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February 11, 2014 - Industry News

DOE Projects Fuel Prices to Continue to Drop

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The U.S. Energy Department projects lower prices for diesel fuel this year and in 2015 compared to the average cost in 2013, according to its just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Energy Department, Fuel and Oil

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Highest Since September, Oil Breaks $100 First Time This Year

Credit: DOE/EIA

The average cost of diesel has increased for the third consecutive week, hitting its highest level since early September, while oil crossed the century mark for the first time this year.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Fuel Efficient Trucks Benefit American Households

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A group representing more than 260 non-profit consumer organizations across the country is making a case in favor of continuing to increase the fuel efficiency of medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chevy Unveils City Express Van, Expands Silverado HD Bi-Fuel Offerings

Chevy City Express will compete against Nissan’s NV200, on which the new small Chevy van is based, and against Ford’s Transit Connect.

CNG-gasoline capability will be available in all cab and pickup bed sizes in 2500 and 3500 HD series, while compact van offers economy and cargo-carrying capability, GM says.

Tags: Bi-Fuel, General Motors, GMC, Compact Vans, Chevrolet, Pickup Trucks, CNG, Chevrolet City Express, Chevrolet Silverado

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

LNG Providers Make Cutbacks, Slowing Development of Fueling Stations

Two major players who are developing their own networks of natural gas fueling stations have cut back on expansion efforts.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Blu, LNG, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

FET Exemption for Glider-Kitted Trucks Might End, IRS Indicates

Exemption from the 12% FET is a major benefit of buying gliders instead of new trucks, but new IRS thinking would take away that break.

Tags: Taxes, Equipment, Federal Excise Tax, Glider Kits, NTEA, NTDA, IRS, Dealers

February 4, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Opens IdleAir Facility at Laredo, Texas, Terminal

C.R. England has opened a new IdleAir facility at its terminal at 8422 Amparan Road in Laredo, Texas. The 24-space IdleAir facility provides C.R. England drivers with in-cab services that provide heating and air conditioning, Internet connectivity, television, and 110-volt electrical, completely eliminating the need for idling.

Tags: C.R. England, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Anti-Idling, Fleets

February 4, 2014 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Hires 37-Year Veteran of Ford

Rob Stevens has accepted a position with Roush CleanTech. As the new vice president of strategy, Stevens will spearhead future product and customer strategy. He brings expertise in engineering, product and business development, alternative fuel vehicles, and fleet operations to the company.

Tags: Leadership, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, People

February 3, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Highest Since September, Prices Skyrocket in Northeast

Credit: U.S. DOE

Following record setting cold weather in parts of the U.S. the average cost of diesel has increased for the second straight week and hit its highest price since September, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

DEF Prices Stable at Truckstops, Delivery Prices Increase in January

The new edition of DEF Tracker from the company Integer Research shows the average price for all diesel exhaust fluid bulk supply modes in the U.S. and Canada increased for all delivery modes compared with the previous month.

Tags: DEF, Truckstops, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Three Bills Introduced to Promote Natural Gas Use in Trucking

U.S. Representatives Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a trio of bills to promote the use of natural gas in long haul trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, U.S. House of Representatives

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Three More Guilty Pleas in Federal Pilot Flying J Investigation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More guilty pleas were secured on Monday as part of the federal probe into truckstop mega-chain Pilot Flying J, taking the total number up to 10 so far. Brian Mosher, the former national director for sales, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud before a federal judge in Knoxville.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Crime, Truckstops, Fraud, Fuel and Oil

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Increases for First Time in Three Weeks

Credit: U.S. DOE

The cost of diesel has increased 3.1 cents from a week ago, the first in three weeks, for an average of $3.904 per gallon, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens First Location in Montana

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced its network expansion into the state of Montana with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-90, Exit 96 (8018 U.S. Hwy. 93 N.) in Missoula, Montana.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Expansion, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Montana

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands Freightliner Natural Gas-Powered Tractors in its Fleet

 A new Freightliner Cascadia 113 day cab leaves a natural gas fueling station in Rock Hill, S.C. after taking on its first fill-up of compressed natural gas (CNG). Con-way Freight, one of the nation's leading commercial trucking firms, took delivery of the unit recently and is putting it into service in the Texas market. Featuring the Cummins Westport ISX 12 G natural gas-powered engine, it's Freightliner's first Cascadia 113 day cab with factory installed tanks to go into service.

Con-way Freight has added Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors to its fleet. Freightliner began production of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors in August 2013, and these Con-way Freight units are the first Cascadia day cabs with factory-installed compressed natural gas tanks to hit the road.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Freightliner, CNG

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Fast-Fill CNG Expansion in Burbank, Ohio

Love’s Travel Stops will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at its travel stop located on Interstate 71, at Exit 204, in Burbank, Ohio. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to open mid-summer 2014.

Tags: Dillon Transport, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Down for Second Straight Week

After heading higher for three straight weeks, the average cost of diesel has fallen for the second consecutive week, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

Settlement Reached in Long-Running Truckstop Battle Against Comdata

A $130 million legal settlement has been reached for a class of more than 4,000 independent truckstops and other retail fueling merchants following an antitrust lawsuit filed in 2007 against fleet payment card issuer Comdata and three national truckstop chains.

Tags: Comdata, Fleets, Truckstops, Litigation, Fuel and Oil

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nearly 350,000 Hybrid and Electric Trucks Will be Sold by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

According to a new report from Navigant Research, nearly 350,000 light, medium-, and heavy-duty hybrid and electric trucks will be sold in the global commercial fleet market from 2013 through 2020.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Navigant Research, Hybrid, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

CNG Station to be Built Near Birmingham

Evergreen Transport LLC has partnered with U.S. Oil for the construction of a Gain Clean Fuel compressed natural gas station to be located near Birmingham, Ala.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Evergreen Transport, U.S. Oil, Gain Clean Fuel

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Opens First LNG Station in Florida

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of the first liquefied natural gas fueling station in Florida, as well as the opening of the company’s America’s Natural Gas Highway stations in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Fontana, Calif., to fuel heavy-duty natural gas trucks.

Tags: Florida, Clean Energy Fuels, LNG

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J: 95% of Customers Owed Money Have Been Paid

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckstop chain, Pilot Flying J, provided an update Wednesday on where it stands following a raid on company headquarters last April by federal agents, as part of investigation it allegedly cheated customers out of money they were due.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Work ‘Paused’ on Cummins Natural Gas Engine

Cummins says it has “paused” work on its 14.9-liter natural gas engine because of “uncertainty” of the demand for such power plants amid the expense of fueling stations and on-board tanks.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, Cummins ISX15, Cummins, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas, Engines

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. EPA Issues Guidance Letter on Diesel Exhaust Fluid

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a guidance letter late last year to heavy-duty on-highway engine manufacturers outlining how it intends to determine the physical range of adjustment of diesel exhaust fluid quality for certification testing, according to DiscoverDEF.com.

Tags: SCR, DEF, EPA, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls Following Three Weekly Hikes

Despite record setting cold weather in the U.S. last week, which can send fuel and oil prices soaring, diesel and crude prices are down.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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