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August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Regs Unveiled

Illustration by herlitz_pbs, used under Creative Commons license.

The federal government released highly anticipated "Phase 2" greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules for medium and heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, which in some ways go further than the original proposal unveiled last year.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

June 6, 2016 - Industry News

Truck GHG Phase 2: Final Rule Could See August Release

Federal Phase 2 GHG/MPG rules are a step closer to being finalized. Image: Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted its proposed Phase 2 GHG/MPG rule for trucks and trailers to the Office of Management and Budget on June 3 for required regulatory review.

Tags: Emissions, MPG, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Testing Hybrid Drayage Truck at SoCal Ports

Mack's hybrid drayage truck is based on the Pinnacle daycab model. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will demonstrate two zero-emission capable drayage trucks as part of a California-based heavy-duty truck development project led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Ports, Hybrid Trucks, Drayage, South Coast Air Quality Management District, California, Emissions

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

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Engine Lineup Gains 2017 GHG Certification

Photo: Cummins

Cummins has received EPA certification for its lineup of on-highway diesel and natural gas engines meeting current and 2017 greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, EPA, Engines

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 3, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler: Tests Show Integrated Approach Ups Fuel Efficiency

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks found 14% reductions in CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy using a comprehensively optimized truck as part of the company’s Efficiency Run tests.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Fuel Efficiency, Germany, Daimler Trucks North America

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Downspeed

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Fines Estes Express $100,000 for California Violations

Image via Estes YouTube

EPA has fined Estes Express Lines $100,000 for failing to install diesel particulate filters on 15% of its California fleet.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, EPA, Fines

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport's Near Zero Natural Gas Engine Certified

A Cummins Westport ISL G engine. Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine has received Near Zero NOx emission certifications from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, Natural Gas Engines, EPA, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport, Emissions

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: Emissions, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, CARB

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Might Alter ‘Implementation Roadmap’ for GHG Phase 2 Rules

The EPA is serious about further reducing exhaust emissions and boosting vehicle fuel economy. But the agency official’s remarks suggested that it intends to be reasonable about it.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Emissions, EPA, U.S. EPA, GHG Phase 2, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Proposal More Stringent than Originally Believed

Daimler says its $30 million SuperTruck does not meet EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction demands. Photo by Jim Park

Daimler Trucks says meeting EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction requirements, as they currently stand in the proposal stage, may not be possible under the current timeline.

Tags: Emissions, DTNA, EPA

September 2, 2015 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Rule Comment Period Extended

Photo: Jim Park

Two weeks have been added to the period in which comments on the proposed Phase 2 round of federal GHG rules for commercial vehicles will be accepted.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, NHTSA

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, EPA, NHTSA

August 10, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Class Action Moves Forward

The Canter FE125 used Daimler Commercial Truck's BlueTec emissions technology to comply with EPA 2010 diesel emissions standards. File Photo

A judge has allowed a class action against Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America to continue after the truck maker made motions to dismiss the case involving BlueTec emissions control technology.

Tags: Emissions, Mitsubishi Fuso, Lawsuits, EPA 2010, Litigation, SCR

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Thermo King Offers Low-Emissions Reefers

The new units use R-452A, but TK will continue to offer and support its current line of transport refrigeration products with R-404A until customers are ready to transition.

Tags: Thermo King, Emissions, Reefers, Trailers

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

EPA SmartWay Plans to Expand Programs, Leadership Worldwide

Vision 2020 is a blueprint for building SmartWay's reputation and outreach to increase fuel efficiency and cut “black carbon” emissions worldwide.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Global, Emissions

June 21, 2015 - Industry News

Reaction Tempered to Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rule

Image: Environmental Defense Fund

Stakeholder reactions to the rollout of the proposed Phase 2 federal GHG emission rules run the gamut from to cautionary to laudatory.

Tags: Emissions, MPG, EPA, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Industry Supports Proposed Emissions Rules

NGVAmerica has commended EPA and NHTSA for its proposed new round of emission and fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Emissions, NGVAmerica, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Claim Phase 2 GHG Rules Will Cut Pollution and Save Money

HDT File Photo

The federal government’s top vehicle and clean-air regulators on June 19 formally announced their proposal for extending fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules, and predicted positive economic and health-benefit results.

Tags: Emissions, MPG, EPA, NHTSA

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Air Power Dual-Fuel System Receives Certification

Photo via Clean Air Power

Clean Air Power has received certification on its Genesis-Edge Dual-Fuel engine system from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, EPA, Dual Fuel System, CNG, LNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Clean Air Power

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Study: Biggest Downside to Natural Gas Trucks is Upstream Methane

As EDF sees it, even though trucks fueled by natural gas may be regarded as running green, methane is released to the atmosphere “all along the value chain."

Upstream methane is seen as the biggest downside to natural gas trucks, according to a new policy-analysis paper published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Tags: EDF, Natural Gas Vehicles, Emissions, GHG Phase 2

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Raises GHG Phase 2 Alert

Volvo Trucks North America's Göran Nyberg.

Göran Nyberg, Volvo Truck North America president, is concerned that the upcoming Phase 2 round of GHG regulations could push back hard against the advance of truck technology.

Tags: Emissions, GHG Phase 2, Volvo Trucks

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Tests Near Zero NOx Natural Gas Engine

An ISL G engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport has announced field-testing of a spark-ignited natural gas engine capable of producing near zero NOx emissions for use in refuse and transit applications.

Tags: Emissions, Natural Gas Engines, NOx, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport

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