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August 29, 2014 - Industry News

New Rules Give Builders ‘More Flexibility’ for DEF Tanks, EPA Says

New rules say the blue-capped DEF tank can be replenished more often, allowing trucks to carry less fluid. Thus tanks could become smaller.

One practical result is that trucks could get smaller DEF tanks than now, because the special fluid is widely available and not as much of it must be carried aboard the vehicle.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, DEF, EPA, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, DEF tanks

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Cracks Down On Violations with Big Fines

The California Air Resources Board has fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and DBI Beverage Inc. for environmental violations relating to their diesel fleets.

Tags: CARB, Fines, Air Pollution, California, Emissions, Food & Beverage Fleet

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Gets 14 MPG Hybrid Hino Truck

Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air has added this diesel-electric hybrid Hino to its truck fleet.

To reduce its carbon footprint and fuel expenses, this plumbing, heating and air company has started to integrate the hybrid Hino cab-over into its service truck fleet.

Tags: Hino 195h, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Cab-Over Truck, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Lower Fuel Prices Forecast for 2015

If you have been enjoying the recent drop in fuel prices, expect it to continue into next year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Department of Energy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Lowest Price in More Than a Year

There seems to be no letting up when it comes to recent declines in the average price of on-highway diesel, with it hitting its lowest level since July 2013.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

IdleAir Continuing Growth with Truckstop, Dedicated Terminal Facilities

Photo: IdleAir Facebook page

Truckstop electrification services provider IdleAir reports it continues to grow its number of locations since reopening under a new owner about four years ago.

Tags: Truckstops, IdleAir, Idle Reduction

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Introduces the Heavy Duty Green Symposium

This year’s Green Fleet Conference will include a series of sessions aimed specifically at trucking fleets called the Heavy Duty Green Symposium.

Tags: Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Heavy Duty Green Symposium, Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Recognizes Innovators of the Year

PeopleNet executives, Rick Ochsendorf, senior vice president of operations (far left), Brian McLaughlin, president (center), and Mark Botticelli, chief technology officer (far right) awarded Old Dominion Freight Line the Tier 3 Innovator of the Year Award. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As part of its 2014 User Conference, PeopleNet spent Tuesday evening recognizing the top innovators among its client base, fleets that have demonstrated exceptional leadership over the past year by using PeopleNet products and services to create unique solutions that accelerate and drive return on investment.

Tags: PeopleNet, Industry Event, Awards, Fleets, Telematics

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Deadline Extended for Top 50 Green Fleets Nominations

The deadline to nominate a fleet for Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 50 Green Fleets has been extended through the end of the month to Friday, August 29.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Top 50 Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency, Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Seventh Straight Week to $3.835

The average cost of on-highway diesel in the U.S. continues slowly moving lower, posting its seventh consecutive weekly drop, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Blu Launches Innovative Gas Recapture System

Photo via Blu.

Blu has launched a new gas recapture system for its LNG fueling station in Nampa, Idaho.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Blu, LNG Fueling Station, Natural Gas, Idaho

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Says it's First to Meet CARB Low-Emission Standards in Medium-Duty Vehicle

Cummins announced that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board, meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, California, Ram, California Air Resources Board, Engines

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Two New Travel Stops

Photo via Love's.

Love’s Travel Stops opened two new locations in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, I-75, I-80, Florida, Iowa, Truckstops

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo’s Enhanced 2016 VN Series Trucks Tout Increased Fuel Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo announced several enhancements to the 2016 VN Series highway tractors designed to improve fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Powertrains

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

FleetCor Purchasing Comdata for Nearly $3.5 Billion

FleetCor Technologies, a provider of fuel cards and workforce payment services, has signed an agreement to purchase electronic payment services provider Comdata for $3.45 billion.

Tags: Comdata, Fleet Card, FleetCor Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

Mark Smith (left) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co. will deliver the keynote addresses at his year's Green Fleet Conference.

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference & Expo (GFC) announced its schedule for the annual event Oct. 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Lower for Sixth Straight Week to $3.843

UPDATED -- The average cost of diesel keeps moving lower, hitting its lowest level since last mid-November, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Electrification System to be Tested at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

Siemens already is testing an e-highway system in Europe. Photo: Siemens

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has selected a company to install a catenary system, essentially overhead electrical lines, which supplies trucks with electric power, similar to how modern day trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets, while still offering the same flexibility as diesel trucks.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Diesel Emissions, Port Trucking, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Port of Los Angeles, California

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens Four New Locations

The new Pilot in Grand Junction, Colo. Photo courtesy Pilot Flying J.

Travel center chain Pilot Flying J opened four new locations in July, in Grand Junction, Colo., Tonkawa, Okla., Tilden, Texas, and Fernley, Nev.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Chinese Gliders Are Platforms for New American Class 7-8 Trucks

This Alkane prototype heavy tractor has a Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton UltraShift transmission. Its LNG system might be changed to easier-to-handle CNG. Photo: Alkane

Alkane Truck Co. will install domestic propane and natural gas engines and fuel systems, and automatic or automated manual transmissions in Daimler Foton chassis for sale in the U.S.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Class 7, Class 8

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Keep Moving Lower as Oil Declines

The average cost of diesel has declined another half-cent from last week to $3.853 per gallon, its lowest price since late last November.

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Ordered to Mediation

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, LNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, Vocational

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