Fuel Smarts

 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

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TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

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.

Canada’s Groupe Robert is using six solar panels and four deep-cycle batteries to keep drivers comfortable and batteries charged. Photo: Groupe Robert

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How Fleets are Using Solar Power

Solar panels have moved off building rooftops and onto trucks, tractors, and trailers.

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

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Why Some Fleets Still Like Natural Gas

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

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Electric Trucks: Zap in the Pan?

Electric trucks are coming to market on the strength of their lack of tailpipe emissions. But can trucking get over the cost, weight, and range hurdles?

Tesla has filed a patent for a hoist system capable of swapping out electric vehicle battery packs in less than 15 minutes. Image via Tesla

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Could Tesla Solve EV Range Issues With Battery Swapping System?

Tesla filed for a patent on a high-speed battery replacement system for electric vehicles that would quickly swap out a spent battery with fully charged one. Could this be the key to solving charging time and EV range issues?

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

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Study: Cutting Methane Crucial to Future of Natural Gas Vehicles

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?

Piedmont Natural Gas utilizes compressed natural gas in its fleet of dump trucks. (Photo: Piedmont Natural Gas)

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Piedmont Natural Gas Aims for CNG Truck Conversions

Growing in use in truck fleets, compressed natural gas is a clean alternative to gasoline and diesel. One natural gas utility fleet is working to grow its use of natural gas vehicles and promote the technology.

The Paccar Automated Transmission: 12 forward gears and two reverse packed into a 657-pound package that was engineered from the ground up as an automated transmission. It's new to the game, but it performs like a veteran. Photo: Paccar

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Test Drive: Paccar's New Automated Transmission

Paccar is the latest North American truck manufacturer to bring a proprietary automated transmission to market. HDT's Jim Park got a sneak preview of the new 12-speed Paccar Automated Transmission ahead of its official launch. Here are his driving impressions.

Note the eNow solar panel on the roof fairing of this MVT rig. Photo courtesy MVT.

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Mesilla Valley Adopts Auxiliary Solar System

Mesilla Valley Transportation recently purchased close to 1,000 eNow solar auxiliary energy systems for its Navistar trucks. The pioneering fleet discovered benefits beyond reduced idling.

Rolf Lockwood

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Commentary: What Happens to SmartWay With EPA Under Fire?

Looks like SmartWay’s days are numbered, if not those of the entire Environmental Protection Agency, but we shouldn't be especially sad if EPA budget cuts kill SmartWay. We have options, writes Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

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