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August 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo is Packed with Heavy-Duty Focused Sessions

The Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, California, will have multiple sessions and panels for heavy-duty fleets, focusing on making the most of technology and saving money.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Alternative Fuels, Events, Fuel Efficiency

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Carbon Adsorption to Reduce CNG Costs

Gary Fanger, COO and team leader of Cenergy Solutions’ ANG project, installs carbon-filled tanks atop a Chevrolet Suburban used in testing. For common use, the tanks would have protective caging or be installed inside. Photo courtesy Cenergy

Two companies report they're on the brink of commercializing low-pressure dispensing and storage of compressed natural gas through carbon adsorption, which they say will keep the fuel cheaper and make filling stations a reality even for small fleets.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Ramping Up Renewable Diesel Use

Photo of a UPS CNG vehicle courtesy of UPS.

UPS has signed agreements with three suppliers for up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years as part of its goal to significantly reduce emissions by 2020.

Tags: Algae Biodiesel, UPS, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Photo courtesy of UPS.

Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, White House, President Obama, Emissions Reduction, Carbon Footprint, Alternative Fuels

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events, Future Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Delaware Offers $2.7M In Alt-Fuel Incentives

Delaware has launched its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP) to provide financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, according to state officials.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Delaware, Tax Incentives, State Grants

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Funds Algae Biofuel Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $18 million in funding to six projects in an effort to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5/CGE by 2019 and $3/CGE by 2030.

Tags: Biofuels, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, DOE

June 23, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Trucks Certifies Euro 5 Engines for HVO Fuel

HVO reduces CO2 emissions between 30 and 90 per cent, depending on the raw material. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced that it has certified all of its Euro 5 engines for use with 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a form of renewable diesel fuel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Renewable Fuel, Europe, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Penske, Calif. County Win EPA Clean Air Award

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Penske Truck Leasing and Sonoma County Fleet Operations as two of the seven winners of its Clean Air Excellence Award.

Tags: EPA, Penske Truck Leasing, Emissions Reduction, Awards, Sonoma County, California, Alternative Fuels

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Act on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Energy Sells Majority Stake in Biomethane Facility

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels sold a majority interest in the McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy, but it will continue to have the right to market and sell biomethane produced at the facility.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Biomethane

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CAFE Standards, President Obama, Tax Incentives, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Legislation

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Photo via XL Hybrids.

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Alternative Fuels, Food and Beverage Fleets

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels, Legislation

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Green Fleet Conference Wrap Up

Day 2's general session sat down (L to R) Tony Orta, Southern California Gas, Banny Allison, AmeriPride, and Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, Ohio to talk about their experiences in the fleet world. Photo by Becky May

The Green Fleet Conference & Expo rallied its 550 attendees back together for day two of the alternative fuels conference.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Events, Alternative Fuels

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC to Focus on Future of Fuel at Annual Meeting

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The Technology & Maintenance Council announced a “Fueling the Future” theme for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, taking place in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Fleet Maintenance, TMC, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Management, Events

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

Heavy Duty Trucking announced its second annual Top 50 Green Fleets at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., Thursday. A ceremony was held at the conference to honor these fleets for their sustainability efforts in areas such as fuel economy, alternative fuels and emissions.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Top 50 Green Fleets, Fuel Economy

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

Photo by Becky May.

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Fleet Events

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Diesel Demand to Decline After 2015

Photo via Fuels Institute.

U.S. Diesel demand will peak in 2015 and decline by as much as 12.5% through 2030 according to a report by energy market research firm PIRA Energy Group.

Tags: Diesel, Oil Prices, Alternative Fuels, NATSO, Forecast

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Highlighting Sustainability

Check out alternative fuel vehicles on the show floor, like this one from last year's Green Fleet Conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Green Fleet Conference this week in Schaumburg, Ill., will highlight alternative fuels, fuel efficiency and sustainability. There will be in-depth discussions and expert panels, a ride-and-drive of sustainable vehicles and an expo showcasing the latest green equipment and products.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleet Conference, Fuel Efficiency, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Events

October 21, 2014 - Press Release

Love’s Adds CNG to Arkansas Travel Stop

Photo via Love's.

Love’s is adding compressed natural gas (CNG) to a Travel Stop location in West Memphis, Ark., along Interstate 40. The location will feature fast-fill pumps for heavy duty trucks as well as a fueling option for passenger vehicles.

Tags: Arkansas, Alternative Fuels, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Launch Propane Autogas Transit in 2016

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van to fleet customers in the middle of 2016, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, Ford Transit

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