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    Study: One in seven trucks will be alt-fuel by 2035
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    More natural gas. Less diesel. That's a quick synopsis of a study by Navigant Research on future fueling trends for trucks. Powertrains that are either plug-in or run on natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (i.e. propane or autogas) represent a small minority of global medium- and heavy-duty ...

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    Official: Today's semi trucks are a lot cleaner than they used to be
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    When it comes to diesel trucks, the good old days weren't so good. Go back a quarter-century, for instance. Back then, a single diesel-powered truck was throwing off about 60 times the emissions a typical "clean diesel" truck does today. Cough. The Diesel Technology Forum, citing data from IHS ...

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    Official: SuperTruck program claws out huge fuel efficiency gains for semi trucks
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    Think 10 miles per gallon, and your mind may harken back to muscle cars along the line of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. Apply that figure to a semi-truck, though, and we're talking actual fuel-efficiency gains. That's what the four-year-old SuperTruck program shot for, and two of its ...

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    Report: Adorable little Kombi EV work truck coming soon
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    Cenntro Group and KLD Energy Technologies is preparing to stick a finger in the eye of those super-macho folks who insist on driving big-old Ford F150s for their daily work vehicles by getting ready to debut what's got to be the least-macho utility vehicle in existence. Cenntro's Kombi electric ...

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    Report: Judge tosses lawsuit, upholds Navistar's diesel-truck allowance
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    An effort by diesel truckmakers such as Daimler and Volvo to effectively block Navistar International Corp. from making non-compliant engines and pay a compensatory fine to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gone, yes, up in a cloud of exhaust smoke, Bloomberg News ...

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    Official: Ford showing off CNG F-150 at AltCar this weekend
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    Gearheads can look forward to the sun, surf and the first natural-gas-powered Ford F-150 in Santa Monica, CA, this weekend. The AltCar Expo takes place today and tomorrow and will most notably include the debuts of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) versions of the ...

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    Report: Via Motors VTRUX plug-in hybrid truck stands ready to power your block
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    Via Motors says its extended-range plug-in trucks can provide power generation for something a little more essential than a tailgate party or a camping trip. The company, which notably has former General Motors executive Bob Lutz as a pitchman, showed off one of its VTRUX pickups at San ...

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    Official: UK's Teva Motors announces extended-range diesel-hybrid truck
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    One UK company has got some big names, big supporters and big countries behind its (probably) big truck. Teva Motors says it is building an electric truck that will come with a diesel-powered range extender and will have a 7.5-ton payload. The company is led by Malcolm Power, former vice ...

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    Official: Toyota will test two big electric delivery trucks in Japan
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    In California, "low rider" has long implied a gas-guzzling hot rod. Toyota is now making that term a little more utilitarian in Japan. Toyota, working with Hino Motors and Yamato Transport Co., is testing out a pair of all-electric delivery van that will be used for refrigerated trucking in ...

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    Official: Chevrolet supports IdleAir to curb emissions from big trucks at rest
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    Chevrolet is ready to introduce the coolest thing to happen to big-rig trucking since the days of "Convoy" and "BJ and the Bear." The General Motors division is pitching a product called IdleAir, a system that the automaker says can let truckers maintain enough rest-stop power to run a ...

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    Video: Bob Lutz says Via Motors' X-Truck makes Prius look like a 'gas guzzler'
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    No one's ever accused Bob Lutz of underselling his products, and the former General Motors Vice Chairman – a key development force for the Chevrolet Volt – is at it again with Via Motors. Via, which will present three new full-size extended-range plug-ins at Detroit's North American ...

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    Official: Volvo finishes SATRE project, says 'road train' works
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    Now what? Volvo, which has been testing variations of its road-train transportation concept with multiple cars and lead trucks since 2009, says the test has been "successfully finalised during 2012." The SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) concept involves a lead truck piloted by a ...

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    Report: Navistar may switch emissions-treatment method
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    Navistar International's not beating 'em, so it looks like it's going to join 'em. The truckmaker, which has been pushing its exhaust-gas recirculation process as a cheaper, simpler emissions-treatment method than the selective catalytic reduction method used by its competitors, will likely ...

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    Official: Volvo shoots for 165 mile-per-hour hybrid-truck speed record
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    Sometimes, we don't ask why, we just appreciate. That's the attitude we're taking towards "Mean Green," the Volvo truck that the Swedish company is using to try and set the land-speed record for hybrid trucks. And while neither the words "hybrid" or "truck" conjure up images of blazing speed, ...

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    Official: Via, Verizon reach agreement to test extended-range plug-in utility vehicles
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    Via Motors, the extended-range plug-in hybrid utility vehicle maker that unveiled the VTrux at the Detroit Auto Show this January, has reached an agreement to provide Verizon Communications with a test fleet of vehicles. Via will provide Verizon with a pickup truck and cargo van for the testing ...

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    Official: Chrysler Ram 2500 CNG starts deliveries in July
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    Chrysler will build the first U.S. production compressed natural gas-powered pickup truck when it starts deliveries of its Ram 2500 CNG this summer, as the U.S. automaker looks to offer a cheaper refueling cost for its utility vehicles. Chrysler, which has started taking reservations for the ...

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    Study: Global hybrid and plug-in truck sales will almost double this year
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    Global hybrid and plug-in truck sales will almost double this year as more companies and public entities turn to advanced powertrains to cut fuel costs, green-technology research firm Pike Research said. In 2012, hybrid and electric-drive truck sales around the world will reach about 19,000 ...

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    Report: Ford F-150 EcoBoost hits 100,000 sales
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    Ford bet big on the combination of light duty pickup trucks and boosted V6 power, and it appears the gamble has paid off. The Detroit News reports that Ford has reached 100,000 F-150 sales in 2011, just as the automaker promised it would. Overall, EcoBoost models accounted for 40 percent of all ...

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    Official: Mercedes creates "aero trailer" concept to improve big rig fuel efficiency
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    Every time you drive by a semi and feel your car get pushed away from the rig, it reinforces the reality that tractor trailers punch a big, ragged hole in the air around them. It takes a lot of power to force those big boxes through the wind, and Mercedes-Benz is working to please both fleet ...

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    Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350 to be bi-fuel curious in 2012
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    Westport Innovations, a self-described global leader leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies, announced last Wednesday that it will transform select Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks into bi-fuel versions of their former selves in 2012. Westport Innovation signed an ...

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