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The Time Is Right for Work Trucking Green

In the driver’s seat of compressed natural gas-fueled Business Class M2 is Dave Bryant of Freightliner, and at his left on the ladder is National Truck Equipment Association executive director Jim Carney. Calstart president and CEO John Boesel is at front left. Agility Fuel Systems is the truck’s CNG tank assembly provider, and Agility president Ron Eickelman is at center. NTEA business development director Doyle Sumrall gives his thumbs-up at far right.

In the driver’s seat of compressed natural gas-fueled Business Class M2 is Dave Bryant of Freightliner, and at his left on the ladder is National Truck Equipment Association executive director Jim Carney. Calstart president and CEO John Boesel is at front left. Agility Fuel Systems is the truck’s CNG tank assembly provider, and Agility president Ron Eickelman is at center. NTEA business development director Doyle Sumrall gives his thumbs-up at far right.

With the price of oil again well above $100 per barrel and rising due to turmoil in supplier nations no one would have anticipated scant months ago, the National Truck Equipment Association seems to have had a crystal ball as it hosts its fourth Green Truck Summit, and the second co-organized with Calstart.

Fleet operators no longer have just planet-saving for going green, as it’s clear that new technologies for saving fuel and allowing use of domestic alternatives, while not at all cheap, now have a clear path for paying for themselves within the working lives of the people who make the decisions to buy them.

Dozens of companies are promoting alternative fuel and fuel-saving hybrid and other technologies at this week’s Work Truck Show. Hybrid electrics, propane, lithium ion, natural gas, hydraulic hybrids, plug-ins… They’re all represented here.

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