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Fleet Technology Expo Replacing Green Fleet Conference

Although no longer named Green Fleet Conference, the first-annual Fleet Technology Expo in August will include education on alternative fuels, while two additional session tracks — Fleet Analytics and Heavy Duty — will expand the available education and expo floor offerings.

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Okla. Grant Helps City Acquire Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

The Sand Springs Fire Department has a new bi-fuel truck in its fleet thanks to INCOG’s Clean Cities Program with Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality public fleet conversion funds, according to a city press release.

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Freightliner Expands Propane Autogas SG2 Applications

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has begun offering additional configurations of its S2G propane autogas vocational work truck, including a box truck recently provided to a California delivery fleet.

This illustration from the American Gas Association's 2014 Playbook, shows that gasoline prices rely on crude oil by 70 percent.

Oil Price Volatility Makes Case For NGVs

With the price of oil being highly unpredictable it only makes sense for commercial and government fleets to choose natural gas-powered vehicles, according to NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski.

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Kia to Show Electric AWD Concept Vehicle in Chicago

Kia Motors will show off a concept utility vehicle equipped with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, the automaker has announced.

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Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility in Development

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services, Inc., is developing a bi-fuel propane autogas Ford Police Interceptor Utility model that will be available to law enforcement agencies in the spring.

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Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

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Porsche Recalls Cayenne S, Panamera S Hybrids

The recall will address a fire risk in 1,368 of these vehicles in the 2011 and 2012 model years.

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Toyota Expands Production of Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to expand production of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan to 3,000 units in 2017 for Japan, the U.S., and Europe.

Photo of 2012 Audi A6 by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

Audi Sedans, VW Hybrid Recalled for Fire Risk

Fuel leaks may occur in the fuel injection system in such popular luxury cars as the Audi A6 and A7.

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Fuel Cell Renault Vans with Range Extenders Tested

Symbio FCell has launched five Renault Kangoo ZE electric powered by its hydrogen fuel cell range extender that's part of a fleet project to deploy 40 Kangoo ZE vehicles equipped with Symbio FCell’s range extender.

Photo courtesy of DuecoAt the work site, the Odyne plug-in hybrid system, featuring Johnson Controls’ lithium-ion battery packs, powers typical work site applications with the engine off for a significantly longer time than other large truck hybrid systems.

Dueco Delivers Odyne-Equipped Trucks to Wisconsin Utility

The Odyne systems are now operating on a Terex TC55 line construction truck mounted on an IHC chassis, which will be doing everyday line work, and a Terex SC45 trouble truck, which will be doing more driving and service work.

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Gasoline Prices Fall to Nearly Six-Year Low

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen to a level not seen since the spring of 2009. It fell 2.2 cents to $2.044 for the week ending Jan. 26, according to federal data.

EPA 2010 and later engines emit virtually no soot, as illustrated by this clean exhaust pipe. Photo by Jim Park

Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute.

China's Growing EV Market Driving Lithium-Ion Sales

Rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in China is triggering an explosion of investment in the lithium-ion battery industry, with China's production of power lithium-ion batteries set to jump 400 percent by 2017.

Will overhead catenary lines fuel electric/hybrid truck growth in some specialized applications?

Frost & Sullivan Offers Sunny Outlook for Electric, Hybrid Truck Market

Declining fuel prices has reduced the attractiveness of hybrid and electric powertrains in commercial vehicles, yet the long-term regulatory and energy outlook shows promise for these systems.

Average Diesel Cost Near 5-Year Low of Under $2.87

Fuel prices are showing no signs of throttling back from their large and recent declines that started months ago, with oil nearly hitting a six-year low on Monday.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Low Gasoline Prices Causing Shift to Trucks, Dealers Say

Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand should propel new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 million in 2015, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Photo of "express" charging courtesy of Volkswagen.

BMW, VW Partner with ChargePoint for High-Speed EV Charging

BMW and Volkswagen have initiated a partnership with ChargePoint to create a higher-speed "charging corridors" on the East Coast and West Coast for plug-in electric vehicles.

N.D. Bill Would Set Up NGV Grants

North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would create an incentive for fleets who convert natural gas vehicles and provide funds to build out fueling infrastructure.

Photo of Chevrolet Spark EV courtesy of GM.

GM to Sell Chevrolet Spark EV in Maryland

The Spark EV will retail for $17,845, after federal and Maryland tax credits and features a locally-sourced electric motor and drive unit that's built at GM's Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh on the outskirts of the city.

Photo of i3 courtesy of BMW.

BMW i3 Called 'Most Revolutionary Car' Since Model T

BMW's i3 plug-in battery-electric vehicle has been called the "most revolutionary car in terms of creative engineering and manufacturing since Henry Ford's Model T" by an automotive research firm that specializes in tear-downs.

Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil

Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.

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NGV Sales to Reach Nearly 4M by 2024

Sales of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are expected to reach 3.9 million in 2024 from the 2.3 million sold in 2014, according to a report from Navigant Research.

 

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