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Lithium-ion Batteries Could See Second Life as Electric Utility Tool

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have found that using a plug-in electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery can help improve utility grid stability, according to a press release by the National Renewal Energy Laboratory.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma TRD courtesy of Toyota.

2016 Tacoma Increases Power, Towing Capability

Toyota's redesigned 2016 Tacoma mid-size pickup will offer increased power and towing capability when it arrives at dealer lots in the middle of September.

File photo: Terex XT PRO 60/70

Terex Claims Aerial Lift Trucks Remain Safe

Terex, based in Watertown, South Dakota, responded to class action lawsuit against its XT trucks by re-asserting that the trucks with aerial lifts remain safe.

Photo by W. Robert Howell from Charlotte, N.C., via Wikimedia Commons/Flickr.

Traffic Deaths Rise 14 Percent

Nearly 19,000 people died in traffic collisions in the U.S. during the first six months of this year, according to the National Safety Council.

Video Tip: Proper Seat Belt Use

Here are some seat belt safety guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and FCA US.

Photo of NPR-XD cabover courtesy of Isuzu.

Medium-Duty Orders Remain in 'Doldrums'

Orders of Classes 5-7 vehicles slipped for the second consecutive month in July with a 1-percent decline from June and a 4-percent decline from a year ago, reports ACT Research.

Photo courtesy of TruStar Energy.

Kansas Public CNG Station Opens

TruStar Energy has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Liberal, Kan., the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Photo courtesy of Propel.

Propel Expands Renewable Diesel Fleet Access in SoCal

Utilizing Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel, Propel’s Diesel HPR is a low-carbon, renewable fuel that meets petroleum diesel specifications and can be used in any diesel engine.

Goodyear Launches Smart Fleet Program Sweepstakes

Owner-operators and small fleets that sign up for the Goodyear Smart Fleet program during the 2015 Great American Trucking Show (GATS) will receive the opportunity to win a set of two Goodyear Fuel Max LHS steer tires.

Photo courtesy of Greenkraft Inc.

Greenkraft Offers Propane Autogas Class 4-5 Trucks

Greenkraft Inc. a California-based manufacturer of alternative-fuel trucks and alternative-fuel systems, is now taking orders from customers for its propane autogas Class 4-5 trucks, the company announced.

Photo of 2014 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Trucks, SUVs Top July Retention Value

Trucks and SUVs logged the strongest resale value during July in a month that saw lighter depreciation of 1.3 percent for 2010-2014 model year vehicles, according to Black Book.

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

West Coast States Launch EV Initiative

The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington and the premier of British Columbia have partnered with fleets in West Coast states to launch a new initiative intended to accelerate adoption of zero-emission vehicles in public and private fleets, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced.


AFC Hires Director of Business Development

In his new role, Waltz will assist AFC in building upon inventory financing opportunities in specialty segments such as RV, powersports, rental, and commercial truck.

Image courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas.

Piedmont Natural Gas Near CNG Conversion Goal

North Carolina-based Piedmont Natural Gas is near its goal of converting 30 percent of its fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG), according to the company's 2015 Sustainability Report.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado being loaded on to a Shorts 330 Sherpa aircraft for ASRC courtesy of GM.

Alaska Energy Fleet Airlifts Trucks Into Service

ASRC Energy Services has been using creative methods to transport its fleet vehicles to remote areas of the state, including replacing a vehicle's wheels with smaller ones so the vehicle fits into an airplane.

Workers began training to produce the new series in June, and actual production began several weeks later. Photo: Tom Berg

Symbolic First 2016 F-650/750 Shown at Ohio Plant

Ford and United Auto Workers officials Wednesday morning drove the symbolic first unit of the new F-650/750 series off the line at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Avon Lake amid cheers that followed congratulatory speeches.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Gain.

U.S. Gain Opens Public CNG Station in Pa.

U.S. Gain has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in DuBois, Pa., announced the CNG division of U.S. Venture.

PEX Card Offers Fleet Payment Solution

PEX Card has introduced a new debit card for fleets that allows business owners greater control over expenses logged at fuel pumps by their drivers, according to the company.

Photo of Model 567 courtesy of Peterbilt.

Peterbilt Offers Maxwell’s Engine Start Module

Peterbilt is now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

Alliance AutoGas Leads EPA Certifications

Alliance AutoGas has converted more than 7,400 vehicles to run on cleaner-burning, affordable, domestically-produced propane autogas with bi-fuel systems used by General Motors, Ford Motor Company and FCA to convert shuttles, vans, trucks, buses and taxis.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Calif. Offers $10.2M in NGV Grants

The California Energy Commission-funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project will provide $10.2 million in funding to reduce the purchase price of new, on-road natural gas vehicles.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Down 5 Cents Nationally

As an 11-week slide in diesel prices continues, the price of a gallon dropped 5 cents per gallon nationally.

Photo courtesy of Clarke Power Services, Inc.

NGV Maintenance Facility Opens in Illinois

Vehicle maintenance provider Clarke Power Services has relocated its Pontoon Beach, Ill., maintenance facility, which is equipped to handle natural gas vehicles (NGVs), the company announced.

The Canter FE125 used Daimler Commercial Truck's BlueTec emissions technology to comply with EPA 2010 diesel emissions standards. File Photo

Mitsubishi Fuso Class Action Moves Forward

A judge has allowed a class action against Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America to continue after the truck maker made motions to dismiss the case involving BlueTec emissions control technology.

Truck News: Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Colorado and Peterbilt 567

Recent headlines include a sport mode for the 2016 Ford F-150, a Mitsubisihi class action lawsuit, and a new Peterbilt vocational model.

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