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January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Slide, Lowest In Over 4 Years

The U.S. Energy Department reported Monday the average U.S. price for on-highway diesel fell another 8,4 cents over the past week to $3.053 per gallon. This is the lowest price since October 2010 and is 83.3 cents less than the same time last year

Tags: Diesel Prices, Oil Prices

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Details 2016 Titan's Cummins Turbo Diesel

Photo of Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is offering a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel with its 2016 Titan pickup for the first time that will give work truck buyers greater capability for towing and payload, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Diesel Engines, Nissan Titan, 2016-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Full-Size Pickups

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Will California Governor's Energy Goals Mean for Trucking?

In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.

Tags: Regulations, California, Renewable Fuel, Emissions, Diesel, CARB

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Approval for CNG Transit

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.

Tags: EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Westport Innovations, CARB

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Quantum Sells CNG Systems to Major Carrier

Photo: Quantum

Quantum Fuel Systems has received follow-on orders for its Q-Cab Lite and Q-Rail Lite compressed natural gas (CNG) system storage modules from a major carrier with over 200 terminals and operational locations in the U.S., the company announced.

Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, Fuel Tanks, CNG, CNG Tanks

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Falling in New Year

Diesel prices continued their recent and steep decline into the New Year, aided by oil prices that are the lowest in nearly six years.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Energy Sells Majority Stake in Biomethane Facility

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels sold a majority interest in the McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy, but it will continue to have the right to market and sell biomethane produced at the facility.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Biomethane

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

Tags: Congress, Taxes, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Ends 2014 at Lowest Price in 4 Years

The average price of on-highway diesel continued falling into final week of 2014, down significantly from its high for the year and hitting its lowest price since December 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 24, 2014 - Industry News

December Bulk DEF Prices Reach 2014 High

Photo by Jim Park.

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker, Diesel Fuel

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Groups Decry 'Hidden Gas Tax' in California

The price of a gallon of gasoline in California could potentially increase by as much as 16 to 76 cents per gallon on Jan. 1 under a new state regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Greenhouse Gas, Emissions Reduction, Legislation

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CAFE Standards, President Obama, Tax Incentives, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Legislation

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

What's Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

North American shale operations, like this hydraulic fracturing operation at a Marcellus Shale well, are one reason for a global glut of oil.

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Diesel has fallen from a yearly high of $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December.

Tags: OPEC, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Oil Prices

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Photo via XL Hybrids.

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Beverage Industry, Alternative Fuels, Food and Beverage Fleets

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Blu LNG Hires Industry Vet as Company President

James Edward Burns: Photo via Blu.

Blu LNG named James Edward Burns as the company’s new President, to lead day to day operations and direct strategic focus toward expanding domestic use.

Tags: Leadership, People, Blu, LNG

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Kansas City Opens First Public CNG Station

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy

The City of Kansas City, Mo., opened its fifth fast-fill CNG fueling station, but it is the first open to the public.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, City of Kansas City, CNG Fueling Stations

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Bakery Company Unveils Propane Autogas Vehicles

Photo: H&S Bakery

H&S Bakery, a provider of hearth-baked goods, has unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleet, Ford F-59

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Lowest in Nearly Four Years at $3.419

The average cost of on-highway diesel posted one of its biggest week-over-week declines of the year on Monday, hitting its lowest level since January 2011.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Researchers: CARB Regulations Accelerating Emissions Reductions

Photo: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

According to a group of collaborating researchers, emissions at the Port of Oakland, Calif., have decreased dramatically due to more stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation.

Tags: CARB, California, SCR, DPF

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Achates Signs Development Contracts with 2 More Manufacturers

Photo via Achates Power.

Achates Power, the developer of modern two-stroke, opposed-piston engines, says it has secured another contract with a leading global original-equipment manufacturer. The company now has five customers for whom it is developing variations of its designs.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Opposed-piston diesels, Achates Power, Engines

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices in 2015 Expected to be Far Less Expensive

On-highway retail diesel are projected to average $3.07 per gallon in 2015, compared to this year’s expected average of $3.82 and 2013’s average of $3.92.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Opens IdleAir Facility at Texas Terminal

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

The IdleAir facility will provide drivers with in-cab services including air conditioning, heat, Internet connectivity, DirecTV and 120 volt electricity, to eliminate the need for idling.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Con-way Truckload, Fleets, Terminals

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