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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

March 19, 2018 - Global News

Fuso eCanter Hits Road in Great Britain Fleets

Photo of eCanter used by Hovis courtesy of Daimler Trucks.

Daimler Trucks handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to three fleets in Great Britain. This now brings the electric light-duty truck to a further major market following the market launches in New York, Tokyo, and Berlin.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Electric Trucks, eCanter, Global

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Scania Inks Historic Platooning Agreement

Scania cabover tractor-trailers conduct a platooning test on a track in Europe. Photo: Scania

European truck OEM Scania has inked what it calls a "landmark" agreement to begin testing platooning operations on Scandinavian highways.

Tags: Scania, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Promotes Mouw to President

Roush CleanTech promoted Todd Mouw to president.

Propane autogas vehicle modifier Roush CleanTech has promoted Todd Mouw to president and made several other personnel changes, the company announced.

Tags: ROUSH CleanTech, Promotions, Vehicle Modifiers, ROUSH Performance, Propane Autogas, Leadership

March 13, 2018 - Product News

WEX Inc. Introduces Fuel Card for Mixed Fleets

Photo: WEX Inc.

WEX Inc. has introduced WEX Cross Roads, a one-card solution for fleets requiring unleaded and diesel fueling options at truck stops and convenience stores, the payment provider announced.

Tags: WEX, Fuel Cards, Truck Stops, Diesel Fuel

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