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Photo: Alkane Truck Company

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Alkane Achieves DOT Compliance, Builds New Assembly Facility

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.

LNG is trucked from the plant to fueling facilities at fleets or truckstops. The trailers are built like a Thermos bottle, with an inner and outer skin. Photo: Pivotal

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10 Things You Might Not Know About LNG

Lower diesel prices may have slowed interest in natural gas fuel, but liquefied natural gas can still be a good fit for certain applications.

Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

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Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

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Commentary: Why VW’s ‘defeat device’ is different from what happened in trucking

The current situation surrounding the VW emissions scandal parallels trucking’s emissions difficulties that led to the “consent decree” in 1998.

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

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GHG Phase 2 Rules Don't Pass OEM Muster... Yet

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

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.

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HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

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

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12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Photo: Jim Park

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Much Work Remains to Get to Final Version of GHG Phase 2 Proposal

The old adage “the devil is in the details” could have been invented for the new “phase 2” greenhouse gas / fuel efficiency regulations proposed by the EPA and the NHTSA.

Photo by Jim Park

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TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Rolf Lockwood

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Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995

Today's complex engines may be different from in 1995 but the principles of getting better gas mileage haven't changed.

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