Running Green en Cleaning up landfills <div class="field-deck"> One solution for smog and climate change </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Fighting smog and climate change are not mutually exclusive objectives. In fact, we can accomplish both simultaneously, while also addressing methane issues associated with landfill gas. In a few places around the U.S., this solution is already well underway: renewable <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span> (RNG) as a transportation fuel.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Running Green Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:07:00 +0000 207191 at Green Fleet of the Month: Timely delivery <div class="field-deck"> Postal Service provider dives into natural gas </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Its unofficial creed states &ldquo;neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.&rdquo; To help accomplish this, the U.S. Postal Service relies in part on contractors to move mail, regardless of conditions. Carriers such as Postal Fleet Services are dependable partners in making that happen. But just like their for-hire cousins, these fleets are guardians of the environment as well as the mail, and for Postal Fleet Services, that means the use of alternative fuels.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blue Fleets Equipment News Running Green Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:05:00 +0000 207181 at In search of answers <div class="field-deck"> An autonomous truck delivery only brings more questions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>We are seeing this happen before our very eyes, that is, real occurrences of what we all believed would happen in the future. And it is clearly happening in the now and no doubt will occur many more times in the years, months, and probably even weeks ahead.</p> <p>So, you may be asking yourself, &ldquo;What the heck is he talking about?&rdquo;&nbsp; As it seems to be the flavor of the day in D.C. and in the trade publications, and following on the heels of an autonomous beer delivery, we are now faced with the development of a new normal in our industry.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Running Green Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:47:00 +0000 207161 at Low viscosity lubes - Just do it <div class="field-deck"> Real fuel economy gains possible with CK-4 and FA-4 </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>On December 1, 2016, new diesel engine oils &mdash; API CK-4 and FA-4 &mdash; became available for purchase.</p> <p>The new oils were developed in response to changes in engines necessitated by engine emissions regulations. Engine oils will play a role in meeting those emissions regulations because of their lower viscosity.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Running Green Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000 206831 at Digging into the Nikola One details <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>The unveiling of the Nikola One Class 8 highway tractor prototype - a truck that runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell - elicited almost more questions than answers from the trucks drivers, fleet executives, industry experts, and others gathered at the <a href="">Nikola Motors Co.</a> headquarters facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. On day two of the truck&#39;s unveiling, Nikola&#39;s executives, engineers, and designers, along with experts from its partner companies, offered a &quot;deeper dive&quot; into the Nikola One.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:14:00 +0000 206851 at Nikola seeks to create “all-inclusive” truck model <div class="field-deck"> Its new Nikola One sleeper tractor, expected to be in production by 2020, will include one million miles of fuel, maintenance service, and even a freight matching service in the purchase price. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>SALT LAKE CITY. During the unveiling of the new Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell powered all-electric Class 8 highway tractor during a media event held here the world headquarters of Nikola Motors Co., Trevor Milton, the company&rsquo;s president and CEO, told Fleet Owner he also expects it to be the first &ldquo;all-inclusive&rdquo; model &ndash; incorporating fuel, maintenance, even a freight-matching service, into the purchase price.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:25:00 +0000 206811 at <p>Ryder System will sell, service, and provide warranty coverage for the Nikola One through its 800 locations throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico, with &ldquo;different leasing programs&rdquo; being planned as well. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> The Nikola One electric truck <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Nikola Motor Co. revealed its new Nikola One all-electric Class 8 highway tractor during a media event held at its world headquarters in Salt City City, UT, this week. Using a hydrogen-powered fuel cell to keep the its 320 kilowatt-hour battery pack fully juiced, Trevor Milton, Nikola&#39;s president and CEO, said the Nikola One has an estimated range of 1,200 miles between &quot;fill ups.&quot; He added that the company not only plans to build a network of 364 hydrogen refueling sites across the U.S.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:38:00 +0000 206771 at Nikola One truck revealed tonight <div class="field-deck"> Company to announce Ryder System as its nationwide distribution and maintenance provider </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Nikola Motor Company will unveil its Nikola One electric semi-truck tonight at an invite-only event in its Salt Lake City headquarters. The event will be attended by more than 600 members of the media, industry partners, customers and government leaders. For those not in attendance, the <a href="" target="_blank">event will be live streamed</a> beginning at 6:45 p.m. Mountain Time.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Powertrain Equipment News Running Green Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:15:00 +0000 206761 at <p>Nikola Motor Company will unveil its Nikola One electric semi-truck tonight.</p> Trucking can learn from the auto industry <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Two recent reports found that passenger cars increased fuel economy to 24.8 mpg while also exceeding greenhouse gas emissions standards.</p> <p>I say if they can do it, so can the trucking industry.</p> <p>There is no magic or voodoo involved in what automakers did to get these results. They did things like down size engines, reduce vehicle weight, use turbochargers, focus on aerodynamics, add idle stop-start functions, and improve transmissions.</p> <p>And these are things that are also available to the trucking industry.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Running Green Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +0000 206441 at Chevrolet and GMC to expand alternative fuel offerings <div class="field-deck"> GM plans to broaden its lineup of CNG and propane-power option via partnership with alternative fuel supplier; will add in more pickups and new medium-duty cabover trucks, too. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The Chevrolet and GMC divisions of General Motors are partnering with Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 compressed <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span> (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-capable engines starting in the first quarter of 2017.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:38:00 +0000 206221 at <p>All PSI-modified vehicles will be covered by Chevrolet and GMC&rsquo;s five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty; whichever comes first. (<em>Photo courtesy of GM</em>)</p>