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Will Big Truck MPG Rules Save Fleets Money?

Companies that operate fleets of vehicles will save money if higher US fuel-economy requirements for medium- and heavy-trucks are put in place, according to a report from the clean transportation organization CALSTART. The report comes as the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hold hearings on proposed new … Read more »

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Big Rig Standard Could Save Biggest Trucking Fleets $1.7bn

FedEx, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and UPS — five of the country’s biggest trucking fleets — could cut their fuel use by 500 million gallons a year under the new heavy duty truck fuel efficiency standard, saving $1.7 billion on fuel, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists study. The EPA and … Read more »

Website Aims to Lower Fuel Cost for Trucks

The Carbon War Room, together with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, has launched Truckingefficiency.org, a website that aims to cut fuel costs for tractor-trailers by as much as 50 percent. The website includes about 70 trucking efficiency technologies, including aerodynamics, tires and idle reduction. According to the Carbon … Read more »

Fleet Owners See ‘Significant Savings’ from GHG Rules

Fuel-efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks beginning in model year 2019 will lead to “significant” fuel savings — and likely good news for the industry — according to a blog by Jim Sweeney, vice president of capital equipment for AmeriQuest Transportation Services. President Obama pledged to set new emissions rules … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: BMW, Boeing, Hino, NHSTA, Newport Coachworks

Hino Motors and Denso have jointly developed the world’s first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks using a hybrid unit. Hybrid trucks conventionally use energy generated from hybrid systems to assist the vehicle’s driving. However, this truck uses energy from a hybrid unit only for the new electric refrigeration system, which … Read more »

Third Tesla Fire Sends Shares Plummeting

Stocks in electric car company Tesla tumbled last week as news broke of a third Model S fire in less than two months. The most recent electrical fire, which happened near Smyrne, Tenn., occurred after the driver ran over a trailer tow hitch that was in the road. Tesla share … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NY Gas Reserve, Tesla Fire, Coal Protest

New York plans to create a gasoline reserve holding three million gallons of fuel, in an effort to avoid long lines at gas stations such as those seen after Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reports. The $10 million pilot program would be the first state-owned gasoline reserve in the … Read more »

Truck Standards Could Cut Fuel Consumption 37% Below Current Levels

Truck Standards Could Cut Fuel Consumption 37% Below Current Levels

The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s next-phase efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles could reduce fuel consumption 37 percent from pre-Phase 1 levels, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). In 2011, the agencies adopted the so-called Phase 1 standards to reduce the fuel consumption and … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Boeing, Tesla, Envision Solar

Toyota will use an older coolant, R134a, for its Prius Plus, Lexus GT86 and Lexus GS in Europe instead of switching to the more environmentally friendly coolant, R1234yf, required by EU norms, Industry Week reports. In boycotting R1234yf, Toyota joins Daimler, which stopped using the newer refrigerant because it says in … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Fiat MPGe Best, New Leaf Model, Polaris Recall

The EPA has given the Fiat 2013 500e a 116 miles per gallon equivalent combined fuel economy rating (122 MPGe city and 108 MPGe highway – which Fiat says is the highest highway rating of any EV in the US market). EPA testing indicates when fully charged, the Fiat 500e … Read more »

Obama Administration Delays Gas Mileage Rule

The new US gas mileage standards for cars, which were supposed to be released Aug. 15, have been delayed. A spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Bloomberg that the regulation is still being reviewed and should be completed “soon.” The final rule will require car makers … Read more »