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NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

July 24, 2013

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) should work with existing interstate exit-based businesses to install electric car-charging stations rather than compete with the private sector by utilizing taxpayer dollars to establish them at rest areas, NATSO told the agency this week.

 Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

July 1, 2013

Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

With Congress increasingly critical of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), legislation introduced last week is taking a different tack: it would require that 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016 operate on non-petroleum fuels instead of, or in addition to, petroleum-based fuels. That figure would increase to 50 percent in 2017 and in subsequent years.

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.

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

June 17, 2013

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Lawmakers tasked with finding new revenue streams to fund infrastructure projects increasingly are asking drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles to pay their fair share of infrastructure fees.

Automakers to Meet Fuel-Efficiency Standards With Increased Electric Cars

March 11, 2013

Automakers to Meet Fuel-Efficiency Standards With Increased Electric Cars

Automakers tasked with meeting new federal fuel-efficiency standards of 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025 plan to trim fuel consumption by reducing automobile weights as well focusing on electric vehicles.

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Mark Russell

March 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Mark Russell

Industry suppliers know that understanding their customers increases service levels in addition to profits. While no two days are ever exactly the same for truckstop and travel plaza operators, Highway Business Matters sat down with Mark Russell, director of operations for Russell’s Truck and Travel Center 2, near Amarillo, Texas to learn about a typical day.

Electric Car Sales Slow to Take Off

October 22, 2012

Electric Car Sales Slow to Take Off

Car buyers remain slow to embrace electric vehicles.

Four Truckstops Add Electrification

July 9, 2012

Four Truckstops Add Electrification

Four truckstops in the mid-South have added plug-in power installations through the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP). Each of the four new sites has 24 truck parking spaces at which drivers can plug their vehicles into electrical connections, allowing them to operate heating, air conditioning and cab appliances without running the engine.

Rumble Rules: Idling Regulations

July 1, 2012

Rumble Rules: Idling Regulations

Throughout the country, local and state governments are continuing to adjust their idling laws, and in an effort to create greater uniformity for drivers, several states are embracing statewide regulations versus individual county or city regulations.

Member News, Two Nebraska Truckstops Add Plug-in Electricity

May 14, 2012

Member News, Two Nebraska Truckstops Add Plug-in Electricity

Shoemaker's Travel Center and Sapp Bros Travel Center add electrification.

Georgia Truckstops and Travel Plazas Eligible for Funds to Electrify Truck Parking

May 7, 2012

Georgia Truckstops and Travel Plazas Eligible for Funds to Electrify Truck Parking

Truckstops and travel plazas located within 10 miles of an EPA designated non-attainment and maintenance area in Georgia are eligible for funding to electrify truck parking spaces (ETPS) under new grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administrations Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

Less is More, Eco Travel Plaza is Busy Conserving Energy

September 1, 2011

Less is More, Eco Travel Plaza is Busy Conserving Energy

The Eco Travel Plaza is busy conserving energy.

Grant Opportunities Available for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

July 1, 2011

Grant Opportunities Available for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

For truckstops and travel plazas, installing electric vehicle charging stations can help tap into a new and increasing customer base.

Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza Stands Out for Almost 40 Years

May 1, 2011

Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza Stands Out for Almost 40 Years

To make the Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza in Sacramento, Calif., stand out, President and General Manager Tristen Rust Griffith emphasizes her employees, seeks out innovation and focuses on the travel plaza’s bottom line.

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