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January 15, 2016 - Industry News

Renewable Diesel Reduces Ore. Utility's Maintenance Costs

EWEB's renewable diesel fueling station. Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Energy

Since switching from biodiesel to renewable diesel, the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon has reduced its fleet greenhouse gas emissions as well as maintenance on its diesel vehicles.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Maintenance Costs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Diesel, Alternative Fuels

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Approves Renewable Diesel for its Engines

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has officially signed off on the use of renewable diesel fuel in all Mack engines after a period of truck and engine testing.

Tags: Emissions, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tank Applied to First Fleet Vehicle

Dodge B2500 is back in the fleet customer's hands after Cenergy outfitted the van with an ANG tank. It still has its original CNG tanks. Photo courtesy of Cenergy Solutions.

Cenergy Solutions has been testing an adsorbent natural gas (ANG) tank on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 van. ANG tanks can extend a vehicle’s range and lower the cost of gas because it needn’t be pumped to high pressures.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, ANG

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo OKs Renewable Diesel for Its Engines

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has approved the use of renewable biodiesel fuel for all of its engines after lab and road testing, the company announced.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel

November 23, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Advance Clean Vehicle Technologies

Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sen. Gary Peters touring Leggett and Platt Commercial Vehicle Products plant in Taylor, Mich. Photo: debbiedingell.house.gov

A bill that would earmark funds for research and development of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies as well as create truck-specific programs within the Department of Energy has been introduced in the House.

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Clean Vehicles

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

Alkane COE Trucks Get DOT Approval

Alkane will use Foton cab-chassis from China with North American components, including a propane-fueled engine. Assembly in South Carolina is set for early 2016.

A big-block V-8 engine will burn propane and deliver diesel-like performance at lower cost, the company says.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, COE, Alkane Truck Company, Cabovers, Class 7, Alternative Fuels

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Worthington Expands CNG Offering with Acquisition

Photo: Worthington Industries

The Worthington Industries Pressure Cylinders segment has acquired assets from Trilogy Engineered Systems, a manufacturer of CNG fuel system components for the commercial truck market.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Mergers & Acquisitions, CNG, Worthington Industries

November 9, 2015 - Industry News

Alkane to Build Alternative Fuel Trucks at New Facility

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

Alkane Truck Company is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Summerville, S.C. where the OEM will build its recently announced line of Class 7 cabover alternative fuel trucks.

Tags: Class 7, New Facility, Alternative Fuels, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company

September 28, 2015 - Industry News

Plans for Florida's Only LNG Plant Scrapped

Plans to develop the only liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Florida are being scrapped as a result of increased domestic LNG production, reported Bloomberg.

Tags: Florida, LNG, Alternative Fuels

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Tightens Fuel Emission Rules

Image: California State Transportation Agency

The California Air Resources Board has opted to “readopt” a Low Carbon Fuel Standard that requires a 10 percent reduction in the “carbon intensity of transportation fuels” by 2020.

Tags: GHG, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, CARB

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Offers Online Alternative Fuel Station Finder

Image via Penske

Penske Truck Leasing has created a website for finding publicly accessible fueling stations for heavy-duty alternative fueled vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, CNG, LNG, Fueling Stations

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo is Packed with Heavy-Duty Focused Sessions

The Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, California, will have multiple sessions and panels for heavy-duty fleets, focusing on making the most of technology and saving money.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Alternative Fuels, Events, Fuel Efficiency

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Carbon Adsorption to Reduce CNG Costs

Gary Fanger, COO and team leader of Cenergy Solutions’ ANG project, installs carbon-filled tanks atop a Chevrolet Suburban used in testing. For common use, the tanks would have protective caging or be installed inside. Photo courtesy Cenergy

Two companies report they're on the brink of commercializing low-pressure dispensing and storage of compressed natural gas through carbon adsorption, which they say will keep the fuel cheaper and make filling stations a reality even for small fleets.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Ramping Up Renewable Diesel Use

Photo of a UPS CNG vehicle courtesy of UPS.

UPS has signed agreements with three suppliers for up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years as part of its goal to significantly reduce emissions by 2020.

Tags: Algae Biodiesel, UPS, Alternative Fuels, Renewable Diesel

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Photo courtesy of UPS.

Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, White House, President Obama, Emissions Reduction, Carbon Footprint, Alternative Fuels

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events, Future Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Delaware Offers $2.7M In Alt-Fuel Incentives

Delaware has launched its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP) to provide financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, according to state officials.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Delaware, Tax Incentives, State Grants

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Funds Algae Biofuel Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $18 million in funding to six projects in an effort to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5/CGE by 2019 and $3/CGE by 2030.

Tags: Biofuels, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, DOE

June 23, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Trucks Certifies Euro 5 Engines for HVO Fuel

HVO reduces CO2 emissions between 30 and 90 per cent, depending on the raw material. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced that it has certified all of its Euro 5 engines for use with 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a form of renewable diesel fuel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Renewable Fuel, Europe, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

Photo courtesy of Penske.

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.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Penske, Calif. County Win EPA Clean Air Award

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Penske Truck Leasing and Sonoma County Fleet Operations as two of the seven winners of its Clean Air Excellence Award.

Tags: EPA, Penske Truck Leasing, Emissions Reduction, Awards, Sonoma County, California, Alternative Fuels

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Act on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

The TMC Annual Meeting Kicks off on President’s Day

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council is holding its Annual Meeting from Feb. 16-19 at the Music City Center in Nashville. This year’s event will be themed “Fueling the Future.”

Tags: ATA, Events, TMC, Alternative Fuels

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Energy Sells Majority Stake in Biomethane Facility

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels sold a majority interest in the McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy, but it will continue to have the right to market and sell biomethane produced at the facility.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Biomethane

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CAFE Standards, President Obama, Tax Incentives, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Legislation

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