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Love’s first began providing CNG to heavy-duty drivers in 2012, and has continued to expand its network throughout the U.S., including adding stations in eastern Texas. Photo via Love's
Touting CNG in the Texas Triangle
By Stephane Babcock
In eastern Texas, natural gas has seen successes within the highly traveled corridor linking three huge metro areas.
The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park
Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage
By Jim Park
A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.
The Celerity system is built on low-pressure, non-humidified stack technology. Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Arrives for Medium-Duty Trucks
By Adam Pringle
Hydrogenics' new product, Celerity, a hydrogen fuel cell power system built for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus markets, is an all-inclusive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership.
Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg
Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion
By Jim Park
If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.
Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.
Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse
By Tom Berg
Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.
Are You Prepared For Winter?
Brought to you by PEAK BlueDEF
By Peak
Winter has a way of sneaking up on us and if your fleet is not prepared you can find yourself with trucks stuck in the yard, at docks or at truck stops unable to start.

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Average Diesel Price Increases Again Since Hitting 5-Year Low
By Evan Lockridge
Diesel prices continue rebounding since hitting their lowest level in five years last month gaining 3.6 cents this week to reach a national average of $2.93 per gallon.
Photo: Evan Lockridge
Clean Energy Fuels Sales Jump
Despite lower diesel prices potentially making natural gas less attractive as a fuel, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. sold more of its alternative to trucking’s main fuel last year while reporting mixed financial numbers.
Mack Trucks now offers its Mack Pinnacle with the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission and Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology. Photo courtesy of Mack
Mack Offers Natural Gas Pinnacle with UltraShift Plus and Collision Tech
Mack Trucks is offering natural gas versions of its Pinnacle model with the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission and Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology.
Southwest Research Institute will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under a five-year, $20.1 million contract from the EPA. Photo via Soutwest Research Institute
EPA Awards $20 Million Contract For Emissions Research
The Southwest Research Institute was awarded a five-year $20.16 million contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide testing and analytical services related to emissions and fuel consumption.
Graphic via Oberon
California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.
Texas NGV Grants Produce Economic Benefits
A trio of Texas grant programs that funded the construction of natural gas fueling stations and the adoption of natural gas vehicles produced major economic benefits for the state, according to a new study.
Jacksonville’s First Public Access CNG Station Photo: Ken McCray Photography
Public CNG Station Opens in Northeast Florida
The first public-access compressed natural gas refueling station in Jacksonville, Fla., was opened recently by amp Trillium and beverage distributor Champion Brands Inc.
Photo via Wikimedia.
UPS Wins EPA’s Climate Leadership Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized UPS with one of its Climate Leadership Awards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UPS said. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to build resilience to climate change.
Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe
Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks
Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.
Photo: Rush Enterprises
Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility
Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.

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New Lube Filter for ISX15 Addresses Changes in Engine Design and Oils Cummins Filtration says its new Fleetguard lube filter is the first to use a patented nanotechnology based synthetic media originally developed for fuel filters.
Meritor Wabco Automatic Lift Axle Control Manages Suspension Load Meritor Wabco’s SmartTrac automatic trailer lift axle control system is designed to monitor suspension load and manage lift axles for trailers.
Lightning Hybrids Debuts System for Step Vans Lightning Hybrids, which makes hydraulic hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, is debuting the use of its emission-reducing brake regeneration technology on a walk-in van.
Dana Delivers Web-Based Training to Clarify Downspeeding Dana's new online course will delve into the basic principles, benefits, and challenges associated with engine downspeeding. It also provides a one-stop source for key drivetrain system knowledge, individual component specifications, literature, videos, images, service bulletins, and parts books.
Converter Dolly Automatically Closes Gap The large gap between combination trailers can now be decreased at highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and save fuel with Silver Eagle Manufacturing’s T-Dolly.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Understand the difference between OAT and N-OAT coolants
In the past, Fleet Managers faced a difficult choice when it came to coolant. With advances in organic chemistry in long-life coolants and the advent of test strips, Fleet Managers should have the confidence to go with an OAT Coolant.
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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