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August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Damage Raises Fuel Prices, Lowers Oil Prices

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 5/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki

As a result of the flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, fuel prices are rising across the country – but curiously, crude oil prices have dropped at the same time.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Hurricanes, Flooding, Crude Oil Prices, Texas, Natural Disaster

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

California Gears up for Stricter Diesel Truck Emissions Regulations

California legislators may soon target older diesel trucks in a new round of tough state emissions regulations. Photo: Jim Park

Diesel-powered trucks appear to be in the crosshairs once again as California legislators, citing overwhelming public support, call for even tougher emissions regulations.

Tags: California, CALSTART, Diesel Technology Forum, CARB, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Regulations

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Unveils Class 7 All-Electric Daycab Tractor

The Cummins Urban Hauler EV is an all-electric, Class 7 day cab tractor designed for urban delivery, drayage and port facility applications. Photo: Jim Park

Cummins has beaten Tesla to the punch with its unveiling of a new, all-electric truck, dubbed the Urban Hauler EV.

Tags: Cummins, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Zero-Emission Vehicles

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

DHL Adds Electric Ford Transit Vans in Germany

The StreetScooter Work XL Photo: Ford

Ford and Deutsche Post Group subsidiary StreetScooter GmbH have presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery vans, the StreetScooter Work XL.

Tags: Cargo Vans, DHL, Germany, Ford Transit, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Partners with TransConnect for Fuel Discounts

Photo via TransConnect Services

Women In Trucking has partnered with discount fuel card company TransConnect Services, offering savings for member companies.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Fuel Costs, Women in Trucking, Small Fleets

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Fuel Economy Increases 1% in Latest NACFE Study

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released its 2017 Annual Fleet Fuel Study, finding that overall fuel economy rose 1% in 2016, the ninth year in a row trucking fleets in the study have recorded an increase.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE

August 20, 2017 - Product News

ZF Brings Reax Electronic Steering System to Heavy Truck Market

ZF's ReAx steering system mounts to a truck steering column and provides steering assistance based on real-time driver needs. Photo: ZF Group

ZF's new Reax electronic steering system reads sensors from a wide array of vehicle systems and provides drivers with augmented control automatically tailored to specific driving situations.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Retention, Safety, Steering

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Refuse Trucks Headed to Los Angeles

Image courtsy of Motiv

Motiv Power Systems announced an order for two battery-electric refuse trucks by the City of Los Angeles' Sanitation Department.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Drivers Aim for Top Fuel Economy in Run on Less Roadshow

Photo: NACFE

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced the seven drivers participating in Run on Less, a fuel-economy roadshow set to kick off on Sept. 6.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Fuel Calculator Compares Diesel to the Alternatives

Screenshot via ACT Research

ACT Research’s Truck Fuel Calculator now covers operating cost comparisons between diesel, natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell and electric drive train options to help fleets compare and determine the best fit for the application.

Tags: Diesel, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, Online Tool

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Named Exclusive Provider for Chanje Electric Van

Chanje's V8070 is a Class 5 that promises to haul up to 6,000 lb of payload and 580 cu-ft of cargo space at about 50 MPGe fuel economy in city and highway driving. Photo: Chanje

Chanje Electric Vehicles will be available for sale, lease and short-term rental at strategic U.S. locations. Ryder also offers comprehensive and preventive maintenance for Chanje EVs.

Tags: Ryder System, Chanje Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5

August 13, 2017 - Global News

Siemens to Build eHighway Demo in Germany

Overhead lines, like these in Siemens' Swedish demo eHighway, will provide power for trucks. Photo: Siemens

A new “eHighway," which will allow specially equipped hybrid trucks to access electric power via an overhead trolley-type system, will be built on a 10-kilometer stretch of autobahn in Germany.

Tags: Siemens, Germany, Global, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Telsa Wants to Test Self-Driving Class 8 Electric Truck in Two States

Based on emails obtained by Reuters, it appears Tesla's new electric truck will have some autonomous and platooning capabilities. Photo: Tesla

According to published reports, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reached out to California and Nevada DMV officials to set up tests of his all-electric Class 8 truck in platooning operations on public highways.

Tags: California, Nevada, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

August 10, 2017 - Global News

Chanje Bringing Class 5 Electric Cargo Van to U.S.

Chanje's first North American offering will be a Class 5, 16,500-lb GVW all-electric panel van with a 100-mile range. Photo: Chanje

Can an electric medium-duty vehicle manufactured at a global scale and priced on par with a diesel finally achieve mass-market appeal? Chanje is betting on it.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Chanje, Global, Cargo Vans, Class 5, Full-Size Vans

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Assesses Real-World Platooning Operations

The PIT Group is working with Volvo and other interested parties to evaluate potential platooning operations in North America. Photo: PIT Group

Canada's PIT engineering research group is overseeing a month-long series of truck platoon tests in order to evaluate how the new technology will perform in real-world fleet operations.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, PIT Group, Canada, Active Safety Systems, Volvo Trucks

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Wants Your Top Green Fleets Nominations

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions for its 2017 Top Green Fleets.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

State Truck Fleet Benefits from Clean Diesel

Image courtesy of Diesel Technology Forum

The introduction of new technology clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into Pennsylvania's trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 35% level, yielding significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings, according to new research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Clean Diesel, Diesel Trucks

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Participates in CNG Station Ribbon-Cutting

Open 24-hours, the fast-fill Fayetteville station has three consumer-friendly dispensers equipped with NGV2 nozzles to optimize the experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity users, as well as NGV1 nozzles for light and medium-duty use.  (Photo courtesy of ANG)

American Natural Gas (ANG) held a ribbon cutting ceremony in collaboration with Tennessee Clean Fuels to unveil its new public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Fayetteville, Tenn. PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division will be a major customer with its fleet of CNG tractor-trailers.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Trucks, American Natural Gas, ANG

August 1, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner Offers eNow Solar Charging on Cascadia

Photo: eNow

Freightliner Cascadia raised-roof sleeper trucks can now be ordered with the eNow eCharge solar system as a pre-delivery installation.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Idling, Freightliner Cascadia, Freightliner

August 1, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Offer Multi-Platform EGR Coolers

Photo: BorgWarner

BorgWarner has developed a new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation coolers that it says offer manufacturers needed durability and flexibility.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, EGR, BorgWarner

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Starts Production of Electric Truck

Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp., describes production requirements of the new eCanter to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, president of the Portuguese Republic. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has announced the start of small-scale series production of its electric medium-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Vehicle Production, Electric Vehicles, eCanter

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold Offers Greener Refrigerant Option

Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has announced that it will be offering the more environmentally friendly refrigerant R-452A as an alternative for use in its truck and trailer refrigeration systems later this year.

Tags: Emissions, Refrigerated Truck, EPA, Refrigerated Trailers

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy Tackles Truck Idling at N.C. Distribution Facility

Photo via Duke Energy

Duke Energy will be heading a $320,000 project to install a total of 36 electric power outlets for heavy trucks at a distribution center for Merchants Distributors in Hickory, N.C.

Tags: EPA, Duke Energy, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Shorepower Technologies

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

DOT May Revise 2021 Fuel Economy Standards

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation may revise automotive fuel economy standards starting with the 2021 model year and could lower standards through 2025, reports Reuters.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, 2021-MY

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