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September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Test Mitsubishi Fuso's All-Electric Cabover

Mitsubishi Fuso's all-electric eCanter truck has a daily range of approximately 60 miles, based on configuration.  Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Three of the new all-electric trucks will be deployed in North America by UPS for testing and evaluation.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, UPS, Daimler Trucks North America, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Lightning Systems to Offer Electric Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems will offer commercial fleets a battery-electric heavy duty Ford Transit van in early 2018 under a partnership with New Eagle, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Lightning Systems

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Names New President

Gage

Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) today announced that Daniel Gage has been named its new president.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Associations, Leadership, New Hire

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Joins SuperTruck II Project

Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced that it will participate in the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program, collaborating closely with the Paccar Technical Center and DAF Trucks, a subsidiary of Paccar, to develop fuel efficient technologies.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Paccar MX Engine, SuperTruck

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Run on Less Kicks Off as Participants Aim for 9 mpg

Run on Less, billed as a first-of-its-kind national fuel efficiency roadshow, has kicked off this week from multiple locations around the country.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Contest, Events, NACV Show, Run on Less, NACFE, Carbon War Room

September 7, 2017 - Product News

Blue Tree’s Anticipation Feature Tracks Braking Efficiency

The Anticipation feature measures the gap in time between lifting off an accelerator and applying the brakes. Image via Blue Tree Systems

Blue Tree Systems introduced a new feature called Anticipation, which tracks and measures the gap between acceleration and brake usage in normal driving.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Blue Tree Systems, Driver Coaching, Telematics, Fuel Efficiency, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Transportation Group Opposes De-Funding Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) has introduced an amendment that would defund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Photo: Office of Rep. Gary Palmer

A large group representing manufacturers, transportation associations, and clean air and health advocates sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing a proposed amendment to the House Interior-EPA appropriations bill that would remove all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, DERA, U.S. Congress, Federal Grants, Funding, Diesel Emissions, Alternative Fuels

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. City Switches to Renewable Natural Gas

Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

The City of Long Beach, Calif., recently began dispensing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The station is used for the city’s growing fleet of refuse trucks and street sweepers.

Tags: City of Long Beach, Alternative Fuels, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, Refuse Fleets, Street Sweepers

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Yard Truck Deployed to McDonald's Distribution Network

Drivers like the yard truck's quiet operation. Photo: Orange EV

Orange EV and The Anderson DuBose Company have deployed the first all-electric Class 8 yard truck in the McDonald’s distribution network.

Tags: Distribution, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, McDonald's, Alternative Fuels, Yard Trucks

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Taking Long View on Alternative Power

Cummins has developed an electric technology demonstration vehicle. Photos: Jim Park

Cummins sees itself as a technology company that has been very successful in commercializing diesel power. Through decades of change and disruption, the company has adapted and moved ahead. The next wave of change is no different, and Cummins believes the outcome will be no different.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

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: Hurricanes, Flooding, Crude Oil Prices, Fuel 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, Battery-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 Costs, Women in Trucking, Small Fleets, Fuel Cards

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, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

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