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TrueCar to eliminate 219 jobs in restructuring
The cuts, prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and the end of a key partnership with USAA Federal Savings Bank, amount to more than 30 percent of the vehicle listings company's work force.
Check Out The 2020 Electric Car Tech That You Can't Get In America
The U.S. is missing out on some cool automotive tech.
FCA wants money back after overpaying 24,000 workers
The employees received on average $500 more than they were entitled to under the UAW's contract because of a federal economic relief program that increased unemployment benefits.
Driving Hasn’t Found Its New Normal Yet, NHTSA Data Shows
Memorial Day weekend, the typical start of the U.S. summer driving season, has come and gone. Data on just how much driving Americans did is trickling in, and it’s a bit noisy.
ZF to cut up to 15,000 jobs by 2025, report says
The supplier said in an email to employees that half the job cuts would be in Germany, Reuters reported.
VW board OKs Ford alliance projects
Among the shared projects specified by VW are a midsize pickup to be developed by Ford, a city delivery van to be developed by VW and a new electric vehicle for Ford of Europe, to be built on VW''s EV architecture.
New Economic Data Shows How Deep and Fast Recession Began
Just how deep and swift the U.S. economy’s plunge into a recession has been since the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation was evidenced by a number of reports, including that millions continued to apply for unemp...
New Jersey Highway Tolls to Rise up to 36%
Tolls on three major New Jersey highways will rise by as much as 36% after Gov. Phil Murphy declined to use his veto power over authorities that approved the increases, effectively allowing them to take place.
Comparison: Does The Xpeng P7 Leave The Tesla Model 3 In The Rearview?
The Model 3's most dangerous competitor in China is nearing customer deliveries
Tesla Requests Approval To Sell Model 3 With Cheaper Battery Chemistry
The cells for some China-made Model 3's would be lithium iron phosphate (LFP), which don't use cobalt.
Battery500 Consortium Hits 350 Wh/kg And 350 Cycles: Moves Toward 500 Wh/kg
With one year to go, the five-year project is running out of time to get there.
April Used Truck Prices Post Sharp Decline
Used Class 8 pricing fell for the 12th consecutive month compared with a year earlier, down 22% for the largest drop in that extended period, ACT Research reported.
Driver Shortage Is Over Temporarily
The often discussed driver shortage is over — at least for the time being — as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deepening U.S. recession and a falloff in the amount of freight being hauled by many sectors o...
Democrats Push Pandemic Aid, Highlight Infrastructure Package
House Democrats signaled the potential for unveiling a comprehensive infrastructure measure in the near-term as they continue to push Senate leaders to consider a pandemic relief bill that would provide $15 billi...
MAC LTT Gains Manufacturing Assets of Burch Tank & Truck
MAC Liquid Tank Trailer has acquired the manufacturing assets of Burch Tank & Truck. Financial details of the transaction announced May 20 were not disclosed.
Tesla Model 3 Sales Surge In Austria Despite General Slowdown
Tesla Model 3 was the top-selling car overall in March and #7 in April.
Is The All-New Porsche Taycan 4S Quieter Inside Than The Tesla Model S?
We know electric cars are quiet, but how quiet is the Porsche Taycan compared to an Audi or Mercedes?
Agility Introduces ProRail CNG Fuel System
Agility Fuel Solutions (Agility), a global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has introduced the fifth-generation ProRail CNG fuel system. Since the ProRail family of...
France incentivizes EVs, Lordstown going big, more geeky Mach-E details: Today’s Car News
Lordstown Motors has ambition to go for much higher production levels. France has decided to further incentivize EVs and plug-in hybrids. And we present several geeky new details regarding the Ford Mustang Mach-E...
Fleet Management
Overall Light-Vehicle Sales Down in May but Expected to Rise
The COVID-19 pandemic is still plaguing the light vehicle market, but May’s sales pace is still expected to be a giant step forward on the path to recovery.
Overall Light-Vehicle Sales Down in May but Expected to Rise
The COVID-19 pandemic is still plaguing the light vehicle market, but May’s sales pace is still expected to be a giant step forward on the path to recovery.
Ford and Donlen Partner on Free DriverPoint Pilot
Donlen announced a complimentary 90-day pilot program of device-less Donlen DriverPoint integration with Ford Data Services for Donlen customers with eligible Ford connected vehicles.
Ford and Donlen Partner on Free DriverPoint Pilot
Donlen announced a complimentary 90-day pilot program of device-less Donlen DriverPoint integration with Ford Data Services for Donlen customers with eligible Ford connected vehicles.
Hertz files for bankruptcy | updated
Rental provider Hertz has filed for Bankruptcy in the USA and Canada following losses during the Coronavirus pandemic.
BMW X2 plug-in hybrid to offer CO2 emissions from 38g/km
BMW’s X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid is to offer an electric-only range of 33 miles and CO2 emissions from 38g/km.
Facelifted Mini Countryman revealed
Mini has updated the Countryman with a mild facelift and the introduction of RDE-2 compliant engines.
Coronavirus: business owners and drivers urged to be #ReadyForTheRoad
Drivers and businesses are being urged to check that both they and their vehicles are ready for the road by a new campaign as the coronavirus lockdown eases.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service add 30 Skoda Kodiaqs to fleet
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has added 30 new Skoda Kodiaqs to its fleet to be used by senior officers to respond to emergency incidents quickly.
We salute the heroes working on the coronavirus frontline in your new issue of Fleet News
Fleet News editor-in-chief Stephen Briers gives a video introduction to the May issue of the digital magazine that includes insight into how fleet managers and key workers coped during the height of the Covid-19 ...
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Discontinues New-Truck Sales
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America announced it is discontinuing new truck sales. Customers will remain supported for warranty repairs, maintenance services, and replacement parts until 2028.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Discontinues New-Truck Sales
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America announced it is discontinuing new truck sales. Customers will remain supported for warranty repairs, maintenance services, and replacement parts until 2028.
Getting Fleet Back on Track
Restarting truck fleets after the pandemic requires attending to mechanical issues, understanding the new compliance landscape, and bringing your personnel back online safely and efficiently.
Getting Fleet Back on Track
Restarting truck fleets after the pandemic requires attending to mechanical issues, understanding the new compliance landscape, and bringing your personnel back online safely and efficiently.
Merchants Fleet Wins Three Stevie Awards
Merchants Fleet was honored with three Stevie Awards in the 18th annual American Business Awards.
Evolving Best Practices for Fleet Safety Programs
While the tried-and-true best practices of fleet safety are just as relevant as ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a whole new layer of challenge that fleets have had to address with regard to their safety p...

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Trucking
Distribution will change in a post Covid-19 world
TORONTO, Ont. – Doors are beginning to reopen as governments lift some of the business restrictions imposed during Covid-19. But Cyndi Brandt, Omnitracs vice-president – sales enablement, knows distribution model...
Driving Hasn’t Found Its New Normal Yet, NHTSA Data Shows
Memorial Day weekend, the typical start of the U.S. summer driving season, has come and gone. Data on just how much driving Americans did is trickling in, and it’s a bit noisy.
New Economic Data Shows How Deep and Fast Recession Began
Just how deep and swift the U.S. economy’s plunge into a recession has been since the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation was evidenced by a number of reports, including that millions continued to apply for unemp...
New Jersey Highway Tolls to Rise up to 36%
Tolls on three major New Jersey highways will rise by as much as 36% after Gov. Phil Murphy declined to use his veto power over authorities that approved the increases, effectively allowing them to take place.
April Used Truck Prices Post Sharp Decline
Used Class 8 pricing fell for the 12th consecutive month compared with a year earlier, down 22% for the largest drop in that extended period, ACT Research reported.
Driver Shortage Is Over Temporarily
The often discussed driver shortage is over — at least for the time being — as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deepening U.S. recession and a falloff in the amount of freight being hauled by many sectors o...
1,500 rigs vie for attention at virtual show
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nearly 1,500 trucks from around the world have signed up for the American Truck Historical Society’s virtual annual convention and antique truck show, opening Thursday. “I am extremely proud to...
Democrats Push Pandemic Aid, Highlight Infrastructure Package
House Democrats signaled the potential for unveiling a comprehensive infrastructure measure in the near-term as they continue to push Senate leaders to consider a pandemic relief bill that would provide $15 billi...
MAC LTT Gains Manufacturing Assets of Burch Tank & Truck
MAC Liquid Tank Trailer has acquired the manufacturing assets of Burch Tank & Truck. Financial details of the transaction announced May 20 were not disclosed.
Agility Introduces ProRail CNG Fuel System
Agility Fuel Solutions (Agility), a global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has introduced the fifth-generation ProRail CNG fuel system. Since the ProRail family of...
US Layoffs Climb to 41 Million, Despite Business Reopenings
An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold ...
Boeing, Suppliers Advance on Restart of 737 Max Production
Boeing Co. and its suppliers climbed as the plane maker resumed production of the 737 Max jetliner while working with regulators to end a yearlong global grounding.
Mitsubishi-Fuso to End US, Canadian Sales
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. is exiting the U.S. and Canadian markets as part of a strategic shift to focus on other regions, but will maintain service support for vehicles now on the road, the company ann...
Fleets consider making telecommuting permanent
TORONTO, Ont. – Just a few months ago, working from home was a remote dream for most people. Today, working remotely is the reality for millions, and some Canadian fleets are already considering making it permane...
Ontario project to develop winter road WISDOM
TORONTO, Ont. – IBI Group and Weather Telematics are joining together to develop a high-tech system that will help to better respond to winter road conditions. Known as the Winter Ice and Snow Decision Support Sy...
SwRI Engineers Develop Clean Diesel Engine Technology
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) engineers have developed clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption.  Working with ...
Cocaine worth $2.5M seized from truck
SURREY, B.C. — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Wednesday the seizure of 20 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth $2.5 million from a truck. The agency said the drug was seized May 1 at the...
Fitzgerald Seeks Summary Judgment in $83 Million Tax Case
Attorneys for the nation’s largest glider truck manufacturer have asked a federal judge for permission to seek a partial summary judgment to block an attempt by the IRS from collecting $83 million in back taxes a...
Zipline Medical Drones Begin Flying in the US
On May 22, before Memorial Day, a six-foot long, red-and-white drone took off from a field in Kannapolis, N.C., flew 15 miles west over suburban Charlotte to Novant Health’s Huntersville Medical Center, and dropp...
Canadian cargo control online store launched
BRANTFORD, Ont. – Shur-Co Canada has announced the launch of an e-commerce website, which will allow Canadian customers to purchase ShurTite-branded cargo control products from its Brantford, Ont., distribution c...
Automotive News
TrueCar to eliminate 219 jobs in restructuring
The cuts, prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and the end of a key partnership with USAA Federal Savings Bank, amount to more than 30 percent of the vehicle listings company's work force.
FCA wants money back after overpaying 24,000 workers
The employees received on average $500 more than they were entitled to under the UAW's contract because of a federal economic relief program that increased unemployment benefits.
ZF to cut up to 15,000 jobs by 2025, report says
The supplier said in an email to employees that half the job cuts would be in Germany, Reuters reported.
VW board OKs Ford alliance projects
Among the shared projects specified by VW are a midsize pickup to be developed by Ford, a city delivery van to be developed by VW and a new electric vehicle for Ford of Europe, to be built on VW''s EV architecture.
Electric Vehicles
Check Out The 2020 Electric Car Tech That You Can't Get In America
The U.S. is missing out on some cool automotive tech.
Comparison: Does The Xpeng P7 Leave The Tesla Model 3 In The Rearview?
The Model 3's most dangerous competitor in China is nearing customer deliveries
Tesla Requests Approval To Sell Model 3 With Cheaper Battery Chemistry
The cells for some China-made Model 3's would be lithium iron phosphate (LFP), which don't use cobalt.
Battery500 Consortium Hits 350 Wh/kg And 350 Cycles: Moves Toward 500 Wh/kg
With one year to go, the five-year project is running out of time to get there.
Tesla Model 3 Sales Surge In Austria Despite General Slowdown
Tesla Model 3 was the top-selling car overall in March and #7 in April.
Is The All-New Porsche Taycan 4S Quieter Inside Than The Tesla Model S?
We know electric cars are quiet, but how quiet is the Porsche Taycan compared to an Audi or Mercedes?
Video Asks If The BMW i4 Will Outclass Rivals From Tesla And Others
A lot is riding on the BMW i4’s shoulders, it seems, so it needs to really deliver to live up to the expectations.
Pure-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 Goes On Sale In UK
It costs over £50,000, though, so it’s not eligible for the country’s plug-in car grant.
This 1,000-Mile Tesla Model Y Road Trip Didn't Turn Out Very Well
The 21-inch lightweight wheels are great, but the rain made a much bigger impact than anticipated.
Refreshed Maserati Ghibli Will Be Brand’s First PHEV, Followed By EV Coupe
The Mercedes E-Class rival from Maserati is finally getting a PHEV version; it will kickstart the electrification of the rest of the range.
Jay Leno's Garage Features Elon, Franz, Cybertruck, Boring Tunnel & More
The whole S3XY lineup appears, plus the Tesla Roadster and Semi.
Karma Begins Prototype Testing Of AWD Performance EV Platform
This new prototype is equipped with a 120 kWh battery for up to 400 miles (644 km) of range.
More On Tesla's Cheetah Stance Mode, Plus Video Roundup
The world's quickest production car keeps getting quicker.
Germany: Tesla Giga Berlin Foundation Work Underway
The company has received "an early permit to build the foundation."
Electric Jeep Wrangler Would Make A More Capable Off-Roader, Says FCA Exec
Mark Allen says it is not currently in the works, but it will probably be.
PSA: 8 Year/100,000 Mile Roadside Assistance Plan For New EV/PHEV In UK
With such generous insurance, consumers should feel safe.
Brazilian Thieves Try To Put Gas In Electric Car And Get Arrested
If opportunity makes the thief, it can also put them in jail if they do not know their goods well
Vehicle Emissions
Green Transportation Summit & Expo
The 10th annual GTSE is the region's premier clean transportation mecca. This year's conference breaks into new space with the inclusion of the EPA's West Coast Collaborative Partner's Meeting focusing on heavy-d...
France incentivizes EVs, Lordstown going big, more geeky Mach-E details: Today’s Car News
Lordstown Motors has ambition to go for much higher production levels. France has decided to further incentivize EVs and plug-in hybrids. And we present several geeky new details regarding the Ford Mustang Mach-E...
Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV: 5 geeky details show Ford's commitment to EVs
A special group within Ford, called Team Edison, has been navigating a daunting challenge—to thread the needle between performance enthusiasts and tech-savvy electric-car fans, assuring that the inner worki...
Will Lordstown Motors outsell electric trucks from GM, Ford, and Rivian?
Since it emerged last year, Lordstown Motors has been considered a small niche operation aiming at the sustainability-report margins: corporate fleets, public utilities, and worksites that want to be seen as sust...
France is making EVs and plug-in hybrids the basis for $9 billion program
The French government is putting together an 8 billion euro ($8.8 billion) bailout package to help the auto industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and electric cars will be an important part of it. The a...
Who is driving less? Democrats or Republicans?
by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. The latest data from the Federal Highway Administration on the amount of driving in the United States indicate that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in March of this year dec...
Graz researchers develop cost-effective chemical looping process for decentralized production of high-purity hydrogen
Hydrogen researchers at Graz University of Technology (Austria), together with the Graz-based start-up Rouge H2 Engineering, have developed a cost-effective process for the decentralized production of high-purity...
Order book opens for Swindon Powertrain’s High Power Density (HPD) EV system
Customers can now order Swindon Powertrain’s High Power Density (HPD) EV system with deliveries starting in August. The 80kW production unit is smaller and lighter than the concept, making it suited for sports, r...
Battery500 project has achieved 350 Wh/kg and more than 350 cycles
EV battery costs have declined significantly over the past ten years, from more than $1,000 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to less than $200/kWh. Increasing cell energy is one way to decrease cost even further, as a hig...
Pasadena opens the largest public EV fast-charging plaza in the US
The City of Pasadena announced the grand opening of the Marengo Charging Plaza, 155 E. Green Street. With a total of 44 chargers—24 Superchargers installed by Tesla and 20 fast chargers (Tritium RT50/50kW DC Fast...
FLIR releases first European thermal imaging dataset for ADAS development
FLIR Systems announced the availability of its first European thermal imaging regional dataset and the third in a series of thermal imaging datasets for machine vision testing. Designed to help researchers, devel...
Agility launches fifth-generation ProRail CNG fuel systems
Agility Fuel Solutions (Agility), a leading global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, introduced the new fifth-generation ProRail CNG fuel system. ProRail systems are...
Phase I SBIR program project selections include efforts in hydrogen and fuel cell R&D technologies
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced nearly $20 million in small business awards for Phase I Release 2 projects under the Small Business Innovati...
Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid, quicker BMW 530e, cheaper Teslas: Today’s Car News
BMW has revealed a quicker 530e plug-in hybrid sedan. Hyundai might have just teased the plug-in hybrid SUV that’s en route to the U.S. And Tesla has dropped prices throughout its lineup. This and more, her...
Tesla lowers prices on all but Model Y, appears to drop free Supercharging
In what appears to be a move to stoke demand amid the coronavirus recovery, Tesla lowered the price tag on nearly all of its models by thousands of dollars starting Tuesday night. Prices on the Tesla Model 3 line...
Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid confirmed for Europe, likely for US
The next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe crossover will be offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains in Europe. Hyundai has not confirmed either of them for the United States, but the plug-in hybrid seems li...
2021 BMW 530e plug-in hybrid: Quicker, but will it go more electric miles?
For 2021, the plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5-Series sport sedan, the 530e, might no longer be the slowest-accelerating model in the U.S. 5-Series lineup. That might sound petty, but it's an important step fo...
SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx
Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption...
BMW X2 xDrive25e SAC PHEV to be launched July 2020
BMW will launch the new X2 xDrive25e SAC (“Sport Activity Coupé”) PHEV, announced in January (earlier post), in Europe in July 2020 with pricing from €47,250 (US$51,800). The new BMW X2 xDrive25e features the fou...
Updated Gen7 BMW 5 Series sedan introduces new 48V MHEV system, more powerful PHEV
BMW announced the updated, 2021 7th generation 5 Series Sedan. The MY2021 models feature improvements in exterior and interior design, aerodynamics and technology, plus the introduction of a new 48-volt mild hybr...
Alternative Fuels
Iowa legislature urged to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials
IRFA members are urging legislators to act on key bills. House File 2279 and Senate File 2403 would extend and modernize fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blend...
Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced this month it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for green...
Pandemic to slash global hydrogen demand, says Platts Analytics
The post Pandemic to slash global hydrogen demand, says Platts Analytics appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . Worldwide production for 2020 is expected to reach 73.3 million megatons, down 1.6 percent. A recent...
The largest solar farm in the UK prepares to become reality
The post The largest solar farm in the UK prepares to become reality appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . The £450 million project is receiving its approval from ministers and will be headed to Kent. This week,...
Tropical forests may absorb less greenhouse gas as climate change continues
The post Tropical forests may absorb less greenhouse gas as climate change continues appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . Scientists are warning that this primary defense of the Earth will become less effective...
Distant Irish islands work together in new green hydrogen energy strategy
The post Distant Irish islands work together in new green hydrogen energy strategy appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . The islands are located on opposite ends of Ireland and are moving ahead despite COVID-19 ...
WDB ‘running like gangbusters,’ implements distancing measures
“We had to make changes to how we load trucks, and how we deal with drivers and even our own employees,” said Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa. “A lot of changes have been ...
Researchers create first global maps of solar and wind energy sites
The post Researchers create first global maps of solar and wind energy sites appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . These represent the locations around the world using these forms of renewable power generation. ...
South African COVID-19 response to include hydrogen fuel cell deployment
The post South African COVID-19 response to include hydrogen fuel cell deployment appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . The country’s government intends to send units to a military hospital for support in the pa...
Denmark announces its intentions to build two wind energy islands in a decade
The post Denmark announces its intentions to build two wind energy islands in a decade appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . The country has unveiled this plan as a part of a much wider renewable energy strategy...
Hydrogen-based fuel takes the spotlight for India’s renewable energy future
The post Hydrogen-based fuel takes the spotlight for India’s renewable energy future appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . Using H2 fuel cells could transform the transportation ecosystem in the country. State-r...
Ten percent of the world is facing faster global warming trends than the rest
The post Ten percent of the world is facing faster global warming trends than the rest appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . There are a number of factors helping to explain why some parts of the world are more ...
South Korea to pilot commercial H2 vehicles
The post South Korea to pilot commercial H2 vehicles appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . It is testing hydrogen fuel cell electric cars and trucks of various types to promote this renewable energy. South Korea...
Modernizing US truck fleet should be key component of recovery
As policymakers debate future economic stimulus packages as part of a COVID-19 recovery plan, suspending the federal excise tax through 2021 for new heavy-duty truck purchases will deliver immediate results to th...
FAO vegetable oil price index falls to 8-month low
The April FAO price index for vegetable oils slipped 7.2 points, or 5.2 percent, compared to the previous month, to 131.8 points. This was the lowest level since August 2019 and also the third decline in three mo...
Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate
Legislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic ...
ACE 2020 conference, ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with FEW
The American Coalition for Ethanol announced that its 33rd annual conference will be held Aug. 25 in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International in Omah...
51 additional stations in Finland carrying Neste renewable diesel
Neste is making its trademarked renewable diesel available to dozens of new fueling stations in Finland this spring. With the 51 additional locations carrying the renewable fuel, approximately 120 stations across...
USDA accepting applications for HBIIP grants through Aug. 13
USDA began accepting applications May 15 for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Online applications m...
US Supreme Court denies review of RFS point of obligation issue
The U.S. Supreme Court announced May 18 that it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation ...
Gasoline and Diesel Fuels
America's Oil & Gas Capital Is Turning To Renewables
When we think of Texas, we think of Big Oil. Even more so in its largest city, Houston. Home to some of the world’s largest private energy companies, Houston lives and dies on oil. But it is also the biggest buye...
Stocks To Watch As Shale Bounces Back
There is no question that as the oil price dropped in the first quarter of 2020, producers reacted strongly curtailing new drilling, and actually shutting in existing production. Markets have taken encouragement ...
Gulf Keystone Petroleum Gave Away Crude Oil For Free In April
If you were wondering how those negative crude oil prices in April played out in the physical market, now we know. As the price of WTI fell below the $0 mark last month, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., a seller of ...
U.S. Shale Is Living Beyond Its Means
Global investment in energy will fall by $400 billion in 2020, the largest single-year decline in history. U.S. shale will be hit particularly hard, with capex set to fall in half, according to a new report from ...
Deja Vu: OPEC's Recurring Oil Production Dilemma
Two conflicting reports about OPEC's plans for oil production surfaced earlier this week--both citing unnamed sources. One set of sources claimed that Russia was considering an extension of the current oil produc...
Russia’s Top Oil Producer Is Struggling With Output Cuts
Russia’s largest oil producer, Rosneft, is struggling to supply its long-term buyers with crude oil as it has to cut output due to the OPEC+ deal and will find it hard to keep the current cuts through the end of ...
The Oil Storage Crisis Is Far From Over
It’s more than a month since the oil markets sunk to a nadir in the mother-of-all market routs. Since then, oil prices have staged an impressive recovery, especially from WTI’s negative trade zone visited on Apri...
EU automakers call for Covid-19 bailouts, governments respond
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and a number of other groups linked to the European automotive industry have called for an “ambitious recovery plan” for the automotive sector.
French Navy Stops Tanker From Loading Oil In Libya
A frigate of the French Navy has prevented a tanker from loading refined oil products at a Libyan port as part of a sale to an UAE-registered company, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing four Western diplomats...
Huge Oil Fields Could Help Iran To Seize Saudi Market Share In China
Given that China’s oil demand has now recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak to even higher levels than before, Iran is operating at full tilt to optimise the oil available to key ally Beijing from any and all of i...
Oil Rallies on Demand Recovery, Output Cuts
Investors looked past an increase in US crude stockpiles to focus on tentative signs of a recovery in fuel demand.
Developing The Low-Carbon Trade Route Of The Future
A report published by market analyst Lux Research states that companies looking to decarbonize their energy trade routes have about 10 years to do so. According to Lux, by 2030, imported electricity via new high-...
How Long Until Hydrogen Is Competitive At The Pump?
Hydrogen might have a way to break through one of the barriers that keeps it from reaching mass-scale adoption for fuel cell electric cars and trucks. French fuel company Air Liquide just released a new product i...
SUV Sales Exceed 40% Of Global Car Sales For The First Time
Sales of SUVs have been continuously rising not only in America but also around the world, to the point of exceeding 40 percent of all new car sales worldwide in 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said i...
China Scoops Up Cheap Nigerian Oil
The submersion of East Asian markets into coronavirus-induced recession has pulled down several major oil producers, most notably Nigeria whose breakeven price is well above $100 per barrel (Fitch puts it at $144...
U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Beats Coal For First Time In 130 Years
The rise of renewables and declining coal electricity generation resulted in energy consumption from renewables in the United States surpassing in 2019 coal consumption for the first time since 1885, the U.S. Ene...
Saudi Arabia Wants Record Oil Output Cuts To Last Till End 2020
Saudi Arabia and several other members of OPEC are discussing the possibility of extending the current level of OPEC+ production cuts to the end of the year to support the market, but Russia could be the stumblin...
Cambustion webinar: Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
The Use of Fast Response Gas Analyzers for Diesel Engine and Aftertreatment Development
Pandemic to slash global hydrogen demand, says Platts Analytics
The post Pandemic to slash global hydrogen demand, says Platts Analytics appeared first on Hydrogen Fuel News . Worldwide production for 2020 is expected to reach 73.3 million megatons, down 1.6 percent. A recent...
Cold Bore Launching Beta Test for Frac Action Software
The software allows frac operators to overlay high resolution, real-time stage frac data onto that of multiple previous stages.
Public Organization
Green Transportation Summit & Expo
The 10th annual GTSE is the region's premier clean transportation mecca. This year's conference breaks into new space with the inclusion of the EPA's West Coast Collaborative Partner's Meeting focusing on heavy-d...
Exploration and development expenditures likely to drop from 2019’s four-year high (5/28/2020)
Global expenditures related to oil and gas exploration and development (E and D) increased $42 billion (13%) in 2019, totaling $361 billion, according to the aggregate financial reports for 102 oil companies. Add...
U.S. renewable energy consumption surpasses coal for the first time in over 130 years
In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Monthly Energy Review...
North American crude oil prices are closely, but not perfectly, connected
The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) front-month futures contract for West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the most heavily used crude oil price benchmark in North America, saw its largest and swiftest decline ever...
Data For 05/25/20
Summary Excerpt: Regular Gasoline Retail Price (Dollars per Gallon) 1.960 .. U.S. 1.906 ... East Coast 1.937 .... New England 2.082 .... Central Atlantic 1.787 .... Lower Atlantic 1.885 ... Midwest 1.598 ... Gulf...
EIA forecasts lower U.S. natural gas consumption in 2020
In the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that decreases in natural gas consumption in the United States in 2020 will be driven by declines in natu...
Daytime electricity demand in New York City most affected by COVID-19 mitigation actions
Actions to mitigate the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have caused daily weekday electricity demand in New York City to decrease by 16% in April compared with expected demand, after accounting for seas...
Most new utility-scale solar in the United States is being built in the South Atlantic
In the past three years, the South Atlantic region of the United States installed more new utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than any other region of the country. States in the South Atlantic region ...
North American crude oil prices are closely, but not perfectly, connected (5/20/2020)
The decline on April 20, 2020 in the price of the front-month New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures contract was the largest and swiftest on record. Front-month WTI prices dro...
The number of active U.S. crude oil and natural gas rigs is at the lowest point on record
Producers were operating the fewest oil and natural gas drilling rigs on record in the United States at 339 on May 12, the lowest level in the Baker Hughes Company's rig count data series that dates back to 1987....
EIA raises crude oil price outlook slightly as announced supply cuts lead to high inventory draws in 2021 (5/13/2020)
In its May Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects Brent crude oil prices will average $34 per barrel (b) in 2020 and $48/b in 2021. Although market outlooks are...
ATRI Board Approves 2020 Top Research Priorities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Rebecca Brewster(404) 247-8787May 12, 2020 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute Board of Directors has approved the 2020 Top Research Priorities as id...
Low crude oil prices, record-high inventories, and low demand drive gasoline prices down (5/6/2020)
On April 27, 2020, the U.S. average regular retail gasoline price was $1.77 per gallon (gal), the lowest price since February 2016. On May 4, the U.S. average gasoline price increased slightly to $1.79/gal. The U...
ATRI and OOIDA: COVID-19 Impacts on the Trucking Industry
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Joint Research Confirms COVID-19 Impact on Trucking
           ATRI, OOIDA Identify Industry Impacts and Recommendations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dan Murray(651) 641-6162May 5, 2020 The American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Indepen...
New Data Show COVID-19 Impacts on the Trucking Industry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dan Murray(651) 641-6162April 22, 2020 Atlanta – Today, the American Transportation Research Institute is releasing new data that quantifies the continued impacts of COVID-19 busines...
Trucking Industry Perspectives on COVID-19
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Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO, Joins Travel Safely with Bryan Mulligan to Discuss Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Trucking Industry
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Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO, Joins Doug Marcello of Marcello and Kivisto to discuss ATRI’s Latest Analysis on Truck Movements During COVID-19
Rebecca discusses ATRI’s latest analysis on GPS data that shows truck flows increasing through the traditional hotspots during the COVID-19 emergency. The post Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO, Join...
ATRInsider March 2020 – Vol. 16 Issue 1
Featured Articles: GPS Data Shows Critical Truck Deliveries Continue Despite COVID-19New Research Designed to Quantify Trucking Impacts from COVID-19 New Research Documents Who Pays and Who Benefits From Toll Sys...

      Climate

Climate
Watt It Takes: Building Climate-Resilient, Restorative Hydropower
Gia Schneider and her brother Abe started Natel Energy based on a hydropower turbine their father designed. And after more than a decade of R&D, pilots, software development and a project for Apple, Natel is ...
Heading for Hydrogen
Hydrogen central to oil and gas industry decarbonization as..."Blue hydrogen" is produced from fossil fuels (typically natural gas, but also coal). But it depends on CCS. So:  Without CCS, there is...
£900m net zero infrastructure plan proposed by Britain’s gas networks
Further movement from the UK gas industry on the road to net zero. Dr Massey and I discuss CCS: Carbon capture and storage:  Click headline for full article
Court Ruling Again Stalls Trump Plan for Tariffs on Bifacial Solar
A court this week again rebuffed the Trump administration's efforts to put tariffs on imported bifacial solar modules. A Wednesday ruling from the United States Court of International Trade means the federal ...
Why clean hydrogen can be part of the just transition
In an EU that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, production of green hydrogen can be a new job creating industry, argues Tjisse Stelpstra, Member of the Council of the Province of Drenthe in the Northern Netherla...
“Fattening” the Curve: Funding Equitable Scientific Research After the Pandemic
After the pandemic subsides, we need to build reliable knowledge on the ground about successes and failures in “flattening the curve” in the hardest hit communities during the early phase of the pandemic. What so...
US Treasury Gives Renewables More Time to Meet Tax Credit Deadlines
The U.S. Treasury Department released much-anticipated guidance Wednesday that offers onshore wind and solar projects more time to meet tax credit deadlines. Wind was the big winner: onshore projects that started...
CCS: Carbon Capture and Storage
 CCS: Carbon Capture and StorageLike another topic we've discussed before, hydrogen, CCS is not new to the world. But, like hydrogen, it has had false dawns in the past, is back in the minds of industry ...
American Electric Power’s 1.5GW Wind Project Set to Sail Ahead
American Electric Power has secured enough state regulator approvals to move ahead with a 1,485-megawattt wind power project in Oklahoma — even if Texas regulators end up denying its plans.  AEP&n...
Renewables Toppled Coal in US Energy Consumption Last Year, EIA Says
The U.S. got more energy from renewables in 2019 than it did from coal, a year sooner than that same milestone is expected for the electricity sector on its own, according to the Energy Information Administration...
Fantasy Decarbonization Draft: The Corporate Raider Edition
Greed is good. At least, it’s good for decarbonization. This week on The Interchange podcast, we have a new edition of the fantasy decarbonization draft -- this one focused on acquiring and restructuring pu...
Massachusetts’ Solar Industry Chafes at New Land-Use Restrictions
Massachusetts issued emergency revisions to its main solar support program last month to help an industry struggling with the coronavirus lockdown. But developers say the changes will have opposite their intended...
How to Jump-Start a Stalled Electric Vehicle Market
Buckle up. Electric vehicle sales are expected to take a big hit this year amid the current health and economic crisis. Industry analysts say the long-term prospects for EVs remain strong, but the jury’s st...
The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About
Our new UCS report, Used but How Useful, How Electric Utilities Exploit Loopholes, Forcing Customers to Bail Out Uneconomic Coal-Fired Power Plants, found that utilities across 15 states in the heart of the U.S. ...
COVID-19 To Cut U.S. Emissions 11% In 2020 As Energy Demand Falls From GDP Shock
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating global public health and economic effects, and as shelter-in-place orders reduce energy demand across the United States, the pandemic’s associated climate impacts a...
Energy Innovation Brief | Issue 04 | Canada West Foundation
In this month's Brief, we've got stories about how geothermal tech is working with Canada’s oil sector in new and sustainable ways, "Frankenstein" cement that "eats” CO2, roofto...
Southern Company Commits to Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, but Seeks New Gas Plants for Now
Southern Company has joined other major U.S. utilities in setting a net-zero carbon target for 2050, aiming to balance the emissions from its sizable fossil fuel-fired generation fleet and sprawling natural gas b...
Climate Politics--Trendspotting
You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. Although one of the more cynical phrases ever uttered by a politician, the pilfered phrase[i] of the former mayor of Chicago and Obama adviser are also among the mo...
The Second-Life of Used EV Batteries
When an electric vehicle (EV) comes off the road, what happens to the vehicle battery? The fate of the lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles is an important question for manufacturers, policy makers, and EV ...

      Safety

Safety
U.S. Department of Transportation Sponsors Capitol Christmas Tree During Journey Across the United States
Highlights critical role of commercial trucks during holiday season and reminds public to share the road safely Language English Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes $74 Million in Cost Savings By Reducing Burdensome Rules on the Commercial Buses
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a proposed rule to reduce regulatory costs by $74 million per year by...
FMCSA Declares Ohio Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Ohio-licensed commercial driver Gregory Alan Barnhart to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ord...
US Department of Transportation Offers New Resource to Help Military Reservists and Servicemembers Find Jobs in the Trucking Industry
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a new job opportunities website to help 18-20-year-olds who possess t...
FMCSA Opens Registration for Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally-mandated Commercial Driver’s License ...
U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Over $77 Million in Grants to Improve Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded $77.3 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhan...
FMCSA: 5 changes to the HOS rule
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled a proposal on August 14 to revise its hours of service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The FMCSA estimates its proposal wou...
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increa...
Exempt from the Canadian ELD Mandate? Here’s 5 reasons to comply anyways
With the Canadian Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate taking effect in less than two years, details are beginning to surface around who’s going to be affected — and who’s not. Until adopted by any one or more...
Department of Transportation Revises Bus Lease and Interchange Regulations and Reduces Regulatory Costs by Over $8 Million Annually
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that revises the agency’s regulations governing the lease and interchange of c...
FMCSA Declares Missouri Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Missouri-licensed truck driver Bruce Andrew Pollard to be an imminent hazard to public safety ...
U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Permanent Crash Preventability Determination Program
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today proposed a permanent crash preventability determination program to gain additional data to recognize ...
Final Canadian ELD Mandate Rules Announced
The final Canadian electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate was announced today by Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau. As expected, the rules state that ELD solution providers must obtain certification from ...
10 Steps to ELD Migration Success
It has almost been a year since the first electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate deadline passed. Many carriers that were able to take advantage of the grandfather clause opted to use automatic onboard recording...
Canadian ELD Mandate Updates
Updated October 16, 2018 The final Canadian ELD Mandate rule is expected to release this year or in the first quarter of 2019 (best guesses). While the full information is still not available, fleets can still ed...
The ELD Mandate: What We’ve Learned So Far
It has been over six months since the first electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate deadline passed. Since then, the FMCSA has granted new exemptions and guidance, and the hard deadline has been enforced. In a re...
Post-ELD Enforcement Date: Regulatory Update
April was a busy month since the hard ELD enforcement date starting April 1. Changes continue to be made in agriculture and tank hauling. CVSA is focused on day-to-day enforcement as well as an Hours of Service e...
ELD Enforcement Starts April 1. Are Your Drivers Prepared?
During the “soft enforcement” period since the ELD Mandate took effect on Dec. 18, drivers caught running without proper ELD equipment, documentation, or training have been written up, but neither they nor the co...
New FMCSA Guidance on AOBRDs
On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an answer in response to requests to extend or exempt certain fleets as it relates to the ELD Mandate grandfather clause....
Debunking the Myth Around ELD and Crossing Borders
There have been many different stories in the trucking business throughout the past six months when it comes to questions of ELD compliance among Canadian and Mexican drivers and trucking companies operating in t...