Government, Fuel

Biofuel Trade Groups Express Concerns About Future of Renewable Fuel Standard Program

House Environment Subcommittee hearing House Environment Subcommittee/YouTube

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing the mandated volume of biomass-based diesel by 330 million gallons for 2020, from a static volume of 2.1 billion gallons in 2018 and 2019, to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 22, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Editorial: Hot Topics for Summer’s Swelter

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide relief for truckers from some hours-of-service rules. With it, both houses of Congress are now circulating legislation that targets change to HOS regulations, adding to a flurry of trucking-related activity taking place on Capitol Hill.

Transport Topics
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Coast Guard Delays Deployment of TWIC Card Readers at Some Chemical Facilities

TWIC Philly A TWIC reader is used to verify information of individuals entering the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia. (U.S. Coast Guard)

In an apparent reaction to pressure from a number of associations representing chemical, petroleum, manufacturing and business trade groups, the U.S. Coast Guard on June 21 announced plans to delay for three years a requirement that hundreds of bulk cargo facilities deploy Transportation Worker Identification Credential biometric card readers by Aug. 23.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Pushes Forward With Electric Trucks

FL Electric Delivery A Volvo FL Electric truck outfitted for a delivery application. (Seth Clevenger for Transport Topics)

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo Trucks executives said they are convinced that electric vehicles will play an increasingly important role in the future of commercial transportation and outlined their first steps toward making that vision a reality.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Daimler Lowers Earnings Expectations Amid Increased Chinese Tariffs

Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz logo on Concept EQA grille (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG lowered estimates of its earning potential for 2018 as its car unit feels the effect of higher tariffs.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 21, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

MBUF Pilot Program Leaders Share Lessons Learned

MBUF pilot panel Lou Neudorff (left), of engineering and consulting firm Jacobs, Warren and Hendren (Eleanor Lamb for Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Public outreach efforts can dispel misconceptions about miles-based user fee (MBUF) programs, according to Mike Warren, principal consultant at WSP USA.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Pitches User Charge to Spur Infrastructure Funding

Blumenaur Eleanor Lamb for Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Road user charges, manifested in the form of a miles-based user fee (MBUF), are the best alternative for sustainable infrastructure funding, according to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

Israeli Entrepreneur Races Tesla to Get Electric Trucks on Road

Tevva Motors Ltd.

Tevva Motors Ltd., headed by a former Israeli submariner who’s vying with Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. to develop electric-powered trucks, secured a major investment that will enable it to put the vehicles on the road this year.

Matthew Kalman | Bloomberg News
June 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Top 100

UPS Invests $130 Million in Natural Gas Vehicles, Infrastructure

UPS truck driver (AP)

UPS Inc. announced an additional $130 million investment in compressed natural gas vehicles, including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks and five more fueling stations — underscoring the company’s role as a major catalyst for wide-scale adoption of natural gas vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Price Drops Again to $3.244 a Gallon

diesel tank Getty Images

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fuel fell 2.2 cents to $3.244 a gallon, the third week in a row of moderate declines, according to the weekly report June 18 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 18, 2018