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Natural Gas

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

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2014 Truck Fleet Innovators: Transforming Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors a handful of the country’s most forward-thinking fleet executives with the title of “HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.” Read how this year's winners are using the power of collaboration to spec the best trucks and operate more efficiently -- and profitably.

Tags: Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Meijer, NFI, Fleets, Fuel Economy, Vehicle Spec'ing, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dual-Fuel Gliders: A Way to Get Into Natural Gas for Less Money

Technicians at Penn Commercial Vehicle, a WheelTime member based in Glenmore, Pa., assembled this Coronado daycab demo tractor from a Freightliner glider kit. It has an APG dual-fuel diesel-natural gas system and a Webasto coolant heater.

By Tom Berg

Dual-fuel glider kits are a relatively new alternative for fleets looking to tap into the benefits of natural gas but at less cost than buying a new, dedicated NG vehicle. A glider is a new truck without some powertrain components. Shops in the field add rebuilt or remanufactured engines, transmissions and rear axles.

Tags: Natural Gas, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, WheelTime Network, EcoDual, APG, Dual Fuel, Webasto, Ervin Equipment, Glider Kits, Hunter Truck Sales, LNG, Smith Power, Penn Commercial Vehicle

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

Green strategies vary greatly depending on the operation. For one company, natural gas might make sense. For another, green might mean solar-powered warehouses. For others, it’s all about fuel-efficient specs and driver training.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Fuel Economy, MPG, Aerodynamics, Fleets

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel/Natural Gas Conversions Offers Owners a Choice

By Deborah Lockridge

A dual-fuel conversion system can offer some of the fuel- and emissions-saving benefits of a natural gas engine without going out and buying a brand-new truck. Read more in this story from the September issue of HDT.

Tags: EcoDual, APG, Omnitek, Dual Fuel, Clean Air Power, EPA, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired

By Tom Berg

My drive of the Cummins Wesport ISX12 G was at a mid-July “natural gas summit” hosted by Kenworth at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. A half-dozen gas-powered KWs built for different applications were offered to dealers, customers and press reporters for inspection and evaluation. A few fellows with CDLs, like me, took them for drives, and I had – how shall I say? – a learning experience while in a T800 short-haul daycab tractor pulling a 53-foot van trailer.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Natural Gas, Test Drive

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Natural Gas Freightliner Cascadia 113

By Jim Park

Freightliner’s Cascadia 113 and the ISX12 G from Cummins Westport aren’t exactly strangers. About 100 of the trucks have been in customer hands for some months now. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes one for a spin.

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas, Freightliner, Cascadia, Natural Gas Vehicles, Test Drive

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

But Which Fuel?

Daimler's Mark Lampert says diesel and natural gas are the fuels to watch going forward.

By Jim Park

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. Dimethyl-ether. Hybrids. There's a virtual smorgasbord of potential fuel sources or supplements for truck and engine makers to choose from. The critical question becomes which one, or which combinations of fuel sources, represent the best path forward.

Tags: Natural Gas, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Thinks the Fuel of the Future is DME – and It’s Almost Here

DME engine is based on Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which production engine might or might not use. In the background you can see the back of a cab set up for CNG, with the cabinet behind the cab housing four high-pressure tanks. Volvo remains committed to natural gas for customers who want to use it. (Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg

Think “alternative fuel” and what comes to mind – natural gas, or maybe propane? Volvo Trucks North America believes it has one better: dimethyl ether, or DME, which it thinks is the real fuel of the future. Volvo, with the help of a small chemical company, financial investors and officials in the state of California, intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015.

Tags: California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Safeway, Volvo, Natural Gas

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Seattle Mayor Challenges City Fleets to Cut Use of Petroleum-Based Fuels

CNG truck operated by CleanScapes in Seattle.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has directed city departments to build on earlier "green fleet" efforts to cut the city's annual use of petroleum-based fuels by 1 million gallons by 2020, using electric and alternative fueled vehicles, biodiesel and more efficient use of vehicles.

Tags: Government Fleets, Natural Gas, Washington, Natural Gas Vehicles, Seattle, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Do-it-Yourself CNG

Kwik Trip is in the midst of installing CNG pumps at its stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Kwik Trip's goal is to have 20 retail NCG pumps installed at its Midwest convenince store locations by next spring.

By Chris Brown, Business Fleet Executive Editor

From a frozen pizza company to neighborhood ice cream delivery, from a dry cleaner to a real estate business, these small fleets have been running natural gas-powered vehicles for years

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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DeKalb County in Georgia is converting landfill gas to CNG to run its fleet

By Kate Harlow, Associate Editor

The old saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Life, or in this case, a landfill, gave DeKalb County, Ga., methane gas - so the Sanitation Department decided to make vehicle fuel. In 2009, DeKalb County, located just east of Atlanta, was experiencing the same economic frustrations and high fuel prices as the rest of the country

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Government Fleets

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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Suppliers Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

Cummins Westport's ISX12 G is a game changer, some say.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine products of the joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations now dominate the existing, albeit small, market for natural gas trucks, but more are on the way from other sources, indicated manufacturer representatives during the American Trucking Associations' recent Natural Gas Summit

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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GE, Chesapeake Launch CNG In A Box System

CNG In A Box is a plug and play fueling system that can be set up at a traditional filling station or at an industrial location and compress natural gas into CNG on site.

General Electric and Peake Fuel Solutions, an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy, recently launched the CNG In A Box system, which allows for easier adoption of compressed natural gas refueling options by large- and small-scale retailers and fleets

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips 66 Adds Natural Gas Engine Oils

Phillips 66 Lubricants launched two natural gas engine oils, Guardol NG and Kendall Super-D NG

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Truckstops

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Super Duty to Get Natural Gas Engines

Westport Innovations Inc. announced that it will expand its product offerings with the introduction of natural gas powered versions of the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks in mid-2013

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Westport Innovations, Natural Gas, Ford

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Breakthrough Fuel Launches Natural Gas Transportation Service

By HDT

Breakthrough Fuel, a national supply chain management and energy advisory firm, has launched a new product it says will allow shippers to accurately measure natural gas fuel costs associated with moving company freight throughout the North American market

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Shippers

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

WheelTime to Market, Install APG Dual-Fuel Natural Gas Conversions

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

American Power Group and WheelTime Network announced that they're teaming up, with WheelTime member companies marketing and installing APG's dual-fuel natural gas and diesel aftermarket conversion system

Tags: Natural Gas, Dual Fuel, WheelTime

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

Ryder's Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 million miles

Ryder System Inc. has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of 250 natural gas vehicles by surpassing 6 million miles

Tags: Going Green, Ryder, Natural Gas

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

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EcoDual Achieves EPA Approval for the Cummins ISM 11L Engine

By Kate Harlow

EcoDual LLC, a provider of dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty diesel trucks, has achieved authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin installing its systems on all 29 engine families of the 2004 to 2009 Cummins ISM engines.

Tags: Cummins, EcoDual, Conversion Kit, 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 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

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's all about the slow economy

Tags: Dodge, Economy, Natural Gas, Workhorse, Freightliner, Walk-in Van, Ford, General Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

March 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ram 3500 Gets Heavier

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Dodge Trucks has added 1,000 pounds to the gross vehicle weight rating of its Ram 3500 Chassis Cab model.

Tags: Natural Gas, Ram Truck

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