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August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Celebrates 100 Years by Promoting Today’s Products

Red tractors have Allison transmissions, white ones have competitors’ products. Visitors can experience the difference. Photo by Tom Berg.

The future is bright for the fully automatic transmission in commercial vehicles, say executives at Allison Transmission, even as they’re saluting their company’s founder and honoring accomplishments in this, the company’s centennial year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Company Anniversaries, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, History, Automatic Transmissions

August 23, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Boosts Fuel Economy by the Power of Two

When there's no work to do, an unladen axle is just fuel-sucking dead weight. Volvo gets it up and out of the way when it's not needed. Photo by Jim Park.

Volvo's Adaptive Loading axle system turns a 6x2 into a 4x2 when the extra axle in the tractor tandem isn't needed. When it comes to fuel efficiency, 2 is definitely better than 4.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires and Wheels

August 21, 2015 - Industry News

REG Acquires Wash. Biodiesel Refinery

Photo courtesy of Renewable Energy Group.

Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, Inc., including the 100-million gallon nameplate biodiesel refinery and terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash., the company announced.

Tags: Biodiesel, Washington, Renewable Energy Group, Biofuels, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control in Production for Kenworth Trucks

Image via Kenworth

Kenworth’s Predictive Cruise Control is now in production for new Kenworth T680s and T880s with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Kenworth, Driver Training, Fuel Economy

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Honda Opens Public CNG Station in Ohio

Honda of America Executive Vice President and CEO Tom Shoup speaks at the opening of the company's CNG fueling station in Marysville, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on its campus in Marysville, Ohio, the company announced.

Tags: Honda, Ohio, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Relaunches Clean-Diesel Incentive Program

The Port of Virginia has relaunched its Green Operator Program, which provides up to $20,000 toward the purchase of clean-diesel trucks that service the port and up to $6,000 toward the purchase and installation of retrofit devices, announced Virginia Clean Cities (VCC).

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Virginia, Virginia Clean Cities, Incentives, Clean Diesel

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Suit Alleges Defective CNG Equipment Caused Truck to Burn

The vehicle was only five months old and had been run only 3,000 miles before it caught fire during an ordinary customer run, the suit claims. The manufacturers say nothing was wrong with the equipment.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Fires, Cummins Westport, Agility Fuel Systems, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, GHG, EPA, NHTSA

August 17, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Nearly Flat for the Week

Source: EIA

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel showed only a slight fluctuation for the week, barely extending a 12-week streak of falling prices, while gasoline prices in the Midwest spiked 30 cents due to a recent refinery shutdown.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 17, 2015 - Industry News

TruStar Opens Public CNG Station in Oklahoma

Photo courtesy of TruStar Energy.

TruStar Energy has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Tulsa, Okla., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 17, 2015 - Industry News

CNG Station Opens on Tenn. Trucking Corridor

Photo courtesy of Trillium CNG.

amp Trillium, LLC, a joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG, has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Newport, Tenn.

Tags: Tennessee, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, ampCNG

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE: Low Rolling Resistance Tires a Worthwhile Investment

Photo by Jim Park

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has released its sixth fuel economy technology confidence report, this one covering the benefits of adopting low rolling resistance tires.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

California Grants $4.1M for Alt-Fuel Projects

The California Energy Commission has approved about $4.1 million in grants for a number of alternative-fuel projects through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).

Tags: California, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, California Energy Commission, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants

August 14, 2015 - Industry News

Kansas Public CNG Station Opens

Photo courtesy of TruStar Energy.

TruStar Energy has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Liberal, Kan., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Kansas, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 13, 2015 - Product News

Propel Offers Renewable Diesel HPR in Southern California

Photo via Propel Fuels

Propel Fuels is offering its Diesel High Performance Renewable fuel at locations across Southern California, the company announced.

Tags: Biodiesel, Propel Fuels, Clean Diesel, CARB

August 13, 2015 - Industry News

Greenkraft Offers Propane Autogas Class 4-5 Trucks

Photo courtesy of Greenkraft Inc.

Greenkraft Inc. a California-based manufacturer of alternative-fuel trucks and alternative-fuel systems, is now taking orders from customers for its propane autogas Class 4-5 trucks, the company announced.

Tags: Propane AutoGas, Greenkraft, Class 4, Class 5

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo is Packed with Heavy-Duty Focused Sessions

The Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, California, will have multiple sessions and panels for heavy-duty fleets, focusing on making the most of technology and saving money.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Alternative Fuels, Events, Fuel Efficiency

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Gain Opens Public CNG Station in Pa.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Gain.

U.S. Gain has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in DuBois, Pa., announced the CNG division of U.S. Venture.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. Offers $10.2M in NGV Grants

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The California Energy Commission-funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project will provide $10.2 million in funding to reduce the purchase price of new, on-road natural gas vehicles.

Tags: California, California Energy Commission, Natural Gas Vehicles, State Grants

August 10, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down 5 Cents Nationally

Source: EIA

As an 11-week slide in diesel prices continues, the price of a gallon dropped 5 cents per gallon nationally.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 10, 2015 - Industry News

NGV Maintenance Facility Opens in Illinois

Photo courtesy of Clarke Power Services, Inc.

Vehicle maintenance provider Clarke Power Services has relocated its Pontoon Beach, Ill., maintenance facility, which is equipped to handle natural gas vehicles (NGVs), the company announced.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Natural Gas Vehicles, Illinois, CNG, LNG

August 10, 2015 - Industry News

ATD Chairman Urges 'Affordable' Phase 2 GHG Standards

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In testimony in Chicago at a joint U.S. EPA and NHTSA hearing, ATD's chairman explained why Phase 2 truck and engine efficiency standards must be affordable and not compromise performance, among other points.

Tags: ATD, EPA, NHTSA, Greenhouse Gas

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Wash. City Rolling Out CNG Garbage Trucks

Photo courtesy of City of Spokane.

The City of Spokane, Wash., has unveiled its first four compressed natural gas (CNG) powered garbage trucks, and plans to have 20 CNG trucks by the end of the year.

Tags: Washington, Refuse Trucks, CNG

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Carbon Adsorption to Reduce CNG Costs

Gary Fanger, COO and team leader of Cenergy Solutions’ ANG project, installs carbon-filled tanks atop a Chevrolet Suburban used in testing. For common use, the tanks would have protective caging or be installed inside. Photo courtesy Cenergy

Two companies report they're on the brink of commercializing low-pressure dispensing and storage of compressed natural gas through carbon adsorption, which they say will keep the fuel cheaper and make filling stations a reality even for small fleets.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, NHTSA, Greenhouse Gas

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