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October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Corridor Opens Alabama’s Largest Public CNG Station

Photo via Corridor Clean Fuels.

Clean Corridor Fuels opened Alabama’s largest public access CNG station in the city of Dothan. The station is designed to service small cars to heavy commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alabama, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Hot Line Freight Opens Midwest LTL Terminals

Photo via Hot Line Freight Systems.

Hot Line Freight System is opening two new terminals in Ohio and Illinois will expand shipping opportunities for the surrounding areas bringing less-than-truckload service to the Midwest.

Tags: Ohio, Illinois, LTL, Freight Volume

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Shelves Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech has indefinitely halted production of its propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van after hearing concerns from fleet owners.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Adds 6 Virginia Locations With Speedway

Photo: Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J is leasing six locations from Speedway to expand its network of stores in Virginia. The stores will be Pilot branded and operated in conjunction with Speedway.

Tags: Diesel, Pilot Travel Centers, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Speedway, Virginia

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Down, Average Loss Skyrockets

The darkest areas on this map show where truck cargo thefts happened the most in the thrid quarter of the year. Credit: FreightWatch International

“The average loss-value ceiling continues to rise and illustrates that organized cargo thieves continue to aggressively target high value freight,” FreightWatch said in its report.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stagnate Over Past Week

Rates for spot market freight remain stagnant for the third straight week, according to a new snapshot of the market from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Diesel Demand to Decline After 2015

Photo via Fuels Institute.

U.S. Diesel demand will peak in 2015 and decline by as much as 12.5% through 2030 according to a report by energy market research firm PIRA Energy Group.

Tags: Diesel, Oil Prices, Alternative Fuels, NATSO, Forecast

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Expecting Record Holiday Volume, Up 11%

File Photo.

With 56 days left until Christmas UPS is expecting to set another record this holiday season in terms of the number of packages it will deliver.

Tags: UPS, Freight, FedEx, Holiday Driving

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

New API Oil Standard May Be Ready in 2017

Testing is under way for the new API oil standard PC-11, but it could be 2017 before we see it implemented, according to an update from an oil company representative involved in developing the new standard.

Tags: Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11, Low-Viscosity Oil, Engine Oil, GHG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Tags: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Daimler, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

P.A.M. Transportation Records Record Earnings

Dry-van truckload carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services reported record profit in the third quarter of the year, more than doubling from the same time a year ago to $5.1 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, PAM Transport

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

PERC Showcases Propane Technologies in Video Series

The Propane Education and Research Council released a series of videos highlighting companies that are developing and commercializing new propane technologies.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Propane Conversion

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Saia Profit Shoots Up More Than 26%

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia inc. has reported an increase in its third quarter profit due to significant gains in tonnage and shipments.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Des Plaines Gets New Ozinga CNG Station

Martin Ozinga IV, president of Ozinga Energy, opens the new public CNG station at 200 Jarvis Ave. in Des Plaines, Ill. Photo: Jim Park

Ozinga Energy's new Des Plaines CNG filling station brings to four the number of public CNG sites it operates in the Chicago area.

Tags: Ozinga, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Illinois, Chicago, Green Fleet Conference

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA, Brakes, Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Activity Slows, Consumers Upbeat

An advance report shows shipments of durable goods increased just slightly last month while new orders fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Espar Receives Two Supplier Quality Awards

Espar announced it has earned the Daimler Trucks North America 2013 Masters of Quality award and the GM 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence award.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Espar

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Highlighting Sustainability

Check out alternative fuel vehicles on the show floor, like this one from last year's Green Fleet Conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Green Fleet Conference this week in Schaumburg, Ill., will highlight alternative fuels, fuel efficiency and sustainability. There will be in-depth discussions and expert panels, a ride-and-drive of sustainable vehicles and an expo showcasing the latest green equipment and products.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleet Conference, Fuel Efficiency, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Events

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

Should a driver have to spend a full eight hours at a time in the sleeper? Photo: Peterbilt

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Sleepers

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Lowest Since February 2011

Fuel prices show few signs of stopping their recent decline, and if expectations about oil prices into next year come to fruition, the ride may continue for a lot longer.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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