Running an Alternative-fueled Fleet
Monroe County is committed to alternative fuels, and propane's a favorite
Want to get a handle on alternative fuels? Talk with someone who uses them.
One person is Melvin Rose, fleet manager for Monroe County in western New York, which surrounds Rochester. The county has 700 vehicles, from compact cars to Class 8 trucks. All run on ethanol-gasoline blends, biodiesel, compressed natural gas or propane, and Rose loves to talk about them.
Rise of the 6x2
It promises to cut weight and fuel use, and interest in it is growing.
It's still an oddball spec in road tractors, but some believe the 6x2 — a single drive axle with two powered wheels among six total wheel positions — will someday become more common as truck operators look for ways to save fuel and cut tare weight.
Millions Available for Hybrid/Electric Vehicles Through California’s HVIP Program
HVIP is designed to offset about half of the additional cost of eligible vehicles
Greening a fleet can be a daunting prospect, but as fuel prices continue to rise, the opportunity to save money has increased. Significant and easily accessible funding is now available in California through the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)
Owner-Operator Seeks Out Truckstop Electrification
How bad does owner-operator Matt Purtee want truckstop electrification? “Bad enough where I know a few truckstops that have light poles with plug-ins at the base,” he says with a chuckle. “I get to those sites early so I can tap into the power before someone else does."