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June 21, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Truck Fleets Sign on for Run on Less MPG Roadshow

Image via RunOnLess.com

Seven U.S. truck fleets— together accounting for nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers-- have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a new cross-country “roadshow” aimed at showcasing advancements in fuel efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

Date and Location Set for Pilot Fuel Rebate Fraud Trial

Fleets were allegedly bilked out of rebates, prosecutors say. Photo: Jim Park

A date and location have been set for the trial of former Pilot Flying J executives in a fuel rebate scandal alleging a conspiracy and scheme to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Fuel

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Southern California Mayors Aim for Zero Emissions at Ports

(Left) Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a joint declaration to set goals for the transition to zero emissions at Southern California ports. Photo: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, are aiming for zero emissions at the ports or Los Angeles and Long Beach by 2035 as part of their commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals in their cities.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Emissions, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Electric Vehicles, California, Drayage

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Touts Fuel Agnosticism

FCCC S2G Flatbed (propane autogas). Image: FCCC

As a company, FCCC is strategically fuel-agnostic, currently building products powered by a range of alternative fuels, including liquified propane gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as traditional diesel and gasoline products.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, CNG, Fuel, Freightliner Custom Chassis

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Taking Long View of Sustainable Transportation

Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard (right) welcomes attendees to Movin&amp;rsquo; On conference as Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre looks on. Photo: Michelin

As Ralph Dimenna, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Truck Tires, sees it, the Movin’ On sustainability conference that the global tire maker is hosting this week aims “to promote free thinking” to help address the various issues now impacting transport mobility.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Movin' On Conference

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Offers Propane Autogas Medium-Duty Engine

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a medium-duty engine powered by a propane autogas that's 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard and has been approved for use by regulators, according to the company.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sacramento to Run Electric Garbage Truck on Regular Routes

The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, installed on the Sacramento electric refuse truck, transforms a chassis meant to be diesel-powered to one with zero-emission all-electric drive. Image: Motiv

The City of Sacramento, California, says it will run one of the first all-electric garbage trucks on regular routes in the area.

Tags: City of Sacramento, Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

Photo via Wikimedia.

A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Carrier Doubles CNG-Powered Fleet Size

Matheson Trucking has announced it will add 27 new CNG-powered tractors to its fleet this year. Photo: Matheson Trucking

Despite the fall-off in interest in natural gas fuel with the return of cheaper diesel prices, Sacramento's Matheson Trucking remains committed to increasing the use of clean energy fuels.

Tags: Environmentally Friendly, Alternative Fuels, GHG emissions, CNG

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Los Angeles Completes Battery-Electric Refuse Truck Demo

Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation has completed its battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with BYD and Wayne Engineering. This demo vehicle logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day.

Tags: BYD, Los Angeles, Alternative Fuels, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Natural Gas Road Rally Kicks Off In Long Beach

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

The Natural Gas Road Rally Across America has kicked off in Long Beach, Calif., sending several heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles powered by natural gas on a coast-to-coast road trip to Washington, D.C.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ports, CNG, LNG

June 5, 2017 - Press Release

Workhorse to Exhibit Plug-In Pickup at EUFMC

Workhorse will exhibit the new W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck at the 2017 Electric Utilities Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va., June 4-7.

Tags: Workhorse, EUFMC, Workhorse W-15, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

Photo: Pit Group

Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Tires, PIT Group

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

Photo: Peloton

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

Tags: Legislation, Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency, Advanced Technology

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Approves Renewable Diesel for Medium-Duty Engines

Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Renewable Diesel

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Second Annual Natural Gas Road Rally Planned

NGVAmerica, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Gas Association announced their Second Annual From Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Road Rally

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

Photo via Max Pixel

President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

Tags: Diesel Engines, General Motors, Lawsuits, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy to Test Truck Stop Electrification

Photo courtesy of Duke Energy

Drivers will be able to plug in their vehicles and keep electricity and hot or cold air on during overnight stays, avoiding idling engines.

Tags: Duke Energy, Truck Stops, Anti-Idling

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Clean Cities Fleets Reduce 230K Tons of GHG

Companies such as Alpha Baking Company (pictured), Ozinga and Testa Produce are examples of companies in the Chicago area that are using clean-burning alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of CACC.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) and its member fleets helped to displace nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum in 2016, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Changes Top Leadership

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NGVAmerica has appointed a new chairman and interim executive director, as well as set up a search committee to find a new president, who resigned in April.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Associations

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