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Photo: Maxwell Technologies
Start Reliably and Reduce Idling This Winter
By Jeremy Cowperthwaite, Maxwell Technologies
Every driver with experience operating heavy-duty diesel trucks knows that batteries have their limitations in cold weather-- they can’t maintain their cranking power when temperatures drop. Extreme cold is their enemy.
via Trucking Efficiency
New Report Explores Lightweighting
By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager
The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.
SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires
By Jim Park
A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?
Artist’s rendering of what the StarShip fuel-econnomy vehicle may look like.
Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG
By Tom Berg
By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.
Change in Excise Tax Removes One LNG Stumbling Block
By Deborah Lockridge
The temporary highway funding bill passed this summer changed how liquified natural gas is taxed to make it more equitable to diesel fuel, and one LNG provider believes that will lead more fleets to consider using it as an alternative fuel.

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ANG Opens CNG Station for N.Y. Grocery Fleet
American Natural Gas (ANG) has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) facility at Northeast retailer Tops Friendly Markets' distribution center in Lancaster, N.Y., the fuel distributor announced. The facility, built by ANG and located at 5873 Genesee St., will fuel Tops’ new fleet of 55 CNG tractors leased from Ryder System.
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas.
Public CNG Station Opens in S.C.
Energy services provider Piedmont Natural Gas and convenience store operator The Spinx Company have opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Anderson, S.C., the companies announced.
Chevron Engineer Named Head of Oil Classification Panel
Chevron Products Company announced that senior staff engineer Shawn Whitacre has been selected as the new chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel.
Photo courtesy of VNG.
VNG Adds CNG Fueling at Houston Circle K
VNG.co has implemented compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling at a newly opened Circle K location in Houston, the company announced.
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Shell Updates its PC-11 Oil Website
Shell has refreshed its WhatisPC-11.com website with updated information about the upcoming diesel engine oil specifications.
Westport to Merge With Fuel Systems Solutions
Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions have entered into a merger agreement to create a new alternative fuel vehicle and engine company.
Photo: NRS
IKEA and 3PL Provider Launch All-Electric Drayage Trucks
IKEA Distribution Services North America and third-party logistics company National Retail Systems have launched a zero-emissions electric drayage operation in Los Angeles.
Source: EIA
Diesel Prices Down Again but Oil Prices Surge
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 14th straight week, but crude oil futures spiked on word that OPEC member countries were concerned about low oil prices.
Photo courtesy of TruStar Energy.
Houston Public CNG Station Opens
TruStar Energy has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Houston, the fueling infrastructure developer announced.
Image via Peloton
Lockheed Martin Invests In Truck Platooning Technology
Lockheed Martin has reached an investment agreement with Peloton Technology to accelerate the development and deployment of the company's truck-platooning technology.

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AeroFlap Accommodates Wide-Base Tires Fleet Engineers has released the AF-19, a 19-inch wide version of the AeroFlap mud flap which is sized to accommodate wide-base tires.
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.
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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