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Special Coverage of the 2015 ACT Expo

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Michael G. Malloy/Transport Topics
5/7/2015 8:40:00 PM
DALLAS — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. showcased its station that sells both liquefied and compressed natural gas as part of a May 7 tour at the tail end of this week’s ACT Expo.

Cost, Environmental Impact Biggest Challenges Facing Fleets, Group Studying Sustainable Fuels Says
5/7/2015 8:35:00 PM
DALLAS — Trucking fleets face a huge challenge making decisions to balance cost pressures and increasing demands that their trucks be environmentally sustainable, according to BSR, a global nonprofit doing research on sustainable fuels.

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Texas Lawmaker Backs State Programs That Promote Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels
5/7/2015 8:00:00 PM
DALLAS — A Texas state lawmaker said he backs incentives that increase the use of natural gas and other alternative transportation fuels.

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Penske Adding More Natural-Gas Maintenance Facilities
5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Penske Truck Leasing expects to add 10 to 15 new natural-gas maintenance facilities this year, bringing its total to 30 to 35 by year’s end, company officials said.

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Denso Announces New Alternator for Medium-, Heavy-Duty Market
5/7/2015 6:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Automotive supplier Denso has developed a new high-amperage alternator for the medium- and heavy-duty truck market that the company said is smaller, lighter and more efficient.

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Carrier Panel Shows Differing Views on LNG, CNG Fuel Choices
5/6/2015 11:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Several trucking executives gave their reasons for changing some of their fleet operations to either compressed or liquefied natural gas, and said they were backers of the alternative fuels for reasons ranging from economic to sustainability.

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Alliance AutoGas Debuts First EPA-Certified Propane-Diesel System
5/6/2015 10:00:00 PM
DALLAS — A large national propane supplier has introduced a first-ever Class 8 propane-diesel blended fuel system certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as emissions-complaint.

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Trucking Executives on Panel Express Cautious Optimism for Natural Gas
5/6/2015 8:30:00 PM
DALLAS — Several trucking industry executives said they see a future for natural gas as a viable fuel for the industry despite relatively low oil prices.

Parker Hannafin Releases CNG Fill Products
5/6/2015 8:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Parker Hannafin Corp. released several new compressed natural-gas products here at ACT Expo May 6, including a CNG fast-fill fuel dispenser called the XF70, and a time-fill system called the TF25.

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Fleets in NACFE Study Saved $477 Million Last Year Adopting New Technologies
5/6/2015 7:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Fourteen major trucking fleets operating more than 53,000 tractors and 160,000 trailers achieved almost half a billion in fuel savings last year by adopting a variety of fuel-efficient technologies, according to an annual fleet fuel study released by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

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Frito-Lay Reports Cutting Diesel Fuel Consumption Significantly
5/6/2015 1:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Frito-Lay North America has reduced its diesel fuel consumption significantly since it began adding natural gas, electric and high-efficiency diesel trucks to its fleet over the past 10 years, a company executive said.

T. Boone Pickens: Natural Gas Remains a Viable Option as Transportation Fuel
5/5/2015 11:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Oklahoma oil man and natural-gas supporter T. Boone Pickens on May 5 joined the chorus of optimistic voices speaking here at the 2015 ACT Expo that despite current cheap diesel prices, the future of natural gas as a transportation fuel hasn’t dimmed.

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Cummins Westport Unveils 6.7-liter Natural-Gas Engine
5/5/2015 10:30:00 PM
DALLAS — Cummins Westport Inc., the joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Westport innovations that makes natural-gas engines, unveiled a new 6.7-liter nat-gas engine that will be in full production next year.

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Group Fighting Sex Trafficking Relies on Truckers as Watchdogs
5/5/2015 6:30:00 PM
DALLAS — A nonprofit group fighting sex trafficking on the nation's highways issued an appeal that truckers and shippers train their employees to report suspicious activities.

Cummins to Invest in Agility to Boost Natural-Gas Use
5/5/2015 6:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Engine maker Cummins Inc. will invest in Agility Fuel Systems, which makes natural-gas fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy-duty trucks and buses, to boost use of the alternative fuel.

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UPS to Buy Renewable Natural Gas at Three Calif. Clean Energy Stations
5/5/2015 5:30:00 PM
DALLAS — UPS Inc. has entered into an agreement to buy renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. at three California locations.

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Penske Announces Nat-Gas Grants From Texas, DOE
5/5/2015 5:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Penske Truck Leasing announced two grants under which it will receive  $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and state of Texas to boost alternative natural-gas use in its fleet.

Commissioner Says NG, Stations, Vehicles Surging in Popularity in Texas
5/5/2015 3:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Natural-gas motor fuels, filling stations and vehicles are surging in Texas, said an official responsible for regulation of the oil and gas industry in the state.

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Technology Adoption Boosts Fleets’ Efficiency to 7 MPG, NACFE Says
5/5/2015 2:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Use of a variety of technologies to boost fleets’ fuel efficiency helped increase mileage for 14 major nationwide carriers to 7 mpg last year, well over the national average, according to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

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Trucking’s Adoption of Natural Gas Slows, but Fleets, Analysts See Brighter Future
5/5/2015 11:45:00 AM
The trucking industry’s adoption of natural gas has slowed in the past 18 months as diesel prices declined, but analysts and fleet executives maintain the alternative fuel will play a larger role in freight transportation over the longer term.

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Rush to Offer New Lightweight Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System
5/4/2015 9:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Rush Enterprises on May 4 announced a new venture, Momentum Fuel Technologies, that will  manufacture, sell, install and service a new lightweight compressed natural gas fuel system for Class 6-8 trucks. 

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Panel Says Women Remain Underrepresented at All Levels in Trucking
5/4/2015 8:50:00 PM
DALLAS — Women are still greatly underrepresented in the trucking industry, and those who are employed still face challenges balancing work and home life, according to a panel of female executives.

Attention to Detail Key for Fleets Seeking Alt-Fuel Grants, Credits
5/4/2015 6:00:00 PM
DALLAS — Attention to detail is the biggest key for trucking companies seeking grants or tax credits for using alternative fuels such as natural gas in their fleets, according to an executive with the lead sponsor of this week's ACT Expo show here.




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