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March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Deborah Lockridge

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

Tags: Technician Training, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, TMC, UPS, Maintenance Management, Alternative Fuels

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Beyond Electric and Natural Gas

Director of Fleet Procurement Mike Casteel says UPS has “a lot of experience with propane autogas,” including running over 2,000 propane-powered package cars in the U.S. and Canada. iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

Electric and natural gas vehicles are the most well-known alternatives to diesel, but here’s a look at other alternative fuels that may be in the running for certain truck applications.

Tags: Biodiesel, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, DME, Renewable Diesel

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

 A policy of “opportunity charging” that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks’ state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV

By Jack Roberts

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TMC, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Some Fleets Still Like Natural Gas

Ryder’s Scott Perry sees an 800-pound gorilla named California at the fuel pump, which could eventually help drive up sales of natural-gas vehicles. Photo: Ryder

By David Cullen

Some fleets opt to run on natural gas instead of diesel, a decision fueled by one or more key influences.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Cutting Methane Crucial to Future of Natural Gas Vehicles

Fleets and natural-gas engine makers are already taking steps to address methane leakage. Photo: Frito-Lay

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Commercial fleets that converted from diesel to natural gas power could potentially accelerate the rate of climate change, finds one report. What is the industry doing to address the issue?

Tags: NGVAmerica, EDF, EPA, Emissions, Industry Research, Emissions Reduction, Methane, CNG, LNG, Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, EIA

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Changing Climate: Is There Still a Case for Greener Trucks?

UPS is among the companies that are committed to exploring alternative fuels and drivetrains. Photo: UPS

By John G. Smith

There is no mistaking a change in the underlying business climate when it comes to greener trucks. Diesel is relatively cheap, and a new administration in the White House wants to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But don't prepare to burn coal dust just yet.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, GHG Phase 2

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Clean Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Are We There Yet?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How far away is truly clean hydrogen power? We're getting closer, thinks Contributing Executive Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

This list of 50 industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

Tags: Sustainability, Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California's Zero Emissions Vehicle Dreams

California’s Air Resources Board says zero-emissions technology is already available for delivery vehicles such as package vans and medium-duty trucks. Photo: First Priority GreenFleet/EVI

By Jack Roberts

Diesel engines are cleaner than ever. So why is the California Air Resources Board calling for more zero emissions vehicles?

Tags: CARB, Regulations, EPA, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels in the Age of Cheap Oil

Is cheaper even the issue?

By David Cullen

The slide in the price of diesel fuel over the past two years has complicated the decision to switch to alternative fuels for many fleets. But is cheap oil even the real issue?

Tags: Green Fleets, UPS, Diesel Prices, Alternative Fuels, Ryder System, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Will Global Interest Spur DME Adoption in North America?

DME was one of a number of alternative fuels tested in Europe by Volvo in real-world service with hauling firms. Photo: Volvo

By Deborah Lockridge

Low oil and diesel prices have dampened interest in alternative fuels, and dimethyl ether, more commonly known as DME, is no exception. But will global interest in DME hasten its adoption as a fuel in North America?

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Alkane Achieves DOT Compliance, Builds New Assembly Facility

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

By IMI

Alkane Truck Co. recently achieved compliance certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation for its propane-fueled Class 7 cab-over-engine trucks, which will be assembled at a new plant in South Carolina starting in 2016.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

Waste Management is considered a pioneer in the use of natural gas to fuel refuse trucks and averages more than 8 mpg for over the road trucks, with some units achieving 10 mpg.

By Deborah Lockridge

Industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

Tags: Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, CNG, Aerodynamics, MPG

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sausage Fleet Switches to Propane Autogas

Photo: Stevens Sausage

By David Cullen

Tim Stevens, president of Stevens Sausage, decided in 2013 to move away from spec’ing more diesel engines for the company’s 13-vehicle delivery fleet. So he decided to covert them to propane autogas.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Customers Make LNG ‘No-Brainer’ for Florida Fleet

Photo: Raven Transport

By David Cullen

The Jacksonville-based truckload carrier's transition to LNG was driven by three factors: addressing customers’ sustainability goals, contributing to U.S. energy independence, and lowering fuel costs for the 500-truck fleet.

Tags: Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, LNG, Clean Energy

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CNG: From an Idea to a Solution

Photo: Ryder

By Stephane Babcock

Before starting down the path of alternative fuels Ryder System had the benefit of a deep understanding of diesel technologies, which led them to research some alternatives.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG, Ryder System

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mesilla Valley Transportation Swears by Its B20 Biodiesel Blend

While biodiesel mandates have probably done more to build resistance to its use than win over its skeptics, some fleets, like Mesilla Valley Transportation, report high levels of success with the fuel.

By Jim Park

While biodiesel mandates have probably done more to build resistance to its use than win over its skeptics, some fleets, like Mesilla Valley Transportation, report high levels of success with the fuel.

Tags: Emissions, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

No Easy Math to Plot A Green Path

By David Cullen

Any fleet thinking of going green should think long and hard about what it expects to gain by switching to alternative power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Will We See DME-Powered Trucks?

Martin Energy truck powered by DME in pilot program.

By Deborah Lockridge

Although interest in alternative fuels has cooled down a bit as diesel prices have dropped, supporters of dimethyl ether, or DME, still believe the alternative fuel has a bright future.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show, DME, Alternative Fuels

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: We Need to Look Past Fossil Fuels

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Our current interest in natural gas may be keeping us from investing in more forward thinking technologies not based in fuel with a fixed supply.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Cell, Locking It In

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

By Deborah Lockridge

HDT honors the industry leaders in sustainability, which show the path to being green is different for every fleet.

Tags: Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, CNG

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Green Fleet Conference Offers Ride & Drive Event

The Zenith Electric Shuttle Van (pictured at last year's event) will be there at this year's Ride & Drive.

By Steven Martinez

This year’s Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., features the Ride & Drive event where attendees will have the chance to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled vehicles from major automotive manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Events

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Count Diesel Out

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Alternative fuels may be more popular but diesel will still be the fuel of choice for most of trucking for a long, long time to come.

Tags: Diesel, Alternative Fuels, Clean Diesel

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Alt Fuel Aftermarket Options: Propane Autogas Proves Affordable, Environmentally Friendly

Photo via PERC.

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor from the Propane Education and Research Council answers some common questions about converting a fleet to propane and outlines the benefits of switching to a more environmentally friendly option.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kwik Trip's Joel Hirschboeck

Photo via Kwik Trip

By Steven Martinez

Joel Hirschboeck, the superintendent of commercial and alternative fuels at fueling station chain Kwik Trip, will speak at this year’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo on the fueling station's experience with CNG.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Kwik Trip

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Discussing DME with Oberon Fuels Co-Founder Elliot Hicks

Graphic via Oberon.

By Steven Martinez

At this year’s Green Fleet Conference Elliot Hicks of Oberon Fuels will be part of a panel called Looking Ahead: Emerging Alternative Fuels & Powertrains where he will discuss DME as a sustainable, clean and efficient alternative to diesel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: There’s More Than One Path to Sustainability and Savings

By HDT Staff

Whether you’re looking to improve the environment, tap into demand for “greener” transportation options, or save money on fuel, there are many possible routes to take when it comes to alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Hybrid Trucks, Gas-to-Liquid

September 2014, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker John Viera

John Viera, Director Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford: Photo via Ford.

By Steven Martinez

Closing the Green Fleet Conference this year is John Viera, the Director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford. This year he'll be making a case that not only is going green achievable for fleets, it's good business.

Tags: Sustainability, Ford F-150, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Ford

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

Mark Smith

By Becky May

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference as its opening keynote speaker. We talked to him about he program, fleet challenges and more.

Tags: Clean Cities, Green Fleet Conference, DOE, Alternative Fuels

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Upgrading Refuse Fleets to CNG: Three Considerations Beyond Economics

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

By Annalloyd Thomason, Natural Gas Vehicle Institute

Refuse fleets are one of the fastest growing markets for compressed natural gas, primarily because of the significant fuel cost savings that can be realized. The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute offers these key factors refuse fleets need to examine when considering upgrading to CNG.

Tags: Driver Training, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Technician Training, CNG, Refuse Fleets, NGVi

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

Ryder's natural gas fleet of more than 500 natural gas vehicles has travelled more than 20 million miles, but not every fleet has been so successful.

By Deborah Lockridge

The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2014 Truck Fleet Innovators: Transforming Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors a handful of the country’s most forward-thinking fleet executives with the title of “HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.” Read how this year's winners are using the power of collaboration to spec the best trucks and operate more efficiently -- and profitably.

Tags: Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Meijer, NFI, Fuel Economy, Spec'ing, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

Green strategies vary greatly depending on the operation. For one company, natural gas might make sense. For another, green might mean solar-powered warehouses. For others, it’s all about fuel-efficient specs and driver training.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Fuel Economy, MPG, Aerodynamics

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: Learning to Love Pond Scum

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Not long ago I was at my desk looking to write about some aspect of where we’re heading. Then I flicked on the little TV beside me to watch the news, and what did I see but a piece about algae as a fuel source. Clearly a sign.

Tags: Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Biodiesel: A Drop-in Solution for Going Green

Florida Power & Light was the first utility to deploy a plug-in hybrid biodiesel electric bucket truck like the one on the left in 2008.

By Kate Harlow

While natural gas has pushed its way to center stage in the alternative fuels discussion, the investment in equipment and infrastructure make it less than appealing to many fleets. However, anyone who is currently running on diesel fuel can easily switch to a greener alternative without that type of up-front investment. They simply have to fill up their fuel tank with biodiesel.

Tags: FPL, Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DME: An Alternative Fuel that is Coming Soon

This DME engine is based on a Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which the production engine might or might not use.

By Tom Berg

Volvo Trucks North America believes dimethyl ether, or DME, is the real fuel of the future, and the company intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015 in Volvo VN models as well as Mack Pinnacle trucks from its sister company.

Tags: Volvo, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schwan's Home Service Runs 3,300 Propane-Powered Units Nationwide

Schwan’s Ford E-450s are among the many that run on propane, which the company has used since the 1970s.

By Tom Berg

After more than 40 years of using propane as a motor fuel, the people at The Schwan Food Co. still believe they’ve got the right stuff. Schwan’s experience with propane goes back to the 1970s, when Arab oil embargoes threatened supplies of gasoline and diesel and drove up their prices.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, IMPCO Automotive, Schwan's

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel/Natural Gas Conversions Offers Owners a Choice

By Deborah Lockridge

A dual-fuel conversion system can offer some of the fuel- and emissions-saving benefits of a natural gas engine without going out and buying a brand-new truck. Read more in this story from the September issue of HDT.

Tags: EcoDual, APG, Omnitek, Dual Fuel, EPA, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LNG: Kwik-Trip Inc. runs both LNG and CNG

Kwik-Trip’s LNG and CNG trucks use its public filling stations, including this one in La Crosse, Wis. Managers are trying out both gas types so they can give realistic advice to customers.

By Tom Berg

Says the butcher: “We eat what we sell.” Says Kwik-Trip: “We burn what we sell.” That’s natural gas, sold in liquefied and compressed form at 15 of the 430 retail filling stations the company operates in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CNG: Monarch Beverage Spends $16.5 Million to Convert Fleet

Monarch’s highway tractors like this Kenworth T660 run enough miles to pay off the investment in CNG equipment within three years, according to the fleet’s calculations.

By Tom Berg

Monarch Beverage Co. of Indianapolis is spending $16.5 million to convert its truck fleet to natural gas.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Monarch Beverage Company

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Pitfalls and How Propane Can Help

A common mistake fleet managers make in adopting alternative fuels is failing to plan for the total infrastructure ownership costs.

By Michael Taylor, PERC

Despite the per-gallon savings a fleet might enjoy with alternative fuel, the full cost of alternative fuels goes well beyond that. The Propane Education and Research Council says propane autogas offers advantages over natural gas when it comes to the fueling infrastructure.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Propane Education & Research Council, Alternative Fuels

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

But Which Fuel?

Daimler's Mark Lampert says diesel and natural gas are the fuels to watch going forward.

By Jim Park

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. Dimethyl-ether. Hybrids. There's a virtual smorgasbord of potential fuel sources or supplements for truck and engine makers to choose from. The critical question becomes which one, or which combinations of fuel sources, represent the best path forward.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Fuel and Oil, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Happens When Your CNG Tanks Expire?

By Cheryl Knight

While the benefits of CNG vehicles are well documented, one issue looms over the industry that must be addressed: What happens when a dedicated CNG vehicle fuel tank reaches its expiration date? Industry experts continue to explore options for possible CNG tank recertification, as well as safer tank disposal, a federal CNG vehicle registration system, and government grant help.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Steps to Take When Considering Fuel-saving Tech

Part of the process of evaluating alternative fuels is matching the options to your fleet profile. For instance, hybrids may not be the smart choice if you don’t do a lot of starting and stopping on your routes.

By Evan Lockridge

Nearly every day you see headlines about alternative fuels for commercial trucks, from natural gas to electric hybrids to Volvo’s latest effort, dimethyl ether or DME.

Tags: Alternative Fuels

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Study Finds Total Cost of Ownership Similar for Electric and Diesel Delivery Trucks

By Truckinginfo Staff

A research team from Georgia Tech compared medium-duty electric and diesel urban delivery trucks for a range of scenarios and discovered the total costs of ownership were very similar – but the cost-competitiveness of the electric truck drops in drive cycles with higher average speed.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, EVs, Alternative Fuels

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Idle Reduction Stories

By Deborah Lockridge

In June's special fuel-savings issue, we promised you more stories about how fleets are cutting their idle time.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Truckstops, EVs, Prime Inc., Alternative Fuels, Shorepower

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Thinks the Fuel of the Future is DME – and It’s Almost Here

DME engine is based on Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which production engine might or might not use. In the background you can see the back of a cab set up for CNG, with the cabinet behind the cab housing four high-pressure tanks. Volvo remains committed to natural gas for customers who want to use it. (Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg

Think “alternative fuel” and what comes to mind – natural gas, or maybe propane? Volvo Trucks North America believes it has one better: dimethyl ether, or DME, which it thinks is the real fuel of the future. Volvo, with the help of a small chemical company, financial investors and officials in the state of California, intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015.

Tags: Volvo, California, Alternative Fuels, DME, Natural Gas

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Running an Alternative-fueled Fleet

By Tom Berg

Want to get a handle on alternative fuels? Talk with someone who uses them. One person is Melvin Rose, fleet manager for Monroe County in western New York, which surrounds Rochester. The county has 700 vehicles, from compact cars to Class 8 trucks. All run on ethanol-gasoline blends, biodiesel, compressed natural gas or propane, and Rose loves to talk about them.

Tags: Biodiesel, Clean Cities, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Millions Available for Hybrid/Electric Vehicles Through California’s HVIP Program

By Truckinginfo Staff

Greening a fleet can be a daunting prospect, but as fuel prices continue to rise, the opportunity to save money has increased. Significant and easily accessible funding is now available in California through the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)

Tags: California, Alternative Fuels, EVs, HEVs

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Seattle Mayor Challenges City Fleets to Cut Use of Petroleum-Based Fuels

CNG truck operated by CleanScapes in Seattle.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has directed city departments to build on earlier "green fleet" efforts to cut the city's annual use of petroleum-based fuels by 1 million gallons by 2020, using electric and alternative fueled vehicles, biodiesel and more efficient use of vehicles.

Tags: Government Fleets, Natural Gas, Washington, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Seattle

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