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Clean Air Power Enjoys Order Surge

April 29, 2012 in Biomethane, Fleet Order, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sainsbury’s Is But One Taker of ‘Genesis Edge’ Conversion Kits

The UK’s Clean Air Power has publicized a spate of orders for its Genesis Edge brand dual fuel engine conversion kits, which allow diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas – up to 90%, the company says – culminating in an order for ten units for the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain.

“This order will take their total to 24 trucks which will operate using biomethane gas which has been produced from landfill waste,” CAP said.

Protean Shows Wheel Motor Hybrid

April 28, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Brabus ‘Technology Project Hybrid’ Shown at SAE in Detroit,
Where a Stable of Global Production Partners Was Announced

Protean Electric’s wheel-motor design for hybrid electric vehicles was shown at the SAE World Congress in a Brabus sedan based on a diesel-fueled Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The Michigan firm also took the occasion of SAE to announce a new stable of global production partners “to accelerate its in-wheel electric drive systems to market in high-volume production.”

GE Launches Networked WattStation

April 27, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

WattStation Connect Software Facilitates EV Charging:
‘iCharge, Therefore iDrive,’ Manufacturer Says

GE Energy has added the WattStation Connect software suite to its line of WattStation brand electric vehicle chargers. “EV users can now gather information and process payments in an easy-to-use, customizable, reliable and secure system,” GE says, noting that it’s got software apps for mobile devices, while smart grid-capable chargers can be connected to the Internet via wifi, Ethernet, or 3G phone networks.

First Odyne-Drive Kenworth Trucks

April 27, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Odyne Hybrid Systems is talking up placement of large four bucket trucks by its parent Dueco, Inc. with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrains by Odyne.

The T370 vehicles are the first Kenworths to be deployed with the PHEV system, Odyne says.

The trucks for Milwaukee County were displayed at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisc. on April 20.

Chesapeake Completes Oklahoma CNG Switch

April 27, 2012 in CNG, FUELS, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Part of a Plan to Convert Nearly 6,000 Vehicles to Natural Gas
Chesapeake Energy, a leading natural gas exploration and production outfit, continues to make progress in converting its own fleet to compressed natural gas, with 1,419 vehicles out of a total fleet of 5,894 converted to bi-fuel CNG-gasoline or dual fuel natural gas-diesel operation as of this month.

“In 2010, Chesapeake committed to converting its entire fleet to run on CNG over the next four years,” says senior market development coordinator Eddie Coates.

UQM Eyes Heavier EVs with New Drive

April 27, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado’s UQM Technologies (AMEX:UQM) is taking its electric and hybrid vehicle drivelines to a new level with its most powerful electric propulsion system ever.

The PowerPhase HD 220 delivers maximum output of 220 kilowatts and 120 kilowatts continuous (295 and 161 horsepower, respectively). Read More >>

Erdgas Mobil and Gazprom Germania Are Boosting NGV Fueling in the Berlin Area

April 26, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Gazprom Germania, an arm of the Russian gas giant, is joining with the Erdgas Mobil natural gas vehicles association to add four new compressed natural gas fueling outlets in the Berlin area this year.

Landi Gets EPA Bi-Fuel Approval for F-250/350

April 26, 2012 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Landi Renzo USA reports U.S. EPA certification of its bi-fuel CNG-gasoline conversions of model year 2012 Ford F-250/350 pickup trucks, including 4-wheel-drive variants in multiple bed configurations.


Signs of These Electrifying Times

April 26, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

From Coast to Coast the e-Drive (and Alt Fuels) Trend is Clear
San Diego’s and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation are promoting signs for electric vehicles – the California outfit offers durable, reflective and tactile signs for parking spaces, while MassDOT has unveiled new EV license plates.

Kwik Trip for All of the Alternatives

April 26, 2012 in Biodiesel, CNG, Ethanol, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Kwik Trip chain of upper Midwest convenience stores – more than 400 strong – has commenced its ambitious plan to offer alternative fuels at the retail level, opening a multifaceted alt fuels station at its headquarters in La Crosse, Wisc., and planning many more.
Equipment suppliers include ANGI Energy Systems and Clean Fuel Connection, which supplies Nanobox and Microbox units from Argentina’s Galileo.

Chrysler Forges Ahead with PHEVs

April 26, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Chrysler’s deployment of three plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District marks the start of a “vital second phase” of the automaker’s PHEV development efforts, as 25 Town & Country minivans have now been placed, as well as 140 Ram 1500 pickups.

The PHEV Town & Country vans feature a driveline with an E85-compatible, 3.6-liter Pentastar engine and a 12.1-kilowatt-hour, liquid-cooled, Electrovaya SuperPolymer brand lithium-ion battery affording a total output of 290 horsepower and a total range of 700 miles.

Strong Showing Expected from Natural Gas Industry at 2012 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo

April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North America’s Largest Show Dedicated to Alternative Fuels and Clean Vehicle Technologies Takes Place May 15 -17 in Long Beach, Calif.

April 25, 2012—Santa Monica, Calif.— Natural gas industry leaders are set to gather at the upcoming Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo to showcase the very latest advancements across a wide variety of clean vehicle technologies. Natural gas, which includes compressed (CNG), liquefied (LNG), and renewable natural gas (biomethane), is taking on a significant presence at the event with a host of natural gas vehicle OEMs, fleet operators, gas producers, infrastructure and fuel providers, service and equipment providers and many others set to attend and share and discuss their investments in natural gas vehicles and technologies. Natural gas industry experts will be on hand to discuss the many opportunities for natural gas as an alternative fuel for all vehicle types—light, medium and heavy-duty—and across a variety of applications.

Altec Industries Opens Its New Green Fleet Facility in Dixon, Calif.

April 25, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Altec Industries opened its new “Green Fleet” facility east of San Francisco yesterday, attracting Dixon, Calif. Mayor Jack Batchelor, U.S. Congressman John Garamendi, and executives of Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison — two key utility customers.

A PG&E purchase commitment prompted Alabama-based Altec’s decision to expand in California.

Zipcar’s ‘Zipsters’ to Get Honda eCars

April 22, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

American Honda and Massachusetts-based Zipcar say that “Honda has become a Zipcar preferred vehicle manufacturer with a focus on hybrid and electric vehicles” – and that Zipcar will deploy more Honda Insight hybrids and introduce the Fit EV battery electric this fall, and will begin offering the Accord Plug-In PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) sedan in select locations in early 2013.

Azure Resumes Warranty Work

April 22, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Signing the announcement as “Team AZD,” Canada’s Azure Dynamics (Toronto:AZD) has pledged to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

It has meanwhile restored warranty services – albeit with a reduced service roster – and is asking for “patience.”

GNA Completes AQMD Zetech Study

April 22, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s got an exotic name but it’s a simple concept: operate regular-route port-serving trucks on electricity in high-traffic, population-dense areas, solving the battery problem plaguing modern electric vehicles by using century-old overhead catenary technology for power. The exotic name is Zetech, for Zero Emission Truck and Electric Catenary Highway. Gladstein, Neandross & Associates has completed an analysis of Zetech’s potential for SCAQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Calstart Fosters Hydraulic Hybrids

April 22, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pasadena-based Calstart is talking up receipt of hydraulic hybrid evaluation vehicles by members of its Hybrid, Electric and Advanced Truck Users Forum’s parcel delivery working group.

HTUF members FedEx Ground, Purolator Courier, and UPS each purchased an evaluation vehicle with assistance from Calstart through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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