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Diesel Dilemma: Are the days of our favorite fuel numbered?

December 2, 2016 by John Smith

Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.

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Natural Gas Innovation Fund coming to Canada

October 20, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) says it’s creating a Natural Gas Innovation Fund to support avenues that research, demonstrate and deploy innovation in the natural gas value chain.

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Cummins Westport secures environmental award

October 7, 2016 by John Smith

RIVERSIDE, CA – Cummins Westport has earned a clean air award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, based on the performance of its natural gas engines.

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Near Zero natural gas engine for Kenworth

October 2, 2016 by John Smith

Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks will be available with Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emission natural gas engines in early 2017.

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ISL-G Near Zero in Petes

September 14, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Peterbilt has introduced the Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero natural gas engine for models 567, 520 and 320

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Nikola switches to hydrogen for emission-free electric truck

September 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – With just over four months left before Nikola Motor Company unveils its highly-anticipated Nikola One electric truck, the company has suddenly abandoned plans to use a natural gas-fueled turbine to generate electricity off the truck’s drive system, and instead opted for an emissions-free hydrogen-electric fuel cell.

The 800V fuel cell is expected to be able to allow the 2,000-horsepower class 8 electric truck to have a driving range of more than 1,931 kilometers between fill-ups.

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Natural gas paper offers refuse fleet inspection list

August 29, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

SILVER SPRING, MD – A new best practices whitepaper on natural gas use in refuse trucks includes a 32 item inspection checklist for compressed natural gas facilities.

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Ryder hits 100 million miles providing natural gas fleets

August 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System Inc.’s natural gas vehicles have surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet provider to hit the milestone.

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UPS hits 1 billion mile mark with alternative fuels

August 5, 2016 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – UPS has officially covered 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) with a “rolling lab” of 7,200 vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as natural gas and propane – and reached the goal a year earlier than planned.

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Long haul share shrinks, automation grows: Volvo

June 28, 2016 by John Smith

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – Volvo Trucks North America expects long haulers to account for a shrinking portion of the truck market in coming years, as the industry responds to pressures including a driver shortage and recent upgrades to the Panama Canal.

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Ontario to invest in green trucks, natural gas network

June 10, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Ontario has unveiled a five-year Climate Change Action Plan that includes funds to adopt greener commercial vehicles and build a province-wide natural gas fueling network.

A new Green Commercial Vehicle Program to launch in 2017 will include up to $170 million in incentives for adopting electric and natural gas commercial vehicles, aerodynamic devices, anti-idling devices, and electric trailer refrigeration. The funding available for specific technologies is not referenced.

Another $75-$100 million will be used to build a province-wide natural gas fueling network, which will be developed with input from the Ontario Trucking Association, Union Gas, Enbridge Gas, and others. Natural gas has a lower carbon content than diesel.

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Will new Ontario agency talk more fleets into natural gas?

May 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

TORONTO, ON – Ontario will soon form a “new ultra-low-carbon utility” agency mandated to reduce carbon emissions, and may even push the trucking industry toward a more widespread use of natural gas, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported Wednesday.

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Peterbilt Natural Gas Options

April 25, 2016 by Martin Smith

New powertrain option for the on-highway Model 579 and vocational Model 567, as well as the 384 and 365 combines Eaton’s UltraShift Plus with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G

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PIT Celebrates, Gaz Metro Expands

April 25, 2016 by Martin Smith

BLAINVILLE, QC — FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group has marked its 5th anniversary with a celebration that saw 300 guests on hand at the Transport Canada test track in Blainville, Quebec.

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GAIN Clean Fuel Opens its First Public CNG Station in Quebec

November 17, 2015 by sehui

COTEAU-DU-LAC, QC — Representatives from C.A.T., U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, and Gaz Métro, along with local and regional dignitaries, celebrated on Friday the grand opening of the first GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) public station in Quebec.