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August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

Mark Smith (left) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co. will deliver the keynote addresses at his year's Green Fleet Conference.

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference & Expo (GFC) announced its schedule for the annual event Oct. 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Lower for Sixth Straight Week to $3.843

UPDATED -- The average cost of diesel keeps moving lower, hitting its lowest level since last mid-November, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Electrification System to be Tested at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

Siemens already is testing an e-highway system in Europe. Photo: Siemens

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has selected a company to install a catenary system, essentially overhead electrical lines, which supplies trucks with electric power, similar to how modern day trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets, while still offering the same flexibility as diesel trucks.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Diesel Emissions, Port Trucking, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Port of Los Angeles, California

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens Four New Locations

The new Pilot in Grand Junction, Colo. Photo courtesy Pilot Flying J.

Travel center chain Pilot Flying J opened four new locations in July, in Grand Junction, Colo., Tonkawa, Okla., Tilden, Texas, and Fernley, Nev.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Chinese Gliders Are Platforms for New American Class 7-8 Trucks

This Alkane prototype heavy tractor has a Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton UltraShift transmission. Its LNG system might be changed to easier-to-handle CNG. Photo: Alkane

Alkane Truck Co. will install domestic propane and natural gas engines and fuel systems, and automatic or automated manual transmissions in Daimler Foton chassis for sale in the U.S.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Class 7, Class 8

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Keep Moving Lower as Oil Declines

The average cost of diesel has declined another half-cent from last week to $3.853 per gallon, its lowest price since late last November.

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Ordered to Mediation

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, LNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, Vocational

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Adds Two More CNG Fueling Stations

Love's is opening more  CNG fueling stations like this one in Willis, Texas. Courtesy of Love's Travel Stops.

Love’s Travel Stops will expand its CNG fueling stations, adding locations in Ardmore and Webbers Falls, Okla., by spring 2015.

Tags: Truckstops, CNG, Love's Travel Stops

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium CNG Opens Latest Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station

Trillium CNG has completed construction of a new public access Class-8-accessible compressed natural gas fueling station on the southwest side of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tags: North Carolina, Trillium CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas, CNG

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Fourth Consecutive Week, Just Below $3.86

UPDATED -- The cost of on-highway diesel has fallen for the fourth straight week, hitting its lowest level since last November, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Third Straight Week

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel in the U.S. has fallen for the third consecutive week, hitting its lowest level since late November, according to new U.S. Energy Department numbers.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Ordered to Pay EPA Penalties Over Non-Trucking Engines

Volvo Group, the parent of Volvo Trucks North America, has been ordered to pay penalties and interest of approximately $74.1 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emission compliance of the company’s marine diesel engines.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo Trucks, U.S. EPA, Earnings, Litigation, Emissions

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Report: 14% of Medium, Heavy Duty Vehicles Sold in 2035 Will Run on Alternative Fuels

Natural gas fuel tank on a heavy-duty truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Medium and heavy duty vehicles represent less than 5% of the total vehicle market today, and the vast majority of these use conventional internal combustion engines powered by either gasoline or diesel. That is changing as less expensive alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and electricity make inroads in the market.

Tags: Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

At Least 15 Lawsuits vs. Cat on ACERT Diesels Include Trucks, Buses

Multiple lawsuits against Caterpillar for chronic failures of its 2007-2010 ACERT diesels go beyond heavy trucks, and include school buses and motor coaches as well as at least one marine engine, according to news reports, while a wide variety of problems have been chronicled in discussion groups on the Internet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, ACERT, Litigation, Diesel Engines, Engines, Emissions

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shorepower Enhances Truck Electrification Project

Portland, Ore.-based Shorepower Technologies has taken full control of the U. S. Department of Energy funding grant and now plans to expand its network of truck stop pedestals.

Tags: DERA, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Shorepower Technologies

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Zenith's Electric Van

Photo courtesy of Zenith Motors.

Zenith Motors LLC, a manufacturer of electric vans, recently announced that it is the first auotmaker to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certificate of Conformity for an electric commercial van.

Tags: Vans, EPA, Zenith Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

International DuraStar, WorkStar Get 9.3-Liter SCR Diesels

Navistar has started customer shipments of its International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks with the company's 9.3-liter diesels fitted with selective catalytic reduction emissions-aftertreatment equipment.

Tags: SCR, MaxxForce, Fuel Economy, N9, N10, Navistar, Vocational, Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Falls to $3.894 as Oil, Gasoline Drop

On-highway diesel fuel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel has declined for the second straight week, hitting $3.894 per gallon, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures, as oil prices are also lower.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Reaches $92 Million Settlement With Feds

Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution over allegations it cheated fleets out of fuel rebates, but the agreement does not mean individuals are off the hook.

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

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Power Solutions Receives EPA Certification for 8.8-Liter Engine

Alternative-fueled engine maker Power Solutions International has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the company's 8.8-liter propane and natural gas fueled engine can be used for on-highway applications.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Engines, Power Solutions International

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Doubling Capacity at Florida Facility, Opens Two New Locations

Clean Energy Fuels plans to double the compressed natural gas station capacity at Saddle Creek Transportation's natural gas station in Lakeland, Fla., and has opened two new locations in separate states.

Tags: Florida, Natural Gas, Texas, Clean Energy Fuels, Kentucky, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Optimus Receives First EPA Approval for Advanced Biofuel Conversion

Optimus claims its Vector Vector bi-fuel conversion system can reduce fleet fuel costs up to 25% and lifecycle emissions up to 80% without the prohibitive start-up costs of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Optimus Technologies, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Edges Downward Following Increases

After barely moving higher last week, the average cost of on-highway diesel is the U.S. has reversed course over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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