ACT News 2017


Lightning Rebrands, Broadens Its Services

May 30, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Companies, delivery vehicles, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, municipal fleet, New Products, paratransit, Technology, telematics, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Renamed Company Offering Fuel-Saving Capabilities
For Commercial and Government Fleets Using All Fuels

Lightning Systems has re-branded, adding capabilities taking the Colorado company far beyond the fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid to services for all fleets and fuels, and moving its corporate headquarters.

NACFE Partners with Geotab on Truck Test

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, event, telematics, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Run on Less’ Will Help Gauge What’s Possible for Trucks

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room, working with the support of Shell and PepsiCo, have tapped Geotab to help keep tabs on its Run on Less fuel efficiency initiative.

Run on Less is described as a “first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency. Canada’s Geotab, a leading telematics provider, is to install its devices on all trucks participating in the three-week experience.

Geotab telematics devices will be installed on all of the trucks participating in NAFCE’s Run on Less initiative, which takes place through June 1.

“The event will demonstrate how Class 8 trucks can use different technologies to achieve the best fuel economy possible,” states a NACFE release.

Fair Measurement

The fair measurement of fuel efficiency is a complex matter, says NACFE executive director Mike Roeth. “Trucks will be operating in different weather conditions, hauling different payloads and on different routes,” he says.

“Some will be driving in more mountainous areas and some will have to deal with crosswinds – as they do every day.”

‘All-Star Truckers .. Real Challenges’

“The key is how these all-star truckers and the fuel efficient equipment the fleets provide them, handle all of these real challenges.”

Statistics on fuel usage, DEF level, idle time, and cruise control usage – and the team’s fuel economy – will be shared on NACFE’s website throughout the event.

“For over 15 years, Geotab has been helping businesses streamline their operations and discover new cost saving potential with our industry-leading telematics device and software,” said Geotab commercial vehicle solutions associate VP Scott Sutarik.

‘Minimizing Their Fuel Usage and Spend’

“With a key focus on fuel economy,” he said, “we’re thrilled to partner with NACFE and help class 8 trucks discover new techniques and best practices for minimizing their fuel usage and spend.”

Run on Less will feature six to ten Class 8 trucks, using current, commercially available technologies that will haul real freight around the country. The trucks will be equipped with different efficiency technologies, and drivers will demonstrate how to achieve the best fuel economy in today’s highway tractors.

The three-week experience will kick off from multiple locations across the U.S., culminating at NACV, the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta in September. Final results will be announced there.

“Drivers will showcase their equipment and share fuel economy learnings and best practices with attendees.”

More details about Run on Less will be announced in coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities will remain open until June 1.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.

Knapheide for XL’s PHEV Installations

April 6, 2017 in Companies, Hybrids, telematics by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ship-Thru from Kansas City to Commence Late This Year

XL Hybrids is trumpeting a “first-of-its-kind” installation partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing, by which XL’s new XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle upfits will be available on Ford F-150 pick ups.

ACT Expo 2016 Is Now Underway

May 2, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, Technology, telematics, transit, trucking by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,000 Attendees Are Expected in Long Beach

The 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is underway at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. More than 3,000 are expected to attend North America’s the largest clean fleet event, co-hosted with the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the Propane Education & Research Council, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the California Hydrogen Business Council.

XL Hybrids Launches XL Link Telematics

April 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, telematics by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cloud-Based Fleet Vehicle Connectivity and Analytics

XL Hybrids has introduced XL Link as a cloud-based fleet vehicle connectivity and analytics system that measures miles-per-gallon performance, and carbon dioxide emissions reductions. XL Link is being used by fleet vehicles operated by the City of Boston, Yale University, AmeriPride Services and Maryland’s Montgomery County, XL says.

BrightWorks Insights from GE Capital Fleet

April 14, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, New Products, telematics by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Telematics Package Includes Module Designed for Alternative Fuels

GE Capital Fleet Services has introduced the BrightWorks Insights fleet analytics platform “for bringing together data from drivers, vehicles, fleet services, and third parties to enable companies to make smarter fleet management decisions.”

Hino Expands Its Telogis Telematics

June 6, 2014 in New Products, Technology, telematics by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Insight 2.0’ Package for Improved Vehicle Uptime, Cost of Ownership

Hino Trucks is stepping up its collaboration with Telogis, and beginning this summer will offer the next-generation Hino Insight 2.0 telematics package not only on its Hino 195h and 195h-DC hybrid electric models for 2015 – for which it’s standard – but as an option on its full conventional truck product lineup.

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