Toyota’s ‘Beta’ Fuel Cell Truck Steps Beyond Proof of Concept

| USA: Traverse City MI

Second version of Fuel Cell Heavy TruckThis week, Toyota contributed majorly to the future of zero-emission trucking by unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan. The new truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle, in part by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. Read more »

Tests Verify Status of IVECO Stralis NP 460 as Top Performer

| Italy: Turin

IVECO Stralis NP with onboard agri-tractorRecent tests have removed any doubt that the IVECO Stralis NP 460 is a top ranker in the market. Over 3,000 Stralis NP are operating in the fleets of more than 400 logistics operators on the major European transport routes. It delivers the performance and Total Cost of Operation (TCO) that transport companies require for their businesses. Read more »

CNG Hybrid Truck Trial Wins Mining Award

| Australia: Crestmead QLD
New Acland Mine HDCNG CAT789C

New Acland Mine HDCNG CAT789C

An innovative CNG hybrid truck trial at Australian coal-mining and energy company New Hope Group’s New Acland Mine was recognised at the State of Queensland Mining Awards last week, winning the JCB CEA Project Innovation Award for its standout ability to lower emissions and operational costs. Read more »

UK OLEV-Funded Fleet Trial to Highlight Benefits of Renewable Biomethane

| United Kingdom: Northampton
Fleet of Waitrose CNG-fuelled trucks

Waitrose operates the Scania P-340 with biomethane.

The UK’s CNG Fuels is opening a renewable biomethane refuelling station at Northampton as part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how compressed natural gas (CNG) can help slash road transport emissions. The project, which has received funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, aims to encourage UK fleet operators to switch from diesel to cost-effective, low-carbon biomethane fuel by demonstrating performance benefits, and by showing that CNG stations can support growing demand for gas. Read more »

Volvo VNL 300 now with CWI “Near Zero” Natural Gas Engine

| USA: Greensboro NC

Volvo VNL300 (USA)In North America, the new Volvo VNL 300 daycab is now available with the latest version of the Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) ISX12N “Near Zero” natural gas engine, providing an alternative fuel solution for pick-up and delivery and regional-haul operations. The natural gas power plant can be operated on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, or renewable natural gas.  Read more »

Lidl Moving to LNG-fuelled Logistics in Switzerland

| Switzerland: Weinfelden / Kerzers

Lidl Schweiz IVECO LNGTogether with international transport and logistics service provider Krummen Kerzers AG, Lidl Switzerland is taking steps to ban diesel combustion engines in Swiss logistics by enabling the introduction of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles in Switzerland. The companies will jointly finance and operate the necessary infrastructure. Read more »

Clean Energy Equalizes Natural Gas Truck Prices with ‘Zero Now Financing’

| USA: Newport Beach CA

Freightliner Trucks are optioned with the CWI ISX12N natural gas engine.

The major natural and renewable gas supplier for North American transportation, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., has introduced Zero Now Financing to level the playing field for purchasers of a new natural gas heavy-duty truck equipped with the cleanest engine in the world. Read more »

India Makes Move Toward LNG Fuelling Infrastructure for Major Highways

| India: New Delhi

India rural pollutionMajor oil companies (Petronet LNG, Indian Oil Corporation, BPCL) in India are moving collectively to introduce close to 20 Liquefied natural Gas (LNG) fuelling stations on some of the country’s main heavy transportation routes next year. Mr. V. K. Mishra Director, (Finance), Petronet LNG Ltd, says tenders will be issued for this purpose in next 15 days. Read more »

Ocado UK Orders 29 IVECO Stralis NP CNG Trucks

| United Kingdom: Basildon

IVECO Stralis NP for ocado in UKIndependent online grocer Ocado, based in Hatfield (UK) has leased 29 new IVECO Stralis NP tractor units, marking the largest order for single-fuel gas-powered trucks of any manufacturer to-date in the UK. Refuelling infrastructure is provided by Gasrec, a pioneer of landfill biomethane for transport fuel. Read more »

EU Adopts HDV CO2 Emissions Regulation with Room for Improvement

| Europe: Brussels

HDGAS imageThe first ever EU legislation on CO2 emissions of new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) registered in the EU, formally adopted Jun 25, requires emissions for Categories N2 and N3 and certain other vehicle types to be monitored and reported from 1 January 2019. The VECTO tool is adopted as the measurement tool but does it go far enough? Read more »