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The fleet’s latest aerodynamics retrofit project is the FlowBelow AeroKit, with quick-release wheel covers and tandem fairings that fill the gap between and behind the tractor drive wheels. Photo courtesy Hirschbach Motor Lines
4 Ways Hirschbach Saves Fuel
By Deborah Lockridge
At Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., the goal is “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers."
Inside an engine test cell at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute, which helped develop two new engine tests that define the wear-performance parameters of the new PC11-A and PC-11-B oil-service categories for heavy-duty applications.
Two Oil Categories Rolling to the Finish Line
By David Cullen
It’s not rocket science to split an API oil-service category. But it takes lots of chemical engineering to develop and bring to market not one, but two, new heavy-duty motor oil specs in a mere five years.
Ian Wright
How Targeting Inefficient Fleets Leads to Big Gains
By Steven Martinez
Q&A with Fleet Technology Expo's opening keynote speaker Ian Wright. He's one of the founders of Tesla Motors but these days he is setting aside luxury electric cars to tackle a much larger problem: How to make medium-duty trucks more efficient.
The presence of water or other fluid mixed with diesel fuel is clearly apparent from the stratification shown here. 
Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean
By Deborah Lockridge
If you don’t take steps to keep diesel fuel clean, it can degrade your fuel economy, damage expensive fuel system components and cause downtime. That’s never been more important than today.
For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.
Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier
By Stephane Babcock
For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

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Source: EIA
Diesel Prices Drop Again in 10-Week Slide
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 10th consecutive week, according to the latest weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.
Quantum Launches New CNG Systems
Quantum Fuel Systems has launched a pair of back-of-cab compressed natural gas (CNG) storage modules: the Q-Cab160, which offers up to 160 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of storage, and the Q-Cab180, which offers up to 180 DGEs.
Canada Announces Stricter Vehicle, Fuel Standards
The Canadian government has announced new vehicle and fuel standards to reduce air pollution from on-road vehicles.
Alt Fuel Excise Tax to Be Based on Energy Equivalent
A provision allowing liquefied natural gas and propane autogas to be taxed equally with diesel fuel by energy content was passed as part of the three-month highway bill patch.
Photo of a UPS CNG vehicle courtesy of UPS.
UPS Ramping Up Renewable Diesel Use
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.
Photo: Republic Services.
Republic Adds 17 CNG Refuse Trucks in Denver
Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area, the waste management company announced.
Photo courtesy of UPS. 
13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint
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.
Barry Engle Photo: Agility Fuel Systems
Agility Fuel Systems CEO Leaves for GM
Agility has initiated a CEO search process after Barry Engle announced that he will be leaving his role for a position at General Motors.
Photo courtesy of Penske Truck Leasing.
Penske Opens CNG Maintenance-Capable Alabama Facility
Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new facility in the Birmingham suburb of Alabaster, Ala., that offers maintenance for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, among other services.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Gain.
U.S. Gain Opens Pair of Midwest CNG Stations
U.S. Gain has opened two compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Indianapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, announced the CNG division of U.S. Venture.

Products

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AeroFlap Accommodates Wide-Base Tires Fleet Engineers has released the AF-19, a 19-inch wide version of the AeroFlap mud flap which is sized to accommodate wide-base tires.
Racor Fuel Cart Filters Diesel Fuel The Racor Division of Parker Hannifin’s CLEANDiesel Fuel Cart is designed for pre-filtration and transfer of diesel and biodiesel fuels.
DTech Adds Two Diesel Fuel Additives DTech’s DieselMax and DieselBoost fuel additives are designed to improve lubricity in diesel fuel for all makes and models of diesel trucks.
Worthington Introduces Lightweight Large Diameter CNG Cylinder Worthington Industries' lightweight, large diameter 26.2-inch compressed natural gas cylinder is designed to extend route length for refuse trucks.
Veriflo Dispenser Designed for Speed and Safety The XF70 Fast Fill Commercial and Fleet Dispenser from Parker Hannifin's Veriflo division is a compressed natural gas fueling dispenser for CNG fleets.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
The Impact of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap and Trade Programs on California Retail Diesel Prices
A report done for the California Trucking Association examines the effects of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap and Trade program.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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