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New Truck Regs Suggest Aluminum Boosts Fuel Economy

August 23, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Regulations
Lightweight aluminum parts mean better mileage and cleaner air for commercial vehicles, according to the Aluminum Association. 
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New regulations that will boost the fuel economy of the nation’s medium- and heavy-duty truck vehicle fleet recognize the importance of mass reduction technologies such as aluminum to help reach these goals. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized a [...]

Nikola One Electric Truck Achieves Zero Emissions

August 2, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Technology
Nikola One Electric Truck Achieves Zero Emissions

Nikola Motor Co.’s research and development team announced this week that the company has achieved 100 percent zero emissions on the Nikola One commercial Class 8 truck. Trevor Milton, founder and CEO, said, “Nikola has engineered the holy grail of the trucking industry. We are not aware of any zero-emission [...]

Daimler Debuts Heavy-duty Electric eTruck for Distribution Ops

July 29, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Technology
Daimler Debuts Heavy-duty Electric eTruck for Distribution Ops

Daimler Trucks introduced its Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck in Stuttgart, Germany this week, touting it as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. This means that in the future, heavy-duty trucks will be able to take part in urban distribution operations with zero [...]

41% of Nation’s Commercial Trucks Use Clean Diesel Engines

July 15, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, Image, News, Regulations, Technology
41% of Nation’s Commercial Trucks Using Clean Diesel Engines

More than 40 percent of all medium- and heavy-duty diesel commercial trucks in operation in the United States — 4 million of 9.5 million diesel trucks — are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines, according to a new Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) analysis. The report includes IHS Automotive [...]

Global NG Fuel Stations Expected to Approach 39,300 by 2026

July 11, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News
Global NG Fuel Stations Expected to Approach 39,300 by 2026

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for the deployment of natural gas (NG) refueling infrastructure, including an analysis of key deployment factors, with forecasts segmented by compressed NG (CNG) and liquefied NG (LNG), through 2026. Since late 2014, the production of crude oil has outpaced demand, [...]

Trucking’s Investment in Safety Totals $9.5 Billion Each Year

June 30, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Safety
Trucking’s Investment in Safety Totals $9.5 Billion Each Year

The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in safety annually according to a landmark report released Wednesday by American Trucking Associations. “We know that this industry prioritizes and invests in improving safety on our nation’s highways,” said Dave Osiecki, ATA’s executive vice president of National Advocacy. “With the results [...]

Study: Dominance of Diesel-fueled Trucks to Weaken by 2021

June 24, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News
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Last year, diesel engines made up 98.5 percent of the North American Class 8 vehicle market, but forecasters expect this dominance to lessen in the next five years, according to a new report by Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research and Rhein Associates. The North American On-highway Commercial Vehicle Engine Outlook, [...]

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Mirrors the Market — Soft

June 9, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Mirrors the Market

Bloomington, Ind.-based FTR this week released its Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for April showing a 6.2 reading. And while that figure is up month over month, the index reflects soft market conditions affecting the trucking sector. The market is mired in a slowdown with truck freight growth slowing and a [...]

Traffic Moves More By Noon Than Space Station Has Flown

May 31, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
U.S. Traffic Moves Further By Noon Than Space Station Has Ever Flown

New information released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) shows that U.S. driving reached 746 billion miles in the first three months of 2016 — surpassing the previous record of 720.1 billion miles set last year. For a sense of scale, 746 billion miles is roughly 286.9 times as far [...]

Trucking Industry Celebrates a Decade of Clean Diesel Fuel

May 18, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Regulations, Technology
Diesel Tech Forum Celebrates a Decade of Clean Truck Fuel

A truck driver who climbs aboard a new Class 8 tractor and drives 140 miles produces less fine particle emissions than a chef grilling a one-third pound hamburger. This fun fact comes just 10 years after the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for commercial trucks in 2006, according to [...]