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February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Three Former Employees Found Guilty in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

Three of the four former Pilot Flying J sales employees on trial for their roles in a fuel-rebate scam that defrauded trucking companies of millions of dollars have been found guilty.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Trial

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Unveils Model 579 UltraLoft Integrated Sleeper Truck

A fold-down ladder offers easy access to the Model 579 UltraLoft's upper sleeper bunk. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has introduced its new Model 579 UltraLoft, an integrated high-loft sleeper truck designed to give driver teams and solo truck drivers extra space and amenities, with a fuel efficiency boost as well.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Model 579, Sleepers

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

New York Fleet Deploys Orange EV Yard Truck

Innovative Transportation Services (ITS) stands with their new Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck. (L-R) Bill Loupee, VP of both ITS and TCS (Transportation and Consolidation Services, Inc.); James Hotnich, dispatch manager; Owen Owens, driver; and Dave Harper, president of ITS. (Photo courtesy of Orange EV)

Sonwil Distribution Center deployed Orange EV’s T-Series pure-electric terminal truck at its 300,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Buffalo, New York.

Tags: Dispatch, Orange EV, Yard Truck, Terminal Truck

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Offers Ship-Thru Codes on GM Vans

Fleet's can now order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet and GMC vans (pictured) starting with 6.0L models. (Image courtesy of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids, Inc., announced that ship-thru codes are available for its XLH hybrid-electric system on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans and cutaways.

Tags: Chevrolet, GMC Savana, Battery-Electric Vehicles, XL Hybriids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide, Adrian Steel

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Renewable Dairy Fuels Adding RNG Plant

Imge courtesy of AMP Americas

Located in Fair Oaks, Ind., the dairy project will be Renewable Dairy Fuels second biogas facility producing renewable natural gas from dairy waste for transportation fuel.

Tags: Renewable Dairy Fuels, RNG, AMP Americas, Biogas

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Sneak Peek at Zero-Emissions Transport Truck

Kenworth's Zero Emissions Cargo Transport heavy-duty truck can haul 80,000 lb at 30-50 mph a distance of 30-50 miles; an ideal setup for port drayage service. Photo: Jim Park

Kenworth's latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT), is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 100 miles of travel fully loaded. Equipment Editor Jim Park got to take the truck for a spin.

Tags: Kenworth, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Drayage, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Seattle's Independent Port Drivers Get More Time to Buy Clean Trucks

Independent truck drivers at the Port of Tacoma say that regulations requiring new, clearner trucks, are too costly for them to comply with. Photo: Port of Tacoma

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington reached a compromise with independent truckers who threatened a walk-out over a program that would ban trucks that don’t meet 2007 emissions standards from the ports.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Ports, Independent Contractors, Truck Drivers, Clean Truck Program, Intermodal, Drayage

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Details Emerge on Tesla's Planned Electric Truck Charging Network

According to a Reuters report, Tesla is working with several leading North American fleets to install a network of electric truck charging stations. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by Reuters indicates Tesla is working with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and UPS to put an electric truck charging network in place ahead of the truck's start of production next year.

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

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Argonne Lab Offers Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator

Photo via NGVAmerica.

This online resource was created to provide state officials and fleet managers with an accurate tool to gauge emissions reductions across various medium- and heavy-duty vehicle project options affiliated with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Settlement.

Tags: Emissions, NGVAmerica, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Argonne National Laboratory, Online Tool

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial Winds Down

In 2012, the FBI alleged that Pilot Flying J defrauded as many as 5,500 customers of more than $56 million in rebates which were owned but never paid. Photo: Jim Park

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J sales executives accused of defrauding trucking companies in a fuel rebate scam is coming to a close, with final arguments and deliberations scheduled for next week

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Rebates, Trial

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Taps UK Battery Maker for Electric Truck Development

In August of last year, Cummis unveiled an all-electric demonstration vehicle dubbed the Urban Hauler EV. Photo: Jim Park

Cummins has acquired Johnson Matthewy’s UK automotive battery systems business, with plans to collaborate on the development of high-energy battery materials for commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle applications.

Tags: Cummins, Mergers & Acquisitions, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Global

January 31, 2018 - Product News

Integration Brings Diesel Pricing Tool to Truck Parking USA Platform

The Truck Parking USA platform now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool thanks to a partnership with the truck routing software company ProMiles. Photo: Truck Parking USA

The Truck Parking USA platform now includes a location-based fuel pricing tool, thanks to a partnership with the truck routing software company ProMiles.

Tags: ProMiles, Truck Parking, Software Integration, Mobile Apps, Diesel Prices

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Chooses Arizona Location for Hydrogen-Electric Truck Headquarters

Nikola spent 12 months considering 30 site locations in nine states, before settling on Buckeye, Arizona. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company has selected Buckeye, Arizona, for its hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Keynote Speaker Named for Green Truck Summit

Daimler Trucks North America's Kary Schaefer will keynote NTEA's Green Truck Summit. Photo:

Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner Trucks and Detroit brands, will discuss new truck technologies and alternative powertrains in her Green Truck Summit keynote presentation.

Tags: Work Truck Show, DTNA, Freightliner, Green Truck Summit, Keynote Speaker, Detroit, WTS18, Work Trucks, Clean Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Events

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Prices Up Versus 2017

Image of Diesel Fuel Pump courtesy of WikiCommons

The national price of diesel fuel dropped by $0.003 the week of January 22 compared to the previous week but has increased by $0.456 compared to one year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, U.S. EIA

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers “without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.” Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Geely Holding, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Busy Truck Stop Finds Success with Biofuels

Fontana Truck Stop Center has found that offering renewable fuels is one way to stand out, so they sell biodiesel blends and a blend of biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) at its diesel islands.

Tags: Biodiesel, Biofuels, CNG, Truck Stops, Fontana Truck Center

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, SmartWay, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy, CNG, Kimberly-Clark, Intermodal, Pitt Ohio, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Thor Trucks Takes Different Approach to Electric Trucks

Thor Trucks is a new electric truck company initially focused on regional-haul applications. Photo: Thor Trucks

A new electric truck company thinks its modest approach will captivate regional-haul trucking fleets. The Thor Trucks team is focused on providing long-haul electric truck solutions that it says are “reasonable and profitable now.”

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Regional Haul

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Shows Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 at CES

Kenworth's Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 day cab at the Port of Seattle. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth showed a zero-emissions T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell as part of its Paccar Innovations booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Tags: Kenworth, SCAQMD, Grant Funding, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, T680, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, CES, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

EPA, CARB Certify Cummins Westport ISX12N Natural Gas Engine

ISX12N Natural Gas Engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport announced that the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have certified the 2018 ISX12N natural gas engine.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Engines, GHG Phase 2, Emissions Reduction

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general, and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the Obama administration’s ruling on glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, EPA, Environmental Defense Fund, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets Latest CARB Approval

Image of converted Ford F-150 courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State of California.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids

January 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's first diesel-powered 2018 F-150 pickup can deliver an EPA-rated 30 mpg in highway driving, which would put it among the most fuel-efficient pickups available when it goes on sale in the spring.

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

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Scores Strongly in Independent Testing

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

The new four-cylinder Isuzu FTR truck achieved a strong all-around showing in independent testing, according to results announced by Isuzu commercial Truck of America.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Testing, FTR

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