Running Green en Two-truck platooning is not self-driving trucks <div class="field-deck"> There are fuel efficiency gains, but it requires training for drivers and technicians </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Our recent <a href="">Confidence Report on platooning</a> showed that there is a real-world average mpg gain of 4% for the pair of vehicles in a two-truck platoon, with most of the savings going to the follower vehicle.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Running Green Technology Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:17:00 +0000 203991 at Right out of the factory <div class="field-deck"> Integrating fuel efficiency technologies on the assembly line </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>My colleague Dave Schaller recently presented a paper (16CV-0298) that he and I co-authored called <em>Confidence in Freight Efficiency Technologies </em>at the <a href="">SAE 2016 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress</a> as part of the conference&rsquo;s GHG Symposium. &nbsp;The paper talked about the fact that there are now lots of fuel efficiency technologies on the market for fleets to choose from, but there are barriers that get in the way of them making those investments.</p> <p>Barriers included:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:02:00 +0000 203521 at UPS adds 200 hybrid electric vehicles to alt-fuel fleet <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>UPS announced it plans to add 200 new hybrid electric delivery trucks to the company&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet</a>. The vehicles have the same 2-cylinder engine and E-GENTM chassis as the 125 vehicles UPS announced earlier this year.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blue Fleets News Running Green Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:21:00 +0000 203391 at <p>UPS plans to add 200 new hybrid electric delivery trucks to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.</p> Some things we learned about two-truck platooning <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The word platooning can mean different things to different people. Our recently completed <a href="">Confidence Report</a> on the subject focuses on two-truck platooning where the drivers have their hands on the wheel but also have electronic assistance helping drive the vehicle.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Running Green Technology Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:24:00 +0000 203091 at TruStar celebrates opening of Rogue Disposal CNG station <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>TruStar Energy announced the grand opening of a <a href="">CNG fueling station for Rogue Disposal &amp; Recycling</a>. The CNG fueling station, which will be known as &quot;Rogue Green Fuels, LLC&quot;, is located at 1125 Anthony Way in White City, OR, and will serve both the solid waste service provider&#39;s growing CNG- fueled fleet, as well as the public.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blue Fleets Fuel News Running Green Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:10:00 +0000 203071 at Agility and Hexagon create Agility Fuel Solutions <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Agility Fuel Systems and Hexagon Composites have finalized their merger, which unites Hexagon Composites&#39; CNG Automotive Products Division (includes medium- and heavy-duty vehicle composite cylinder manufacturing operations and its bus systems) with Agility to form the <a href="" target="_blank">new company Agility Fuel Solutions</a>.</p> <p>The new entity is owned equally by Hexagon Composites and Agility&#39;s current investors. Agility Fuel Solutions said it is positioned to transform the global medium- and heavy-duty industry with clean fuel technologies.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blue Fleets Fuel News Running Green Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:10:00 +0000 202961 at Diesel price be damned <div class="field-deck"> Recent announcements signal market resiliency and strength </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Several noteworthy developments in the last 90 days demonstrate that despite a continued low oil price environment, the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span> truck market remains resilient and strong. Major market players are showing positive financial results, new products are being announced, leading fleet operators are jumping into natural gas fueling, and several signals from the industry demonstrate a firm commitment to a long-term natural gas-based strategy.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel News Running Green Silver Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:40:00 +0000 202791 at Green Fleet of the Month: The right blend <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>We&rsquo;ve all heard the phrase &ldquo;farm to table.&rdquo; How about &ldquo;stovetop to vehicle&rdquo;? That&rsquo;s the process being used by the Chicago Park District (CPD) these days. There are a few more steps in the process, of course, but 56 units in the department&rsquo;s fleet of 550 vehicles are using a biodiesel blend up to B50 (50% biodiesel) made from used cooking oil.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fuel News Running Green Silver Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:32:00 +0000 202781 at Montgomery County upfits vans with XL Hybrids’ electric powertrain <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>XL Hybrids announced the installation of its <a href="" target="_blank">XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System</a> in 15 additional passenger and cargo vans for Montgomery County, MD. The 15 upfitted <span class='keyword_link'><a href=" " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Transit vans have been added to 10 existing Ford Econoline hybrid vans already in use in the county&rsquo;s fleet.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Powertrain News Running Green Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:53:00 +0000 202651 at Electrified tandem trailer axles? <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>Here's a concept for you: replace a trailer's passive axle with a hybrid electric-powered package that helps capture energy lost during nominal operating conditions and turn it into more "oomph" when you need it.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:11:00 +0000 202601 at