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April 26, 2018 - Industry News

SAE Publishes Charging Recommendation for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles

The J3068 coupler was developed from existing international standards, which were extended to cover higher North American grid voltages and higher power levels. Photo: SAE

The Society of Automotive Engineers developed a recommended practice for plug-in charging of heavy duty electric vehicles. The new standard was designed to offer a single vehicle charging coupler solution for three-phase and single-phase AC and DC charging.

Tags: SAE International, SAE, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Plans for Electric Refuse Truck in NYC by 2019

Mack has plans to deploy an electric LR model in New York City by 2019. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has announced plans to deploy a Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated electric drivetrain in the New York City Department of Sanitation fleet by 2019.

Tags: New York City, Sanitation, Mack Trucks, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, WasteExpo

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Amp Americas Opens 20th CNG Station Location

Amp Americas' new CNG fueling station in Buda, Texas, is a public station that is used to fuel US Foods' fleet of 50 CNG trucks. Photo: Amp Americas

Amp Americas has announced the opening of its new public-access Amp CNG fueling station in Buda, Texas, with US Foods serving as the station’s anchor fleet.

Tags: Texas, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 23, 2018 - Industry News

Texas Solar Fleet Adds Plug-In Hybrid F-150s

CPS Energy has purchased 34 XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Photo: XL

CPS Energy has announced the purchase of 34 XLP Plug-In Hybrid Electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks, the largest purchase of plug-in F-150s by any utility or private company to date, according to CPS.

Tags: Ford F-150, Utility Fleets, Hybrid Trucks, XL, Energy Fleets, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Celebrates 35 Years of Innovative Truck Design in North America

The 1983 introduction of the Integral Sleeper inspired a design revolution for conventional model trucks. It was also colloquially known as the conventional-cabover. Photo: Volvo Trucks

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Volvo’s introduction of the Integral Sleeper, the first North American conventional truck model to offer a modern, streamlined design and a fully integrated sleeper compartment.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Aerodynamics, Sleepers, Anniversaries

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Stemco Strips the Risk from TrailerTail Ownership

Stemco's new TrailerTail Automatic opens and closes automatically to improve driver convenience while eliminating damage risk and ensuring fuel efficiency. Photo: Stemco

Stemco's new TrailerTail Automatic opens and closes automatically to improve driver convenience while eliminating damage risk and ensuring fuel efficiency.

Tags: Stemco, Trailer Aerodynamics, TrailerTails

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

CARB Fines Fleets for Hiring Trucks Not Meeting California Emissions Standards

The California Truck and Bus emissions regulation requires fleets to verify that all hired or dispatched trucks are compliant air pollution standards. Photo: Jim Park

The California Air Resources Board has fined Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems for failing to verify that trucks hired or dispatched were compliant with the state’s truck emissions regulations.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Fines, Roadrunner Transportation, Marten Transport, Freight Brokers

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Puget Sound Energy Adds 40 XL Hybrid Transit Vans

The utility worked with XL to upfit each van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Photo courtesy of XL

Puget Sound Energy has added 40 new Ford Transit utility vans equipped with a hybrid electric drive system from XL.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets, Ford Transit, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, XL, Hybrid Trucks

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FHWA Clarifies Weight Allowance for Natural Gas Trucks

A new memo issued by the FHWA clarifies current weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks nationwide. Photo: Freightliner

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a new memorandum to help clarify weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Truck Size/Weight

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Brings On Alt-Fuels Expert as Technologies VP

Jesse Schneider, vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell tehcnologies at Nikola Motors. Photo: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motors has hired automotive industry alternative fuels expert Jesse Schneider as its vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Tags: Leadership, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, People, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

April 12, 2018 - Global News

Volvo Unveils All-Electric Truck for Europe

Volvo’s new FL Electric Truck will have a daily range of approximately 186 miles and will enter serial production in Europe next year. Photo: Volvo

Volvo has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use in Europe, the FL Electric, designed for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.

Tags: Volvo, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, Global, Sweden

April 9, 2018 - Industry News

SoCalGas Helps Calif. Fleets Acquire Natural Gas Trucks

Photo of a heavy-duty truck via Pixabay

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced efforts to help California fleets get more drivers behind the wheel of near-zero emissions heavy-duty natural gas trucks.

Tags: SCAQMD, Grant Funding, Heavy-Duty Trucks, SoCalGas

April 5, 2018 - Global News

Chinese Joint Venture Announces Autonomous Truck Development Project

G7 founder and CEO Xuehun Zhai. Photo: G7<br />

G7 Networks says its new joint venture with other Chinese firms will seek to develop autonomous-driven electric heavy-duty trucks that are highly efficient, safe and easy to manage.

Tags: China, Alternative Fuels, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Jabs Tesla - Vows to Return Pre-Production Deposit Money

In a recent tweet apparently aimed at Tesla, electric truck OEM Nikola said it did not need customer deposits to run its business. Photo: Tom Berg

In a Tweet on April 4, 2018, electric truck OEM Nikola said it did not need deposit money to operate its busines – an apparent jab at Tesla's long-rumored financial troubles.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar Inks Agreement to Develop Composite Materials for Class 8 Trucks

Navistar&#39;s agreement to explore composite materials for Class 8 trucks comes on the heels of the company&#39;s SuperTruck II project. Photo: Jack Roberts

Navistar has signed an agreement with TPI Composites to design and develop Class 8 trucks with lighter-weight frame rails and body panels crafted from composite materials.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, Fiberglass Composites, SuperTruck, Future Trucks, Composites

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Lightning Systems Electric Ford Transit: 61 MPGe in the City

Photo of the Ford Transit LightningElectric courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems’ battery-electric Ford Transit LightningElectric will provide a fuel economy rating of 61 MPGe in the city and 66 MPGe on the highway, according to the vehicle modifier, which will display it for fleets around the U.S. in April and May.

Tags: Ford Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Lightning Systems, Conversion, Cargo Vans

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Orders Revision of Fuel Economy Rules

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

The Trump administration began the process of revising Obama-era fuel economy standards for vehicle manufacturers today, and announced it may revoke California's waiver that allows that state to set its own emissions rules.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Donald Trump

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

CEO Elon Musk says Tesla&#39;s Semi electric truck will have a daily range of 500 miles. Photo: Jack Roberts

FedEx says the 20 Semi, all-electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Freight in its less-than-truckload business unit.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Tesla, Future Trucks, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Workhorse Deploys Fleet of Electric Vans in San Francisco

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group Inc.

Workhorse Group Inc. is deploying a fleet of battery-electric cargo vans in the San Francisco Bay area for last-mile delivery and commercial work fleets.

Tags: San Francisco, Workhorse, Last Mile Delivery, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Receives CARB Certification

Engine image coutesy of ROUSH CleanTech

Roush CleanTech is the first propane autogas fuel system manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s and California Air Resources Board’s heavy duty-onboard diagnostics certification for all its engines, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, CARB Certification

March 26, 2018 - Product News

Eco Flaps, RealWheels and IMI Partner on Fuel Savings Package

Eco Flaps, IMI and RealWheels Corporation are offering an MGP Smart Pack of fuel-savings products that can be purchased together. From Left: Bren Marshell, Eco Flaps; Bob Fogal, IMI; Jan Polka, RealWheels Corporation.

Eco Flaps has partnered with RealWheels Corporation and IMI to offer a package of products that helps improve tractor fuel consumption.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, IMI, Mud Flaps, Wheel Balancers

March 23, 2018 - Product News

One20 Fuel Program Caters to Owner-Operators and Small Fleets

One20 members will have access to fuel discounts as high as 55 cents per gallon at more than 2,000 participating retailers nationwide. Image: One20

One20 has added the One20 Fuel Program as a membership benefit for truckers that could save members money in fuel costs, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tags: Membership, Fuel Costs, MATS, One20, Fuel Cards

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Delivery Fleet Leases Hybrid Step Vans from Ryder

W.B. Mason has taken delivery of four Workhorse E-Gen hybrid-electric vehicles through Ryder. (Photo courtesy of Ryder.)

W.B. Mason, the nation’s second-largest privately owned office products dealer, has taken delivery of several Workhorse E-Gen electrified, range-extended step vans on leases from Ryder System, Inc., the company announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Morgan Olson, Delivery Fleets, Step Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ryder, Leasing

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Introduced as Cummins Integrated Power

Cummins highlighted the new name at its booth at the Technology &amp;amp; Maintenance Council annual meeting. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Cummins is repositioning itself as Cummins Integrated Power. The new name denotes both the company’s expertise in technology integration and its reach into different alternative fuel segments, including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and battery-electric.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

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