Fuel Smarts

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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

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: Hybrids Paying Off for Bay Area Produce Fleet

San Francisco-based Veritable Vegetable is committed to being sustainable, from distributing certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to using hybrids and fuel-saving strategies in its fleet of trucks. As the nation's oldest distributor of certified organic produce, Veritable Vegetabl

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Peek at How Engine Makers Might Hit New Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Apart from teh fuel economy regs, the Department of Energy is funding research at Navistar and other companies to develop a Class 8

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Barely had the trucking industry heaved a collective sigh of relief at putting EPA 2010 behind us when in May of 2010, from the Rose Garden at the White House, came a Presidential Memorandum targeting greenhouse gas emission

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Alternatives Are There to Diesel?

Liquified-natural-gas trucks are better suited to longer hauls thatn CNG, but their range maxes out at 600 miles or so and fueling stations are very expensive.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Once you start, the questions don't stop. Every answer begets another query. Sooner or later even some of the experts will pause, scratch their heads, and might even say something like, "Beats me.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, Algae, Biodiesel, Fuel Cell

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: More Efficient Drayage, One Match at a Time

Saving fuel doesn't always mean higher mpg. Sometimes it's about being more organized and having the patience to identify inefficiencies. Evans Network of Companies is doing exactly that with its Eco-Match program, which aligns imports and exports for more efficient transportation.

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Frito-Lay Electric Delivery Trucks Hit the "Green" Streets of Orlando

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America will roll out 10 new electric trucks in Orlando next year. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 176 electric trucks this year in the U.S. and Canada, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Solyndra Redemption: Clean Diesel Technology

DPF-equipped 2010-generation engines have cut particulate matter emissions by an estimated 96%. The health-related benefits are substantial. Photo by Jim Park.

By Guest commentary Francesca Flynn

Billions of taxpayer 'stimulus' dollars have been directed toward the perceived savior of our environment and the economy -- anything "green," i.e., green jobs, green energy etc

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DeKalb County Takes 24 Freightliner CNG Trucks

DeKalb County, Ga., has ordered 24 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. The county will use the CNG trucks for sanitation and maintenance applications

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dairy Operation to Recycle Natural Waste of Cows into Fuel for Delivery Vehicles

A milk delivery vehicle refuels at an on-site CNG station that will soon use manure-derived natural gas. Paclease has partnered with the Fair Oaks Farms to provide a full-service leasing agreement, and Ruan operates the trucks.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Recycling waste is an integral part of sustainable living in both small-scale homes and large-scale industrial operations. Fair Oaks Farms, a dairy farm in northwestern Indiana, is taking this concept to a new level

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Public-Private Partnership Helps Put Natural Gas Trucks into Southern California Fleets

Ryder System will have 202 natural gas vehicles available for lease or rent under a public-private partnership in southern California.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

What do an office supply store, a dairy processor, a flooring supplier, a beer distributor and a grocery retailer have in common

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flawed Economy Rules: Fuel Efficiency

Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By all means, let's improve fuel economy in our trucks as well as in our cars

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Private Fleets Find Fuel Savings in Changing Driver Behavior

You can teach old dogs new tricks (Photo: Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

With the federal government's new regulations setting fuel economy goals for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, there's been a lot of attention paid to current technologie

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Truck Sales Rising

Hybrid truck sales are expected to pass 100,000 units annually by 2017, according to a report from Pike Research

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pharmacy Partners with Smith Electric Vehicles on All-Electric Fleet

Duane Reade, a retail pharmacy, announced a partnership with Smith Electric Vehicles to add Newton zero-emission, all-electric commercial trucks to its delivery fleet

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is a CNG Fleet in Your Future?

Chevrolet Silverado bi-fueled natural gas pickup

By Commentary Bob Strickland, Manager of Natural Gas Transportation, Alagasco

With the advent of hybrid cars, more and more people are rethinking American energy dependence and choosing alternative energy. While we still have a long way to go toward true energy independence, most of our gasoline and diesel vehicles could be replaced by vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG)

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hribar Logistics Adds CNG-Fueled Kenworth T440 To Help Manage Fuel Costs and Emissions

Hribar Logistics of Caledonia, Wis., added two Kenworth 440 compressed-natural-gas tractors to its fleet powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Optimization Software Can Reduce Gallons Burned, and Increase Money Saved

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

All trucking management software helps fleets reduce fuel use, because such systems are designed to reduce unpaid or out-of-route miles. An efficient fleet wastes less fuel

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

There are Many Anti-Idle Systems: Which One is Right for Your Fleet?

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Among the obvious principles of successful trucking is the idea that those trucks of yours aren't earning a penny if they're not moving while there's freight onboard. Simple enough logic

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Fleets Test Fuel Efficiency Products

Mesilla Valley Transportation successfully tested TrailerTails aero devices.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Fuel is gold," says Jimmy Ray, fleet manager at Mesilla Valley Transportation in Las Cruces, N.M. He's out to save a lot of it with innovative components that have proven themselves in testing and everyday operations

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Price Follies: Why Fuel and Oil Prices Are Up, and Where They're Headed

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Soaring diesel prices in the first quarter of this year fueled fears of a dampened economic recovery, and prompted flashbacks to 2008's record high oil prices. However, the worst may be over - for now

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Obama Administration Announces First Fuel Economy Standards for Medium and Heavy Trucks

By Truckinginfo Staff

President Obama today announced first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, saying the new rules will save American businesses who operate and own these commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goin' with Gas: Driving Natural Gas Trucks

Freightliner M2-112 with an 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL-G

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Use of natural gas to propel vehicles seems to be gaining momentum as various advocates continue their efforts to promote it, and manufacturers prepare more products that use the clean-burning fuel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New York City Ready-Mix Company, Ferrara Bros., Goes Green with CNG Mixers

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Ferrara Bros., a New York City ready-mix company, is helping to lead the concrete industry with compressed-natural gas-powered mixer chassis

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Dozen Ways to Drive MPG

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Years ago I won a fuel-economy competition driving 150 easy miles or so along a major highway. And I beat a bunch of pros in the process

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AAA Cooper Turns to Low- and High-Tech Fuel Economy Strategies

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

AAA Cooper puts a high premium on fuel saving technologies, so is experimenting with a range of fuel saving devices, from side skirts on trailers to aftermarket computer devices, says Terry Clouser, director of maintenance

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cardinal Logistics Looks Under Every Rock for Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

"Managing fuel is really a proxy for how well you manage your overall business," said Vin McLoughlin, chairman of Cardinal Logistics. "But it's not that easy.

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

C.R. England Employs Bag of Tricks to Improve Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

"Fuel economy is one of our top priorities," says Chad England, president of C.R. England

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Batteries Key to Hybrid and Electric Truck Growth

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For years, builders of hybrid-electric systems have been saying that prices for lithium ion batteries they need would be coming down, which would make these fuel-saving vehicles more affordable

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PG&E: Practicing What They Preach

By Jim Romeo, Contributor

Public utilities are in a precarious position. They must advise customers to be more prudent with their energy consumption; they also must set an example that their business operations are doing the same.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Economy Key Theme at Mid-America Show

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

While there weren't many big new product announcements at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show last week in Louisville, Ky., there was one theme that rang loud and clear through nearly every product introduction and enhancement announced: improved fuel economy, and as part of that, lighter weight

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gordon Trucking Adds 2,000 Freight Wing Aeroflex Side Skirts

Gordon Trucking is set to begin installing 2,000 additional side skirt sets on its trailers that will join the 2,200 plus trailers already using the skirts in the GTI fleet

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dual-Fuel Diesel/CNG System Enters Fleet Testing

APG is conducting EPA testing of its dual-fuel system on a Sprinter van, nine Class 8 tractors, and a Ford F450 pickup. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

One company thinks it has the answer for truck operators that want to use natural gas but are concerned about range issues: a dual-fuel system that can be retrofitted to existing diesel engines

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS Buys 48 LNG Tractors for Southwest Corridor Operations

Cryogenic saddle tank holds enough liquified natural gas to give a UPS tractor a range of 600 miles.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

United Parcel Service has ordered 48 road tractors that will burn liquified natural gas while pulling trailers up and down Interstate 15 between southern California and northern Utah

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS Clearing the Air with New LNG Tractors

UPS has purchased another 48 heavy tractor trucks equipped to run on Liquefied Natural Gas, bolstering its continuing effort to reduce the emissions of its truck fleet while taking a step toward energy security

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARB Announces Second Year of Grants for Hybrid Trucks and Buses

Air Resources Board has initiated a second year of grants totaling $19 million for hybrid vehicle technology. The Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program will provide vouchers to help California fleets purchase fuel-efficient hybrid trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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

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