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August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s to Expand Corporate HQ

Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has purchased the building and land south of its main corporate campus on Pennsylvania Avenue that was previously occupied by The Hertz Corporation.

Tags: New Facility, Love's, Truck Stops, Office Expansion

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Trucks are new but their engines are "pre-emission" -- a plus for buyers of gliders but a minus in the eyes of regulators. Photos: Tom Berg

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Glider Kits, EPA, Regulations, GHG Phase 2

August 30, 2016 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers Cummins Near-Zero Emissions Natural Gas Engine

Photo: Cummins Westport

Peterbilt is offering the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Model 567, 520, and 320 trucks.

Tags: Peterbilt, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, CNG, NOx, Emissions, CARB, Engines

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola Chooses Hydrogen Fuel Cell to Power Emissions-Free Truck

Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company will be powering its emissions-free Class 8 trucks with hydrogen fuel cells in the U.S. and Canada, the company has announced.

Tags: Class 8, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

August 30, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

Photo of Reach van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Isuzu Reach, Clean Transportation Funding, U.S. Department of Energy, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

August 29, 2016 - Press Release

Orange EV Approved for Calif. Incentives

Orange EV Class 8 pure-electric heavy-duty terminal truck. (PHOTO: Orange EV)

Orange EV announced that California fleets can save at least $95,000 per truck on the purchase of brand new T-Series pure electric terminal trucks with the extended-duty battery pack.

Tags: Fleet Incentives, California Fleets, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks

August 29, 2016 - Product News

WEX to Offer Messaging for Spendy Fuel Users

WEX, Inc. will roll out a driver messaging feature as part of its ClearView analytics platform later this year that will send text messages and emails to remind drivers to use less expensive fuel stations or fill fleet trucks with unleaded rather than premium fuel.

Tags: Driver Behavior, WEX, Cloud-Based Technology, Big Data

August 25, 2016 - Press Release

TravelCenters of America Begin Accepting U.S. Bank Fleet Card

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands and Minit Mart convenience stores, is expanding its relationship with U.S. Bank by accepting a new single Voyager Fleet Card at its truck stop and convenience store locations.

Tags: fuel cards, U.S. Bank, TravelCenters of America, Convenience Stores

August 25, 2016 - Industry News

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Tags: California, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas, Regulations

August 24, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Seeking Nominations for Top 50 Green Fleets

Heavy Duty Trucking is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions for its 2016 Top 50 Green Fleets.

Tags: Sustainability, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 50 Green Fleets

August 24, 2016 - Industry News

Annual Fleet Efficiency Study Helps NACFE Benchmark Fuel-Saving Trends

Seventeen fleets operating more than 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers saw a 3% increase in fuel economy in 2015, saving an accumulative $501 million on fuel when compared to the 2015 national average fuel spend of 1.7 million over-the-road Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, NACFE, Fuel Economy

August 22, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Increase For the First Time in Over 2 Months

The price of diesel fuel increased for the first time in over 2 months after slowly falling from a high of 2.43 in mid-June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

Emissions-Free Refrigeration Unit Project Gets $400K Grant

Screenshot via eNow

Renewable energy solutions company eNow has received a $400,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy its solar panel refrigeration solution in the area’s transportation networks.

Tags: Grant Funding, GHG, Solar Power, eNow, Emissions, Solar Panel, Refrigerated Trailers, California

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The first Freightliner SuperTruck achieved a 115% freight efficiency improvement, hit 50.2% brake thermal efficiency (the goal was 50%), and achieved 12.2 mpg in real-world operation. Photo by Stephane Babcock.

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, U.S. Energy Department, Federal Grants

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Tags: EPA, GHG emissions, NHTSA, Phase 2 GHG Proposals

August 15, 2016 - Industry News

Weekly Diesel Prices Show Little Change

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. was essentially flat last week, falling less than a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth Prepares to Launch Fuel-Economy Spec'ed Day Cab T680

Kenworth now offers the fuel-efficient Kenworth T680 Advantage Day Cab for pickup and delivery and regional haul operators.

Kenworth will extend its T680 fuel economy Advantage package into vocational applications soon with the launch of two new, T680 Advantage Day Cab models,, but will cut production of the T660 by the end of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, California, Fuel Economy, Kenworth T680, Hybrid Trucks, Day Cabs

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Sacramento County Adopts Renewable Diesel

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County, Calif. has begun using renewable diesel to fuel many of its heavy-duty vehicles, including more than 400 municipal public works trucks and specialty vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Diesel, Sacramento County

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

255 U.S. Firms Involved in Clean Transport, CalStart Map Shows

Suppliers of high-efficiency, low-carbon transport vehicles and equipment are listed on the map at www.calstart.org. Image: CalStart

New report says U.S. heavy-duty truck suppliers and the nation benefit from strong efficiency and emissions rules.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Manufacturing, Green, CALSTART

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, XL3 Hybrid System, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Cargo Vans

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Dealership Tool Allows Mack Buyers to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Image courtesy of Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has created a new online fuel economy tool that allows Mack customers to configure Pinnacle trucks and evaluate fuel efficiency potential on specific routes.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Dealers

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Slide, Crude Oil Gains

The average price of diesel fuel in the United States fell again last week, dropping to levels last seen in mid-May, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

VW Diesel Trust Prioritizes Government Over Commercial Fleets

The $2.7 billion trust fund set up under the proposed settlement between Volkswagen and environmental regulators would likely give priority to government fleets over their commercial brethren to eliminate diesel vehicles, according to a leading diesel group.

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Fleet Reaches CNG Milestone

Frito-Lay's fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and vans have logged more than 100 million miles in the past five years, the PepsiCo division has announced.

Tags: Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG

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