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Glider kit repeal facing opposition

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing growing pressure to restrict the use of glider kits under the second phase of rules to control Greenhouse Gas emissions. The EPA announced in November that it was repealing […]

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Mack tests truck by wires using eHighway

December 11, 2017 by John Smith

GREENSBORO, NC – Mack has added to the growing list of electrified truck prototypes, showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric driveline as part of a zero-emission eHighway demonstration in Carson, California.
The Pinnacle day cab drew power from Siemens-produced eHighway infrastructure, which came in the form of a mile of catenary systems — similar to those used to power trolleys or streetcars. Energy was transferred through a “current collector” from Siemens.
The demonstration near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was in partnership with Siemens, sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
“Mack continuously investigates alternative solutions to diesel, and the catenary system is just one of a number of projects in which we are currently involved,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack’s senior vice president – North American sales.
The manufacturer has explored several ways to reduce Greenhouse Gases, using everything from plug-in hybrid electric powertrains to alternative fuels such as dimethyl ether (DME).

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Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.

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New engine oil categories making the grade

September 21, 2017 by John Smith

SANTA BARBARA, CA – A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about related features and benefits continues.
The transition from CJ-4 to CK-4 and fuel-efficient FA-4 categories has essentially been seamless, says Dan Arcy, Shell Lubricants’ global OEM technical manager, referring to formulas that were officially released in December. The chemistry was driven by ongoing calls for longer drain intervals, better fuel economy, lower emissions, and increasing horsepower, after all.
And these are hardly the engine oils that have flowed through pumps in years gone by.
Oxidation stability had to improve to handle higher under-hood temperatures. When oil oxidizes, it becomes acidic and thickens, Arcy explained during a media briefing in California this week. At the very least, that shortens potential oil drain intervals.

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Saskatchewan association continues carbon tax fight

August 14, 2017 by John Smith

REGINA, SK – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is retiring from politics, but the Saskatchewan Trucking Association is continuing his fight against carbon pricing – and also recommending steps that should be followed if such a tax becomes a reality.

“We have supported the provincial government’s stance on a carbon tax since the beginning, and that has not changed,” said Susan Ewart, executive director, when releasing a related white paper on Friday. “The actions the federal government is planning on taking for backstop jurisdictions are not trucking-friendly and place an unfair burden on industry. Proper policy planning will prevent those actions.”

According to the association, a carbon tax would create an administrative burden, give U.S. carriers operating in Canada a competitive advantage, create budgeting challenges for trucking companies, and create inequalities between different transportation modes because of exemptions for marine and aviation.

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Quebec platooning tests underway

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – PIT Group, the research and engineering arm of FPInnovations, is in the midst of Transport Canada’s truck platooning tests that run from July 24 to August 18 at the Motor Vehicle Test Center in Blainville, Quebec.

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IN PRINT — A Changing Climate: Is there still a case for greener trucks?

May 2, 2017 by John Smith

Black smoke was once the inky signature of diesel engines everywhere. Now it has all but disappeared. A 1998 Model Year truck actually belched 35 times more smog-producing NOx and 60 times more Particulate Matter than equipment built to meet 2010 emissions standards, and that’s before regulators turned their attention to Greenhouse Gases.

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Alberta assistant deputy minister outlines provincial plans

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Shaun Hammond, Alberta Transportation’s assistant deputy minister – safety policy and engineering, offered government views on a broad range of issues during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual meeting in Banff on Friday.

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Quebec renews support for natural gas trucks

March 29, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – Quebec’s latest budget has renewed the Ecocamionnage (green trucking) program until 2020 and offers more financial support to those who want to fuel up with natural gas. And $20.5 million continues to be available to expand the fueling network.

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OTA continues push for Smart Lift Axles

March 20, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association says it has completed a detailed analysis of Smart Lift Axles (SLAs), in a bid to have Ontario revise regulations that govern weights and dimensions.

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Balance safety, fuel economy in emissions rules: CTA

March 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is asking the federal government to balance safety and the environment in proposed emissions rules which credit the fuel economy gains that can be realized with tires.

“Regulating tire selection is a tricky business,” says Geoff Wood, the group’s vice president – operations. “Tires need to be spec’d for both safety and the environment. No one policy objective should trump the other.”

Environment and Climate Change Canada recently released its plans for Greenhouse Gas limits that will apply to 2018-29 Model Year equipment, effectively mirroring those unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A tire market survey planned by Transport Canada should help find a balance between tire traction and fuel efficiency when finalizing the emissions regulations, the alliance adds.

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Canada’s emission goals take center stage

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Canada’s is embracing an “ambitious” climate change objective that by 2030 would eliminate more Greenhouse Gases than come from every vehicle on the road today, according to Jody Proctor, Transport Canada’s director – clean air policy analysis.

Almost ΒΌ of the nation’s Greenhouse Gas emissions come from transportation, and 80% of that comes from on-road vehicles, she said during a panel discussion at the annual Green Truck Summit. Trucks account for about 30% of that.

“Transportation clearly needs to be part of our climate change solution,” she told the crowd, stressing that climate change will cost Canadians $21-43 billion per year by 2050.

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Think “well to wheel” around emission options

March 16, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry has to “put on the brakes” when it comes to its thirst for diesel if it hopes to meet targets to slash Greenhouse Gas emissions, according to Wilfried Achenbach, Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president – engineering and technology. But electric vehicles don’t yet offer the answer when the steps to produce electricity are considered.

Speaking at the NTEA’s annual Green Truck Summit, Achenbach stressed that diesel engines continue to be the industry’s “workhorse” because of their high torque and long-life, delivering 10 kwh of energy per kilogram in a format that is easy to refuel and readily available.

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U.S. agencies remain focused on emissions

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – U.S. regulators attending the annual Green Truck Summit continue to focus on long-term emissions targets, stressing the need to improve vehicles to fight climate change.

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Up-fitters have role in emissions upgrades

March 15, 2017 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The latest round of emissions rules could present a new business opportunity for vehicle up-fitters — but they will likely need to be high-volume players if they want to trade in the market for related credits, according to a panel at the Green Truck Summit.