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August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Fuel Calculator Compares Diesel to the Alternatives

Screenshot via ACT Research

ACT Research’s Truck Fuel Calculator now covers operating cost comparisons between diesel, natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell and electric drive train options to help fleets compare and determine the best fit for the application.

Tags: Diesel, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, Online Tool

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Expands Review of Obama's Mileage Rules

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

The Trump administration is reopening a federal review of Obama-era fuel economy rules covering the 2022 to 2025 model years, and expanding the review to include the 2021 model year signed into law in 2012.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Merchants Fleet Management, Fuel Economy, Donald Trump, EPA, NHTSA

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

Tags: Fleet Forward Conference, Mobility

August 1, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner Offers eNow Solar Charging on Cascadia

Photo: eNow

Freightliner Cascadia raised-roof sleeper trucks can now be ordered with the eNow eCharge solar system as a pre-delivery installation.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Idling, Freightliner Cascadia, Freightliner

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

FCA to Restart Sales of Diesel Ram 1500

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc.

Fiat Chrysler can begin selling diesel-powered versions of its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, after receiving approval from state and federal environmental regulators.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Engines, EPA, 2017-MY, FCA, FCA Diesel Scandal

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

VW Diesel Settlement Gains Final Approval From Regulators

Photo courtesy of VW.

Federal and California environmental regulators have given final approval to Volkswagen's plan to fix or buy back about half of the diesel cars involved in its emissions scandal, which includes an additional $153 million payment to that state.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Zero-Emission Vehicles, VW Diesel Scandal

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy Tackles Truck Idling at N.C. Distribution Facility

Photo via Duke Energy

Duke Energy will be heading a $320,000 project to install a total of 36 electric power outlets for heavy trucks at a distribution center for Merchants Distributors in Hickory, N.C.

Tags: EPA, Duke Energy, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Shorepower Technologies

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Southern California Ports Plan for Zero-Emission Trucks

Screenshot via Clean Air Action Plan

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have released a draft of a proposed 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update, outlining a new set of aggressive near-term and long-term strategies to reduce air pollution from the ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Emissions Reduction, Ports

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

California's Climate Change Deal May Increase Fuel Prices

Photo by Vince Taroc.

California's Legislature has voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program through 2030, which could result in an increase to the gasoline tax and would codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.

Tags: California, Gasoline Prices, Fuel, Fuel Tax, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, RNG

July 18, 2017 - Global News

Australia's Proposed Carbon Tax May Increase Vehicle Costs

Photo courtesy of Ian Fieggen via Wikimedia Commons.

The federal government of Australia has proposed implementing carbon-emission rules which may increase the price of country’s most popular cars by an estimated approximate of $4,000.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Australia, Global, TCO

July 17, 2017 - Press Release

Clean Fuels Ohio and MEMA to Host Green Fleet Event

The Aug. 1 pre-conference sessions will take place at Columbus State Community College, and Aug. 2 activities will occur at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.

July 6, 2017 - Global News

France Ending Sales of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040

France will halt sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 so it can meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement, its newly elected president has announced.

Tags: France, Donald Trump, Diesel Engines, Emissions Reduction

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Wants to Reduce Emissions by 12% in 8 Years

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS plans to reduce emissions from global ground operations 12% by 2025 as part of new sustainability goals, the delivery company said in its latest Corporate Sustainability Report.

Tags: Sustainability, UPS, Emissions Reduction, Alternative Fuels

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

NYC Sanitation Completes Efficiency Initiatives

Photo via Flickr/Jason Lawrence

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) published an update to its four-year Strategic Plan to modernize fleet and facilities and improve safety.

Tags: New York City, Alternative Fuels, Idle Reduction, Refuse Fleets

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Southern California Mayors Aim for Zero Emissions at Ports

(Left) Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a joint declaration to set goals for the transition to zero emissions at Southern California ports. Photo: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, are aiming for zero emissions at the ports or Los Angeles and Long Beach by 2035 as part of their commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals in their cities.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Emissions, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Electric Vehicles, California, Drayage

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Wash. Fleets Saved 20M Gallons of Petroleum in 2016

Photo courtesy of State of Washington

Western Washington Clean Cities partners and member fleets collectively saved 20.6 million gallons of petroleum last year through fleet efforts. The group recognized eight public-sector fleets and fleet professionals for their efforts.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Washington, Clean Cities, Recognition

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Touts Fuel Agnosticism

FCCC S2G Flatbed (propane autogas). Image: FCCC

As a company, FCCC is strategically fuel-agnostic, currently building products powered by a range of alternative fuels, including liquified propane gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as traditional diesel and gasoline products.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, CNG, Fuel, Freightliner Custom Chassis

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

Photo via Wikimedia.

A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Vehicle Technology Bill

Photo: Peloton

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that they are reintroducing the Vehicle Innovation Act, which is aimed at encouraging investment, research, and development in clean vehicle and advanced safety technologies.

Tags: Legislation, Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency, Advanced Technology

May 30, 2017 - Global News

Canadian Company Invests in eNow

Image courtesy of eNow

Canadian Solar Inc., a solar power company, announced that it has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry.

Tags: Upfitting, Solar Power, eNow, Canada

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

Photo via Max Pixel

President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

NAFA Honors Fleets for Sustainability

Pictured left to right in the back at the Sustainability pre-con at NAFA are George Survant, sr. director fleet relations, NTEA, Alexander Barton, president, Barton Marketing Group, and Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board. Photo courtesy of Kristen Driscoll.

Over 25 honorees of NAFA’s inaugural Sustainable Fleet Certificate program have been named.

Tags: Sustainability, NAFA, Certification Program

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Clean Cities Fleets Reduce 230K Tons of GHG

Companies such as Alpha Baking Company (pictured), Ozinga and Testa Produce are examples of companies in the Chicago area that are using clean-burning alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of CACC.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) and its member fleets helped to displace nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum in 2016, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Alternative Fuels, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

NYC Adds Auto-Braking Vehicles, Solar EV Chargers

New York City's 30 solar carports wil charge electric vehicles completely off the grid. Photo courtesy of NYC DCAS

New York City is rolling out auto-braking vehicles, expanding solar electric vehicle charging carports, and working to promote safety in the city’s automotive high schools.

Tags: New York City, Alternative Fuels, Safety, EV Charging Stations, Vision Zero, Solar Charging

May 16, 2017 - Global News

New EU Rule Aims to Boost Transparency of Truck MPG

Infographic lays out how EU’s Vecto computer simulation tool functions. Image: ACEA

A new European Union procedure for determining emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 from new trucks has won praise from a key industry group for its expected positive impact on transparency.

Tags: Emissions, European Union, Global

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