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April 19, 2017

Autonomous Trucks: A Disruptive Positive Force Coming but Fast

It appears autonomous technology will be a winner from the mpg standpoint, according to a new report, with fuel economy increases of up to 18% for most commercial vehicles by 2050.

December 6, 2016

Diesel, Oil Prices Expected to Jump Around 17% Next Year

Final government forecasts for diesel, gasoline and oil prices before 2017 gets underway are in with two of the three calling for double-digit percentage hikes compared to this year.

September 15, 2016

UPS Awarded DOE Funding for Emissions, Electric Vehicle Research

UPS has been awarded two Department of Energy grants that will enable the company to conduct research aimed at reducing emissions and revolutionizing the charging process for electric trucks.

August 30, 2016

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

August 29, 2016

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

August 17, 2016

DOE Commits $137M to Advance Fuel-Efficient Tech

The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs designed to develop next-generation fuel-efficiency technologies in commercial and passenger vehicles, including more funding for SuperTruck II.

April 12, 2016

Average Diesel, Gasoline Costs Expected to Remain Low

A new fuel price forecast from the U.S. Energy Department shows little change from expectations a month ago for the price of diesel, but the outlook for gasoline has moved a little higher.

March 16, 2016

DOE's $12.5M to Improve Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $12.5 million in grants and form a consortium to improve the operating efficiency of medium and heavy trucks, the agency has announced.

March 1, 2016

DOE Boosts SuperTruck Funding, Medium-Duty Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy has boosted funding for its SuperTruck II initiative to increase fuel efficiency of Class 7and 8 trucks and will provide funding for several projects that would develop alternative powertrains for medium-duty vehicles, the agency announced at the Work Truck Show.

February 19, 2016

DOE Cuts Clean Cities, Boosts SuperTruck

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed 2017 budget would sharply cut funding to the Clean Cities program and add new funding to an initiative seeking to improve the fuel efficiency of Class 7 and Class 8 trucks.

February 10, 2016

PPG Teams With Bridgestone on Fuel-Efficient Truck Tires

The Department of Energy is providing funding for a $1.25-million collaborative project between Bridgestone Americas and global coatings company PPG that will focus on improving the fuel efficiency of truck and bus radial tires

September 21, 2015

DOE Awards $55M to Boost PHEVs, Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies for improving fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, along with making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more affordable.

September 11, 2015

Feds Offer $11M for Alternative-Fuel Trucks

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $11 million in available funding to support development and demonstration of alternative-fuel technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

September 8, 2015

Diesel Price Reversal Ends 14-Week Decline

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose for the first time in 3 ½ months, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

July 9, 2015

Fuel Price Forecast Calls for Small Increases

The U.S. Energy Department this week revised its expectations for fuel prices this year, but they aren’t expected to go wildly higher.

May 13, 2015

Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

April 8, 2015

Diesel Prices Expected to Move Slightly Lower Before Increasing Next Year

The U.S. Energy Department has downwardly revised its expectations for on-highway diesel prices this year, but expects prices to move higher in 2016.

March 26, 2015

Freightliner Unveils SuperTruck

Freightliner introduced attendees at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking show to its 12.2 mpg SuperTruck. Photos: Stephane Babcock

March 23, 2015

Biodiesel Imports Plummet 36 Percent

After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36 percent, to 333 million gallons in 2014.

February 11, 2015

Diesel Prices Forecast to Move Lower in the Short-Term

Despite the first upturn since November in average diesel prices this week, expect prices to move slightly lower at least for a while longer, according to the U.S. Energy Department and its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released on Wednesday.

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