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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 runonless.com 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.

Westport HPDI 2.0 Via Volvo This Year

April 24, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Volvo Is to Offer Trucks with the ‘MethaneDiesel Euro VI’ Engine
To Be Nearly as Efficient as Diesel with 15% Less GHG Emissions,
‘Westport Is Now a Tier 1 Supplier’ to Heavy Vehicle Manufacturers

Watch for the official launch of the second iteration of Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology – designed allow heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas while preserving the efficient compression ignition cycle – late this year by Volvo Trucks in Europe.
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Toyota Furthers Hydrogen Trucking

April 20, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, ports, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows a Kenworth T660 with Twin Mirai Fuel Cells
For ‘Project Portal’ Port of Los Angeles Drayage Ops

Seeking to show that hydrogen power can play a role beyond the passenger car, Toyota yesterday kicked off “Project Portal,” by which a modified Kenworth T660 will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.
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APG Plans Low-NOx Dual Fuel for Trucks

April 7, 2017 in NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis Is on 13- to 16-Liter Engines for Heavy Vehicles
With SCR Gear That Have Come on the Market Since 2010

The American Power Group board has approved funding to develop a “first-of-its-kind” low-NOx dual fuel natural gas-diesel engine system. The new upfit would couple APG’s existing dual fuel equipment with a new exhaust thermal management system.
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UPS Spending $90m More on Natural Gas

March 15, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TruStar for Four New CNG Fueling Stations,
Freightliner & Kenworth for 440 New Trucks

UPS said today that it’s investing an additional $90 million in natural gas trucks and fueling infrastructure. The money will pay for 440 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas trucks, and six new CNG fueling facilities.
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Cryoshelter’s Gen2 LNG Tanks for Trucks

March 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, LNG, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Benefits & Options that Address the Key Performance Factors’

Austria’s Cryoshelter is bringing its second-generation liquefied natural gas fuel tanks for trucks to market, doing so at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. this coming May. With an innovative structure, improved insulation, and driver-friendly manifold placement, the U.S. R110-certified tanks are said to offer significant advantages in terms of both capacity and hold time for the cryogenic fuel.
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Love’s Trillium CNG in Gunnison, Colo.

February 7, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, municipal fleet, NGVs, transit, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public Station to Support Local Transportation Authority:
Will Fill Current 300-Mile Pueblo-Grand Junction CNG Gap

Love’s Trillium CNG said today that it’s finalized an agreement to bring a compressed natural gas fueling station to Gunnison, Colo. Gunnison County and RTA, the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority, agreed with Trillium for the fuel provider to design, own, operate and maintain the new CNG facility.
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ANG Buys Questar & Constellation CNG

December 28, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, investments, milestones, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

American Natural Gas Now Has Some 40 Outlets in 13 States
Serving Anheuser-Busch, Frito-Lay, Swift, and Central Freight

Hard-charging American Natural Gas has expanded its network of compressed natural gas fueling outlets to approximately 40, announcing just prior to Christmas the acquisition of 11 CNG stations in Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Utah, California, and Colorado through the acquisition of Questar Fueling, and seven stations in Indiana and Ohio via the acquisition of Constellation CNG.
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Ryder with Nikola for New Class 8 H2 Truck

December 2, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ryder Named ‘Exclusive Nationwide Distribution & Maintenance Provider’
For Zero-Emission, 1,000-HP Class 8 Truck Aiming to Revolutionize Industry,
Nikola Plans Leasing and a Vertical Network of Hundreds of Fueling Stations:
Worthington for Cryogenic H2 Transport & Compressed Onboard Fuel Cylinders

Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor named Ryder System “as its exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider” as it yesterday evening unveiled the zero-emission Class 8 truck with which it hopes to revolutionize the trucking industry.
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Opinion: Out with the Cost-Share!

November 18, 2016 in Opinion, Special to Fleets & Fuels, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Match Requirements Are Effectively Crippling Small Business Innovation:
‘The Only Hope of Moving Forward Is More Severe Government Regulations’

Cost-share requirements allowing companies access to advanced vehicle development funding pose a financial burden that make it unlikely for smaller firms to survive, let along bring cleaner and more efficient vehicles to market. So argues advanced heavy duty vehicles veteran Tom Bartley, who has made his opinion known to Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, which handles much of the state’s funding for low-emission, high-efficiency vehicles, notably from CARB and the CEC: the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.

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More Orange EV Yard Trucks for Nolan

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money available, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Indiana Firm Operates Multiple Units, New York Approves Vouchers

Indiana-based Nolan Logistics is taking delivery of its either 100% battery-electric T-Series terminal truck, reports Kansas City-based manufacturer Orange EV.
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Peloton Platoon to Reduce Fuel Use

November 17, 2016 in fuel efficiency, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$5 Million from ARPA-E Backs Purdue-Led ‘Nextcar’ Project
Aiming for 20% Fuel Savings by Pairing Trucks to Reduce Drag

California’s Peloton Technology is talking up its role in a three-year, ARPA-E backed project to nearly triple the fuel savings of its truck “platooning” technology.
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APG’s DF via Rush and Momentum Fuel

November 8, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Initial Agreement Is for Dual Fuel Installations in 14 States

Dual fuel conversion of heavy duty trucks to natural gas-diesel operation with American Power Group gear will be available from Rush Truck Centers and Momentum Fuel Technologies in 14 states, APG said yesterday.
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Clean Energy RNG for FedEx Oklahoma

October 12, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, event, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FedEx Freight Wins NGVAmerica Achievement Award Too

Less than a month after announcing a new compressed natural gas fueling facility in support of 100 FedEx trucks in Oklahoma City, Clean Energy Fuels announced that it plans to supply the station with its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas. NGVAmerica presented the NGV Achievement Award to FedEx Freight at a ceremony at the new station on Tuesday.
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TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.
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Westport HPDI 2.0: Int’l Launch in 2017

August 30, 2016 in Companies, LNG, New Products, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Europe or Perhaps China to Be First, and It Won’t be the Cummins ISX:
Goal Is a Product Preserving Diesel Performance with Minimal Changes

Westport Fuel Systems expects to commercialize its “HPDI 2.0” high pressure direct injection technology as a fuel system package for OEMs in Europe and/or China in summer 2017.
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APG: a Heavy Trial, DF Revenues Soar

August 22, 2016 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Refitted Freightliner Truck with DD15 Enters Quebec Trials,
Separately, Domestic Dual Fuel Vehicles Sales Rise by 383%

The American Power Group’s dual fuel natural gas-diesel technology – billed as the only available solution for heavy-mission trucks with 13- to 15-liter engines – is being tested by Transport Somavrac in Quebec.
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