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March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

Photo via Wikimedia.

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Actwas on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Expands Advantage Product Line, Adds Coast Mode to AMTs

Eaton now offers is Advantage Series transmission in more configurations to broaden its appear to different long-haul, linehaul and regional markets. The Advantage Series automated models now come with a fuel-saving coast mode to decrease parasitic drag on the drive train when operating on hilly terrain.

Tags: Eaton, Automated Manual Transmissions, Eaton Advantage, UltraShift Plus

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dean Foods Rolling Out 64 CNG Trucks, Fueling

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Dean Foods, one of the nation's largest food and beverage companies, will begin adding 64 medium- and heavy-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and a fueling station at its Houston plant under a new agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Medium-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Launches Two-Stage Turbocharger

The MY-2016 Nissan Titan XD will be equipped with a Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel. Photo: Nissan

Cummins Turbo Technologies, a manufacturer of turbocharger technology, will officially launch its new two-stage turbocharger powering the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Cummins Turbo Diesel

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Preparing ‘Dual Range Disconnect’ 6x4-6x2 Tandem

Photo: Dave Cullen

Dana engineers are working on a Spicer Dual Range Disconnect tandem rear axle that combines the traction advantages of a dual-drive 6x4 configuration with the fuel economy of a single-drive 6x2.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Dana Spicer, Tandem axle, 6x2 axle, 6x4 axle, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Efficiency with 579 Epiq

Photo: Peterbilt

During its presentation at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, Peterbilt reported up to a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency reached with its Model 579 Epiq.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Epiq

March 25, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Achieves 115% Efficiency Improvement with SuperTruck

Freightliner's SuperTruck. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its futuristic SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, saying the project exceeded the company’s expectations. The DTNA SuperTruck has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, surpassing the Department of Energy program’s goal of 50% improvement.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, SuperTruck, Fuel Efficiency

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Makes Predictive Cruise Control Standard

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

The Kenworth Predictive Cruise Control is now standard on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The option was originally introduced last fall.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, MX-13, MATS

March 24, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Unveils ISX Efficiency Improvements

Jim Fier discusses the movement of EPA emissions regs from particulate matter and NOx to greenhouse gases and fuel economy. Photo by Evan Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Under the theme of "redefining efficiency," Cummins Tuesday night announced fuel-saving enhancements to the 2015 ISX15 big-bore diesel and a peek at the 2017 ISX15, which will feature a lighter and smaller aftertreatment system along with a more efficient turbocharger and reduced parasitic loss.

Tags: Cummins, Fuel Efficiency, ISX15, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

House Members Seek to End Ethanol Mandate

Photo Wikipedia.

A bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the ethanol mandate, following a similar measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in late February.

Tags: Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, U.S. Congress

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Joins Suit Against Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

The American Trucking Associations has joined a lawsuit against the state of Oregon to block the state’s low carbon fuel standards.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Oregon, Lawsuit, Clean Fuels

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Lowest Level in More Than a Month

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has moved lower for the second consecutive week, following five straight weekly hikes, while regular grade gasoline edged higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Biodiesel Imports Plummet 36 Percent

Chart: U.S. Energy Information Administration

After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36 percent, to 333 million gallons in 2014.

Tags: Biodiesel, Biofuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Renewable Fuel

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Green Truck Association Elects New Leadership

The Green Truck Association, an affiliate division of the National Truck Equipment Association, recently elected new officers of its board of governors.

Tags: NTEA, Green Truck Association, Elected Leaders

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Waste Management Opens Public CNG Station in Calif.

Photo: Waste Management

Waste Management has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Southern California to refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets and consumers.

Tags: California, Waste Management, Heavy-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Says It's Taking on Michelin for Fuel-Efficient Tire Leader

Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear wants to be the leader in fuel-efficient truck tires. Why? Because the number one concern of long-haul fleets across America is fuel costs.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Fuel Efficiency

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Opens NGV Maintenance Facility in Calif.

Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to provide vehicle maintenance for Ryder lease and rental customers, mobile maintenance, and a 20-minute rental service guarantee, along with on-site diesel fueling.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, CNG, LNG

March 16, 2015 - Product News

Kinetics Hybrid Offered for Class 3-7 Trucks

Image via Crosspoint Kinetics

Crosspoint Kinetics announced that its Kinetics Hybrid system will fit many class 3-7 trucks including the Isuzu Reach platform, Ford E-350, Ram 5500, Chevrolet 4500 and several others.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Crosspoint

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Q&A: Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Truck Tires

Rick Phillips. Photo courtesy Yokohama.

How is the booming truck market affecting commercial tire sales? Yokohama's Rick Phillips answers this question and more in this Q&A.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Ends 5-Week Rally, Falls Below $2.92

A rally for on-highway diesel prices has ended with the average cost of the fuel falling for the first in more than a month, according to the latest weekly report from the U.S. Energy Department, as the price of crude oil is down dramatically.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Work Truck Show Announces Innovation, Green Awards

The Work Truck Show has announced the recipients of its Innovation and Green awards. The Innovation Award was presented to Chelsea Products for its 249V Series power take-off. The Green Award was presented to Miller Electric Mfg. Co. for its EnPak power system.

Tags: Green, Work Truck Show, Awards

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Six Carriers Agree to Settle Pilot Flying J CEO Fraud Suit

Six of the seven trucking companies suing Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam for fraud have agreed to settle, according to reports from a Cleveland-based ABC news affiliate.

Tags: Lawsuits, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Settlement

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Events, Fleet Technology Expo

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