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FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

September 25, 2017

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill.

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

November 14, 2016

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on highways covering 25,000 miles in 35 states under an initiative to increase the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.

FHWA Unveils Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

November 3, 2016

FHWA Unveils Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this morning announced its initial round of alternative fuel corridor designations as Congressionally mandated under the December 2015 highway bill titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Three Victories for NATSO Members at NCWM

August 1, 2016

Three Victories for NATSO Members at NCWM

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) held its Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., during the week of July 25, 2016. NATSO testified at the Conference, which considered several important issues for travel plaza and truckstop operators. On all three topics on which NATSO advocated, the Conference adopted favorable positions during the critical "voting session" on the final day of the Annual Meeting.

Congress Passes Tax Extenders Legislation, Including Biodiesel Blenders Credit

December 18, 2015

Congress Passes Tax Extenders Legislation, Including Biodiesel Blenders Credit

Congress passed a tax extenders package that contains a clean, two-year extension of the biodiesel blenders credit (retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015). This is a significant victory for NATSO and the fuel marketing community. After months of intense advocacy efforts opposing a shift from a blender credit to a producer credit, Congress ultimately agreed with NATSO that a blenders credit is better for consumers and the best way to encourage domestic consumption of biodiesel.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

December 8, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama contained several provisions that stand to affect the right-of-way on federal aid highways. Although the changes are not dramatic, because they could potentially affect the current ban on rest area commercialization, NATSO will play an active role in how they are implemented.

DEF and Natural Gas Who Wants It and Who Should Add It

November 1, 2015

DEF and Natural Gas Who Wants It and Who Should Add It

As engine technology advances, so do the fuels used to power the engines. New truck technology first introduced in 2010 required the use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which requires additional fueling infrastructure in order for operators to offer it at the pump.

NATSO Urges Quick Action on Tax Extenders

November 14, 2014

NATSO Urges Quick Action on Tax Extenders

NATSO and a group of associations representing the nation's fuel retailers are urging Congress to act quickly on a tax extenders package, with particular support for a retroactive extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit.

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

July 1, 2014

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

Sapp Bros.’ first location opened on June 7, 1971, in Omaha, Neb. Today there are 16 travel centers located in eight states. F rom the beginning, the company has always embraced new ideas and technology that would improve its offerings and better meet its customers’ needs. With this focus in mind, this year they added natural gas to one location in Lincoln, Neb., and are working on installing the second in Columbus, Neb. They are contemplating adding two more this year.

Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Nebraska to Add Compressed Natural Gas

June 4, 2014

Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Nebraska to Add Compressed Natural Gas

Sapp Bros. Travel Center on East 6th Avenue in Columbus, Nebraska will open a compressed natural gas station (CNG) in the fall of 2014. It will facilitate both large truck and automobile access.

Legislation Would Boost Trucking's Use of Natural Gas

February 28, 2014

Legislation Would Boost Trucking's Use of Natural Gas

Encouraging the use of natural gas by the trucking industry is a growing priority with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In recent weeks, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced three separate pieces of legislation aimed at removing barriers for the trucking industry to access and utilize natural gas.

Legislation Introduced to Encourage Natural Gas In Trucking

February 4, 2014

Legislation Introduced to Encourage Natural Gas In Trucking

U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced three separate pieces of legislation aimed at boosting the use of natural gas by the trucking industry.

Transportation and Logistics Industry Executives Join Together to Promote Natural Gas Vehicles

August 7, 2013

Transportation and Logistics Industry Executives Join Together to Promote Natural Gas Vehicles

Carriers, shippers and fuel distributors said they are working together to increase the number of natural gas Class 8 vehicles on the road and the number of CNG and LNG fueling locations nationwide. Industry executives made the comments while speaking at a natural gas symposium in Park City, Utah. Salt Lake City-based refrigerated carrier C.R. England hosted the event.

TA President Highlights Natural Gas Infrastructure Outlook at Alternative Transportation Expo

July 1, 2013

TA President Highlights Natural Gas Infrastructure Outlook at Alternative Transportation Expo

The adoption rate for natural gas trucks is increasing rapidly, according to Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of Travel Centers of America.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

June 20, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

While alternative fuels and technologies may increase in the future, diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for decades. The findings were part of a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at the full breadth of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

Senate Bill Introduced to Change How LNG is Taxed

June 17, 2013

Senate Bill Introduced to Change How LNG is Taxed

U.S. Senators Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have introduced legislation that would require that liquefied natural gas (LNG) for transportation fuel be taxed based on energy output and not by the gallon equivalent.

Bill Would Change How LNG is Taxed

June 5, 2013

Bill Would Change How LNG is Taxed

New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code to change the way liquified natural gas is taxed, from a volume (gallon) to an energy content (diesel gallon equivalent) basis.

States Offer Tax Incentives to Encourage Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

April 22, 2013

States Offer Tax Incentives to Encourage Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

Several state legislatures recently offered tax incentives aimed at boosting usage of cars and trucks that run on alternative fuels.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

April 10, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

Diesel fuel will remain the primary fuel the trucking industry uses for decades to come, according to a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at a range of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

Interest In Natural Gas Slow But Steady

April 8, 2013

Interest In Natural Gas Slow But Steady

Suppliers of natural gas fuel tanks promoting their products at the Mid-America Trucking Show said interest in alternative fuels continues to grow at a slow but steady pace and that new tanks and conversion kits could reduce fuel costs by as much as 30 percent by allowing heavy trucks to run on a mixture of diesel and natural gas, according to Transport Topics.

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