, sudan and klein grass hay producer and exporter, last year replaced its fleet of trucks with 15 liquefied natural gas-powered Kenworth T800s.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Recent announcements illustrate the growing interest in natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks

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