I’ve attended the NTEA Green Truck Summit each of the past few years and watched as the crowds swelled with each passing year. One year, everyone was abuzz about hybrids and the next it was natural gas. This year, the unofficial theme seems to be to ‘stay the course’ with alternative fuels strategies, even in the face of low diesel costs.

I think everyone agrees diesel prices aren’t going to stay low forever, and presenters at the Green Truck Summit impressed upon the audience that, while the spread between natural gas and diesel has shrunk, there is still a case that can be made for alt-fuels.

“We know it’s going to go back up, we just don’t know how quickly or how far it’s going to go back up,” said Stephe Yborra, director of market development, NGVAmerica.

I’m writing this newsletter from the press room at the Green Truck Summit so I haven’t yet filed all my stories from the show. Stay tuned to for more news. In the meantime, here’s a report on Phase 2 of the GHG regs and some of the concerns voiced by equipment manufacturers. And here’s another story that gives an update on each of the popular alternative fuels.

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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