Business, Fuel

Gasoline Demand Slips, Leaving Other Fuels to Pick Up Slack

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

America’s most popular fuel hasn’t been feeling the love. U.S. gasoline consumption dropped even as overall fuel demand posted an increase this year.

Nico Grant | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2017
Government, Fuel, TCA

California GOP Rallies Around Measure to Repeal New State Gas Tax


Organizers of a campaign to qualify a ballot measure that would repeal the state’s gas tax and new vehicle fees unveiled their growing coalition Oct. 18 at the state Republican Party headquarters, where GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox said he will make a “substantial” donation to the effort.

Melody Gutierrez | San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2017

Diesel Climbs 1.1¢ to $2.787

Trucks fuel at a Pilot Flying J David C. Worley/Flickr

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 1.1 cents to $2.787 a gallon as oil prices increased along with Middle East tensions when opposing forces in Iraq clashed over control of the city of Kirkuk and nearby oil fields.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 16, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Toyota Class 8 With Hydrogen Fuel Cell to Run SoCal Drayage Route

Toyota Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck Car Chnl via YouTube

Toyota Motor North America Inc. will begin using its prototype Class 8 truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system in drayage operations at the nation’s two largest ports starting Oct. 23.

Transport Topics
October 16, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Hybrid Truck Startup XL Gets $22 Million From Exelon, Ikea

XL Hybrids Inc.

XL Hybrids Inc. won $22 million in venture capital funding led by units of Exelon Corp. and Ikea Group to accelerate sales of its hybrid-electric delivery trucks.

Chris Martin | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2017
Government, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Report: Key Changes Needed to Prevent Fiery Rail Crashes

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A prestigious scientific organization on Oct. 11 called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
October 12, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Leaders, Administration Chiefs to Address Key Industry Issues at MCE

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Chao by The Aspen Institute via YouTube

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta are among the speakers who will address key industry issues at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 21-25 in Orlando, Fla.

Transport Topics
October 12, 2017
Government, Fuel

Transportation Policymakers Talk Infrastructure but Fail to Act, DeFazio Says

Rep. Peter DeFazio Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Inaction this year on a long-term infrastructure funding bill in the U.S. House prompted a top Democrat to strongly voice his frustration toward Republicans at a high-profile hearing Oct. 11 that looked at ways to fund the nation’s transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Platooning: Coming Soon to a Truck Near You

A view from the middle truck of a three-truck platoon during a Sept. 14 demonstration on Route 28 near Centreville, Va. Seth Clevenger/TT

Truck platooning — also known by the more precise but less compelling term “cooperative adaptive cruise control” — will soon become available to trucking fleets interested in testing the latest in fuel-saving technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

VW to Roll Out Electric Trucks, Buses in $1.7 Billion Project

Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG is flanking its push into electric cars with plans to roll out battery-powered commercial vehicles targeted at urban areas as growing public concerns about air quality boost demand.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2017