Going Green

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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.

January 3, 2013

Natural gas, fuel surcharges and carbon credits

In our series on natural gas last fall, we included some information on determining payback. I got a letter from a reader telling me I left out a critical consideration: fuel surcharges

November 26, 2012

Chicago Orders Electric-Powered Heavy Trash Trucks

The City of Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first in the nation, according to one of the companies that won the official bid

November 15, 2012

Ryder's Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 million miles

Ryder System Inc. has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of 250 natural gas vehicles by surpassing 6 million miles

November 6, 2012

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Fleets Using Natural Gas

A growing number of fleets are testing or making large-scale deployments of natural gas powered vehicles. Here's a sampling, including a slide show of some of these fleets and others

October 5, 2012

Developing a Plan to 'Green' a Truck Fleet

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Tackling the challenge of "greening" medium-duty trucks was the focus of one of the conference sessions at the 2012 Green Fleet Conference last week, with the NTEA's Fleet Relations Director Bob Johnston presenting a plan truck fleets can follow to successfully meet their sustainability goals

September 21, 2012

What if natural gas prices go up?

The boom in natural gas production in the U.S. has created an oversupply, leading to 10-year lows in natural gas prices. At the same time, some natural gas producers have cut back because of the low prices. If demand for natural gas increases, some wonder, won't prices increase, too

September 10, 2012

Is natural gas the fuel of the future?

I've been a bit of a natural-gas skeptic ever since I first heard T. Boone Picken

July 23, 2012

What's behind TA's decision to get into the natural gas business?

A Q&A with Tom O'Brien, president and CEO, TravelCenters of America

July 11, 2012

'Driving the green revolution'

Exactly what is Cascade Sierra Solutions? It's not as if the name really says anything about trucks, fuel or emissions. Yet that's exactly what this nonprofit organization aims to do: help truckers, especially smaller fleets and owner-operators, save money on fuel and cut emissions of harmful particulates and greenhouse gases

July 5, 2012

Electricity Gives Trucking Industry a Power Boost

As truck owners look for ways to deal with $4 to $5 diesel, some fleets are finding that electricity is helping them plug into savings, through all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, idle reduction or electric refrigeration units

June 28, 2012

What's up with electric trucks?

It seems every time I turn around the past few weeks, I see something about how the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles is not meeting expectations

June 6, 2012

For greener roads, make them stiffer

Think about how much more energy it takes you to walk on a sandy beach than on a firm floor. That's essentially what's happening when cars and trucks drive on asphalt roads, say researchers, and if those roads could be made stiffer, the nation could save a lot of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.

April 4, 2012

LNG as a sales tool

Here's a different twist on the question of whether you should go with natural gas: It could be a selling tool to your customers that are tired of the volatility of fuel price surcharges

March 14, 2012

Mile-Hi Foods Plugs Into Savings

Western food service distributor Mile Hi Foods, Denver, is saving an estimated $85,000 annually in fuel costs while also improving the sustainability of its operations by taking advantage of the electric standby capability of its 27 Carrier Transicold Vector multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units

March 6, 2012

Fuel choices will make dollar sense, says DOE's Chu

Dr. Steven Chu, the thoughtful and studious Secretary of Energy, went from Climate Change to oil supplies to small, powerful engines in his presentation to the Green Truck Summit yesterday, and showed how they're all linked

February 29, 2012

Fracking continues to generate controversy amidst natural-gas boom

Boy, what to think of the world of fracking lately

November 8, 2011

Clean diesel -- it's not just for trucks

Who would have thought that you'd find a roundup of 2012 diesel cars on a website called the Practical Environmentalist?

October 7, 2011

Fans and fuel

One of the fun things about researching articles is how you can end up in a totally different place than where you started

October 7, 2011

A bone to pick with Pickens

I recently had an opportunity to hear T. Boone Pickens speak. It was my second time to hear the billionaire-oilman-turned-alternative-energy-crusader, and once again I walked out of the meeting room frustrated

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