October 7, 2013
Heavy Duty Trucking has extended its deadline for fleets to complete a survey about their "green" activities in order to be considered for inclusion in our November issue on Top Green Fleets.
October 4, 2013
Not long ago I was at my desk looking to write about some aspect of where we’re heading. Then I flicked on the little TV beside me to watch the news, and what did I see but a piece about algae as a fuel source. Clearly a sign.
October 3, 2013
Fleets that want to use an even "greener" alternative fuel than natural gas can now purchase renewable natural gas fuel, made from methane that comes from landfills, large farms and other waste streams, from Clean Energy.
While natural gas has pushed its way to center stage in the alternative fuels discussion, the investment in equipment and infrastructure make it less than appealing to many fleets. However, anyone who is currently running on diesel fuel can easily switch to a greener alternative without that type of up-front investment. They simply have to fill up their fuel tank with biodiesel.
Volvo Trucks North America believes dimethyl ether, or DME, is the real fuel of the future, and the company intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015 in Volvo VN models as well as Mack Pinnacle trucks from its sister company.
After more than 40 years of using propane as a motor fuel, the people at The Schwan Food Co. still believe they’ve got the right stuff. Schwan’s experience with propane goes back to the 1970s, when Arab oil embargoes threatened supplies of gasoline and diesel and drove up their prices.
October 2, 2013
PHOENIX -- The affordability, abundance and relatively fast return on investment for natural gas trucks has pushed interest in electric hybrids for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and other alt-fuel alternatives to the back burner, but that doesn't mean truck makers have given up on hybrid drives and researching a variety of other technologies for future "green" trucks.
A dual-fuel conversion system can offer some of the fuel- and emissions-saving benefits of a natural gas engine without going out and buying a brand-new truck. Read more in this story from the September issue of HDT.
October 1, 2013
PHOENIX -- What should you expect in President Obama's second term? A single word: gridlock. The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think.
General Motors will offer bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year.
September 30, 2013
The 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1, and for the first time features a truck track aimed at medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. If you plan to attend, here is a list of key things to remember.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 8, a measure that will continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023, providing more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers buy clean-burning low-carbon vehicles.
September 27, 2013
The California Air Resources Board announced millions more in funding for state programs to help truckers comply with the state's emissions regulations through its Truck Loan Assistance Program and its Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.
September 24, 2013
For those planning to attend the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 1, we’ve compiled a guide and a list of key things to remember prior to the event and on arrival.
September 20, 2013
Ricardo Inc. and Clean Air Power have entered into an agreement for the development of a dual fuel engine business. This agreement serves to strengthen the offering to clients of both companies, by bringing together Ricardo's system integration experience with CAP's dual-fuel technology of compression ignited diesel engines that use natural gas with diesel pilot ignition.
September 18, 2013
EcoDual Inc. announced Version 2.0 of its MAX/SR Dual Fuel System and a new two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
September 12, 2013
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.
Says the butcher: “We eat what we sell.” Says Kwik-Trip: “We burn what we sell.” That’s natural gas, sold in liquefied and compressed form at 15 of the 430 retail filling stations the company operates in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Monarch Beverage Co. of Indianapolis is spending $16.5 million to convert its truck fleet to natural gas.
September 11, 2013
Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated its Vehicle-to-Grid all-electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado and California.
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