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April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Puget Sound Energy Adds 40 XL Hybrid Transit Vans

The utility worked with XL to upfit each van with an electric motor and advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Photo courtesy of XL

Puget Sound Energy has added 40 new Ford Transit utility vans equipped with a hybrid electric drive system from XL.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Utility Fleets, Ford Transit, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, XL, Hybrid Trucks

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Brings On Alt-Fuels Expert as Technologies VP

Jesse Schneider, vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell tehcnologies at Nikola Motors. Photo: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motors has hired automotive industry alternative fuels expert Jesse Schneider as its vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Tags: Leadership, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, People, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

April 5, 2018 - Global News

Chinese Joint Venture Announces Autonomous Truck Development Project

G7 founder and CEO Xuehun Zhai. Photo: G7<br />

G7 Networks says its new joint venture with other Chinese firms will seek to develop autonomous-driven electric heavy-duty trucks that are highly efficient, safe and easy to manage.

Tags: China, Alternative Fuels, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Roush CleanTech Receives CARB Certification

Engine image coutesy of ROUSH CleanTech

Roush CleanTech is the first propane autogas fuel system manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s and California Air Resources Board’s heavy duty-onboard diagnostics certification for all its engines, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, CARB Certification

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Cummins Introduced as Cummins Integrated Power

Cummins highlighted the new name at its booth at the Technology &amp;amp; Maintenance Council annual meeting. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Cummins is repositioning itself as Cummins Integrated Power. The new name denotes both the company’s expertise in technology integration and its reach into different alternative fuel segments, including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and battery-electric.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 21, 2018 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Harbor Trucking Association Partner for Cleaner-Burning Port Trucks

Clean Energy will provide specialized clean fuel programs for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, above, as the latest part of the Clean Air Action Plan is adopted. Photo via Dave Proffer/Wikimedia

As part of this partnership, Clean Energy will provide specialized clean fuel programs to HTA members and aid help company fleets and individual owner-operators write grants for funding of clean vehicles.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Procurement, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Clean Air Act, Drayage, Associations, Ports

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Sneak Peek at Zero-Emissions Transport Truck

Kenworth&#39;s Zero Emissions Cargo Transport heavy-duty truck can haul 80,000 lb at 30-50 mph a distance of 30-50 miles; an ideal setup for port drayage service. Photo: Jim Park

Kenworth's latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT), is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 100 miles of travel fully loaded. Equipment Editor Jim Park got to take the truck for a spin.

Tags: Kenworth, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Drayage, Alternative Fuels, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Chooses Arizona Location for Hydrogen-Electric Truck Headquarters

Nikola spent 12 months considering 30 site locations in nine states, before settling on Buckeye, Arizona. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company has selected Buckeye, Arizona, for its hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers &amp;ldquo;without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.&amp;rdquo; Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, SmartWay, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy, CNG, Kimberly-Clark, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Shows Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 at CES

Kenworth&#39;s Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 day cab at the Port of Seattle. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth showed a zero-emissions T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell as part of its Paccar Innovations booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Tags: Kenworth, SCAQMD, Grant Funding, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, T680, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, CES, Alternative Fuels

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

EPA, CARB Certify Cummins Westport ISX12N Natural Gas Engine

ISX12N Natural Gas Engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport announced that the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have certified the 2018 ISX12N natural gas engine.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels, Engines, GHG Phase 2, Emissions Reduction

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair &amp;ndash; but could change that. Photo via CalTrans

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Fuel Tax, Associations, Infrastructure Funding, VMT, Taxation, Alternative Fuels

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Inks Another Huge Contract for Renewable Natural Gas Fuel

Photo: UPS

Package-hauling giant UPS signed an agreement with Big Ox Energy to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas per year. UPS said this is the company’s largest investment in RNG to date.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Chanje Electric Vans Unveiled

The Chanje van on the streets of Brooklyn. The U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles. Photo: Jim Park

Chanje is here. The Los Angeles-based electric vehicle supplier (pronounced “change”) officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chanje, Chanje Energy

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Natural Gas Sales Flat So far this Year

Refuse fleets were the most dominant market for natural gas Class 8 trucks this year. Photo: Waste Management

The sales of Class 8, natural gas-powered trucks were flat through August year-to-date in the U.S. and Canada, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Refuse Fleets, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company&#39;s vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

Tags: Emissions, Volkswagen, Navistar, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Global News

VW to Electrify Commercial Trucks in Europe

Volkswagen Truck &amp;amp; Bus revealed the e-Delivery truck and announced additional green initiatives at Innovation Day in Hamburg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen has developed a battery-electric powered distribution truck and is working on additional electric solutions for medium- and heavy-duty distribution transport for the European market.

Tags: Volkswagen, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Germany, Navistar, Alternative Fuels

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor CEO Predicts Electrified Future

Cummins showed off its new electric concept truck at the NACV show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

“There is a sea change in our industry with regard to electrification of the drivetrain,” said Jay Craig, CEO of Meritor, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Meritor, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, NACV Show

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

&amp;ldquo;We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,&amp;rdquo; proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Developing Electric Truck Powertrain with Bosch

The Nikola Two daycab verison of the hydrogen electric truck. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company and Bosch have teamed up to develop an electric powertrain designed for Nikola’s long-haul electric heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Bosch, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hydrogen, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels

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&#39;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 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

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