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April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Legislature Votes to Shift to Point-of-Sale Tax on CNG, LNG

Alabama senators Thursday approved legislation to change the way motor fuel road taxes are collected on natural gas sold in the state, which supporters say will help expand the market for alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Taxes, Alabama, Alternative Fuels, State Legislation

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Fuels Expanding Natural Gas Fueling Operations

Pumps like this one are going into service in more locations. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Clean Energy Fuels continues to grow its natural-gas fueling network, with expansions in Texas, Pennsylvania and New York, and more fleets signing on to fuel at the nationwide network.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, LNG, Liquified Natural Gas

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

DOE Eases Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchasing Mandate

Image via DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has made it easier for state and utility fleets to comply with alt-fuel vehicle purchasing mandates by giving them credit for hybrid vehicles, alt-fuel fueling infrastructure, alt-fuel non-road equipment, and emerging technologies.

Tags: State Fleet, Utility Fleets, Environmental Regulations, EPAct, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Weights and Measures Group to Vote on Diesel Gallon Equivalent Standard for Natural Gas

The National Conference of Weights and Measures has announced that a special steering committee is recommending that compressed and liquefied natural gas be sold in gasoline and diesel gallon equivalents.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Weights and Measures, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

March 9, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton, Cummins Westport Pair ISX12 G with UltraShift Plus

TMC, NASHVILLE -- To meet the demands of the emerging alternative fuel markets, Eaton and Cummins Westport now offer an integrated powertrain package featuring the Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine and the UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission.

Tags: Natural Gas, Eaton Corp., Cummins ISX12 G, TMC, Engines, Alternative Fuels

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins and Westport Recall 25,000 Natural Gas Engines

Cummins and Cummins Westport are recalling just over 25,000 Cummins Westport Model ISL G engines manufactured Sep.12, 2007, through Feb. 2, 2014, and Cummins Westport Model ISX12 G engines manufactured Feb. 19, 2013, through Feb. 2, 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Recalls, Cummins, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Engines

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

Tags: Diesel, Biodiesel, legislation, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Senate

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Standard Specification Set for Diesel Alternative DME

DME engine is based on Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which production engine might or might not use. (Photos by Tom Berg)

Testing standards group ASTM International has issued a standard specification for the diesel alternative in truck engines, dimethyl ether.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

LNG Providers Make Cutbacks, Slowing Development of Fueling Stations

Two major players who are developing their own networks of natural gas fueling stations have cut back on expansion efforts.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Blu, LNG, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producers Air Concerns About Proposed Cutbacks

Biodiesel producers continue to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut the volume of renewable fuels next year. At a Thursday hearing, producers told the agency that the planned cutback threatens investments that already have been made and could lead to layoffs.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, EPA, Alternative Fuels, Fuel and Oil

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Calif. Rolling Out $200M for Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure

Photo by Thi Dao.

The California Energy Commission is seeking proposals to spend $200 million starting in 2015 to build out fueling stations and other infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Grant Funding, California Energy Commission, Medium-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Heavy-Duty Trucks, California

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, GM, Nissan and Shorepower Recognized for Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence

Securing America’s Future Energy recently recognized Cummins Westport Inc., General Motors, Nissan, and Shorepower Technologies as the winners of its Advanced Technology Award for their leadership in driving fundamental improvements to America’s energy security.

Tags: Nissan, Alternative Fuels, General Motors, Cummins Westport, Shorepower Technologies

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Nissan e-NV200 Zero Emission Van in Final Development Phase

Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van.

Nissan is in the final development phase of its second mass production zero emission vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van.This vehicle is envisaged for use as a delivery van.

Tags: Nissan, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 8, 2013 - Industry News

All-Electric Trucks Planned for Houston

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is partnering with the Center for Transportation and the Environment and Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. to replace existing diesel-powered delivery vehicles with all-electric medium- and heavy-duty Smith Newton trucks in the Houston-Galveston area.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Smith Newton, Alternative Fuels

September 8, 2013 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines Upgrades Fleet with Freightliner CNG Trucks

Central Freight Lines Inc. has added 100 2014 Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas tractors equipped with Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engines to its fleet of more than 1,600 trucks.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Central Freight Lines

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Begin Production and Testing of Bio-DME Vehicles in North America

Volvo Trucks in North American announced plans to begin production in 2015 of vehicles powered by Dimethyl Ether, a fuel that mirrors the performance qualities and energy efficiency of diesel. DME also burns clean without producing any soot.

Volvo Trucks announced Thursday it plans to begin limited production in 2015 of dimethyl ether (DME) powered heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It's teaming up with Safeway and Oberon Fuels for a test funded with $500,000 from California's San Joaguin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Tags: Volvo, Alternative Fuels, DME, Safeway, Oberon, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 28, 2013 - Industry News

PSI and Capacity Launch Medium-Duty Truck Collaboration at MATS

LOUISVILLE -- Power Solutions International and Capacity of Texas announced a collaboration to bring the attractive economics of natural gas engines to the medium-duty truck market.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Partners With Clean Energy for LNG Truck Natural Gas Project

YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., announced that it has completed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase four liquefied natural gas trucks to operate in Southern California.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, YRC

February 21, 2013 - Industry News

Roush Reveals New Ford Stripped Chassis Powered by Propane

Roush CleanTech expands alternative fuel technology product offerings with new propane autogas fuel systems for Ford F-59, F-53 and E-450 stripped chassis.

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

February 5, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel Board Goal: 10% of Diesel Market in 10 Years

The National Biodiesel Board announced a new goal Tuesday during the Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas: 10% of the on-road diesel market by 2022. The Diesel Technology Forum has signed on to help the industry get there while making sure engines are protected.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, Diesel, biodiesel emissions, National Biodiesel Board

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Florida-Based Beer Distributor Replaces Fleet with Green Tractors

Beer distributor J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. announced it will replace its Tampa-based fleet with compressed natural gas tractors as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Florida, Alternative Fuels, Freightliner

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Petroleum Industry Files Suit Challenging Biodiesel Mandate

UPDATED -- The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the petroleum industry, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its mandate for the use of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2013, a 28% increase from the 2012 requirement.

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, API, EPA

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Chicago to Offer Incentives to Convert Fleets to Electric Power

The City of Chicago will launch an incentive program to encourage private and public fleets to convert their diesel trucks to electric operations. The Chicago program will be the first program in the nation based on the size of the battery being placed in the vehicle, according to city officials

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Illinois, Chicago

November 15, 2012 - Industry News

Linde Teams With C Cross Transportation to Demonstrate LNG Mobile Fueling

Linde North America, a gases and engineering company, reported a successful trial of its liquefied natural gas mobile fueling unit. The Linde mobile fueler allows customers to test the feasibility of using LNG as an alternative to fuels such as diesel

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

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