UPS executive challenges fleets to ‘define excellence’
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS, is challenging the trucking industry to define the excellence needed to realize cleaner cities, safer vehicles, and underlying technical knowledge. “If you’re the one who defines excellence, then you’re the one who shapes expertise to achieve it,” Rose said.
Alternative Financing: Will your lender buy in to alternative fuel?
MONTREAL, QC -- Trucks that run on alternative fuels promise to be easier on the environment, but the equipment itself can be tougher on a capital budget. Consider natural gas. It’s historically cheaper than diesel, but the trucks that use it can cost an extra $50,000 to $100,000 over the price of their conventionally fueled counterparts, depending on the spec’s.
IN PRINT — Natural Investments: Will carbon taxes boost natural gas trucking?
Times were different when C.A.T. signed the deal for 100 trucks that run on Compressed Natural Gas. The Canadian and U.S. dollar were essentially valued at par, increasing the fleet's buying power on U.S.-made equipment. Quebec's provincial government also pledged $15,000 per truck, helping to offset any sticker shock around the emission-friendly designs, and natural gas was clearly cheaper than diesel when oil was close to $100 per barrel.
New Ferry Says Goodbye Diesel, Hello LNG
MONTREAL -- While some in trucking continue mulling over whether to switch at least a few of their trucks from diesel to natural gas, a little history was made Monday when first ferry to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America was commissioned in Canada.
Shell Opens Even More Natural-Gas Fuelling Stations
HOUSTON, TX -- Shell Oil Co. is continuing with its rollout of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations in North America .As customer demand grows in the U.S., Shell and TA plan to open additional truck fuelling lanes. "This is another step forward in providing LNG fuel supply to heavy-duty road customers in the U.S.," said Christian Buelow, a Shell general manager
GE Capital, Shell Partner for Natural Gas Truck Leasing
MONTREAL- One company in the financial services arena and another in the energy business have teamed up to facilitate the trucking industry's adoption in Canada of liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered trucks.Under an agreement, GE Capital Canada and Shell Canada Products will work together to reduce monthly payments for truck fleets that lease natural gas vehicles (NGVs). GE Capital has been providing wholesale and retail financing to the country's commercial trucking sector for 35 years. Specifically, fleets owners can sign natural gas fueling contracts with Shell and, separately, secure leases for LNG vehicles with GE Capital. The agreement covers equipment that will purchase fuel from Shell's facilities.In and interview with Today's Trucking, Veronique Hache, strategic initiative leader, natural gas, with GE Capital, said the company is offering the same service for natural gas powered trucks that it has for diesel powered ones for many years, but this new program is way to offset the higher costs of the alternatively fueled equipment.