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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.
Start with these aero tractors for the best fuel economy.
High-mpg Model Round-Up
By Tom Berg
The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.
The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. 
Fleets Can Help Drivers Maximize Fuel Economy
By Jim Park
The right equipment for the job improves the fleet’s and the driver’s chances for success. Part 6 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.
Wrightspeed’s Fulcrum turbine-powered generator charges batteries that power electric motors at the truck’s rear axles. The motors act as generators during braking, further charging batteries. The turbine will burn a variety of fuels.
Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain
By Tom Berg
California trash fleet hopes ‘out of the box’ heavy-duty series hybrid will save big money in fuel.

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Photo courtesy of Waste Management.
Waste Management Adds CNG Trucks, Fueling Station in Pa.
Waste Management’s Grand Central Hauling Co. subsidiary has launched 30 compressed natural gas (CNG) collection trucks, along with a public-access CNG fueling station, in Plainfield Township, Pa., the company announced.
EPA SmartWay Plans to Expand Programs, Leadership Worldwide
By Tom Berg
Vision 2020 is a blueprint for building SmartWay's reputation and outreach to increase fuel efficiency and cut “black carbon” emissions worldwide.
HVO reduces CO2 emissions between 30 and 90 per cent, depending on the raw material. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks
Volvo Trucks Certifies Euro 5 Engines for HVO Fuel
Volvo Trucks announced that it has certified all of its Euro 5 engines for use with 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a form of renewable diesel fuel.
The Fleet Technology Expo is in Long Beach, Calif. on Aug. 24-26. Conveniently located in the midst of Southern California, Long Beach is nearby multiple SoCal attractions. Photo courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
Fleet Technology Expo Attendee Count Doubles
By Joanne Tucker
Compared to the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, fleet attendee count for the now renamed and expanded show has so far doubled in 2015.
Diesel Prices Down for Fourth Week in a Row
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped for the fourth straight week according to the weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.
Illustration courtesy of Diesel Technology Forum.
Clean Diesel Truck Share Tops 37 Percent
More than 37 percent of all diesel medium and heavy duty commercial trucks registered in the U.S. are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines (MY-2007 or newer with near-zero particulate emissions), according to new data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum.
Natural Gas Vehicle Industry Supports Proposed Emissions Rules
NGVAmerica has commended EPA and NHTSA for its proposed new round of emission and fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
TrailerTail's panels fold out to reduce air drag and save fuel. Photo via ATDynamics
Hearing Set in Stemco-ATDynamics Complaint vs. Ridge’s Green Tail Device
Lawsuit claims Green Tail violates five patents held by ATDynamics for its TrailerTail rear aero faring.
Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board.
Feds Offer $100M in Biofuel Fueling Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $100 million in grants to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to support and expand biofuel infrastructure, according to a press release from the USDA.
Price of Diesel Dips to $2.87 Per Gallon
The average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the third straight week, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

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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.
PowerEdge Alternator Helps Save Fuel Denso's new PowerEdge is a high-amperage alternator for the medium- and heavy-duty truck market that achieves higher efficiency in a smaller, more lightweight design, which translates into improved fuel economy, according to the company.
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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