Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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July 15, 2013

KW Exec: Natural Gas Gaining Popularity but Diesel Will Still Dominate

CORRECTED -- Kenworth Truck Co. sees a lot of promise in natural gas-powered vehicles, so it featured them last week at gatherings for dealers, customers and trade press writers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. But diesel-powered trucks form a huge majority of those on the road and will continue to dominate the Class 8 business, one of the company’s executives commented to reporters.

July 15, 2013

Study Finds Total Cost of Ownership Similar for Electric and Diesel Delivery Trucks

A research team from Georgia Tech compared medium-duty electric and diesel urban delivery trucks for a range of scenarios and discovered the total costs of ownership were very similar – but the cost-competitiveness of the electric truck drops in drive cycles with higher average speed.

July 11, 2013

Ryder Opens Two Natural Gas Fueling Stations in California

Ryder System has opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers, located in Orange and Fontana, Calif.

July 11, 2013

Pilot Project at Port of Seattle to Demonstrate Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversion

Omnitek Engineering has been selected by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for a pilot project to demonstrate its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology for drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle, Wash., in support of the Port's Clean Truck Program.

July 10, 2013

TransPower Gets Go-Ahead for Electric Drayage Truck Demo

TransPower has received the final piece of funding it needs to go ahead with a demonstration of advanced electric Class 8 drayage trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

July 9, 2013

Green Fleet Conference Scheduled for October

The 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix Oct. 1-2 will for the second year feature a special track for trucking fleets, covering topics such as idle reduction, natural gas, propane, biodiesel, and case studies of fleets using alternative fuels.

June 28, 2013

P&G to Convert 20% of Its For-Hire Truck Loads to Natural Gas

Procter & Gamble is extending its commitment to a more sustainable supply chain by becoming one of the first large shippers to convert a significant percentage of its for-hire truck loads to natural gas.

June 27, 2013

Trillium Says it Will Build 101 Public CNG Stations by 2016

Trillium CNG is expanding its compressed natural gas fueling network, with plans to build 101 public access Class 8 accessible CNG stations in 29 states by 2016.

June 26, 2013

Big UPS Order for NG Tractors Follows 300 Million Successful ‘Green’ Miles

United Parcel Service is so committed to using low-emissions fuels that all of the 700 Class 8 vehicles it has ordered for delivery late this year and into 2014 will run on liquefied natural gas.

June 25, 2013

ACT Expo Panel Discusses Slow Adoption for Alternative Fuels

Despite all the publicity and development of new products from truck and equipment manufacturers, especially for natural gas, trucks that run on gases and liquids other than diesel and gasoline are still a small minority of all those being bought in recent years, acknowledged panelists at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, which runs this week in Washington, D.C.

June 25, 2013

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

If you’re skeptical about the future of natural gas in trucking, meet Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “The math is close enough and we’re moving on,” said O’Brien Tuesday in an assertive message to hundreds of fuel and transportation experts gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo.

June 24, 2013

New-Technology Diesel to be Featured at Alternative Clean Transportation Expo

"Alternative Clean Transportation" means not only alternative fuels such as electric, hybrid and natural gas, but also the newest achievements in clean diesel technology, with the latter being showcased this week during the ACT Expo.

June 17, 2013

Idle Reduction Stories

In June's special fuel-savings issue, we promised you more stories about how fleets are cutting their idle time.

June 7, 2013

DOE Grant Will Help Deploy 120 Plug-in Hybrid Work Trucks

Odyne Systems, which makes hybrid systems for large trucks, will be able to deploy more than 120 plug-in hybrid work trucks for municipalities and utilities, thanks to a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy award.

June 7, 2013

Volvo Thinks the Fuel of the Future is DME – and It’s Almost Here

Think “alternative fuel” and what comes to mind – natural gas, or maybe propane? Volvo Trucks North America believes it has one better: dimethyl ether, or DME, which it thinks is the real fuel of the future. Volvo, with the help of a small chemical company, financial investors and officials in the state of California, intends to get it to market as a motor fuel by 2015.

June 6, 2013

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

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.

May 29, 2013

Cascade Sierra Solutions Teams With Texas Governments to Open Outreach Center

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is partnering with Cascade Sierra Solutions to open the region's first Freight Efficiency Outreach Center, designed to give the trucking industry education and programs to improve efficiency, save money and reduce its impact on regional air quality.

May 24, 2013

Bill Would Reduce Tax Burden on LNG Users

New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress would change the way liquified natural gas is taxed as a transportation fuel, making it more equal to the diesel fuel tax by using diesel-gallon equivalents as a measure.

May 23, 2013

Determining Best Fuel-Saving Technology Focus of Southeast HTUF Event

Figuring out what fuel saving technology is right for your fleet and getting a chance to test drive some of the latest in these innovations was the focus of the first Southeast Regional Fleet Workshop of the High-Efficiency Truck Users in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday.

May 22, 2013

HTUF Southeast Event Highlights Fuel-Saving Trucks

A sampling of some of the vehicles on display and for ride and drives, as well as other sites, during the first Southeast Regional Fleet Workshop of the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum on May 22 in Birmingham, Ala., at Barber Motorspots Museum. (Photos: Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor) 

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