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January 13, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

Photo of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy via Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr.

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2, CAFE Standards, Emissions Reduction

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA Diesel Scandal

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

Tags: CARB Certification, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, CARB, CNG Conversions, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

SoCalGas to Demonstrate Mobile CNG Refueling

Artist rendering courtesy of Onboard Dynamics

Southern California Gas Co. will fund the demonstration and testing of a new mobile natural gas compressor from Onboard Dynamics that can be used to refuel compressed natural gas vehicles regardless of location.

Tags: SoCalGas, Compressed Natural Gas

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Prepping Hybrid Pickup Truck

Photo of Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda.

Honda will launch a new hybrid vehicle in 2018 and plans to eventually offer a hybrid pickup truck, the automaker announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Honda, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Detroit Auto Show, Emissions Reduction

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Bolt, Pacifica, Ridgeline Earn Vehicle of the Year Awards

2017 Honda Ridgeline (photo courtesy of Honda)

The 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year were announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Honda, North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, General Motors, Awards, Honda Ridgeline, 2017-MY, FCA, Chrysler Pacifica, North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Detroit Auto Show

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Lightweight, Advanced Tech Demo Trucks at WTS17

Photo of 2016-MY Isuzu NPR Diesel courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Two vehicles — a Ford F-350 Aluminum cab chassis and an Isuzu NPR with 13,000 pounds GVWR — will be upfitted with the selected components/technology as part of the Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Trucks Display at the 2017 Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford F-350, Green Truck Summit, Isuzu N-Series, Lightweighting

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Worldwide Annual Electric Truck Sales May Reach 332,000 by 2026

Photo of Frito-Lay electric truck charging at Clipper Creek charging station, courtesy of Clipper Creek

Global annual electrified powertrain medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are expected to grow from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Navigant Research, Electric Trucks

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

ACT Research Doubles Down on Natural Gas Analysis

Based on recent analysis, ACT Research believes that the natural gas and alternative fuel industries in the U.S. are “alive and kicking,” and suggests that fleets should consider which solution best fits their needs.

Tags: Natural Gas, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels

December 22, 2016 - Industry News

American Natural Gas Acquires Questar Fueling Company

Photo of American Natural Gas station courtesy of ANG.

American Natural Gas (ANG) announced that it has acquired Questar Fueling Company, including its 11 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Utah, California, and Colorado.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG, Questar Fueling, Anheuser-Busch, American Natural Gas

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Landi Renzo's Dedicated CNG E-450 Certified

Photo of E-450 cutaway van courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion of Ford's 2017 model year E-450 cutaway van.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford E-Series, EPA Certification, Cutaway Vans, Landi Renzo, Vehicle Modifiers

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Bi-Fuel CNG System for GM, Isuzu Cabovers

Photo of Isuzu NPR courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

AGA Systems received EPA Certification of its EcoSync HD Bi-fuel/CNG alternative-fuel system for the 2017 General Motors Vortec 6.0L engine that is used in the Isuzu NPR and the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks.

Tags: AGA Systems, Cabovers, CNG, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Isuzu N-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, EPA Certification

December 16, 2016 - Press Release

2017 Green Truck Summit Covers Clean Energy

What does “clean energy” mean for work trucks in 2017 and beyond? The answers can be found at the Green Truck Summit 2017, an alternative fuel and advanced technology conference held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Clean Energy, Green Truck Summit

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids, Hybrid Electric Powertrain, Light-Duty Trucks, Hybrid-Electric Truck

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Propane Autogas Vehicles

PHOTO: Bimbo Bakeries

Bimbo Bakeries USA added a new fleet of delivery vehicles powered by propane autogas at its Elkridge, Md., facility with the help of a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Bimbo Bakeries, Delivery Fleets, Ford F-59

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Certification to Modify 2017 Ford Trucks

Westport has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to equip 2017-model-year Ford vehicles with its WiNG Power System that enables the vehicles to run compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Modifiers, Westport

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Okla. Utility Recognized for Green Efforts

Photo via Flickr/marlordo59

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) was recently recognized for its efforts in going green with two awards. In addition to being the first in the state to launch wind and solar power, the utility began deploying electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet, and installed EV charging infrastructure in its service area.

Tags: Recognition, Oklahoma

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Daycabs, Vocational Trucks Are Priorities for Nikola

Photo: Nikola Motor

A daycab version of Nikola Motor Co.’s hydrogen-electric heavy-duty tractor will probably be the first one to enter production, said the firm’s founder and CEO, Trevor Milton.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Day Cabs, Nikola Motor Company

December 1, 2016 - Press Release

NYPA Awards EV Connect $4M Contract

EV Connect was awarded a $4 million contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install and manage approximately 300 additional Level 2 EV charging stations throughout New York State.

Tags: EV Connect, EV Charging Stations, NYPA

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Workhorse to Present Working Hybrid Pickup Concept

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group Inc. will present a working concept truck of the W-15 plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck for fleet usage, at the ACT Expo conference from May 1 to 4 in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Workhorse, Light-Duty Trucks, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Workhorse W-15

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

CNG Supplier Hopes to Spur Adoption in Southeast

Since opening this CNG fueling station in Anderson, S.C., last year, Piedmont has reduced the price of its fuel to $1.37 per GGE. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas

Fuel supplier Piedmont Natural Gas hopes to expand compressed natural gas adoption with lowered fuel prices and contracts with government and commercial fleets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Piedmont Natural Gas

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

Chart courtesy of EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Regulations, Renewable Fuels Standard

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

AmeriPride Adds Hybrid-Electric Ford F-59 Trucks

Photo of AmeriPride fleet pf Ford F-59 hybrid-electric vehicles courtesy of XL Hybrids.

AmeriPride Services is taking delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks featuring XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System by the end of this year.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford F-59, AmeriPride, Hybrid-Electric Truck, A-1 Alternative Fuel

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

GM Expanding Alt-Fuel Heavy-Duty Pickup Lineup

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

General Motors is expanding its lineup of heavy-duty pickups and vans fueled by compressed natural gas and propane autogas for the 2017 and 2018 model years, which will bring its alternative fuel lineup to more than 25 vehicles.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, Chevrolet SIlverado HD, Cabovers, Alternative Fuels, GMC Sierra HD

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