Fuel Smarts

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December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No crystal ball for natural gas

By Vicki Ekstrom, MIT News

Natural gas prices neared the lowest they've been in about a decade last winter, as utilities scrambled to take advantage of the fuel's low price tag and producers began to turn away from the low-profit fuel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Suppliers Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

Cummins Westport's ISX12 G is a game changer, some say.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine products of the joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations now dominate the existing, albeit small, market for natural gas trucks, but more are on the way from other sources, indicated manufacturer representatives during the American Trucking Associations' recent Natural Gas Summit

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Shippers

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Summit: Plenty of Natural Gas to go Around, but Few Users So Far

Up to 8% of the Class 6-8 truck population could be natural gas fueled by 2017.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There are only about 167,000 natural gas-fueled vehicles in the United States, according the head of a group that promotes natural gas as a vehicle fuel, but its abundance and cheap price is spurring so much interest that an almost overflow crowd turned up at the American Trucking Associations Natural Gas Summit, which began yesterday in Alexandria, Va

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, ATA, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chicago Orders Electric-Powered Heavy Trash Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The City of Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first in the nation, according to one of the companies that won the official bid

Tags: Going Green, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ryder's Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 million miles

Ryder System Inc. has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of 250 natural gas vehicles by surpassing 6 million miles

Tags: Going Green, Ryder, Natural Gas

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Natural Gas Truck and Engine Information

Announcements about new natural gas engines, bi-fuel engines and aftermarket conversion systems are coming faster and faster

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Growing

One of the key roadblocks to wider adoption of natural gas fuel by the trucking industry has been a lack of fueling infrastructure. In the past, natural gas was mostly an option only for companies that could return to a central fueling station each night.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Fleets Using Natural Gas

SLIDE SHOW: FedEx Freight is one of many companies trying out natural gas fuel. click here

A growing number of fleets are testing or making large-scale deployments of natural gas powered vehicles. Here's a sampling, including a slide show of some of these fleets and others

Tags: Going Green, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 3 - What's the payback?

Dart Transit launched a small fleet of CNG-powered tractors dedicated to Andersen Window Corp. While CNG-fueled trucks cost about $45,000 more, Dart projects that fuel cost savings $25,000-$35,000 per year, per truck.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The environmental and image benefits of being "green" and reducing dependence on foreign oil are among the reasons fleets are looking at natural gas fuel for trucks, but even the most diehard "green" fleet is still looking for a return on its investment

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talon Logistics and CNG

Talon Logistics' Volvo VNM daycabs use dual frame-mounted CNG tanks, rather than the back-of-cab cabinet frequently seen.

Last year, food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle unveiled its first two compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in the Pittsburgh area at its Beechnut Drive retail support and distribution center. The demonstration included a fuel-up of one of its brand-new natural gas-powered VNM daycabs

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane's Cheap and Ready

This 2009 F-250 looks like any other SuperDuty work truck except for its stout propane tank, mounted in the bed behind the cab.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Propane is no longer just for your backyard barbeque or the furnace and water heater in your rural home. It's an efficient and economical fuel that powers millions of vehicles overseas, and proponents in the United States say it deserves to catch on in a big way here

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Propane Autogas, Roush

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Time Running out for CARB Compliance on Trailer Aerodynamics

Jan. 1, 2013, will bring heavy fines for truckers who cross into California without SmartWay verified aerodynamic devices such side skirts or boat tail fairings that improve fuel economy 4% to 5% on their 53-foot or longer box and refrigerated trailers

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Developing a Plan to 'Green' a Truck Fleet

By Greg Basich and Lauren Fletcher

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Tackling the challenge of "greening" medium-duty trucks was the focus of one of the conference sessions at the 2012 Green Fleet Conference last week, with the NTEA's Fleet Relations Director Bob Johnston presenting a plan truck fleets can follow to successfully meet their sustainability goals

Tags: Going Green

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Annual Sales of Natural Gas Trucks to Surpass 180,000 by 2019

A new report from Pike Research forecasts steady growth in the market for natural gas trucks and buses. Annual worldwide sales of these vehicles will more than double over the next seven years, the firm says, growing from less than 70,000 in 2012 to more than 180,000 in 2019

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sandwich Supplier Saves Fuel, Cuts CO2 with New Reefer Truck

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ever buy a cold or hot pre-made sandwich from a convenience store, maybe where you gas up the car? Then there's a good chance that it was a Deli Express product made and delivered by E.A. Sween, a family-owned foodservice compan

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 2 - New Engines, More Options

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor and Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Interest in natural gas as a fuel for commercial trucks has been rising, thanks to the low cost of the fuel, and the desire of fleets to be "green" and reduce dependence on foreign oil

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Successful Field Tests of DME in Europe prompt Volvo to Consider the Alternative Fuel for U.S.

In Volvo's field trials in Sweden, DME is produced from a forestry-based biomass known as black liquor.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Sven-Erik Linstrand, European Editor

Engineers at Volvo Trucks are exploring the possibility of using dimethyl ether, or DME, as an alternative fuel in North America, following successful field tests in Europe.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Volvo

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Survey Shows Fuel Availability, Equipment Cost as Hurdles

More than half of large carriers say they are considering buying natural gas fueled trucks, but there are hurdles, according to a new study from Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 1

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In 2011, the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel rose 7.1% year over year and 38% from 2006, federal data show. It more than doubled during the past decade, to 38.85 million cubic feet in 2011

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Six Questions to Ask Yourself

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Interest is high in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel. With a dollar per diesel-equivalent gallon differential, why wouldn't it be? Natural gas is likely to remain less expensive than diesel for the foreseeable future, and domestic supplies of the stuff are plentiful. Is natural gas a savior-in-waiting for beleaguered diesel buyers? Maybe, but here are six questions you need to ask before taking the plunge

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Clean Energy Launches "The Road to Natural Gas" Report

Clean Energy Fuels now provides a listing of trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations that have signed new or expanded existing fuel agreements.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study Sparks Industry Conversation on Fuel Economy

By Scott Perry, Ryder

With the fluctuating cost of diesel and the multiple variables affecting fuel efficiency, even the most experienced fleets often are challenged with finding ways to keep improving fuel economy

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Special Web Section: What Fleets Need to Know About Natural Gas

By Kate Harlow

In the August issue of HDT, we kicked off a series on "Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know." In addition to the features in the magazine, on this page we offer additional online articles and resources

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Happened to Biodiesel?

Conventional biodiesel is a renewable fuel, substantially cleaner than petroleum diesel in emissions terms and usually offers an increase in lubricity that may help engine life.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Amidst all the brouhaha about natural gas, the biodiesel option appears to have gone quiet. It still has a near-cult-like following in some quarters, but in the freight-transportation mainstream, biodiesel is a very small player at this point.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electricity Gives Trucking Industry a Power Boost

Above, trucks hook up to shore power via heavy-duty extension cords. Plugging in this way costs $1 an hour through Shorepower Technologies.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

As truck owners look for ways to deal with $4 to $5 diesel, some fleets are finding that electricity is helping them plug into savings, through all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, idle reduction or electric refrigeration units

Tags: Going Green

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

A Quick Guide to Alternative Fuels

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The world no longer seems concerned about "peak oil" (the idea that oil reserves are going to run out), and today's clean-diesel engines have addressed many environmental concerns about truck exhaust. Most industry experts believe conventional diesel fuel will remain the dominant fuel for commercial vehicles for decades to come

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Traction vs. Fuel Economy?

Are we giving up traction in order to lessen 
rolling resistance? The short answer is yes, but not to the degree some might imagine.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that arises when discussing fuel-efficient tires

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kwik Trip Advocates Natural Gas Adoption

Among Kwik Trip's fleet are a Kenworth T440 LNG tractor and two Kenworth T440s powered by CNG.

Kwik Trip, a convenience store and fuel chain with more than 400 locations in three states, is promoting liquefied and compressed natural gas as fuel sources to help increase nationwide adoption of LNG and CNG in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and other areas.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Schneider National does a lot 
of evaluating before including a component as part of a fuel-efficiency spec.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can't rightly expect a driver to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to fuel economy. It takes a huge amount of discipline to stay on top of the driving, but given the right tools, even a mediocre driver will do reasonably well

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is about the whole spec, from the powertrain to the tires, from the sloped hood and roof fairing to the gap between the tractor and the trailer. Leave no stone unturned.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What's in it for me? That's what drivers want to know when you try to get them to save fuel. There are few stronger motivators than a good return on an investment. Building driver buy-in to your fuel economy program requires enough incentiv

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Opportunities in 
Natural Gas

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Is natural gas truly the fuel of the future, or is it just an overhyped niche? That's what many wondered in the wake of March's Mid-America Trucking Show, where it seemed nearly every press conference and OE booth had something to say about it

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Factory Installation Ensures Inverter-Charger Safety, Company Says

The Xantrex Freedom HF inverter-charger is offered as an option by major truck manufacturers. The inverter-charger powers in-cab loads such as TV and microwaves without idling by utilizing the truck’s batteries.

As inverter usage grows among truckers who want to convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household current to power electrical appliances and entertainment systems and reduce idling, Xantrex Technology recommends installation by a truck OEM or an authorized dealer

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Whirs and Whooshes But Saves Fuel, Maker Says

Clean exhaust gas whooshes out the stack as the Wrightspeed microturbine spins a generator to charge this series hybrid's batteries. The sound is not loud, but is like that of a modern airplane's jet engine.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A chrome-plated exhaust stack emits a muted whoosh as this truck's turbine engine spins at tens of thousands of RPMs, drawing the curious among attendees at this ride-and-drive event in downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPG for Mediums

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The medium-duty world is dominated by the rental and leasing sectors and the pickup and delivery sector, at least in terms of the Class 5-7 trucks using 17.5- and 19.5-inch tires. What they want dictates what the tire makers deliver

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bi-fuel impressions

The Ram's Hemi V-8 engine starts out on gasoline then switches automatically to natural gas. It will run that way until the engine's turned off or the CNG tanks run empty, then it will return to gasoline.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The momentum toward natural gas as a motor fuel has been building for several years, and we don't know how far it will take the national "fleet." Some people would like gas to be a major automotive fuel because it's comparatively clean and "green," domestically produced

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking a Look at the Natural Gas Boom

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When you've got everyone from oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to the head of America's largest truckload fleet to President Obama himself stumping for natural-gas-powered trucks, it's easy to see why there's so much interest in this less-expensive, home-grown alternative to $4-a-gallon diesel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could be SoCal Fleet's Future

This tractor was built to haul cargo containers to and from ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and it does so regularly and reliably, its owner says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Driver Tim Mabry eases his foot onto the pedal, and what appears to be a plain white Freightliner tractor moves ahead briskly, making only a faint whirring sound. We are being propelled through an industrial neighborhood in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., by an electric moto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Hannifin Helps Lowers City of Austin C02 Emissions by 55 Tons

The City of Austin has bought four hybrid refuse vehicles from the Hybrid Drives Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. in partnership with Autocar

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BAE Diesel-Electric System Available for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

BAE Systems is a multi-national company that says it has built HybriDrive electric powertrains for more than 3,500 transit buses in cities around the world, plus many thousands of straight diesel trucks for the U.S. Army. And it's developing hydrogen fuel cells and electric propulsion systems. So it seems to have strong credentials to design and market HybriDrive versions for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Sees Promising Future for Bio-DME as a Vehicle Fuel

Ten Volvo Bio-DME (Di-Methyl-Ether) trucks have now been in regular operation since last autumn.

Volvo's European Bio-DME project, which aims to assess whether there is a market for Bio-DME (Di-Methyl-Ether) for commercial vehicles, shows promise, the company says

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Walmart Tests New Truck Prototypes to Increase Efficiency

Walmart's hybrid assist tractors use a traditional diesel drivetrain in conjunction with an electric motor to recover energy normally lost during braking to provide additional torque in high-load situations such as going up hills.

To improve the efficiency of its Class 8 heavy-duty trucks, Walmart U.S. Logistics, in partnership with truck and component manufacturers, built the following prototype tractors, according to its 2011 Global Responsibility Report

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DEF Tips and Tricks

By Glen Sokolis, Contributor

Fleet companies are facing all kinds of new decisions with diesel exhaust fluid

Tags: Emissions

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane's Promise

TYT Group of Drummondville, Quebec, is using propane in two of its Cummins engines. One upside of using propane is the broad availability of the fuel.

By Steve Bouchard, Contributor

Heavy-duty trucks running on the same stuff as your backyard grill

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mile-Hi Foods Plugs Into Savings

Mile Hi Foods added 17 460-volt electrical outlets to its loading docks and installed 20 free-standing receptacles in its yard, so loaded trailers can be parked and run electrically while waiting to be dispatched.

Western food service distributor Mile Hi Foods, Denver, is saving an estimated $85,000 annually in fuel costs while also improving the sustainability of its operations by taking advantage of the electric standby capability of its 27 Carrier Transicold Vector multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units

Tags: Going Green

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Florida 3PL Adding Natural-Gas Trucks to For-Hire Fleet

Saddle Creek's new Freightliner Business Class M2 112 tractors run on compressed natural gas.

Saddle Creek Corp., a nationwide third-party logistics provider based in Lakeland, Fla., is taking delivery of the first 40 natural gas trucks in a planned purchase of 120

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Funding Your Idle Habits: A Quick Guide to Idle Reduction Equipment Funding

By Josh Lupu, Marketing Manager, Webasto Product North America

If you drive a truck or maintain a fleet, chances are you've heard talk about other companies getting emissions reduction equipment at a reduced rate, or even free with government funding

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EPA's SmartWay Looks for a Smarter Way

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

In this era of complaining about heavy-handed government, here's one federal program that gets cheers all around

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Greenspeed to Chase Speed Record for Petroleum Fueled Trucks Using Vegetable Oil

This August, Boise State University's student club Greenspeed will use vegetable oil in hope of breaking the existing 215-mph world land speed record for all vehicles in the diesel truck classification, including those that burn traditional fuel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Joule Secures $70 Million For Expansion of Biofuel Demonstration Plant

Above: Joule bioreactors at its Texas pilot plant.

Startup company Joule Unlimited Technologies announced it received $70 million from undisclosed private and institutional investors, and the company hopes this funding will bring it closer to a breakthrough in biofuel technology

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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