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NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 12, 2018

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

Find Success at Your Truckstop with Multiple Fuel Buying Techniques

March 1, 2018

Find Success at Your Truckstop with Multiple Fuel Buying Techniques

Fuel buying has continued to get more sophisticated, and the current combination of demand, supply, terminal operating status and rack price rules have created a complicated equation for truckstop and travel plazas to navigate. To be successful, operators have to stay current on prices and trends and combine fuel buying techniques, many of which may be different than they’ve used in the past.

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

August 31, 2016

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country.

NCWM Votes Down Diesel Dispenser Filter and DGE Proposals

July 21, 2014

NCWM Votes Down Diesel Dispenser Filter and DGE Proposals

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) took up several proposals of importance to truckstops and travel plazas at its annual meeting in Detroit, Mich., including items pertaining to diesel dispenser filter requirements and a proposal to create a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) method of sale for compressed and liquefied natural gas.

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.

Multiple Markets and Suppliers Help Operators Get the Best Price on Fuel

July 1, 2014

Multiple Markets and Suppliers Help Operators Get the Best Price on Fuel

Diesel fuel and gasoline are the lifeblood of a truckstop and travel plaza. Not only are they high-priced items, there is little margin, so finding the best price on each load is crucial. Plus, operators need to keep a steady supply flowing and work to minimize disruptions during periods of peak demand or bad weather. Diesel fuel and gasoline are too important to truckstop and travel plaza operations to leave the purchasing up to chance. Operators said they are working with multiple suppliers, utilizing contracts and securing lines of credit to ensure they always have product available and are getting it at a good rate.

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.

The Promising Future Of Fuels

October 25, 2013

The Promising Future Of Fuels

While diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for the near future, a growing number of manufacturers and carriers are embracing alternative technologies and fuels that will allow them to move away from diesel derived from crude.

 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.

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.

North America Could Displace OPEC as Largest Oil Producer in Five Years

May 20, 2013

North America Could Displace OPEC as Largest Oil Producer in Five Years

The development of U.S. shale resources will create a surge in North American oil production, making North America a larger contributor of new oil supplies than the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) by 2018, according to the International Energy Agency.

U.S. Diesel Fuel Prices Dip Below $4 a Gallon for Second Week

April 15, 2013

U.S. Diesel Fuel Prices Dip Below $4 a Gallon for Second Week

U.S. diesel fuel prices dipped below $4 a gallon the past two consecutive weeks, putting diesel 17 cents below its price this time last year.

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.

National Average Diesel Fuel Price Decreases Four Cents

April 1, 2013

National Average Diesel Fuel Price Decreases Four Cents

The national average diesel fuel price decreased four cents for the third consecutive week, to $4.01 per gallon, 14 cents lower than last year at this time.

Trucking Industry Drives Natural Gas Demand in Transportation

April 1, 2013

Trucking Industry Drives Natural Gas Demand in Transportation

Significant infrastructure costs coupled with low consumer demand has many gasoline retailers hesitant to invest in natural gas.

Governors Tell Congress to Support Renewable Fuels Standard

March 18, 2013

Governors Tell Congress to Support Renewable Fuels Standard

The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition last week sent a letter to members of Congress in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

China To Invest in U.S. Natural Gas Fueling Network

March 18, 2013

China To Invest in U.S. Natural Gas Fueling Network

ENN Group Co Ltd, one of China's largest private companies, is rolling out plans to establish a network of natural gas fueling stations for trucks along U.S. highways.

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.

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