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Venchurs Promotes CNG to Fleets

May 29, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Referencing headlines “dominated lately with bad news for fleet owners,” Michigan’s Venchurs promoted compressed natural gas vehicles as a means to reduce costs and emissions. It is offering its dedicated-CNG and bi-fuel conversion services.

‘672 and Counting, AT&T Exec Says

May 29, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleets & Fuels grabbed the chance to ask AT&T fleet VP Jerome Webber about deployment of Ford Transit Connect vehicles with dedicated-CNG upfits by BAF (F&F, January 2) and bodies by Knapheide-Sortimo as the AT&T man visited the Sortimo display at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis last week.


May 29, 2012 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pennsylvania’s displayed a CNG fuel dispenser by Tulsa Gas Technologies and consumer-friendly ergonomic TK-17 pistol-grip connector nozzle by WEH at the GMC-Chevy booth at the Work Truck Show.

MARAD Wants Clean Marine Partners

May 25, 2012 in Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The U.S. DoT’s Maritime Administration is looking for partners to help reduce pollution from ports and marine vessels “through repowering, re-engining or installation of other pollution reduction technologies, or the use of alternative fuel/energy.”

“MARAD is seeking to provide cost-share funding through cooperative agreements for U.S.-flagged vessels that operate on inland or coastal waterways,” states a summary for funding opportunity number DTMA-91-R-2012-0019.

CNGci Adds Type II Tanks, Branches into CNG Fueling Equipment

May 24, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

“Our large Type III cylinders are well recognized in the marketplace and we are getting ready to take CNG Cylinders International to the next level – streamlining and expanding our capacity,” says company president Siggy Rivalta.

“Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves from other companies by being the only manufacturer to develop a large forged liner technology through design, and by investing heavily in research and development to offer the highest quality,” Rivalta told F&F.


Honda Brings the Red, White & Blue

May 24, 2012 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Hydrogen, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Honda’s big news for fleets is the new-for-2012 dedicated-CNG Civic Natural Gas (formerly the Civic GX), for which the manufacturer is predicting a three-fold sales increase over 2011.

The Honda CNG is powered by a modified four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine yielding EPA-rated city/highway/ combined fuel economy of 27/38/31 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent (GGE), a combined improvement of 10.7% from the Civic GX.

Ohio’s AFV for CNG Assemblies

May 24, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ohio’s AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems (SSP AFV) promoted fully engineered compressed natural gas fuel system assemblies.

“Our business plan,” the firm says, “was created to be divergent from existing component suppliers to specifically meet the need for integrated high pressure NGV fueling system design and efficient supply chain fulfillment” (emphasis added).

SCI Adding Capacity – and Propane

May 24, 2012 in CNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Structural Composites Industries, now a unit of Worthington Cylinders, continues to expand its production capacity for Type III carbon-fiber-on-aluminum compressed natural gas (and hydrogen) fuel cylinders.

And, in a departure, SCI expects to begin distribution of propane fuel vessels, from Poland’s Stako, in the U.S.

Linde for Compact LNG Fueling

May 24, 2012 in LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Linde North America took the occasion of ACT Expo 2012 to “pre-announce” new technology, slated for availability in early 2013, for compact liquefied natural gas fueling stations with better control of LNG boil-off.

“ACT Expo provides the ideal opportunity” for Linde to promote its expertise, says Bryan Luftglass, head of strategic marketing and business development for Linde Energy Solutions.

Wesley Clark Calls for Community

May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

“The peculiar thing about the liquid [alternative[ fuels market is, everyone seems to hate everyone else,” retired Gen. Wesley Clark said here yesterday, drawing chuckles from the audience.

Clark, now an energy investment advisor, urged attendees to seize the opportunity to work together and eliminate competition among themselves: “None of us can do it by ourselves, and if we don’t do it, we can’t get this economy going again.”

PSI Enters the On-Road Market

May 24, 2012 in CNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wood Dale, Ill.-based Power Solutions, Inc. which supplies engines ranging from just .97 to 22 liters for industrial and off-road use, is hitting the streets at ACT Expo 2012, offering new, fuel versatile engines for Class 4, 5, 6 and 7 vehicles.

Quantum for Agility, Remy for Quantum

May 24, 2012 in CNG, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies had a busy time at ACT Expo, announcing a $4.8 million purchase order from Agility Fuel Systems for “lightest in the industry” Type IV compressed natural gas fuel tanks, and disclosing that it’s using motors from Remy International in the F-Drive brand parallel hybrid electric drivetrain for the plug-in Ford F-150 it displayed at the show.

The CNG purchase order is for Quantum’s line of large-diameter carbon composite tanks developed specifically to mount on the frame rail in Class 6-8 heavy duty trucks. The tanks with their new design features will be available from Agility in their integrated systems starting in August.

Power by Parker for XL Hybrids

May 24, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wondering how Massachusetts’ XL Hybrids will power its fast-payback hybrid electric upfits for Chevy vans? New motors from Parker Hannifin is how.

Ryder Adding Greenkraft and Navistar International Straight Trucks

May 24, 2012 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ryder System is expanding its pioneering natural gas truck leasing program with an order for nearly 40 more vehicles: 19 International DuraStar 4300-series trucks with 7.6-liter spark engines by Emissions Solutions, Inc. and 20 China-chassis vehicles from Greenkraft with 6.0-liter GM engines.

Greenkraft is to deliver the 20 trucks in November.

Westport for Volvo & a Better 15-Liter

May 24, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations spread the good news that Volvo is going ahead with Westport high pressure direct injection technology for a 13-liter natural gas (diesel ignition) engine for heavy duty trucks, and also trumpeted improvements to its own, Cummins ISX-based 15-liter HD.

The Volvo product “is scheduled to launch for the North American market in 2014,” Westport said.

Toyota Tops Four Million Hybrids

May 24, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Toyota Motor Corp said in Japan that its global hybrid vehicle sales topped four million units through April of this year.

Of those, 1.5 million hybrids have been sold in the U.S.

Toyota said that it currently sells 18 hybrid passenger vehicles in 80 countries and regions around the world, and that so far this year, hybrids have accounted for 15% of global sales.

GE to Open Alt Fuels Fleet Center

May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GE is spreading the word that it will open its 6,000-square-foot customer experience center for alternative fuel vehicles at the headquarters of its Fleet Services business in Eden Prairie, Minn. on May 31.

GE broke ground on the facility this past autumn (F&F, September 26).

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