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September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor CEO Predicts Electrified Future

Cummins showed off its new electric concept truck at the NACV show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

“There is a sea change in our industry with regard to electrification of the drivetrain,” said Jay Craig, CEO of Meritor, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Meritor, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, NACV Show

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Developing Electric Truck Powertrain with Bosch

The Nikola Two daycab verison of the hydrogen electric truck. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company and Bosch have teamed up to develop an electric powertrain designed for Nikola’s long-haul electric heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Powertrains, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hydrogen, Nikola Motor Company, Bosch, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Southern California Mayors Aim for Zero Emissions at Ports

(Left) Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a joint declaration to set goals for the transition to zero emissions at Southern California ports. Photo: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, are aiming for zero emissions at the ports or Los Angeles and Long Beach by 2035 as part of their commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals in their cities.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Emissions, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Electric Vehicles, California, Drayage

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

March 9, 2017 - Product News

ConMet Partners on In-Wheel Electric Drive

Protean's in-wheel electric drive solution. Photo: Protean Electric

ConMet and Protean Electric have formed a partnership to develop an electric in-wheel drive system as a hybrid-electric solution for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ConMet, Protean Electric

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

August 28, 2015 - Product News

Trailer Hybrid System Recovers Energy Lost During Braking

Two European startup companies have developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a hybrid system for road freight vehicles that attaches to a trailer and provides a boost to the vehicle.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

'Electric Road' to be Tested in Sweden

Photo: Siemens

Next year, Sweden-based truck and bus maker Scania will start testing electric trucks on an electric road.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Scania, Global

March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Green Strategy Discussions Kick Off Work Truck Show

Some of Florida Power & Light's green vehicle fleet. Photo courtesy Florida Power & Light.

Alternative fuels and powertrains will work if an organization’s top people favor the concepts, speakers said at Tuesday's Green Truck Summit ahead of the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Tags: Fleet Management, biodiesel, Greenhouse Gases, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Biofuel

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Consumers Buying 'Clean Diesels' for Fuel Economy, Long Range, Diesel Forum Says

Pickups still account for the majority of diesel vehicles, but cars and other passenger vehicles are increasingly powered by the compression-ignition engines.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

M2 106 Hybrid Approved for New York State’s Voucher Program, Daimler Says

The diesel-electric truck becomes eligible for a program that can pay up to half the incremental cost of acquisition. The program, called NYT-VIP, provides $19 million in incentives for clean vehicle technologies, and is backed by several New York agencies

Tags: New York, Freightliner, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

'Clean Trucks Bill' Approved in Colorado

A Clean Trucks Bill has received final approval from Colorado lawmakers and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Tags: Emissions, Colorado, EPA SmartWay, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Idle Reduction, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

The Kinetics Hybrid Now Approved for the NYSERDA Voucher Program

The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority announced that Crosspoint Kinetics hybrid electric system qualifies for voucher funding.

Tags: New York City, NYSERDA, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fuel Smarts

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Bolt-on Hybrid System Takes Home Work Truck Show Green Award

Amy Dobrikova, VP sales and business development, Echo Automotive, accepts ward from Steve Carey, executive director, NTEA.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Echo Automotive's EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system took home the Green Award from the NTEA'S Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: NTEA, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show, Cargo Vans, Ford E-Series

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Investing $70 Million in Propane Delivery Trucks

UPS invested $70 million in 1,000 propane delivery trucks.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- United Parcel Service will buy 1,000 propane-fueled "package cars" for use in rural areas following successful test in Georgia.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show, NTEA

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research Offers Online Natural Gas Calculators

ACT Research Co. has released online fuel payback calculators that can help companies make the best fuel choices for their applications. The calculators, which are available at no charge at ACT’s website, allow fleets to easily calculate the diesel gallon equivalent of CNG or LNG at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.

Tags: ACT Research, CNG, LNG, Fuel Economy, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Walmart, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nearly 350,000 Hybrid and Electric Trucks Will be Sold by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

According to a new report from Navigant Research, nearly 350,000 light, medium-, and heavy-duty hybrid and electric trucks will be sold in the global commercial fleet market from 2013 through 2020.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Navigant Research, Hybrid, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 31, 2013 - Industry News

Fyda Energy Solutions Awarded Grant for Developing CNG Technology

Fyda Energy Solutions has been awarded an Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant for $375,000 to continue its work developing techniques for converting existing gasoline and diesel trucks to run on compressed natural gas.

Tags: CNG, Dual Fuel, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Dropping 15-Liter LNG Engine for North America

Natural gas truck engine producer Westport Innovations plans to stop taking orders for its North American 15-liter model after Nov. 15., citing weak sales.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Westport, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Considering LNG Permitting

New York could see LNG filling stations under new proposed regulations.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulations to allow the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities under DEC permits, according to the New York Motor Truck Association.

Tags: New York, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fuel and Oil

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

NFI, Lowe's Partner for Texas LNG Fleet

These 17 trucks are looking to fuel about 500,000 DGEs of LNG/year, which is expected to equate to a greenhouse gas reduction of 860 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 200 passenger cars from the road each year.

Lowe’s has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas, working with NFI. Lowe’s dedicated fleet at Mount Vernon is among the first serving a major retail distribution center in North America to run solely on natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, Lowe's, Liquefied Natural Gas, NFI, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

J.J. Taylor Announces Fleet Expansion

J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. annouced the expansion of its CNG powered fleet and the building of a second CNG station in Ft. Myers, Fla. The company will receive 10 new 2014 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with the new Cummins-Westport ISX 12G engine and the Allison 4000 HS automatic transmission by January 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Allison, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Cummins-Westport

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

AMP-Dairy Deal Will Increase Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure in Texas

AMP Americas has signed a deal with Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers, both national dairy cooperatives, to convert a portion of their trucks to compressed natural gas.

Tags: Kenworth, Natural Gas, Peterbilt, Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, AMP, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Trillium CNG

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Deadline Extended for Fleet Entries in HDT's Greenest Fleets

Heavy Duty Trucking has extended its deadline for fleets to complete a survey about their "green" activities in order to be considered for inclusion in our November issue on Top Green Fleets.

Tags: MPG, SmartWay, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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