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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

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Postal Fleet Services Leases 20 CNG Trucks from Ryder

Postal Fleet Services has signed a Ryder ChoiceLease Full Service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas heavy-duty trucks to support its mail-delivery operations in four states.

Tags: Leasing, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, CNG

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Fuel Approved to be Sold as DGE Standard

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) has voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as fuel for vehicles.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Taxation, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Reaches Alternative Fuels Goal a Year Early

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009, including propane autogas vehicles. (Photo courtesy of UPS)

UPS has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, the global delivery company announced.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, Delivery Fleets

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing

The Nikola One concept truck Image: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motor Company’s advanced research and development team says it has achieved 100% zero emissions on the company’s hybrid-electric Class 8 truck, the Nikola One.

Tags: Turbine Truck Engines, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Tesla

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Fall to $2.35 Per Gallon

Diesel fuel prices are continuing to fall, dropping around 8 cents from their peak of $2.43 per gallon in early June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Europe, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

July 25, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a steady decline in prices that began over a month ago.

Tags: Gas Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

July 24, 2016 - Product News

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC's tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm's.

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins X15, Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy, Engines, Diesel Engines

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Tesla's Master Plan Includes Commercial Trucks

Photo of Elon Musk in 2013 via Dan Taylor/Flickr.

Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Class 8, Electric Trucks

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Quantum Fuel Systems Bought by Private Equity Firm

Compressed natural gas fuel systems maker Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has been acquired by Douglas Acquisitions, a Northern California-based private equity firm.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, CNG, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Fuel Systems Names New CEO

Nancy S. Gougarty Photo: Westport Fuel Systems

Westport Fuel Systems named Nancy Gougarty the company’s chief executive officer, effective immediately to replace the retiring David Demers.

Tags: Leadership, Alternative Fuels, People, Westport, Natural Gas

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

San Diego Port to Receive $5.9M in Electric Trucks

Photo courtesy of SDTPA.

The San Diego Port Tenants Association (SDPTA) received a $5.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to fund the development of 10 all-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for operation at the Port of San Diego.

Tags: Grant Funding, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants, Ports

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Invests in Plasma-Based Aerodynamics

Image via P.S.I.

Pressure Systems International, an automatic tire inflation systems provider, has invested in a new aerodynamic technology and entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Plasma Stream Technologies.

Tags: Partnership, Investment, Aerodynamics, P.S.I.

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Drop to $2.40

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a streak of very slight declines in the past month, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Trucks Make Up 42% of Class 3-8

PHOTO: DTF

More than 40% of all medium- and heavy-duty diesel commercial trucks in operation in the United States – 4 million of 9.5 million diesel trucks – are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines.

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Natural-Gas Truck Sales Recover From Slow Start in 2016

File photo

Retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks in the U.S. and Canada improved in May, after getting off to a slow start earlier in the year.

Tags: Retail Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

July 14, 2016 - Press Release

SoCalGas Opens Heavy-Duty Ready CNG Station

The new CNG station extends the network of CNG stations across a key regional goods movement corridor and will provide owners and operators of natural gas-fueled trucks and other vehicles with a new, convenient place to fuel.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, SoCalGas, CNG Fueling Stations

July 13, 2016 - Product News

International Rolls Out Predictive Cruise Control for Class 8 Trucks

Photo: International Trucks

International Truck now offers predictive cruise control technology on its International ProStar and LoneStar Class 8 on-highway trucks.

Tags: LoneStar, International, Fuel Economy, ProStar

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Greenkraft Offers Allison Transmission for Alternative Fuel Trucks

Photo: Greenkraft

Alternative fuel truck and fuel system manufacturer Greenkraft is now offering fully automatic Allison Transmissions on its medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenkraft, Allison Transmission, CNG, Propane Autogas, Transmissions

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Okla. Reaches CNG Fueling Milestone

Photo courtesy of VNG.

Oklahoma has reached a milestone of having at least one compressed natural gas (CNG) station every 100 miles along its interstates in a private-public partnership that began in 2011, according to an announcement from NGVAmerica.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG Fueling Stations, Elected Leaders

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