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Work Truck Show wrap-up

Rounding up commercial van market, hybrid truck, solar panel, natural gas powertrain and other news from the NTEA show in Indianapolis, which ended March 8.

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New regulations will increase truck cost, owner-operator pay expected to rise, natural gas trucks catching on and other industry news items are featured.

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CARB approves $40M for clean vehicle purchases

The state's Air Quality Improvement Program invests in new emissions-reduction technologies.

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Bill seeks tax credits for electric trucks, anti-idling

Senate bill would provide tax credits for buying hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric trucks, and idling reduction devices.

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Vids of the new Caterpillar truck — the CT660

"No one knows heavy-duty like Caterpillar," says the official promo vid for the new Class 8 from Caterpillar, the CT660. Long-awaited in the wake of Cat's announcement that the company was getting out of the on-highway engine market, and entering the truck market, the new truck is here (pictured), built in partnership with Navistar. For several separate video glimpses of it, including reactions from the show floor at ConExpo in Las Vegas, where it was officially ...

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‘Here comes plug-in diesel!’

So gushed the website and weekly update of the group Hybrid Owners of America about several automakers' concept cars on display at the Geneva Auto Show last week. But in some sense, freight movement by plug-in powertrain is here, if not in the Class 8 realm, without even the diesel. Navistar recently announced expanded service points for its eStar (pictured) Class 2c-3 all-electric truck, developed in partnership with Modec EV. The new service locations include Chicago ...

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IdleAire pulls the plug, truckers urge hours flexibility, intermodal transport gained market share against trucks, EPA revises its 2010 engine emission guidance and more are issues covered.

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CARB starts hybrid truck funding program

The agency launched a $20 million funding assistance program designed to spur the purchase of hybrid trucks.

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Clean energy vehicle bill offered in Senate

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and U.S. Congressman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) this week introduced the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009. The legislation, cosponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), would provide funding to help U.S. manufacturers and suppliers develop the next generation of advanced vehicles, including more fuel-efficient medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks.  China has announced plans to lead the world in the production of electric cars and spends $288 million a day ...

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