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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

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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

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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

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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

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smith Throws Switch on All-Electric Trucks

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles is making the first deliveries of its Newton Class 5 through 7 all-electric truck

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the economy, according to David Woodbur

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Fleet Hybrids Will Be on the Road By 2015

The use of hybrid electric vehicles is expected to catch on with fleets over the next five years, with sales increasing from 300,000 units in 2009 to more than 830,000 in 201

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal Stimulus Includes Billions For Alternative-fuel and Electric Vehicles

Sterling and Kenworth drayage tractors fill up at a new liquified natural gas station opened by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. adjacent to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in southern California.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Kimberly Taylor of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute was almost ecstatic. "The whole world is watching their calendar, waiting for their grants to come out," she said of people in the business of producing and using cars, truck

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

If They Can Make It Here: NYC Adds Hybrids

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The New York City Department of Sanitation collects more than 12,000 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables each da

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Impressions: Alternative Fuels for Light-Duty Trucks

Behind the cab in the bed of this converted F-150 is a 53-gallon fuel cylinder, 41 gallons of which provide 500 miles of range.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Here are two ways to avoid buying petroleum from unfriendly countries

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Just Do It: Act Now to Cut Emissions

Bulky tanks for compressed natural gas consume room on a chassis, but there's usually room for them on trash collection trucks. Here the tanks are stacked vertically ahead of the packer body.  (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Government people tend to spend a lot of time thinking and planning when they should just get things done, contends David McCary, director of solid waste management for the City of San Antonio

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Power Industry Glossary of Terms

All Electric Range - the distance or time that a vehicle can drive in all electric mode without engaging another means of powering the vehicle

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving GM's 2-Mode Hybrid

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Is this the system that will save full-size SUVs and pickups from high-priced gasoline? General Motors' 2-Mode Hybrid, which first appeared about a year ago on the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon and recently on Silverado and Sierra 1500-series pickups

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