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February 2014

An 18-Wheeler with better Gas Mileage than your SUV?

By Blog, Innovation, Intellectual Property, International Business, News

Pedestrians passing by the Energy Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., on February 19 saw quite a strange sight—an ultra-modern 18-wheeler, Class 8 tractor-trailer parked outside the headquarters building. This is no ordinary truck—it’s called a SuperTruck, a demonstration vehicle that is part of the Energy Department’s SuperTruck initiative. This program’s goal is to develop tractor-trailers that are 50% more efficient than baseline models by 2015.

The truck on display, developed by heavy-duty manufacturers Cummins and Peterbilt, has exceeded this goal. Since 2010, the truck has demonstrated a 20% increase in engine efficiency and a 70% increase in freight efficiency, reaching over 10 miles per gallon under real world driving conditions on a Class 8 tractor-trailer. In comparison, an average Class 8 truck typically gets 5.8 miles to the gallon. This accomplishment is so impressive that the SuperTruck served as a backdrop to President Obama’s announcement of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

Improving the efficiency of long-haul tractor-trailers is one of the many ways that the United States can reduce the amount of petroleum we use and the carbon pollution we produce. Commercial trucks, which include Class 8 vehicles, haul as much as 80% of the goods transported in the country. Although they only make up 4% of vehicles on the road, they use about 20% of the fuel consumed. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog

SOURCE:  US Dept of Energy

CHESTER Sponsors Social Media Ethics CLE

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The Dallas-based business and innovation law firm Chester & Jeter LLP is co-sponsor of the DFW-STCL Alumni Network’s inaugural CLE event, titled: “ETHICS & SOCIAL MEDIA: To Post? Or not to Post? That is the Question”

Here is the event flyer:  DFW-STCL CLE Flyer.

Greg McAllister of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP will discuss social media legal issues related to discovery, trends, and employment law. He will also discuss ethical rules related to attorneys using social media.

The March 6th event, offered at no cost to STCL alumni, will be held at the firm’s offices at 6301 Gaston Avenue, Suite 730, Dallas, Texas 75214 (about 3 miles northeast of downtown Dallas) from 5:30 – 6:30pm, with registration and networking starting at 5pm.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Fears | Nachawati are also co-sponsors of the event.

The March 6th CLE is the first in a series of planned CLE events to be organized by the group.  The additional CLE dates are:

  • Tuesday September 9, 2014 – DFW-STCL Network Ethics Course (at least 1.5 hours CLE Ethics)
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 –  “Make it Rain:  Tips for Implementing a Networking/Marketing plan