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December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Battery Breakthrough Could Triple EV Range

Photo via Noya Fields/Flickr

New research at the University of Waterloo in Canada could lead to the development of batteries with triple the range of current battery technology for electric vehicles.

Tags: Research, Batteries, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

PepsiCo Orders 100 Tesla Semis

Photo: Tesla

PepsiCo is the latest large fleet to make a significant investment in the recently announced Tesla Semi electric heavy-duty truck, reportedly ordering 100 vehicles.

Tags: PepsiCo, New Vehicle Sales, Tesla, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair – but could change that. Photo via CalTrans

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Western States Trucking Association, VMT, Taxation, Alternative Fuels

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Propane Autogas Fuels ReadyRefresh Delivery Trucks

ReadyRefresh’s additional Ford F-650/750 delivery trucks are each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system that provides 55 usable gallons of fuel. (Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech)

Environmental stewardship is driving Nestlé Waters North America’s deployment of more than 400 additional medium-duty ReadyRefresh by Nestlé beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.

Tags: Nestle, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Delivery Fleets, Food and Beverage Fleets

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mythbusters' Hyneman Fights for Clean Air

Former Mythbusters star and clean air advocate Jamie Hyneman (image courtesy of Cummins Westport)<br />

Former Mythbusters' star Jamie Hyneman is stepping back in front of the camera to support the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). As part of his support, Hyneman is partnering with Cummins Westport to promote CAAP and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions on its own.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Mythbusters, Cummins Westport, CAAP, Clean Air Action Plan

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Invests in TransPower to Accelerate Electric Platform Development

Meritor announced a strategic investment in TransPower, an electrification technology for large commercial vehicles, to help speed the development of its electric vehicle platforms.

Tags: Investment, Meritor, Drivetrains, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, TransPower

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Photo: XL Hybrids.

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid-electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Tags: New York, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Verizon

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Defense: Code Words Prove that Fraud Was Secret at Pilot Flying J

The defense in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate fraud trial has attacked the notion that wrongdoing was an open secret at the company, pointing to the frequent use of code words between members of the sales staff, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

First FedEx Ground Provider Adds Workhorse Electric Van

Image of E-GEN courtesy of Workhorse

Workhorse Group Inc. has announced that Colonial Routes, Inc. in Farmington, N.Y., is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse's new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles.

Tags: Workhorse, E-GEN, E-100, Cargo Vans, Delivery Fleets, Package Delivery Fleet, Step Vans, FedEx

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

Mail Contractor Touts Low Carbon Footprint of ISL G Engine

Photo via Sheehy Mail Contractors

Sheehy Mail Contractors announced that it is testing the Cummins-Westport ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine using renewable natural gas, which the company said will produce the lowest carbon footprint of any modern-day fuel.

Tags: Emissions, Carbon Footprint, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, Renewable Natural Gas, CNG, LNG

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Refuse Trucks Driving Up Natural Gas Fuel Use

ACT Research analysts indicate that refuse is the lead market segment in converting heavy-duty vehicles to natural gas. Photo: Mack Trucks

An increase in heavy-duty natural gas use is being driven by the refuse industry, which has been adding new natural gas-powered trucks in significant volumes, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Engines, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Refuse Fleets

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Proposal to Exempt Gliders from GHG Regs Draws Criticism in Hearing

This ICCT graphic shows per-mile emissions of glider vehicles vs. EPA-2010 trucks. Results derived from testing conducted by EPA&#39;s National Vehicle &amp;amp; Fuel Emissions Laboratory. Results reflect a 95% weighting of highway activity and 5% weighting of transient activity for a test vehicle with a combined weight of 60,000 pounds.

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to roll back the glider kit portion of its greenhouse gas emissions regulations testified Monday that the agency is ignoring its own research and that excepting gliders will put truck and engine makers at a significant competitive disadvantage.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Names New President, Makes Board Changes

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of CWI, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Photo via LinkedIn.

Bart van Aerle has been appointed president of Cummins Westport Inc. The company has also appointed a new board chair and elected new members to the board.

Tags: Cummins, Leadership, Natural Gas Engines, People, Cummins Westport, Westport

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

ACT to Study Potential of Electric Truck Market

Photo: Nikola Motor Company

ACT Research has announced that it is developing a multi-client study, examining the market potential in the U.S. and Canada for electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles through 2035.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Electric Vehicles

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota to Build Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure at Calif. Port

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor North America is building what it claims will be the world's first fuel cell power generation play and a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach to support its operations, the company has announced.

Tags: Toyota, L.A. Auto Show, Ports, Hydrogen Fueling Stations

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Electric, Hybrid Trucks to Exceed 1.6 Million Units by 2027

One of the electric trucks that are adding to the growth in future estimates is the Mitsubishi eCanter. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso)

The overall medium- and heavy-duty truck market is projected to continue its reliance on conventional diesel powertrain for the next decade, but hybrid and electric powertrains populations will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 to 1.66 million from 2017 to 2027.

Tags: Truck Sales, Navigant Research, Hybrid-Electric Truck, Electric Trucks, Predictions

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo and Clean Energy Form Natural Gas Compressor Company

Photo of a Clean Energy CNG Station courtesy of  Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Landi Renzo and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will form a new standalone company that will supply natural gas compressors to meet the growing demand of transportation fleets that seek solutions to replace diesel.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Joint Venture, Landi Renzo

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Lists Electric Truck at $150K for Base Model

Photo: Tesla

Tesla has posted the prices for its upcoming electric truck, the Tesla Semi, showing an expected price of $150,000 for the base model. A version with a longer range will start at $180,000.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Use of Natural Gas

Ryder operates a fleet of liquified natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks and has now partnered with Clean Energy. (Image courtesy of Business Wire)

Clean Energy will open a station in Georgetown to fuel the trucks that are expected to consume approximately 380,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of liquified natural gas each year.

Tags: Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, Ryder

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Inks Another Huge Contract for Renewable Natural Gas Fuel

Photo: UPS

Package-hauling giant UPS signed an agreement with Big Ox Energy to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas per year. UPS said this is the company’s largest investment in RNG to date.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reserves Multiple Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

Photo: Tesla

J.B. Hunt Transportation announced that it placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi electric tractors that was unveiled on Nov. 16.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Unveils All-Electric Class 8 Semi Truck

Tesla chief Elon Musk talks to a crowd during the Semi unveiling. Photo: Tesla

Tesla says its new, all-electric Class 8 Semi will feature a 500-mile range on a single battery charge, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when bobtail, and is actually cheaper to operate per mile than a comparable diesel truck.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

First Look: Tesla's All-Electric Semi Truck

Screen shot from Tesla&#39;s live feed unveiling its electric semi.

Tesla’s new electric truck is a Class 8 daycab that features a highly aggressive aerodynamic design and all-electric drivetrain, and Elon Musk promises a 500-mile range. "You can go out to the middle of nowhere and come back." HDT's Jack Roberts is at the launch and has this report.

Tags: Class 8, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

BYD Delivers First All-Electric Side Loader Refuse Truck

Photo courtesy of the City of Palo Alto, Calif.

The first all-electric automated side loader refuse truck from BYD was presented to the City of Palo Alto, Calif., and GreenWaste, the city's waste hauler service provider.

Tags: BYD, Refuse Fleets, Waste Management, all-electric trucks

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Emails Offer Glimpse Inside Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam

HDT file photo

In the early days of the Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Fraud trial, a former sales director’s testimony and emails have given jurors a look at the fraud operation from the inside.

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

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