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July 3, 2012

Kinetic Energy Technology Could Save Fleets Fuel

Volvo Trucks says it's developed technology that uses kinetic energy to help propel a truck. Volvo's I-See technology operates like an autopilot, taking over gearchanging and using gradients to save fuel. The technology will first be released in the European market in 2013, but could eventually be seen in North America

July 2, 2012

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue Three-Month Downward Trend

Diesel and gasoline prices fell this week after three straight months of decreases, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Oil prices fell back down Monday after a surprising spike on Friday

July 2, 2012

Saddle Creek Corp. Adds Freightliner CNG Tractors to its For-Hire Fleet

Saddle Creek Corp. has added 40 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas tractors, doubling its fleet of Freightliner CNG tractors

June 29, 2012

DEF Pump Price Up 15 Cents Since February

The average U.S. DEF pump price increased by 7 cents, to $2.88 per gallon, in June. The price has risen by 15 cents to $2.88 per gallon between February and June, 2012, in response to raw material costs.

June 28, 2012

Natural-Gas Testing on Agenda for Major National Laboratory

The Energy Department national laboratory that developed the battery technology for the Chevrolet Volt and other hybrid-electric vehicles has set its sights on another potential player in the alternative-fuel market: natural gas.

June 28, 2012

Texas Offers $5.7 million in Grants for Alt-Fuel, Hybrid Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering $5.7 million in grants to eligible individuals, businesses, governmental entities and school districts to replace older diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles.

June 27, 2012

DOE Evaluates Future Energy Scenarios

Looking at the period of 2010 through 2035, the U.S. Department of Energy believes the rate of growth in U.S. energy use will slow, domestic crude oil production will increase, reliance on imported energy will drop, the country will become a net exporter or natural gas rather than a net importer, and carbon dioxide emissions will remain below their 2005 level

June 26, 2012

Yara Opens DEF Storage Terminal in Bayonne, N.J.

Diesel exhaust fluid provider Yara North America will open a new storage terminal in Bayonne, N.J., to give fleets and retail outlets throughout the East Coast with increased access to Air1 DE

June 25, 2012

Diesel Falls for 11th Week in a Row

U.S. diesel and gasoline prices fell for the 11th straight week, falling to 21 cents and 13.7 cents, respectively, below fuel prices from one year ago, according to the Energy Information Administration's weekly fuel update

June 25, 2012

Oregon Launches $4 Million Electric Truck Incentive Program

The Oregon Department of Transportation is launching a $4 million new electric truck buyer incentive program.

June 22, 2012

West Virginia Establishes Natural Gas Task Force

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order establishing a Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force to investigate transitioning the state's vehicle fleet to natural gas fuel and developing an infrastructure to support compressed-natural-gas vehicles

June 18, 2012

Diesel Falls Five More Cents, Oil Prices Fall to Nearly $83

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to drop for the 10th straight week, and European economy concerns are still affecting oil prices

June 18, 2012

Sapp Bros. Travel Plaza Offers Plug-In Power

Sapp Bros. Travel Plaza's Omaha, Neb., location now offers plug-in power to help save fuel, reduce idling and lower emissions. Sapp Bros. is now one of two truckstops in Nebraska to offer plug-in power to customers

June 12, 2012

EIA Lowers Forecasts for 2012 Diesel, Gasoline Prices

For 2012, the Energy Information Administration has lowered its forecasted price for diesel and gasoline, and it expects West Texas Intermediate crude oil to average about $95 per barrel over the second half of 2012

June 12, 2012

World Health Organization Says Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans based on evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. But a diesel industry group says it's a different story for modern engines in the U.S

June 11, 2012

Diesel Drops to Lowest Price of 2012

Diesel and gasoline prices fell for the ninth straight week, bringing diesel prices to their lowest so far for 2012 and gasoline prices to their lowest since February. Oil prices fell again this week due to skepticism about Europe's debt crisis

June 8, 2012

May Sees Big Uptick in DEF Pump Prices

The average U.S. DEF pump price rose 7 cents to $2.81 per gallon between April and May, according to DEF Tracker. This is the biggest price movement since October 2011

June 7, 2012

Louisiana Bill Would Require Natural-Gas Vehicles for State Agencies

In an effort to promote Louisiana's natural gas resources, state lawmakers have proposed a bill would require state agencies to purchase natural gas and/or bi-fuel vehicles

June 7, 2012

Shell, TA Team up to Offer LNG

Shell and TravelCenters of America announced that starting in 2013, they plan to sell liquefied natural gas to on-highway customers through the existing network of full-service TA and Petro fueling centers. (LNG is viewed as a more suitable alternative fuel for long-haul operations because it has more range than compressed natural gas, or CNG.

June 6, 2012

Biodiesel Curriculum Earns Certification

The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation officially awarded the Automotive Service Excellence accreditation to the National Biodiesel Board's Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum


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