Fuel Smarts

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February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevrolet and GMC Offer a Single-Source LPG Option for Cutaway Vans

General Motors embraces an established infrastructure by offering its customers a liquefied petroleum gas option for the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Trucks North America Celebrates 1000th Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Daimler Trucks North America is marking the production of its 1,000th hybrid electric vehicle with a celebration at its Mt. Holly, NC plant. The 1,000th vehicle - a Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck, manufactured at the Mt. Holly plant

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Resources Canada Releases LNG Deployment Roadmap

LNG has the potential to serve as an important niche in the trucking marketplace, but it won't be suitable for every type of operation given the limitations on its distribution and the costs of purchasing LNG tractors.

A report recently released by Canada's federal department of Natural Resources, entitled Natural Gas Use in Transportation Deployment Roadmap assesses of the potential benefits and the obstacles to liquefied natural gas as a fuel for trucking

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Something New: Gassy Fuel

GDiesel's maker sells directly to users, and to truckstops and fueling stations in northern Nevada. Customers say the gas-diesel blend burns cleaner than standard ULSD fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A refiner in Nevada has formulated still another alternative fuel, a mixture of natural gas and petroleum it calls GDiesel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Up With Alternative Fuels?

Culver City, Calif., is replacing its original CNG trash collection trucks with new Autocars powered by Cummins Westport ISL-G engines.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Although some researchers predict fuel prices won't spike again as they did in 2008, it's still likely that fuel prices will go up over time

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Early Reaction to Fuel Economy Proposal Generally Positive

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

At first read, a new proposal to establish national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions appears to offer a workable approach for the trucking industry, said Glen Kedzie, vice president and environmental counsel for the American Trucking Associations

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

We Try Out Latest Electric, Hybrid Models at Hybrid Truck Users Forum

Ride and drive featured a Peterbilt 320 with Eaton's latest Hydraulic Launch Assist system (left), and all-electric walk-in van introduced by FCCC and Morgan Olson, right. (Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Hybrid Truck Users Forum's 10th annual meeting in late September in Dearborn, Mich., featured a ride and drive of electric and hybrid trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HTUF's 10th Meeting a Big Draw

A parade of about 40 hybrid- and electric-drive trucks enters a parking lot at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn to start a ride-and-drive function at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Hybrid Truck Users Forum's 10th annual meeting in late September in Dearborn, Mich., was its largest ever, with close to 700 attendees.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 100 Million Miles of Service, Save 4 Million Gallons of Fuel

Eaton Corporation says that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, and have cumulatively saved 4 million gallons and 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vedder Transport to Take 50 Westport HD LNG Trucks

Vedder Transport Ltd. of Abbotsford, British Columbia has issued a purchase order for 50 Peterbilt 386 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by Westport HD LNG-powered engines

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

BAE Systems is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vacuum Truck Features Natural Gas

Freightliner Trucks delivered what it calls the first turnkey natural gas truck upfitted with a vacuum body

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: For Schneider National, Fuel Efficiency's Old Hat

Schneider says its efforts over the years have led to fuel savings of almost 49 million gallons a year.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Schneider National has been tending its fuel economy garden for more than 30 years and has long since picked the fruit within easy reach

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Crescent Crown Tests Hybrids, Other Sustainable Technologies

Crescent Crown's fuel savings with diesel-electric hybrids are even better than projected, once they got them broken in, on the right routes and got drivers trained

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Crescent Crown Distributing is one of the five largest beer distributors in the country, delivering more than 26 million cases a year in Arizona and Louisiana. As a leader in the industry, company officials believe it's their job to take the lead in sustainability initiatives as well

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Canadian Fleet Investing in Natural Gas

Groupe Robert plans to be the first true for-hire, long-haul fleet to be powered by natural gas in North America.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What prompts a very successful and highly visible carrier to wade deeply into uncharted territory and invest millions in yet-to-be proven technology? "It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it," says Claude Robert, president of privately held Groupe Robert in Boucherville, Quebec

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Jack Roush Venture, CleanTech, Drives Propane Vehicle Power

Motorsport legend Jack Roush is bringing his trackside know-how to the alternative fuels market with a new venture called Roush CleanTech, that will develop and market liquid propane injection powered vehicles

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

Special lettering and lack of tailpipe are all that visually distinguish this Transit Connect Electric from Ford's gasoline-powered version. (Photo by Tom Berg)

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks Develop Hybrid Fuel Truck

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks together have developed what they say is the first-ever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck. The innovative Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid will be used to deliver fuel to fleets primarily in Massachusetts

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Huttig Building Products Is Seeing Green

Huttig monitors drivers' mpg, idling and rpm using the PacTrac telematics system, available on the Peterbilt trucks it leases. (Photo by Huttig)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

"Go Green" is a program Huttig Building Products uses to motivate its drivers to improve performance and increase fuel efficiency

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Electric

Except for its electric propulsion, Smith's Newton looks and maneuvers like the low cabover it is. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For many years we've been accustomed to seeing electric carts scoot around golf courses and airports, and strong, silent forklifts do heavy lifting in factories and warehouses. Now street-legal trucks are ready to haul cargo in American cities

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: The Fuel Efficiency Czar

At NFI, fuel efficiency is a company-wide effort; everyone pitches in.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

New Jersey-based NFI Industries has improved its year-over-year fuel efficiency by 3.5 percent. From 2008 to 2009, its drivers slashed idle time by almost 44 percent

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: Walmart's Efficiency Goals

Since 2005, Walmart has managed to improve fleet efficiency by 60 percent.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In 2005, Walmart set a goal of doubling the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet to 13 mpg by 2015, according to widely published reports. By 2008, Walmart got its mpg up to 7.1 from 5.9 in 2005

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SuperTruck Program Aims to Improve Economy by 50 Percent

In 1981, the radical aerodynamics of Fruehauf's FEV (fuel-efficient van) 2000 got 7.4 mpg -- 72 percent better than a baseline tractor-trailer.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Department of Energy is backing development of clean-burning, more fuel-efficient vehicles with cold cash, including $115 million for the Super Truck program. Announced earlier this year, the program is awarding grants to three teams, headed by Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar International and Cummins

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

Spec'ing for fuel economy used to be just good business. Soon, it'll be required.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Defining fuel economy for heavy trucks is like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The scope of your imagination would be the only constraint to the possibilities

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waterless Coolant Shows Savings and Economy Payback

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor, and Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Evans Coolants says its unique waterless engine coolant has shown fuel savings of 3 percent to 7 percent in fleet testing

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Win-Win on MPG

By Editorial Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The folks in Washington should take a page from last month's Obama administration announcement that two federal agencies would be working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digging Deeper into Navistar's New eStar

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In a Portland "market" launch of its plug-in electric commercial van, Navistar expanded on the technical side of the eStar, which it's offering in cooperation with Modec of the United Kingdom. The Class 2C-3 van is all-electric. With a range of 100 miles on an eight-hour charge, the revolutionary-looking vehicle is targeted at operations that currently use gasoline or diesel step vans in city applications.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Frost & Sullivan: Medium-Duty Market Will Lead the Growth in Hybrid Trucks

Medium-duty hybrid trucks, such as this one, are expected to gain even more traction in the years ahead.  (Photo by Eaton)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Demand for hybrid trucks is expected to grow over the next six years across North America and Europe, and the medium-duty market will likely be the leader, with significant penetration into the hybrid secto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar's Electric Truck Named 'eStar,' Production Begun in Indiana RV Plant

(Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International's electric truck is called "eStar." It's being assembled by its Monaco RV subsidiary in Wakarusa, Ind., and it's priced at $150,000, less various government monetary grants meant to encourage purchases of the non-polluting vehicle

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EIA Projects Greater Use of Renewables By 2035

Over the next 25 years, rising oil prices and worries about climate change will prompt more use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel.

Over the next 25 years, energy consumption is expected to grow, but there will also be a greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation secto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tropicana Puts Peterbilt Hybrids Into Service

With the new hybrids, Tropicana expects to achieve an additional 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over its diesel-powered trucks.

Tropicana, a division of PepsiCo, has taken delivery of two new hybrid diesel-electric medium-duty Peterbilt trucks, which service downtown Chicag

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Goes With Gas in Diesel Engines

Mats Franzen at Volvo Trucks looks ahead.

By Thomas Pettersson, Volvo Trucks

Which fuels will replace oil? Nobody yet knows the answer. However, in order for the manufacturers to be able to offer vehicles that the market will want in the future, strategic decisions have to be made today

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Werner Takes Fuel Efficiency Message to Employees on Earth Day

The goal of Werner's Earth Day event was to educate employees on the company's green initiatives, in hopes of getting people involved. (Photo courtesy of Werner Enterprises)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

On Earth Day last Thursday, 600 employees of Werner Enterprises lined up outside its Omaha, Neb., headquarters to get educated on the company's sustainability initiatives and strategies

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDAW Session Highlights Hybrids

Eaton's hydraulic hybrid system is ideal for use in refuse applications.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Diesel-electric hybrids are proving ever more popular in vocations such as utility trucks and pickup and delivery

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Greenhouse Gas Management for Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

For years, Frito-Lay used 24-foot Class 6 straight trucks for urban grocery store deliveries. It recently found they could use a 20-foot Class 5 straight truck to do the same job, with a fuel savings of roughly 10 percent.

Medium-duty trucks, identified as Classes 3-6, are the workhorses of the American economy

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

T. Boone Pickens Predicts Quick Action on Natural Gas Incentives

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

LOUISVILLE, KY -- After the bitter battle on Capitol Hill about healthcare reform, a well-known alternative energy advocate predicts Congress will turn to legislation that will help the country toward a bipartisan goal of reducing our dependence on foreign oil

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oils For Natural Gas Engines

Border Valley Trading, a Brawley, Calif.-based alfalfa, sudan and klein grass hay producer and exporter, last year replaced its fleet of trucks with 15 liquefied natural gas-powered Kenworth T800s.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Recent announcements illustrate the growing interest in natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gasoline-Diesel Cocktail: A Potent Recipe for Cleaner, More Efficient Engines

Rolf Reitz, center, and his team of graduate students in the engine research group.

By Brian Mattmiller, University of Wisconsin

Diesel and gasoline fuel sources both bring unique assets and liabilities to powering internal combustion engines

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

This trailer is loaded to gross 110,000 pounds to replicate the heaviest containers at the docks as they come off the ships. PHETT drives like a conventional yard jockey, but quieter.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The terminal tractor - yard jockey, hostler, whatever you call it - has to be one of the most used, abused and under-regarded vehicles in any fleet

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cool Electric Spin: Driving a Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Ford does not offer hybrids from the factory, but Eaton engineers installed an electric-drive system on this F-550 chassis to show that retrofits are entirely doable on this popular class of truck. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Barriers to Commercialization Still Exist For Hybrid Truck Industry

(Photo courtesy of Peterbilt)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Hybrid drivetrain technology has the potential to improve fuel economy by 20 to 50 percent on medium- and heavy-duty trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

U.S. DOE Shells Out $115 Million to Build 'Super Truck'

The funding for Class 8 projects will go toward the development of such technologies as aerodynamics. Here, DTNA tests aerodynamics at its Wind Tunnel in Portland, Ore. (Photo by DTNA)

A new initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy includes $115 million in funding to develop a Class 8 "Super Truck," aimed at achieving a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS' Eaton Delivery Hybrids Get Nod From the Feds For Fuel Economy

(Photo courtesy of UPS)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

A year-long evaluation of the hybrid-electric step delivery vans used by UPS yielded about a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy, which averaged about 13 miles per gallo

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expiration of Biodiesel Credit Creates Uncertainty

A B20 biodiesel and E85 pump in Alabama along I-65.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of last week, leaving biodiesel producers and truckstops in uncertainty over what the next few months may hold, and truckers concerned about possible price increases

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delivering Green: One Energy Provider Sets a Green Example

Bourne's Energy chose to lease two hybrids from Ryder, including this propane-hauling truck, displayed next to President Peter Bourne.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Vermont-based Bourne's Energy, a family-owned company that delivers fuel and propane to households and businesses, has a long-term goal of producing a usable biofuel in Vermont

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Auburn University Test Track Offers Fuel Economy Testing Opportunities

Auburn University has developed a conceptual heavy truck fuel economy rating system at its pavement-testing facility.

The trucking industry needs a rational methodology for determining expected fuel economy for new tractors, says representatives for The Labs at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Viscosity and Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

For 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy expects diesel prices to average nearly $3 a gallon. As diesel prices head back up, it may be time to look at the possibility of switching to a more fuel-efficient engine oil

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

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