Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Automation, Electrification Could Advance Faster in Intermodal

Automation Suhonen (left), Saxton, Long and Boyd discuss the future of autonomous and electric technologies. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous technologies and electrified equipment will have specific roles in the transportation and intermodal sectors and already are increasing safety and improving efficiency. As the technology continues to advance, it may gain adoption faster in the controlled situations within intermodal yards and drayage environments.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

EU Investigates German Carmakers for Possible Collusion

VW diesel exhaust pipes Michael Probst/AP

BRUSSELS — European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and rollout of car emission control systems.

Lorne Cook and David McHugh | Associated Press
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Strong Growth Expected in EV Charging Stations

Row of electric cars at charging stations Getty Images

Electric vehicle charging continues to surge, a move that will only hasten the adoption of electric cars and other vehicles such as commercial trucks. ChargePoint, which manages a network of EV charging locations worldwide, has pledged to build out 2½ million public charging ports by 2025, with roughly half of those in North America and half in Europe.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Two California Ports Get Millions to Reduce Air Pollution

Trucks at the Port of Long Beach Trucks travel along a loading dock at the Port of Long Beach. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The California Air Resources Board is awarding two grants topping $90 million to the nation’s two busiest ports — Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, respectively — to develop a Zero Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel, Gas Prices Creep Upward

Trucks arrive at a Pilot Flying J for fuel TT File Photo

The nationwide average price of diesel fuel increased by one penny to $3.268 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Sept. 17.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Pittsburgh to Receive Eight New Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Charging Stations A Duquesne Light Co. truck at Pittsburgh's National Drive Electric Week. (AdamSolarRides via Youtube)

Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages will see nearly double the number of electric vehicle charging stations through a gift from Duquesne Light Co.

Bob Bauder | The Tribune-Review, Greensburg (Pa.)
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

Cleaner fuel Neste's renewable diesel plant operates in Singapore. (Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg News)

Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but cleaner.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Truck Makers Move Closer to Commercial Electric Vehicles

Commercial Electric Vehicles DAF CF Electric truck (Paccar Inc.)

U.S. truck makers, new startups and independent engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. have helped generate the early buzz on electrified trucks, cleaner emissions and less reliance on diesel fuel. Now, that buzz is generating buzz.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Ocean Shippers Fear Engine Failures as Industry Forced to Upgrade Fuel

Ocean Shippers Teekay Shipping's European Spirit suezmax oil tanker. (Teekay Shipping Ltd.)

Add oil tankers breaking down at sea to the list of things shipping companies are worrying about as they brace for a once-in-a-generation overhaul to the kind of fuel the industry must consume.

Ellen Milligan | Bloomberg News
September 11, 2018
Business, Safety, Fuel

Fort Hills Mine Signals Path for Oil-Sands Revival in Alberta

Fort Hills Williams speaks during a grand opening event for the Suncor Fort Hills oil-sands extraction site near Fort McKay, Alberta. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg News)

A colossal Canadian oil-sands project may be showing the way forward for an industry many thought would never see new investments.

Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg News
September 11, 2018