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Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers “without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.” Photo: Volvo Trucks


Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

New composite materials show great promise in lightening trailer designs. But their use must be tempered by cost and maintenance concerns. Photo: East Manufacturing


The Quest for Lighter Trailers

Semi truck trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.


Busy Truck Stop Finds Success with Biofuels

Fontana Truck Stop Center has found that offering renewable fuels is one way to stand out, so they sell biodiesel blends and a blend of biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) at its diesel islands.

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks


How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Thor Trucks is a new electric truck company initially focused on regional-haul applications. Photo: Thor Trucks


Thor Trucks Takes Different Approach to Electric Trucks

A new electric truck company thinks its modest approach will captivate regional-haul trucking fleets. The Thor Trucks team is focused on providing long-haul electric truck solutions that it says are “reasonable and profitable now.”

Mesilla Valley Transportation, PAM Transport, and Ryder conducted initial road testing on Hyliion’s 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle. Photo: Hyliion


Electric Axle Offers Fuel Savings for Long-Haul Operations

Hyliion says its 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle system technology can deliver fuel savings, lower emissions, instant telematics and a better driver experience.

Kenworth's Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 day cab at the Port of Seattle. Photo: Kenworth


Kenworth Shows Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 at CES

Kenworth showed a zero-emissions T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell as part of its Paccar Innovations booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

ISX12N Natural Gas Engine Photo: Cummins Westport


EPA, CARB Certify Cummins Westport ISX12N Natural Gas Engine

Cummins Westport announced that the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have certified the 2018 ISX12N natural gas engine.

Photo: Tom Berg


Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general, and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the Obama administration’s ruling on glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.

Image of converted Ford F-150 courtesy of XL Hybrids.


XL Hybrids Gets Latest CARB Approval

XL Hybrids has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State of California.

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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