INDIANAPOLIS. Speakers here on a kickoff panel of the annual Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show, made one thing voice clear—alternative fuels for trucking will remain a matter of considerable choice, and for years to come....More
Trillium CNG has opened a new compressed natural gas filling station in Orlando, FL. Officials from the city of Orlando, state of Florida, ampCNG and Frito-Lay North America recently attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The fast-fill station is located at Lewis Petroleum’s Silver Star Fuelman in the Princeton Industrial Park, just two blocks from Frito-Lay North America’s Orlando plant. Frito-Lay selected Trillium CNG to build natural gas infrastructure to fuel its fleet of CNG tractor-trailers....More
ACT Research has launched online fuel payback calculators to allow fleets to determine the diesel gallon equivalent of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.
The calculators are available at www.actresearch.net....More
Freightliner Trucks Team Run Smart Pro Jimmy Nevarez will travel throughout southern California in a Cascadia 113 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractor. As part of his experience, Nevarez will blog about his experiences with the vehicle at www.TeamRunSmart.com....More
Perrin Manufacturing has released the PowerCube Slim, a more compact version of its popular PowerCube APU. The company said the PowerCube Slim packs the same HVAC power of its predecessor into a thinner profile that fits the mounting space requirements of the majority of North American sleeper cabs....More
FleetServe will now offer diesel particulate filters (DPFs) from ESW Group under a new agreement. This partnership will enable FleetServ to offer its customers the complete line of ESW Group products alongside its array of fleet products and services....More
TruStar Energy, makers of the Portable Fuel System (PFS) to supply natural gas to fleets, has expanded its offering with two new PFS models. The PFS Elite 150 and Elite 225 offers fleets even more choices when switching to natural gas....More
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has renewed its support as a presenting sponsor for the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. This year’s event will be held May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center....More
Two senators have introduced a bill that would reinstate a biodiesel tax incentive that expired on Dec. 31, 2013. The bill, introduced by Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would offer the incentive for three years....More
C.R. England and Shell have reached on a bulk fueling agreement to support new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered trucks. The trucks will be powered by a 12L spark-ignited ISX engines and serve southern California....More
Idle Free Systems will offer its anti-idling system for vocational markets with an ultracapacitor-based engine state module (ESM) from Maxwell Technologies. The inclusion of the ESM will provide cranking power for Idle Free’s Work Truck No Idle Heat System....More
Love’s Travel Stops has opened the first of 10 fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) stations as part of the company’s plans to expand its CNG fueling locations. The station, in Willis, Texas, is located on Interstate 45 at Exit 95....More
A network of 11 public propane refueling stations is set to open across the state of Washington. The stations, situated in 10 cities in the Puget Sound region and owned by Blue Star Gas, will be open 24 hours.
Blue Star is a member of the Alliance AutoGas clean vehicle conversion and refueling network....More
Steve Cooney has been named to lead Crosspoint Kinetics hybrid sales initiatives as vice president of sales. Crosspoint is the maker of the Kinetics Hybrid system.
Cooney’s will work directly with public transit agencies and private fleet managers as well as vehicle manufacturers and their dealers....More
CNGas, which specializes in retail CNG fueling stations and bi-fuel vehicle conversions, and Nopetro, a natural gas fueling infrastructure provider, have signed an agreement to open a public compressed natural gas fueling station in Miami-Dade County in Florida. ...More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership has had a profound effect on trucking since its debut in 2004. The program estimates that partners in the effort have eliminated 28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, resulting in a savings of 65 million barrels of oil and $8.1 billion in fuel costs. If not an outright member, many trucking operations have at least adopted some fuel-saving initiatives verified by the program....More
Over the last two decades, the term “greening” has become a mainstream buzzword in the transportation industry, garnering positive recognition for fleet operators that deployed alternatively fueled and advanced technology vehicles. While many of these leading-edge projects were often spurred by environmental and social motivations, these factors have shifted in the past 12 to 24 months as economic return has become the primary “green” attribute driving investment in these fuels and technologies. The reasons are simple:...More
C.R. England has opened a new IdleAir facility for drivers at its terminal in Laredo, TX. The 24-space facility provides drivers with in-cab services that provide heating and air conditioning, Internet connectivity, television, and 110-volt electrical, completely eliminating the need for idling. ...More
Recent reports in the general media of spikes in the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) for use as a vehicle fuel are not indicative of inherent price volatility or a long-term upward cost trend for this increasingly popular alternative power source for fleets, according to Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a Santa Monica,CA-based clean-transportation/energy consultancy....More
Saying that he will use executive actions when appropriate, President Barack Obama promised to slash the red tape holding back infrastructure projects in this country during his fifth State of the Union address last night. He also reiterated his administration’s promise to implement further fuel efficiency targets for heavy-duty trucks beyond the current regulations that begin phasing in this year....More
TruStar Energy is building a new public fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the Muncie Sanitary District in Muncie, IN. The station, equipped with two dispensers and four hoses, will initially fuel the city's trash truck fleet – which is currently converting the entire 12-truck fleet to CNG....More
Con-way Freight has added additional Freightliner Cascadia 113 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to its fleet. Freightliner began production of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors in August 2013 and these units are the first Cascadia day cabs with factory-installed CNG tanks to hit the road.
The tractors are equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX 12 G engine and will be used in the Texas market....More
A new series of videos is being released by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) to highlight the success fleets are having with propane autogas.
The Straight Talk videos feature stories from five fleet managers at public and private organizations that use propane autogas in significant portions of their fleets. Participants include DIRECTV, Mesa Public Schools, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, AAustin Express Inc., and Prince George’s County, Md....More