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September 23, 2014 - Product News

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Westport Innovations

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas Adoption Increases Slowly, ACT Reports

A natural gas fueling station getting ready to open. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACT Research published a new report that shows natural gas adoption in the heavy-duty truck market has grown, but at a slower rate than predicted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitek Receives Approval for Detroit Diesel Natural Gas Conversions

Omnitek Engineering has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine families for model years 1988 to 2009.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Natural Gas Conversions, Omnitek Engineering

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, LNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, Vocational

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Power Solutions Receives EPA Certification for 8.8-Liter Engine

Alternative-fueled engine maker Power Solutions International has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the company's 8.8-liter propane and natural gas fueled engine can be used for on-highway applications.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Engines, Power Solutions International

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Watson Engineering Team Up for CNG

Compressed natural gas component supplier, Mainstay Fuel Technologies, said Tuesday Watson Engineering will provide components and fabrication services for its proprietary on-board CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt adds Ultrashift Plus, ISX12 G to Natural Gas Lineup

CNG-powered Peterbilt Model 579.

The Eaton UltraShift Plus is available in the 13-speed MHP and 10-speed LAS series and the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G is available up to 400 horsepower and 1,450 lb.-ft. of torque.

Tags: Peterbilt, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, UltraShift Plus

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

APG Books Return Orders for Dual-Fuel Gas-Diesel Systems

Clarke Power assembled this Freightliner glider with a Detroit Series 60 engine equipped with APG’s dual-fuel system, enabling it to run on natural gas and diesel. Gas is stored in liquefied form on this tractor.

The company says its dual-fuel gliders outperform and are more reliable than dedicated natural gas engines that customers are evaluating.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, American Power Group, WheelTime Network, Dual Fuel, Alternative Fuels

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

CNG Vehicles Affected by Fuel Tank Pressure Relief Valve Recall

Certain pressure relief valves for use on compressed natural gas fuel tanks are being recalled by Circor, which does business as Circle Seal Controls. The affected valves have O-rings that could fail after being exposed to cold temperatures, allowing natural gas to leak from the fuel tank.

Tags: Safety, Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, NHTSA, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, Circle Seal Controls

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

More than 4,100 Natural Gas Powered Autocar Trucks Recalled

Autocar is recalling 4,100 model year 2008-2014 ACX, WX, and WXLL vehicles manufactured July 30, 2007, through Feb.10, 2014, and equipped with certain Cummins Westport Model ISL G or ISX12 G engines, which are powered by natural gas..

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, Autocar, Safety & Compliance, Cummins Westport, NHTSA

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Westport and Delphi to Commercialize Natural Gas Injector Technology

Westport Innovations Inc. announced a joint development agreement with Delphi Automotive to combine their intellectual propety to co-develop and manufacture high-pressure natural gas fuel injectors designed for multiple engine original equipment manufacturers.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Westport Innovations, Delphi, Natural Gas Injector

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Replacing Some Trucks with LNG Powered Units

Refrigerated carrier C. R. England has announced it will replace some existing diesel trucks serving the southern California market with LNG powered rigs.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, C.R. England, Fleets, Cummins Westport, LNG

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

LNG Providers Make Cutbacks, Slowing Development of Fueling Stations

Two major players who are developing their own networks of natural gas fueling stations have cut back on expansion efforts.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Blu, LNG, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Three Bills Introduced to Promote Natural Gas Use in Trucking

U.S. Representatives Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a trio of bills to promote the use of natural gas in long haul trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, U.S. House of Representatives

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Work ‘Paused’ on Cummins Natural Gas Engine

Cummins says it has “paused” work on its 14.9-liter natural gas engine because of “uncertainty” of the demand for such power plants amid the expense of fueling stations and on-board tanks.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, Cummins ISX15, Cummins, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas, Engines

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Dropping 15-Liter LNG Engine for North America

Natural gas truck engine producer Westport Innovations plans to stop taking orders for its North American 15-liter model after Nov. 15., citing weak sales.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Westport Innovations, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 6, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner Cascadia 113 Compressed Natural Gas Tractor Walk-around

Heavy Duty Trucking's Equipment Editor Jim Park takes you on a walk-around tour of the new Cascadia 113 tractor equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine and a 115 DGE compressed natural gas fuel storage system.

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

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

KW Exec: Natural Gas Gaining Popularity but Diesel Will Still Dominate

“Fair amount of complexity” comes with dual-fuel Westport GX/HD, as on this T800. It has a tank for diesel exhaust fluid (with blue cap) and a diesel particulate filter (the shorter stack behind the cab), as well as large cryogenic saddle tanks (one on each side) to store liquefied natural gas.

CORRECTED -- Kenworth Truck Co. sees a lot of promise in natural gas-powered vehicles, so it featured them last week at gatherings for dealers, customers and trade press writers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. But diesel-powered trucks form a huge majority of those on the road and will continue to dominate the Class 8 business, one of the company’s executives commented to reporters.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Natural Gas, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Dealership Open in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International outgrew its Springfield, Mo., location and built a new, larger facility.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International Truck dealership, has opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo. A formal grand opening featuring Nascar driver Jamie McMurray will be held on July 9.

Tags: Navistar, Natural Gas Vehicles, Missouri, Liquefied Natural Gas, Dealers

March 27, 2013 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo Collaborating with Shell for Global LNG Project

Natural gas-powered Mack TerraPro.

Mack Trucks and sister company Volvo Trucks announced a collaboration with Shell to coordinate efforts and support activities that encourage the use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas, Volvo Trucks, Shell, Mack Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas

March 21, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Unveils New Heavy Haul Truck, Engine Ratings, Disc Brake, Suspension, More

Volvo's new VNX is designed for heavy haul and severe service vocational.

Volvo Trucks Thursday at the Mid-America Trucking Show introduced the VNX, a heavy-haul, high-performance model designed for extreme gross weight applications. The company also said it’s making the I-Shift the standard transmission on all trucks and made a number of other announcements.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Vocational, Liquefied Natural Gas, Transmissions, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, Suspensions, Heavy Haul

February 13, 2013 - Industry News

3M Announces Certification for CNG Tank

3M has completed the NGV2-2007 certification process for its first compressed natural gas tank.

3M announced it has successfully completed the NGV2-2007 certification process for its first compressed natural gas tank. The 21.5-inch by 60-inch inch tank is designed for light- and medium-duty pick-up trucks and corporate fleet vehicles.

Tags: 3M, Natural Gas Vehicles, Chesapeake Energy

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