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July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel and Oil Prices Hitting Summer Highs

Worries about tensions in Egypt helped drive oil prices higher amid concerns there could be disruptions in oil transported via the Suez Canal. (Photo by Panoramio via Wikimedia Commons)

The prices for diesel and oil are all surging. A new report released Monday by the U.S. Energy Department shows the average cost of diesel has risen 3.9 cents over the past week to $3.867 per gallon.

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

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

KW Exec: Natural Gas Gaining Popularity but Diesel Will Still Dominate

“Fair amount of complexity” comes with dual-fuel Westport GX/HD, as on this T800. It has a tank for diesel exhaust fluid (with blue cap) and a diesel particulate filter (the shorter stack behind the cab), as well as large cryogenic saddle tanks (one on each side) to store liquefied natural gas.

CORRECTED -- Kenworth Truck Co. sees a lot of promise in natural gas-powered vehicles, so it featured them last week at gatherings for dealers, customers and trade press writers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. But diesel-powered trucks form a huge majority of those on the road and will continue to dominate the Class 8 business, one of the company’s executives commented to reporters.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Natural Gas, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Grand Jury Reportedly Looking Into Pilot Flying J

Problems for truckstop operator Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam show no signs of letting up, as an Ohio TV station reports that a federal grand jury is looking into possible indictments.

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

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Opens Two Natural Gas Fueling Stations in California

A Ryder technician fuels a CNG vehicle at Ryder's new natural gas fuel station in Fontana, Calif.

Ryder System has opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers, located in Orange and Fontana, Calif.

Tags: Ryder, Natural Gas, California, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Project at Port of Seattle to Demonstrate Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversion

Omnitek Engineering has been selected by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for a pilot project to demonstrate its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology for drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle, Wash., in support of the Port's Clean Truck Program.

Tags: Natural Gas, Navistar, Natural Gas Vehicles, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Omnitek, Port of Seattle

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

TransPower Gets Go-Ahead for Electric Drayage Truck Demo

TransPower has received the final piece of funding it needs to go ahead with a demonstration of advanced electric Class 8 drayage trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Navistar, Port of Los Angeles, California, EVs, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Total Transportation Services Inc.

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Court Strikes Down Diesel Tax on Railroads

Railroads have gotten a break in Alabama when it comes to competing with trucking, thanks to a court ruling regarding diesel fuel tax purchases.

Tags: Railroads, Diesel Tax, Alabama, Taxes

July 9, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Scheduled for October

The 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix Oct. 1-2 will for the second year feature a special track for trucking fleets, covering topics such as idle reduction, natural gas, propane, biodiesel, and case studies of fleets using alternative fuels.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Posts First Weekly Gain Since May as Oil is Over $100 Per Barrel

The national average price of diesel has posted its first increase for the first time in several weeks, following a big spike in the price of oil. This is the first increase since the week of May 20 and puts the price of diesel 14.5 cents a gallon higher than the same week a year ago.

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

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuits Widen Against Pilot Flying J Amid Other New Concerns

Three more lawsuits have been filed against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J over claims it shortchanged customers out of money they were due in the form of rebates from fuel purchases.

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

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Retreat While Oil Moves Higher

Prices for oil and gasoline turned lower over the past week, with diesel on its sixth week of falling prices in a row. Crude oil, however, is approaching the $100 per barrel level again.

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

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Seven More Shorepower Locations Hit the On-Switch

Shorepower Technologies announced seven more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations from March to mid-June to help truckers reduce idling.

Tags: Shorepower, Truckstops, Idle Reduction

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

P&G to Convert 20% of Its For-Hire Truck Loads to Natural Gas

Procter & Gamble is extending its commitment to a more sustainable supply chain by becoming one of the first large shippers to convert a significant percentage of its for-hire truck loads to natural gas.

Tags: GHG, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Proctor and Gamble

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Taxes Heading Higher in Several States July 1

Diesel and gasoline taxes will change in 10 states on July 1, with most of them heading higher, according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Gasoline Prices, Diesel Prices

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Bulk DEF Averaging $2.79 per Gallon

A new report shows pump prices for diesel exhaust fluid have remained stable for several months.

Tags: DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Trillium Says it Will Build 101 Public CNG Stations by 2016

Trillium CNG is expanding its compressed natural gas fueling network, with plans to build 101 public access Class 8 accessible CNG stations in 29 states by 2016.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Trillium CNG

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Big UPS Order for NG Tractors Follows 300 Million Successful ‘Green’ Miles

At the ACT Expo in Washington, D.C., Mack displayed a Pinnacle tractor like the 122 just ordered by UPS. It has a Cummins ISX12 G engine that runs on liquefied natural gas instead of compressed NG.

United Parcel Service is so committed to using low-emissions fuels that all of the 700 Class 8 vehicles it has ordered for delivery late this year and into 2014 will run on liquefied natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, UPS, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is more ambitious for the next phase of its heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards than it was for the first, and will look at trailers as well as new engine and transmission technologies.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, EPA, Industry, Fuel and Oil, President Obama, ACT Expo

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Expo Panel Discusses Slow Adoption for Alternative Fuels

Despite all the publicity and development of new products from truck and equipment manufacturers, especially for natural gas, trucks that run on gases and liquids other than diesel and gasoline are still a small minority of all those being bought in recent years, acknowledged panelists at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, which runs this week in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo, Clean Diesel Vehicles

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

TA says starting next year it will offer liquified natural gas fueling stations for trucks like this new Kenworth available to rent from Paclease.

If you’re skeptical about the future of natural gas in trucking, meet Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “The math is close enough and we’re moving on,” said O’Brien Tuesday in an assertive message to hundreds of fuel and transportation experts gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo.

Tags: Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, TravelCenters of America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Thermo King Pays Penalty for Violating CARB Pollution Laws

The California Air Resources Board has fined Minneapolis-based Thermo King $213,200 for violating terms of the conditional verification granted to its Thermo King eDPF, diesel particulate filter.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Particulate Filter, Thermo King

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

President’s Plan Looks Beyond 2018 Heavy Truck Emissions Levels

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a speech Tuesday calling for tougher emissions for coal-fired power plants, President Obama also laid out what he wants when it comes to emissions from heavy trucks and the future of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, Industry, Fuel and Oil, President Obama

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Average Cost of Diesel Falls for Fifth Straight Week, Gasoline Falls Again

The price of diesel has declined to a level not seen since late last July, according to the new weekly roundup of prices from the U.S. Energy Department. It has fallen 0.3 cents in the past week for a U.S. average of $3.838 per gallon.

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

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

More Than a Quarter of Registered Trucks Equipped with Less Polluting Engines

More than 28% of all trucks registered in the United States are now equipped with advanced new technology clean diesel engines, according to new data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company for the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: SCR, EGR, Diesel Technology Forum, Engines, Emissions, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Fuel and Oil

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

New-Technology Diesel to be Featured at Alternative Clean Transportation Expo

"Alternative Clean Transportation" means not only alternative fuels such as electric, hybrid and natural gas, but also the newest achievements in clean diesel technology, with the latter being showcased this week during the ACT Expo.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Fuel and Oil, ACT Expo

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