Content Category: Up Front
Would Proposed Heavy-Duty Truck Rules Help or Hurt a Fleet's Bottom Line?
on 18 Aug 2015
Fleet operators in the U.S. will ultimately save money if higher federal fuel-efficiency requirements for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are put in place, according to a new report from the clean transportation organization CALSTART. The study comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hold a public hearing today in Long Beach, Calif., [read more]
U.S. Surpasses 'Major Milestone' for Alternative Fueling Stations
on 12 Aug 2015
With little fanfare, the U.S. reached the 20,000 mark for the number of alternative fueling stations operating throughout the nation back in May, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The agency soon after posted a blog dubbing the benchmark a "major milestone," and the network of alt-fuel infrastructure has only continued to grow ever since. In [read more]
New NGV Incentives Up for Grabs in California
on 10 Aug 2015
California's Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP), which is meant to provide funding to help reduce the purchase price of new on-road natural gas vehicles (NGVs), has begun accepting reservation applications. The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Irvine is administering the project on behalf of the California Energy Commission (CEC). The project is part of the CEC's ongoing [read more]
Hey, Fleet Managers: Alt-Fuel Incentives Are No Waiting Game
on 05 Aug 2015
When it comes to alternative fuel incentives, one of the biggest mistakes a fleet manager can make is waiting for a better deal to come along. Incentives are vital to increasing the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road. However, ensuring that fleets take advantage of such subsidies is equally as important. State legislators feel pressure to enact policies [read more]
Obama Signs Alternative Fuel Tax Fix into Law
on 31 Jul 2015
President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive highway funding bill, H.R.3236, whose many provisions include a measure meant to ensure that liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane autogas are taxed fairly relative to diesel and gasoline, respectively. The law is especially considered a major victory for the natural gas vehicle industry, which has long pushed for a so-called [read more]
UPS Cruising Toward Alternative Fuel Goal
on 29 Jul 2015
UPS has a goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017, and if the company's annual Sustainability Report and a slew of recent announcements are any indication, UPS has picked up the pace and is well on its way toward meeting that target. According to its new 2014 Sustainability [read more]
A Glimpse into the Global NGV Refueling Market
on 27 Jul 2015
The total number of natural gas vehicle (NGV) refueling stations globally will grow from 23,001 in 2015 to 38,890 in 2025, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4%, according to a new report from Navigant Research. In order for any alternative to gasoline or diesel to be viable as a transportation fuel, readily available refueling infrastructure is a [read more]
Senate Panel Passes Bill With Alt-Fuel Tax Credit Extensions
on 22 Jul 2015
In a 23-3 vote Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package to revive dozens of tax credits that expired at the end of last year, including key incentives for the alternative fuel industry. The bipartisan legislation now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would retroactively extend the various tax credits for two years [read more]
Alt-Fuel Incentives Bill Shows Promise in Ohio
on 20 Jul 2015
Before the Ohio legislature recessed for the summer, a bill to establish tax incentives and grants for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) advanced in the state House of Representatives. With a 19-0 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the measure in late June, and nonprofit Clean Fuels Ohio believes H.B.176, a revamped version of a previous bill, is [read more]
U.S. House Passes Highway Bill with Alt-Fuel Tax Parity Provision
on 16 Jul 2015
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a highway and transportation funding bill that includes a provision meant to help level the playing field for how certain alternative fuels are taxed in relation to conventional fuels. H.R.3038, legislation to fund and extend the authorization for the country's highway and transit programs through the end of 2015, passed the House [read more]
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