Fuel Smarts


Electric Tesla Semi Spotted on California Highways

A recent YouTube video showed footage of a Tesla Semi driving in broad daylight on a highway near Sacramento, Calif., and Tesla founder Elon Musk later confirmed that it had started testing the electric truck.

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz


What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

Eco Flaps Splash Guard Photo: Eco Flaps


Eco Flaps Tested on LTL Equipment

The Eco Flaps aerodynamic splash guards were recently evaluated for fuel savings on less than truckload equipment in multi-trailer setups.

Photo of EPIC F59 chassis courtesy of Motiv.


Motiv to Supply Spartan Motors with Electrified Step Van Chassis

Spartan Motors has signed an agreement with Motiv Power Systems to supply battery-electric chassis products for Class 4-6 Utilimaster step vans for three years.

Photo of F-650 beverage truck courtesy of Ford.


Anheuser-Busch Distributor Adds Propane Autogas Delivery Trucks

Southern Eagle Distributing, one of the oldest Anheuser-Busch distributors, has purchased two propane autogas-fueled Ford F-650 delivery trucks to reduce emissions and fueling costs.

Photo of electric plug on NPR courtesy of Isuzu.


Isuzu Testing Battery-Electric Cabover

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America showed a battery-electric N-Series cabover at the Work Truck Show that's now serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who would use the truck for certain applications.

Daimler’s Kary Schaefer explains why she thinks that green innovation “goes beyond reducing tailpipe emissions.” Photo: NTEA


Daimler’s Schaefer Redefines What it Means to be Green

As Kary Schaefer sees it, what’s green for trucking shouldn’t be narrowly defined. Rather, it should embrace any number of innovative advances that enhance efficiency.

Valvoline's Premium Blue One Solution 9200 engine oil is approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines. Image: Valvoline


Valvoline Offers Oil for Natural Gas, Diesel, and Gasoline Engines

Valvoline says its new Premium Blue One Solution 9200 is the first engine oil approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines.


InterMotive Launches Bluetooth Idle Reduction System

InterMotive Vehicle Controls has developed a Bluetooth version of its fully automatic stop/start idle reduction system called the EcoStar II.

Photo of electrified Transit cargo van courtesy of Lightning Systems.


Lightning Systems to Offer Hydrogen-Powered Transit Van

Lightning Systems will begin delivering its battery-electric Ford Transit cargo van later this month and will eventually offer a hydrogen fuel-cell model, the vehicle modifier announced.

What Fleets Need to Know About Low Carbon Regulations
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is changing the state’s transportation landscape — and experts say its influence has the potential to affect all of America. Find out what you need to know about the LCFS, no matter where your fleet operates, and how biodiesel can help in this white paper.

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