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Alternative Fuels

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Green Fleet Conference Offers Ride & Drive Event

The Zenith Electric Shuttle Van (pictured at last year's event) will be there at this year's Ride & Drive.

By Steven Martinez

This year’s Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., features the Ride & Drive event where attendees will have the chance to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled vehicles from major automotive manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Events

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Count Diesel Out

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Alternative fuels may be more popular but diesel will still be the fuel of choice for most of trucking for a long, long time to come.

Tags: Diesel, Alternative Fuels, Fleets, Clean Diesel

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Alt Fuel Aftermarket Options: Propane Autogas Proves Affordable, Environmentally Friendly

Photo via PERC.

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor from the Propane Education and Research Council answers some common questions about converting a fleet to propane and outlines the benefits of switching to a more environmentally friendly option.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kwik Trip's Joel Hirschboeck

Photo via Kwik Trip

By Steven Martinez

Joel Hirschboeck, the superintendent of commercial and alternative fuels at fueling station chain Kwik Trip, will speak at this year’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo on the fueling station's experience with CNG.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Kwik Trip

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Discussing DME with Oberon Fuels Co-Founder Elliot Hicks

Graphic via Oberon.

By Steven Martinez

At this year’s Green Fleet Conference Elliot Hicks of Oberon Fuels will be part of a panel called Looking Ahead: Emerging Alternative Fuels & Powertrains where he will discuss DME as a sustainable, clean and efficient alternative to diesel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: There’s More Than One Path to Sustainability and Savings

By HDT Staff

Whether you’re looking to improve the environment, tap into demand for “greener” transportation options, or save money on fuel, there are many possible routes to take when it comes to alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Hybrid Trucks, Gas-to-Liquid

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

Mark Smith

By Becky May

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference as its opening keynote speaker. We talked to him about he program, fleet challenges and more.

Tags: Clean Cities, Green Fleet Conference, DOE, Alternative Fuels

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Upgrading Refuse Fleets to CNG: Three Considerations Beyond Economics

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

By Annalloyd Thomason, Natural Gas Vehicle Institute

Refuse fleets are one of the fastest growing markets for compressed natural gas, primarily because of the significant fuel cost savings that can be realized. The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute offers these key factors refuse fleets need to examine when considering upgrading to CNG.

Tags: Driver Training, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Technician Training, CNG, Refuse Fleet, NGVi

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

Ryder's natural gas fleet of more than 500 natural gas vehicles has travelled more than 20 million miles, but not every fleet has been so successful.

By Deborah Lockridge

The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Steps to Take When Considering Fuel-saving Tech

Part of the process of evaluating alternative fuels is matching the options to your fleet profile. For instance, hybrids may not be the smart choice if you don’t do a lot of starting and stopping on your routes.

By Evan Lockridge

Nearly every day you see headlines about alternative fuels for commercial trucks, from natural gas to electric hybrids to Volvo’s latest effort, dimethyl ether or DME.

Tags: Alternative Fuels

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Running an Alternative-fueled Fleet

By Tom Berg

Want to get a handle on alternative fuels? Talk with someone who uses them. One person is Melvin Rose, fleet manager for Monroe County in western New York, which surrounds Rochester. The county has 700 vehicles, from compact cars to Class 8 trucks. All run on ethanol-gasoline blends, biodiesel, compressed natural gas or propane, and Rose loves to talk about them.

Tags: Biodiesel, Clean Cities, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative-fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go gree, including using telematics.

By Kate Harlow

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward “going green.” "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply, during a session for the National Truck Equipment Association's recent Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Tags: telematics, Verizon, Alternative Fuels, Green Truck Summit, Gulfeagle Supply

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eight Truckstops Join Network of Electric Plug-in Power Pedestals

Shorepower Technologies has announced eight more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations. Connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers are also being installed at four of the eight truckstops

Tags: Equipment, EVs, Truckstops, shore power, Alternative Fuels

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

Fleets have been looking forward to the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If you're wondering about whether parts and service for natural gas engines will be in your future, it might be useful to take a look at what engine and truck makers will be offering

Tags: Issues, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Aftermarket

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No crystal ball for natural gas

By Vicki Ekstrom, MIT News

Natural gas prices neared the lowest they've been in about a decade last winter, as utilities scrambled to take advantage of the fuel's low price tag and producers began to turn away from the low-profit fuel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Summit: Plenty of Natural Gas to go Around, but Few Users So Far

Up to 8% of the Class 6-8 truck population could be natural gas fueled by 2017.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There are only about 167,000 natural gas-fueled vehicles in the United States, according the head of a group that promotes natural gas as a vehicle fuel, but its abundance and cheap price is spurring so much interest that an almost overflow crowd turned up at the American Trucking Associations Natural Gas Summit, which began yesterday in Alexandria, Va

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, ATA, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chicago Orders Electric-Powered Heavy Trash Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The City of Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first in the nation, according to one of the companies that won the official bid

Tags: Going Green, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Westport Announces Advanced LNG Tank System

Westport Innovations says its new tank system allows customers the ability to fuel even the largest spark-ignited liquefied natural gas engines on a single tank and deliver extended range

Tags: Westport Innovations, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Algae-based Biodiesel For Sale in California

For what is being touted as the first time in history, algae-based biodiesel is available to consumers in a retail setting at various locations in the state of California

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Natural Gas Truck and Engine Information

Announcements about new natural gas engines, bi-fuel engines and aftermarket conversion systems are coming faster and faster

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Growing

One of the key roadblocks to wider adoption of natural gas fuel by the trucking industry has been a lack of fueling infrastructure. In the past, natural gas was mostly an option only for companies that could return to a central fueling station each night.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Fleets Using Natural Gas

SLIDE SHOW: FedEx Freight is one of many companies trying out natural gas fuel. click here

A growing number of fleets are testing or making large-scale deployments of natural gas powered vehicles. Here's a sampling, including a slide show of some of these fleets and others

Tags: Going Green, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 3 - What's the payback?

Dart Transit launched a small fleet of CNG-powered tractors dedicated to Andersen Window Corp. While CNG-fueled trucks cost about $45,000 more, Dart projects that fuel cost savings $25,000-$35,000 per year, per truck.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The environmental and image benefits of being "green" and reducing dependence on foreign oil are among the reasons fleets are looking at natural gas fuel for trucks, but even the most diehard "green" fleet is still looking for a return on its investment

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Annual Sales of Natural Gas Trucks to Surpass 180,000 by 2019

A new report from Pike Research forecasts steady growth in the market for natural gas trucks and buses. Annual worldwide sales of these vehicles will more than double over the next seven years, the firm says, growing from less than 70,000 in 2012 to more than 180,000 in 2019

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 2 - New Engines, More Options

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor and Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Interest in natural gas as a fuel for commercial trucks has been rising, thanks to the low cost of the fuel, and the desire of fleets to be "green" and reduce dependence on foreign oil

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Survey Shows Fuel Availability, Equipment Cost as Hurdles

More than half of large carriers say they are considering buying natural gas fueled trucks, but there are hurdles, according to a new study from Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 1

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In 2011, the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel rose 7.1% year over year and 38% from 2006, federal data show. It more than doubled during the past decade, to 38.85 million cubic feet in 2011

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Six Questions to Ask Yourself

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Interest is high in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel. With a dollar per diesel-equivalent gallon differential, why wouldn't it be? Natural gas is likely to remain less expensive than diesel for the foreseeable future, and domestic supplies of the stuff are plentiful. Is natural gas a savior-in-waiting for beleaguered diesel buyers? Maybe, but here are six questions you need to ask before taking the plunge

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Special Web Section: What Fleets Need to Know About Natural Gas

By Kate Harlow

In the August issue of HDT, we kicked off a series on "Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know." In addition to the features in the magazine, on this page we offer additional online articles and resources

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Next Freight Evolution

By Bruce Plaxton, guest columnist

The trucking industry is witnessing an evolution - actually three concurrent evolutions. These evolutions may drive changes in the industry as great as those created by government deregulation and the liberalization of weight and length regulations in the early 1980s. The evolution drivers are the Internet, alternative fuels and intermodal.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Intermodal, internet shopping

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