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June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

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A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Carrier Doubles CNG-Powered Fleet Size

Matheson Trucking has announced it will add 27 new CNG-powered tractors to its fleet this year. Photo: Matheson Trucking

Despite the fall-off in interest in natural gas fuel with the return of cheaper diesel prices, Sacramento's Matheson Trucking remains committed to increasing the use of clean energy fuels.

Tags: Emissions, Environmentally Friendly, Alternative Fuels, CNG

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Los Angeles Completes Battery-Electric Refuse Truck Demo

Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation

The City of Los Angeles Sanitation has completed its battery-electric refuse truck demonstration project with BYD and Wayne Engineering. This demo vehicle logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day.

Tags: BYD, Los Angeles, Alternative Fuels, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Natural Gas Road Rally Kicks Off In Long Beach

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

The Natural Gas Road Rally Across America has kicked off in Long Beach, Calif., sending several heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles powered by natural gas on a coast-to-coast road trip to Washington, D.C.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ports, CNG, LNG

June 5, 2017 - Press Release

Workhorse to Exhibit Plug-In Pickup at EUFMC

Workhorse will exhibit the new W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck at the 2017 Electric Utilities Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va., June 4-7.

Tags: Workhorse, EUFMC, Workhorse W-15, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Pit Group to Evaluate Fuel Efficiency of 5 Tire Brands

Photo: Pit Group

Pit Group's Spring Energotest in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, will focus on the fuel economy of tires, evaluating the efficiency of five brands.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Tires, PIT Group

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

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U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

Tags: Legislation, Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Approves Renewable Diesel for Medium-Duty Engines

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Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Renewable Diesel

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Second Annual Natural Gas Road Rally Planned

NGVAmerica, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Gas Association announced their Second Annual From Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Road Rally

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

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President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

Tags: Diesel Engines, General Motors, Lawsuits, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy to Test Truck Stop Electrification

Photo courtesy of Duke Energy

Drivers will be able to plug in their vehicles and keep electricity and hot or cold air on during overnight stays, avoiding idling engines.

Tags: Duke Energy, Truck Stops, Idle Reduction

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Clean Cities Fleets Reduce 230K Tons of GHG

Companies such as Alpha Baking Company (pictured), Ozinga and Testa Produce are examples of companies in the Chicago area that are using clean-burning alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of CACC.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) and its member fleets helped to displace nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum in 2016, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Changes Top Leadership

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NGVAmerica has appointed a new chairman and interim executive director, as well as set up a search committee to find a new president, who resigned in April.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Associations

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Offers Renewable Diesel at San Francisco Facility

Ryder tractor and trailer parked at a Ryder fuel island. Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System is now offering renewable diesel fuel at a San Francisco fueling facility.

Tags: Ryder System, Fueling Facility, Renewable Diesel, Alternative Fuels, California

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

Koel to Head U.S. Gain, Promote Compressed Natural Gas

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U.S. Venture has promoted Mike Koel to president of U.S. Gain, the compressed natural gas division of the company.

Tags: Leadership, People, CNG, Promotions, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas

May 10, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Offers Accurate Readings of Momentum CNG Fuel Tanks

Geotab has announced support of compressed natural gas fuel level and temperature on all Momentum Fuel Technologies CNG fueling tanks and systems.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, CNG, CNG Tanks

May 10, 2017 - Product News

Cummins Endorses Two Fuel Additives

Photo: Cummins

For the first time in company history, Cummins has officially endorsed a fuel additive, recommending two Power Service products, Diesel Kleen + Cetane Boost and Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane Boost.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Fuel Additive

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

McNeilus and Agility Fuel Solutions Strengthen Partnership

The newly strengthened alliance will authorize McNeilus to process claims, provide parts, and service for Agility’s CNG systems and conduct Agility CNG installations throughout its branch network.

Tags: Waste Management, Agility Fuel Systems, CNG, McNeilus

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds Three Model 520 Configurations, Shows Electric Demo

Photo by Peterbilt.

Peterbilt showcased three new cab configurations of the Model 520 refuse truck and displayed a battery-electric demo version at the WasteExpo 2017 show in New Orleans.

Tags: Peterbilt, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Model 520, Ergonomics

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Truckstop Group Urges Congress to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO, a national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, joined a coalition of trade associations representing the biodiesel supply chain to urge Congress to extend the biodiesel blenders' tax credit, saying it is crucial to the competitiveness of the alternative fuel.

Tags: biodiesel, NATSO, Tax Credits, U.S. Congress

May 8, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers Aero Wheel Covers on Model 579

Photo: RealWheels

RealWheels' Twist & Lock Aero Covers with Windows are now available as an option on Peterbilt’s Model 579 tractors.

Tags: Peterbilt, Wheels, Model 579, Aerodynamics, Wheel Ends

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

BYD Introduces Class 8 Battery-Electric Refuse Truck

Photo courtesy of BYD

BYD's new Class 8 battery-electric refuse truck represents the first heavy-duty refuse truck designed and built by an original equipment manufacturer and is 100% battery electric.

Tags: BYD, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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