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December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Top 10 Articles of 2017 on GreenFleetMagazine.com

(clockwise l. to r.) Natural gas fueling station, Ryder semi-truck, Tesla's electric truck, City of Long Beach CNG trucks.

Readers of GreenFleetMagazine.com this year were most interested Tesla’s electric truck, as well as other electrified trucks, continued utilization of CNG in fleets, and the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Tags: Tesla, CNG, Electric Trucks, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Tesla Semi, Natural Gas Vehicles

December 8, 2017 - Press Release

American Lung Association Awarded for Promoting Alt-Fuels

The American Lung Association has been named the 2017 Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities, and was honored for championing the promotion of alternative fuels and technologies to reduce vehicle emissions and reduce petroleum usage.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Emissions Reduction, Awards

December 8, 2017 - Press Release

Chicago Area Clean Cities Recognizes Top Green Fleets for 2017

ComEd, which was named a Top Green Fleet by Chicago Area Clean Cities, provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, 70 percent of the state’s population. ComEd operates more than 1,750 trucks using biodiesel fuel. In 2016, ComEd used nearly 600,000 gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel instead of regular diesel fuel. Photo courtesy of Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.

Winners for this year included commercial and government fleets such as FedEx Express and the City of Chicago.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Emissions Reduction, Awards

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Green Motion CEO Receives Green Fleet Award

Richard Lowden, CEO and founder of Green Motion, (center) accepts the award with his Green Motion team. Photo courtesy of Green Motion.

Richard Lowden, founder and CEO of Green Motion, was given the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Green Fleet Awards in the U.K.

Tags: Green Vehicles, International Rentals, Awards, Green Motion

November 24, 2017 - Industry News

Green Motion Holds International Conference, Rental Awards Ceremony

Richard Lowden, founder and CEO of Green Motion, gives a presentation at the company's 2017 international conference. Photo courtesy of Green Motion.

Green Motion’s 2017 international conference took place in the United Kingdom at the company’s international head office. The company’s annual car rental award ceremony followed the conference.

Tags: Conference, Awards, Green Motion, International Franchises

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Green Motion Launches New Branding

Green Motion's new outside branding at one of its UK locations. Photo courtesy of Green Motion.

Green Motion, an environmentally-friendly rental company, has launched its new in-store brand concept at several locations in the United Kingdom.

Tags: Green Fleets, International Rentals, Green Motion, Branding

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Issues Proposal to Pull Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

A  new glider kit fitted with an old engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule on Nov. 9 that would repeal emission requirements for glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Emissions Reduction, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Green Motion’s Richard Lowden Presents at CarTrawler Conference

Richard Lowden (center), CEO and founder of Green Motion, serves as a panelist in a session at CarTrawler's 2017 Winter Conference. Photo courtesy of Green Motion.

Richard Lowden, the founder and CEO of Green Motion, was part of a panel discussion at the 2017 CarTrawler Conference.

Tags: Conference, International Rentals, CarTrawler, Green Motion

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Air Action Plan Approved by SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Clean Air Action Plan, which seeks to aggressively reduce emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been approved by the harbor commissions of both ports.

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

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Aiming to Yank Glider Kits from GHG/MPG Rule

New glider kit fitted with pre-2002 engine. Photo: Tom Berg

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun the formal process to launch a rulemaking that would eliminate provisions affecting glider kits within the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards, which start to take effect in January.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Court Decision Puts GHG Phase 2 Rules for Trailers on Hold

TTMA contends that the fleets that can benefit from aerodyamic technology on trailers are already using it voluntarily. Photo: Utility Trailer

A three-judge panel Friday granted the Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association request to provisionally stay the trailer provisions of the greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards that were slated to go into effect in January.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, EPA

October 19, 2017 - Global News

Foton, Cummins Cooperating on China Super Truck Program

Photo: Foton Motor

China’s Foton Motor and Cummins have signed a memorandum of cooperation around the launch of the second stage of the China Super Truck program.

Tags: Global, China, Cummins, Foton Motor

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Court Battle Erupts over Truck Trailers and GHG/MPG Rule

Trailer aerodynamic device include side skirts, pictured here. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

Court filings have begun to pile up that may ultimately determine the fate of the trailer-related provision within the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards.

Tags: Regulations, EDF, Trailers, GHG Phase 2, TTMA

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

eNow Powers Zero-Emissions Refrigerated Truck

Photo of solar panels courtesy of eNow.

eNow, producers of solar products for the transportation industry, demonstrated the effectiveness of its solar energy-producing systems for transportation by powering the first zero-emissions commercial-use Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) on a truck making deliveries in an urban environment.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Solar Power, Reefer, eNow, Transport Refrigeration

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Solar-Powered Reefer Successfully Tested in California

In addition to eliminating emissions, the Rayfrigeration unit is projected to reduce operations costs by up to 90%. Photo: eNow

The eNow-supplied panels cut emissions and kept dairy products properly refrigerated in summer heat, the company said.

Tags: Solar Power, Reefers, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Trailers

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

New Vehicle MPG Flat in September

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in September remained unchanged from August at 25.3 mpg, according to Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak, researchers from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Tags: Fuel Economy, UMTRI, Trends

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

Allison Expands Fuel-Efficient Medium-Duty Transmission Tech

Photo of 1000/2000 Series transmission courtesy of Allison.

Allison Transmission has begun offering its xFE fuel-saving technology on two more of its medium-duty transmissions, including the 1000 Series and 2000 Series, the company has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Transmissions, Allison Transmission

October 5, 2017 - Press Release

Calif. Groups Host Clean Technology Expo

The eighth Annual Clean Technology Forum & Equipment Expo is a free event that offers fuel management training, a conference, and a reception for recipients of the Clean Air Champion Awards.

Tags: Clean Cities, Alternative Fuels, Events, MEMA

October 3, 2017 - Press Release

Lightning Systems Names Kelley Chief Technology Officer

Kelley

Lightning Systems has named William R. Kelley as its new chief technology officer, the alternative fuel modifier announced.

Tags: C-Suite, Vehicle Modifiers, New Hire, Lightning Systems

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

California's Gov. Brown May Ban Internal Combustion Engines

California's Gov. Jerry Brown is reportedly considering banning the sale of vehicles with internal-combustion engines, a clean air regulator in that state told Bloomberg.

Tags: California, Emissions Reduction, Elected Leaders

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Sees a Future with Many Truck Power Options

“We win in the marketplace by seeing the future first, and beating the competition to it,” proclaimed Srikanth Padmanabhab, president of the Cummins engine business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Cummins continues to embrace a “buffet” of power sources for the marketplace as it prepares for a future that includes diesel, hybrids, electric powertrains, and fuel cells, the company told trucking reporters in Atlanta Sunday prior to the opening of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, NACV Show

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

California Passes Clean Air Bill with $895M in Vehicle Incentives

$140 million will go toward incentivizing cleaner vehicles at California’s ports. Photo: Jim Park.

The Clean Air Initiative provides $895 million for incentive programs that cut emissions from diesel and other greenhouse gas producing pollutants.

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Port of Los Angeles, California, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction, State Legislation, Ports

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Joins SuperTruck II Project

Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced that it will participate in the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program, collaborating closely with the Paccar Technical Center and DAF Trucks, a subsidiary of Paccar, to develop fuel efficient technologies.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Fuel Efficiency, DOE, Paccar MX Engine, SuperTruck

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Run on Less Kicks Off as Participants Aim for 9 mpg

Run on Less, billed as a first-of-its-kind national fuel efficiency roadshow, has kicked off this week from multiple locations around the country.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Contest, Events, NACV Show, Run on Less, NACFE, Carbon War Room

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Transportation Group Opposes De-Funding Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) has introduced an amendment that would defund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Photo: Office of Rep. Gary Palmer

A large group representing manufacturers, transportation associations, and clean air and health advocates sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing a proposed amendment to the House Interior-EPA appropriations bill that would remove all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, DERA, U.S. Congress, Federal Grants, Funding, Diesel Emissions, Alternative Fuels

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