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April 21, 2017 - Industry News

Natural Gas Truck Sales Facing Headwinds

The natural gas truck market had a strong start to 2017 but it faces increased competition from traditional fuels, electric, and hybrid-electric options.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Refuse Fleets

April 20, 2017 - Product News

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer Medium-Duty Propane Autogas Tank

Photo of ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-450 courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a 35-gallon propane autogas fuel tank for medium-duty trucks such as the Ford F-450 and F-550, the Livonia, Mich.-based vehicle modifier has announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Fuel Tanks

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota to Road-Test Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

After teasing the concept late last year, Toyota Motor North America has announced plans to operate a Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck in real-world use in Southern California this summer.

Tags: Toyota, Emissions, CARB, Port of Los Angeles, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gains Approval from California for Conversions

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has gained approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell a modified hybrid version of Ford's Transit cargo van to fleets in that state. The XL Hybrids Transit has also gained eligibility for a $2,500 state voucher to defray the cost to fleet purchasers.

Tags: CARB, California, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Conversion, State Grants

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

HDTX to Feature Interactive Fuel Efficiency Roundtables

Photo: NACFE

Participants in next month’s Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event will participate in a special roundtable discussion about fuel economy technologies, facilitated by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and HDT editors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Events, NACFE, HDTX

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Gets Set to Run with the Big Rigs with Electric Truck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that his company would unveil a new, electric, autonomous truck this September. Photo: Jack Roberts

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tease-tweets an all-new, electric, autonomous semi truck set to be unveiled this September.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says attitudes in the trucking industry toward the viability of truck platooning have shifted dramatically in the past couple of years. Photo: Peloton Technology

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

Tags: Technology, Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Peloton Technology

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Releases PHEV Pickup Specs

Photo of W-15 courtesy of Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group's W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup should provide 80 miles of all-electric range and an equivalent of 75 miles per gallon when operating on electric power, the company has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Workhorse W-15

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

Congestion in California. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before going into effect.

Tags: California, Fuel Tax, Diesel Prices, Infrastructure Funding, Gasoline Prices

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Fuel Economy Challenge to Hit the Road in September

Run on Less participants will begin the contest by running normal routes and end with a drive to the new NACV Show in Atlanta this September. Photo: Ryder System

In September, a contingent of trucks from fleets around the country will hit the road to see if their special blend of vehicles, technology and drivers can log the highest fuel economy numbers in real-world operating conditions.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, NACV Show

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Increase to Start the Month

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased for the first time in a month, ending a streak of three straight weeks of price drops, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG Medium-Duty Ford Trucks

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi's Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of six medium-duty Ford trucks from the 2017 model year.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford F-450, Ford F-650, EPA Certification, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, Ford F-59, CNG Conversions, CNG

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Offer FlowBelow Fairing System on Model 579

Peterbilt is offering the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit aerodynamic rear fairing system for the Model 579, beginning in the second quarter of 2017.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, FlowBelow

March 31, 2017 - Industry News

Renewable Fuel Boosts Diesel's Dominance, Tech Forum Says

Screenshot via Neste YouTube

Alan Schaeffer of the Diesel Technology Forum also cited data showing that in emissions-sensitive southern California, more particulates come from brake dust and tire wear than from heavy diesel trucks.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Diesel Technology Forum, Renewable Diesel

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Governor's Fuel Tax Would Fund Infrastructure

Photo of Gov. Jerry Brown via Wikimedia.

California's Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed raising gasoline taxes and vehicle fees to raise $5 billion per year to repair the state's crumbling streets, highways, and bridges.

Tags: California, Fuel Tax, Taxation

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Rail Management Services Goes Electric

Orange EV's terminal truck. (Photo courtesy of Orange EV).

Rail Management Services (RMS) has placed a follow-on order for nine additional Orange EV T-Series pure electric terminal trucks. The trucks are being worked into onsite fleets to supplement and replace RMS's diesel trucks.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks, Rail Yards

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

Prestolite Taking Part in SuperTruck II Program

Prestolite Electric, a manufacturer of alternators, starters and new energy solutions, and its parent company Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., will participate in the development of advanced technologies in support of the SuperTruck II program.

Tags: SuperTruck, Alternators, Prestolite

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, Ford, Motorcraft, Ford Super Duty, CK-4

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall; U.S. Crude Production Slipped in 2016

Source: EIA

The price of diesel fuel continued to slide last week, as the latest numbers from the Energy Department show a two-week trend of falling fuel prices.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Two Peterbilt Models Eligible for HVIP

Image of Peterbilt Model 320 courtesy of Peterbilt.

The Peterbilt Models 520 and 320 equipped with the Cummins ISL-G Near Zero engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

Tags: Peterbilt, HVIP, Model 320, Model 520, ISL-G

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Alkane to License Assembly Operations in North America

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

Alkane Truck Company, a South Carolina-based assembler of alternative fuel vehicles, has announced plans to establish more than a dozen assembly facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the next three years.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Alkane Truck Company, Assembly Plants

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump, Global

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner to Offer CNG-Equipped Stripped Chassis

Photo: Freightliner Custom Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis, Clean Energy Fuels, and Green Alternative Systems have partnered to provide a compressed natural gas fuel system on FCCC’s CNG MT-45/55 chassis.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Freightliner, Work Truck Show, Delivery Fleets, Vocational Trucks, Stripped Chassis, Alternative Fuels

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Invests More Than $90M In Natural Gas

Photo: UPS

UPS said it will invest more than $90 million in natural gas facilities and vehicles, including fueling stations, compressed natural gas trucks and liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG

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