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Tesla Class 8’s will hit Canadian roads

November 20, 2017 by elizabeth

MONTREAL, QC – More than 30 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Class 8’s could be on the road in Canada as soon as 2019.
Three companies – including Canadian grocery and pharmacy giant Loblaw Companies – have wasted no time in making the move to the newly launched trucks.
Tesla showcased the new Class 8 vehicles with an unveiling event in California last Thursday. Loblaw, J.B. Hunt, and Walmart announced Friday they each had secured pre-orders with the company.
Although a final price for the trucks hasn’t been listed yet, Loblaw put deposits of $5000 per truck on 25 of the vehicles, currently set to be released sometime in 2019.
Walmart is also reporting a buy-in of 15 trucks, 10 of which will go to its Canadian operations, while the others will go to operations in the United States.

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Starship Initiative to launch in 2018

September 23, 2017 by John Smith

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Shell is on a mission to explore fuel economy improvements that might be realized in decades to come. And some of the ideas are now taking physical shape in the form of a prototype tractor-trailer known as the Starship Initiative.

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Ontario government seeks feedback on proposed rebates

September 11, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Government of Ontario is seeking input on a proposed program that will provide rebates to fleets towards the purchase of alternative-fuel trucks and fuel-saving technologies.
The Green Commercial Vehicle program (GCVP), a part of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan introduced in 2016, would provide up to $170 million for electric and natural gas-powered commercial vehicles, infrastructure and temperature controlled trailer technology – as well as tractor-trailer aerodynamic devices and anti-idling devices.

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Excise tax campaign meets roadblock

February 17, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance’s bid to restore Federal Excise Tax refunds failed to find a place in the government’s report on pre-budget consultations, but it was raised in the official opposition’s dissenting report to the Finance Committee.

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Daimler HQ recognized for green design

February 14, 2017 by John Smith

PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) new environmentally friendly corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon, has earned the company LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Gas Attacks: The challenges of environmental mandates

July 9, 2016 by John Smith

Ear worms are funny things. You know them. They’re the songs that invade your thoughts. The one ringing through my head right now is crooned by none other than Kermit the Frog. Yep. The Muppet. The one who taught us, “It’s not easy being green, having to spend each day the color of the leaves.” If you want to know how tough it is to be green, look no further than the environmental rules and regulations affecting today’s trucking industry.

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UPS wins Climate Leader award from EPA

February 26, 2015 by TEONA Baetu

ATLANTA, GA- Trucking, parcel and logistics service provider UPS has won a Climate Leadership award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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All quiet on the engine front

February 23, 2015 by TEONA Baetu

TORONTO – Here’s part one of a two-part look at the emissions regimes we have now and what sort of dust-ups we can expect in the not-distant future.

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Meritor’s Business Tip: ReUse, ReCycle, ReMan

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

PLAINFIELD, IN — Aftermarket parts specialist Meritor Inc. has seriously cranked up its reman parts campaign

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Feds back greener freight movement with greenbacks

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — The federal government is investing millions of dollars to help limit the emission of greenhouse gases during freight movement.

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Balancing economic prosperity and environmental responsibility

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

CALGARY — Alberta’s oilsands came under fire during the Copenhagen climate change summit in December, and the industry could be under the microscope again in 2010 as Canada prepares to host G8 and G20 summits.

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Queen’s Park to dangle green carrot

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — Ontario truckers might be in for some government largesse come this summer, if, that is, they prove to Queen’s Park that they’re making their fleets greener.

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GHG cut requires ‘total’ transport effort: Conf Board

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Despite impressive improvements in fuel and engine efficiency over the years, truck-generated emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are still an important area for policy attention, according to a Conference Board of Canada report.

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Webasto makes pit stop in Washington

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Webasto Product North America wants to see a greener continent, but says there are too many roadblocks currently in the way.

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Government watchdog urges incentives for trucking technology

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) recognizes efforts made by the trucking industry to reduce fuel consumption and identifies the need for the government to provide incentives to make further energy conservation investments.