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The fleet’s latest aerodynamics retrofit project is the FlowBelow AeroKit, with quick-release wheel covers and tandem fairings that fill the gap between and behind the tractor drive wheels. Photo courtesy Hirschbach Motor Lines
4 Ways Hirschbach Saves Fuel
By Deborah Lockridge
At Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., the goal is “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers."
Inside an engine test cell at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute, which helped develop two new engine tests that define the wear-performance parameters of the new PC11-A and PC-11-B oil-service categories for heavy-duty applications.
Two Oil Categories Rolling to the Finish Line
By David Cullen
It’s not rocket science to split an API oil-service category. But it takes lots of chemical engineering to develop and bring to market not one, but two, new heavy-duty motor oil specs in a mere five years.
Ian Wright
How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains
By Steven Martinez
Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.
The presence of water or other fluid mixed with diesel fuel is clearly apparent from the stratification shown here. 
Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean
By Deborah Lockridge
If you don’t take steps to keep diesel fuel clean, it can degrade your fuel economy, damage expensive fuel system components and cause downtime. That’s never been more important than today.
For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.
Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier
By Stephane Babcock
For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

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Photo courtesy of Penske Truck Leasing.
Penske Opens CNG Maintenance-Capable Alabama Facility
Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new facility in the Birmingham suburb of Alabaster, Ala., that offers maintenance for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, among other services.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Gain.
U.S. Gain Opens Pair of Midwest CNG Stations
U.S. Gain has opened two compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Indianapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, announced the CNG division of U.S. Venture.
Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California
With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.
Delaware Offers $2.7M In Alt-Fuel Incentives
Delaware has launched its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP) to provide financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, according to state officials.
Diesel Prices Down for Two Consecutive Months
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued a now two-month-long streak of decreases
Photo courtesy of Ford.
EPA Certifies Blossman's Propane Autogas Transit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Blossman Services' propane-autogas-powered Ford Transit van, the vehicle modifier announced.
Highway Bill Would Equalize Taxes of Alternative Fuels
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a highway and transportation bill that included a provision that would change how certain alternative fuels are taxed in relation to conventional fuels.
Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill
By Tom Berg
The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.
Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.
Hydrogenics Building Fuel-Cell Truck with Calif. Grant
The California Energy Commission approved $2.6 million in grants to Hydrogenics USA Inc., for an advanced fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach along a 150-mile loop to a rail network.
Photo via STEMCO
Stemco DataLogger Predicts TrailerTail Fuel Savings
The palm-sized DataLogger plugs into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data, which Stemco engineers use to predict how much fuel the TrailerTail will save that fleet.

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Racor Fuel Cart Filters Diesel Fuel The Racor Division of Parker Hannifin’s CLEANDiesel Fuel Cart is designed for pre-filtration and transfer of diesel and biodiesel fuels.
DTech Adds Two Diesel Fuel Additives DTech’s DieselMax and DieselBoost fuel additives are designed to improve lubricity in diesel fuel for all makes and models of diesel trucks.
Worthington Introduces Lightweight Large Diameter CNG Cylinder Worthington Industries' lightweight, large diameter 26.2-inch compressed natural gas cylinder is designed to extend route length for refuse trucks.
Veriflo Dispenser Designed for Speed and Safety The XF70 Fast Fill Commercial and Fleet Dispenser from Parker Hannifin's Veriflo division is a compressed natural gas fueling dispenser for CNG fleets.
FM80 Fuel Regulation Module Made for Natural Gas Engines The Parker Veriflo FM80 is an integrated fuel regulation module designed for 5- to 12-liter natural gas engines.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
The Impact of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap and Trade Programs on California Retail Diesel Prices
A report done for the California Trucking Association examines the effects of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap and Trade program.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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