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September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls Again, Lowest Since July 2012

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has managed to go another week without an increase, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J President Target of Criminal Probe

A one-time top lieutenant with truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been named a target of an investigation that the company bilked trucking customers out of money from rebates in order to inflate company profits.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency

Graphic via Wabco.

Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

Tags: IAA, Fuel Economy, Driver Assistance Systems, Wabco, Adaptive Cruise Control

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

New Website Aims to Provide Unbiased Information on Fleet Efficiency Technologies

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency have officially launched a joint program to drive the adoption of efficiency technologies and double fleet efficiency. The launch was marked with the release of a free, independent, online technology guide to help fleet owners make the best choices for their operations.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Carbon War Room, Aerodynamics, Freight Efficiency, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Ambassadors Featured at Green Fleet Conference

Illustration via GFC.

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference will feature fuel ambassadors representing a different type of alternative fuel or technology from four organizations.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, National Biodiesel Board, Propane Education & Research Council, Diesel Technology Forum, Electrification Coalition

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Westport Innovations

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Continue Falling, Diesel Lowest Since July 2012

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved lower once again, shedding 2.3 cents from a week ago and hitting it lowest price since mid-July of 2012.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Public-Access CNG Station Opens in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Picture via Trillium.

Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products opened a newly constructed natural gas fueling station in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Agility Hires Industry Veteran Andy Douglas as Senior VP of Sales

Andy Douglas via Agility

Agility Fuel Systems has announced that Andy Douglas will be the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Tags: Paccar, Natural Gas, People, Agility Fuel Systems

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas Adoption Increases Slowly, ACT Reports

A natural gas fueling station getting ready to open. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACT Research published a new report that shows natural gas adoption in the heavy-duty truck market has grown, but at a slower rate than predicted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Joint Venture Provides Natural Gas Fueling to Bulk Fuel Haulers

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Fuels has partnered with Mansfield Energy to form a joint venture which will provide natural gas fueling to bulk fuel haulers in the U.S.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Joint Venture, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Mansfield Energy Corp., Bulk Tank Trailers

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Hits Lowest Level in More Than Two Years

The average cost of on-highway diesel fuel has resumed falling after being unchanged last week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Shuts Down Production

One of Boulder Electric Vehicles' models on display in May 2013 during the Southeastern High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

One company that made medium-duty electrically powered trucks has ended production, but says it has not gone away entirely.

Tags: Boulder Electric Vehicle, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Leased CNG Trucks

The bakery giant says it's continually looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: Clean Energy Fuels.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is leasing 16 natural gas trucks for its California trucking fleet. Bimbo has a fueling agreement in place with Clean Energy Fuels to fuel the fleet of Class 8, heavy-duty trucks using Clean Energy's network of public-access CNG stations throughout Northern California.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Bimbo Bakeries, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Private Fleets

September 11, 2014 - Product News

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star's 5700XE as the wind sees it. Photo by Jim Park.

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

Tags: DD15, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit DT12, Aerodynamics, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitek Receives Approval for Detroit Diesel Natural Gas Conversions

Omnitek Engineering has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine families for model years 1988 to 2009.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Natural Gas Conversions, Omnitek Engineering

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Forecast to Move Lower

U.S. on highway diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.92 per gallon in 2013, are projected to fall to an average of $3.86 this year and...

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Unchanged from Last Week, 16.7 Cents Less Than 2013

The ride of continuously falling on-highway diesel prices is over, with the average U.S. cost unchanged over the past week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Houston Fleet Goes CNG

Photo via Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch is converting its 66-tractor fleet in Houston from diesel to compressed natural gas to help it meet new sustainability goals.

Tags: Ryder, CNG Conversions, CNG, Anheuser-Busch, Private Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Texas, Alternative Fuels

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Signs Off on Oberon’s DME as Alternative Fuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Oberon Fuel’s biogas-based dimethyl ether as meeting the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, helping clear the way for it to be an alternative fuel for trucking.

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

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Stirs up Medium-Duty Market with Dual-Clutch Transmission

The Procision transmission was unveiled at Eaton's Marshall, Mich., proving grounds on Sept. 4. Photo: Jim Park

A new medium-duty, dual-clutch transmission from Eaton, called Procision, promises automatic-like driver feel and interface with the performance attributes of a manual transmission, plus fuel and maintenance savings. Equipment Editor Jim Park has the story.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Efficiency

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Discontinues Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks

Utilities were a popular application for the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid.

Eaton has confirmed that it's out of the diesel-electric hybrid business in North America, after government incentives and stabilizing diesel prices contributed to a market largely drying up.

Tags: Eaton Corp., Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Vehicle Discontinuation

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Quantum Sells CNG Systems to Bulk Carrier

Quantum Fuel Systems announced that it received orders for its CNG storage modules from Time Transport Inc.

Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, CNG, CNG Tanks, Fleets

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