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Plug-In Manufacturers, Utilities Working Together on 'Smart Grid'

Eight global automakers and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop and put into effect a standardized "smart grid" that will help manage demand as plug-in vehicles gain in popularity.

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Report Guides Buyers on Sustainable Biofuels Procurement

A new report aims to help bulk fuel purchasers determine the most sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those produced using unsustainable practices.

Truck and Van News: Freightliner Alt-Fuel Trucks, Diesel Ram ProMaster, F-150

Several announcements were made on Freightliner trucks, including production of a propane-autogas chassis and a natural gas option coming in 2015.

Rocky Mountain Power Saves $450k in Fuel and Boosts Fuel Economy

The company implemented an idle time monitoring program which involves installing GPS tracking devices in program fleet vehicles. The tracking systems have made a significant difference in saving money and reducing emissions, according to the company.

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

(PHOTO: Continental Tire the Americas)

Piedmont Truck Tires Joins ContiCycle Network

As a ContiLifeCycle dealer, Piedmont Truck Tires will be supplied with flat, precured ContiTread products, which will allow the commercial tire dealer to produce retreads featuring the same pattern designs, rubber compounding, and tread technology that are included in new Continental brand truck tires.

Navistar Launches Diamond Renewed Used-Truck Program

Navistar, Inc. has launched its Diamond Renewed program, which puts International used trucks through a comprehensive inspection and mechanical reconditioning process.

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Omnitracs Selects Dallas for Corporate Headquarters

Omnitracs, LLC, a provider of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from San Diego to Dallas.

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Mobile Phone Use Triples Crash Risk

Drivers who use a mobile phone or other hand-held device triple their crash risk, according to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Mountain Tarp Debuts New Website

Mountain Tarp, a tarping system manufacturer and part of the Wastequip mobile products division, debuted a new website.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

Photo: FCCC

Freightliner Starts Production of Propane Autogas S2G

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced it started full production of its propane-autogas S2G medium-duty work truck. The S2G pairs FCCC’s medium-duty S2 chassis with a factory-installed propane-autogas engine and fuel system.

NorthWestern Energy Donates Bucket Truck to College Lineman Program

NorthWestern Energy has donated a bucket truck to the Lineman Program at Highlands College. The fully operable truck will help train those students who will become future Linemen.


Stellar Industries Names Strategic Relationship Manager

Stellar Industries has appointed Michael Butsch as its strategic relationship manager, the company announced.

Eric Martuscelli, vice president of operations, John Cooley, manager of industrial services, and Mike Clapp, region director represented Cascade Natural Gas in the ribbon-cutting ceremony last month in Pasco, Washington, for the opening of a new compressed natural gas fueling station. (Photo: MDU Resources)

Cascade Natural Gas Providing Service to Natural Gas Fueling Station for Garbage Trucks

The fueling station is owned by Commercial Fueling LLC and will provide service to Basin Disposal, which plans to convert its fleet of garbage trucks from diesel to natural gas.

Photo of 2015 F-150 testing at Davis Dam at the Arizona-Nevada border courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Engine, Towing Specs

Ford has released full engine specifications and towing capabilities for its 2015 F-150 pickup, which will add two new engines and auto stop-start, the automaker announced.

Rocky Mountain Power Recognized for Top Safety Measures

The 2013 Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Safety Survey ranked the company first for lowest OSHA recordable rate and lowest number of incidents which restricted employees from performing fully duty in their job classification.

Ark. to Give Clean Fuel Rebates to Fleets

The Arkansas Energy Office will hand out $150,000 in state rebates to fleet operators who convert vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, according to an announcement.

Cummins’ new Ethos 2.8L E85-powered I-4. Photo courtesy of Cummins.

Allison Develops Stop-Start for Medium-Duty Transmission

Allison Transmission has developed stop-start technology with a transmission that could be paired with Cummins' 2.8L ETHOS E-85 medium-duty truck engine, the company announced.

GCR Tires and Service Brand Relaunches

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) unveiled its newly rebranded GCR Tires & Service division.

Ford Transit Van (PHOTO: Westport)

Westport to Offer Dedicated CNG Transit Van, Cutaway

Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000-lbs. GVW and below.

Video: PG&E Truck Rodeo Focuses on Bucket Truck Safety

From vehicle inspections to challenges that mirror real-world scenarios, the Truck Rodeo puts drivers through a series of hands-on tests.

Ford Super Duty truck photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

More Upfitters Recall Work Trucks for Fire Risk

Manning Equipment, Dual-Tech and Iowa Mold Tooling are issuing recalls to address a fire risk arising from oil leaks associated with PTO assemblies.

Chesapeake Utilities Earns Fleet Safety Award from AGA

The corporation earned one Safety Achievement Award for excellence in fleet safety performance and two for excellence in employee safety from the American Gas Association.


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