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April 11, 2014

Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks

Any work truck with a serious electric welder also has an auxiliary power unit, because the engine-driven device doubles as an APU to run smaller welders, heaters and power tools. And soon, purpose-built APUs will report for duty on work trucks.

April 10, 2014

Truck Emissions Nonprofit Cascade Sierra Solutions Closes Up

A nonprofit company whose mission was to reduce diesel exhaust from heavy-trucks is no more following a federal audit and financial problems.

April 1, 2014

IdleAir Continues Expansion, Adding More Fleet Terminals

Truckstop electrification services provider IdleAir has broken ground with construction at the Flying J in Laredo as part of a wider expansion effort.

March 10, 2014

Dometic Launches Blizzard Battery-Operated Air Conditioner for Trucks

The new Dometic Split-System Blizzard 134a is a battery-operated auxiliary air conditioning unit for trucks.

March 9, 2014

Idle Smart's Battery Protect Ensures Engine Starts

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The new Battery Protect system from Idle Smart continuously monitors battery voltage levels, and will automatically start and run a vehicle’s engine to recharge batteries.

February 19, 2014

‘PowerCube Slim’ APU Fits In Tight Frame-Rail Space

Perrin Manufacturing says it has a new, more compact version of its PowerCube auxiliary power unit that fits the mounting space requirements of the majority of North American sleeper-cab tractors. The more compact APU is 19.5 inches wide, but packs the same HVAC power of its predecessor.

February 11, 2014

Anti-Idling System Introduced for Work Trucks

Designed specifically for the day cab or work truck market, the Work Truck No Idle Heat System from Idle Free Systems provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off, eliminating unnecessary workday idling.

February 4, 2014

C.R. England Opens IdleAir Facility at Laredo, Texas, Terminal

C.R. England has opened a new IdleAir facility at its terminal at 8422 Amparan Road in Laredo, Texas. The 24-space IdleAir facility provides C.R. England drivers with in-cab services that provide heating and air conditioning, Internet connectivity, television, and 110-volt electrical, completely eliminating the need for idling.

December 20, 2013

Idle Smart Introduces Cold Weather Guard

Idle Smart announced Cold Weather Guard, a feature that helps prevent issues with starting a truck after long idle periods in cold temperatures.

December 19, 2013

New Work Truck Anti-Idling System

Idle Free Systems Inc. announced the launch of a new anti-idling system specifically for work trucks.

December 9, 2013

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

October 22, 2013

Webasto Releases New SmarTemp Control fx Timer

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America recently released its new SmarTemp Control fx Timer. The SmarTemp Control fx Timer is designed to work exclusively with Webasto’s engine pre-heaters and is easy to program for repeat heating duration times.

October 21, 2013

Wisconsin Hosts Workshops on Idle Reduction Technologies

The Wisconsin State Energy Office is partnering with Wisconsin Clean Cities to host a “Driving the Green Highway” workshop and expo for trucking fleets Friday, Nov. 1 in Pewaukee, Wis. It will focus on idle reduction technologies and funding opportunities.

September 25, 2013

Prime Inc. Uses APUs, Innovative Tanker System to Cut Idle Costs

Prime Inc., Springfield, Mo., has its entire fleet equipped with auxiliary power units to limit idling, with an automatic 5-minute idle shutdown timer. But its tanker fleet was experiencing significantly higher idling, because product had to be kept heated to the right temperature.

September 6, 2013

STEP Completes Deployment of 50 New Plug-In Locations

Cascade Sierra Solutions and Shorepower Technologies, recently completed installation of power outlets at 50 truck stops nationwide, electrifying 1,397 parking spaces in 30 states. Truckers now have more opportunities to plug in to run air conditioners, heaters or appliances and avoid idling main engines for power. Twenty-nine locations also provide 3-phase power for trailer Transport Refrigeration Units at the power stations.

September 5, 2013

Research Identifies Barriers to Fuel-saving Technology Uptake

Lack of credible ROI information and reliability concerns are cited as major hurdles to wide-scale adoption of fuel-saving technologies such as 6x2s, idle reduction and tire inflation systems, according to a new report by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

September 5, 2013

7 Factors to Consider When Installing an Inverter

Power inverters – the devices that convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household power – are becoming more commonplace in the trucking industry. Depending upon whom you ask, that’s to the delight, or chagrin of fleet and maintenance managers, who often have a love/hate relationship with inverters.

September 4, 2013

Early-Bird Discount for Green Fleet Conference Ends Today

On Friday, Sept. 6, the $100 discount for early registration ends for the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo. The Conference is in Phoenix on Oct. 1-2.

September 3, 2013

Sacramento Provides Power so Truckers Can Plug In and Avoid Idling

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is working with truckers and truck stop operators to achieve a clean-air alternative to truck idling. By providing utility power where big rig drivers spend their rest period, truckers can plug in their rigs to electrical outlets and avoid idling their engines.

August 28, 2013

A Good Place to Start for Alternative Fuel & Fuel Efficiency Funding

Whether you're looking for funding for alternative fueled vehicles, idle reduction or other fuel efficiency and emissions improvers, one blog post out there offers an impressive list of incentive programs.

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