Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Michelin Unveils Trailer Aero Package, Wide-Base Tire

Michelin's Adam Murphy Michelin's Adam Murphy by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Michelin North America has unveiled a trailer aerodynamics package for dry van and refrigerated trailers, a five-piece kit that incorporates side skirts, trailer-end fairings, aerodynamic mud flaps and a wake reducer to deliver what the company said is up to 7.4% improvement in fuel efficiency.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

NACFE Expands Strategy to Include New Technologies

NACFE's Mike Roeth NACFE's Mike Roeth by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced an expanded organizational strategy, including an updated brand identity and website, as it seeks to guide the development and eventual implementation of future technologies.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 4, 2018
Business, Fuel

TravelCenters Reports Mixed 4Q, Full-Year Results

TravelCenters Sign Hillary Hartley/Flickr

TravelCenters of America reported mixed earnings for the fourth quarter and 2017 as it experienced lower gross fuel margin on lower volume, among other factors, while nonfuel revenue rose in both periods.

Transport Topics
March 1, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Anchorage’s First-Ever Tax on Gas and Diesel Fuel Takes Effect

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Anchorage drivers will pay an extra 10 cents per gallon at the pump starting March 1, with the city’s first-ever tax on gasoline and diesel fuel taking effect.

Devin Kelly | Alaska Dispatch News
March 1, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Trump’s Biofuel Summit With Senators Ends Without Agreement

A truck is loaded with ethanol at the Poet Biorefining facility in Jewell, Iowa. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News)

Donald Trump’s meeting with senators warring over the future of a program designed to boost biofuels ended without a breakthrough Feb. 27, prolonging a clash that could undermine the president’s political appeal in Pennsylvania and Iowa.

Jennifer A Dlouhy Mario Parker and Jennifer Jacobs | Bloomberg News
February 27, 2018
Government, Fuel, TCA

Conservative Koch-Backed Groups Ramp Up Pressure on Texas GOPers to Oppose Gas Tax Hike

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Some hard-to-ignore stop signs keep cropping up for any Texas Republican who might consider increasing the federal gasoline tax.

Tom Benning | The Dallas Morning News
February 27, 2018

Diesel Down 2¢ to $3.007

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The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 2 cents to $3.007 as crude oil prices rose amid optimism that the economy and energy use would climb along with recent gains in stock prices. Later in the week, oil slipped on rising U.S. inventory levels.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Diesel Technician Program Receives $400,000 From Kenworth Sales

Student A student in the Diesel Tech Pathways program (Salt Lake City Community College

The trucking industry’s need for diesel engine technicians spurred Kenworth Sales Co. to donate $400,000 to the Diesel Tech Pathways program at Salt Lake Community College’s Westpointe Center, according to the company.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
February 26, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Feb. 26: If We All Drove Electric Cars

Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model 3 by Doug DeMuro via YouTube

Where, exactly, does a federal fuel-tax increase fit in with plans for funding infrastructure? A look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

UPS to Add Zero-Emissions Delivery Trucks

Electric UPS Truck UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. announced it will deploy 50 newly designed plug-in electric delivery trucks by the end of the year. The vehicles are comparable in acquisition cost to its conventional-fueled package delivery trucks without the use of subsidies — a development it calls an industry first and one that breaks a key barrier to large-scale fleet adoption.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018