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Event showcases new clean diesel technology  

In an event designed to showcase the major advances in clean diesel technology spurred largely due to stringent emissions standards and regulations established by the state of California and its Air Resources Board (CARB), diesel industry and CARB officials held a press conference Wednesday to highlight the key policies and events that led to the transformation of “clean diesel” technology...

Event seeks to mobilize move to natural gas 

FT. WORTH, TX.At a special customer event organized by Peterbilt Motors Co. here at the Texas Motor Speedway, fleets and dealers were provided with an opportunity to investigate a variety of natural gas-powered truck models along with refueling strategies and return on investment (ROI) to establish the economics of switching over to this alternative fuel in the face of rising diesel costs....

TransFoil reports spike in demand for trailer side skirts 

Georgia-based manufacturer TransFoil Systems reports seeing a recent spike in demand for aerodynamic trailer side skirts, citing that some trucking fleet customers realize fuel economy improvements up to 10% by using the aerodynamic devices, according to a company press release...

Smith Electric Vehicles inks deal with Wanxiang in China 

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (Smith) recently announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Wanxiang Group to develop, manufacture and commercialize all-electric school buses and commercial vehicles for multiple industries in China...

EVI awards steering system contract to Danotek 

Electric Vehicles International (EVI) has awarded Danotek Motion Technologies (Danotek) a blanket purchase order for the supply of electro-hydraulic steering system units for a fleet of walk-in delivery trucks being supplied to United Parcel Service (UPS), according to a recent announcement from Danotek. The EVI trucks are scheduled to be deployed in California this year...

Cummins Westport tests new heavy-duty natural gas engine  

Cummins Westport Inc., announced it has launched field trials on the new ISX12 G natural gas engine based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel engine platform, the newest member of Cummins heavy-duty engine family. Full production of the engine is expected to commence in early 2013...

Fleet fuel efficiency study rates 60 technologies, techniques 

TAMPA, FL. A major benchmarking study on fuel efficiency using data from Werner Enterprises, Frito Lay, C.R. England, Challenger Motor Freight, Schneider National, Con-Way Truckload, GTI and Ryder has been released by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), a non-profit organization created to foster major improvements in the efficiency of freight movements...

Bevy of aerodynamic products for trailers unveiled at TMC 

TAMPA, FL. To help fleets meet strict trailer fuel efficiency mandates established by California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) at minimal cost, a variety of aerodynamic device providers revealed a range of new and enhanced products for the trucking market here at the 2012 Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting...

Central Freight Lines to test Pete CNG tractors 

Waco, TX-based Central Freight Lines (CFL), a less-than-truckload (LTL) for-hire common carrier, has announced its intention to test 15 new compressed natural gas-powered Peterbilt tractors under a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council...

Rebate money still available for idle reduction systems 

Fleets can still receive rebates through Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) when they purchase and install pre-approved idle-reduction systems that are capable of taking advantage of shorepower (AC), but time is running out...

Clean Diesel Technologies receives expanded CARB verification 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has expanded its approval of Clean Diesel Technologies’ ECS Purifilter brand emissions reduction product to include larger control devices aimed at heavy-duty on-road vehicle engines up to 16L and 625 hp., increasing the variety of vehicle engines that Clean Diesel is approved to retrofit under the current CARB Truck and Bus regulation...

Odyne Systems delivers seven hybrid work trucks to Wisconsin  

Odyne Systems, a Waukesha, WI-based developer of hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, has delivered seven trucks featuring the Odyne advanced plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities throughout Wisconsin...

Study considers the cost of going electric 

A study by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, utilizing data from Staples, found that the use of electric delivery trucks can cost between 9 to 12% less to operate than diesel-powered trucks...

Texas oilfield company takes delivery of first of 60 LNG Peterbilts 

The first of 60 liquefied natural gas (LNG) Peterbilt Model 388 trucks has been delivered to Green Energy Oilfield Services of Fairfield, TX. The trucks, to be delivered by Rush Truck Centers in Austin and serviced through Rush Truck Centers in Waco, will be used by Green Energy to service XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil...

Biodiesel Board awards Hino Trucks 

Hino Trucks was recognized by the National Biodiesel Board with its “Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award” (I-Award) for 2012...

CARB extends Truck and Bus Regulation reporting deadline 

The Jan. 31, 2012, California Truck and Bus Regulation reporting date has being extended to March 30, 2012, to give fleet owners more time to submit their fleet information. Reporting is required for fleet owners to take advantage of flexibility in the regulation...

Propane autogas refueling to be demonstrated at NTEA 

The refueling of a propane vehicle will be demonstrated at the upcoming National Truck Equipment Assn. (NTEA) Work Truck Show...

Ambitious alliance seeks to spur natural gas conversion 

A new business alliance forged between truck maker Navistar and natural gas fuel provider Clean Energy aims to jumpstart a widespread conversion in the U.S. among fleets of all types from using gasoline and diesel fuels to natural gas – with or without the help of government incentives...

AT&T to buy 1,200 CNG Chevy Express vans 

According to General Motors (GM), AT&T plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans, which will be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. It is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors...

Hybrid propulsion system to be integrated into Caterpillar transmissions  

Caterpillar has signed a 20-year agreement with BAE Systems to use BAE’s HybriDrive parallel hybrid propulsion system. Under terms of the agreement, BAE will integrate its HybriDrive into the Cat CX family of transmissions as well as establish an aftermarket field services model using Caterpillar’s global service network...

Volvo adds 30 hp. to fuel economy model 

Volvo Trucks North America is now offering its XE fuel-economy integrated powertrain with a 455 hp. rating...

Obama light on specifics for trucking 

In a rousing State of the Union address replete with numerous rhetorical flourishes pitched at the Washington establishment and above all to voters nationwide in this thus far tumultuous election year, President Obama detailed his Administration’s accomplishments to date, but gave few specifics on elements of his “blueprint for an economy that's built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values”—that would most directly benefit trucking ...

Azure Dynamics delivers Its 1,000th Balance hybrid electric truck  

Azure Dynamics Corp., provider of hybrid electric powertrain solutions in the medium-duty commercial hybrid truck market, announced that it has delivered its 1,000th Balance Hybrid Electric Truck to Purolator, Azure’s largest customer. Purolator currently operates 555 units, making it the world’s largest fleet of Balance Hybrid Electric vehicles, according to an Azure announcement...

Fleet retrofitting trailers with aerodynamic skirts 

Cox Transportation Services, a Virginia-based truckload carrier, has upgraded its trailer fleet with Solus split skirt technology...

DOE secretary to keynote Green Truck Summit  

Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. secretary of energy, will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Green Truck Summit on Monday, March 5. The Green Truck Summit will be held March 5-6 in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2012 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis...

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