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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Battery Tug Powered by Diesel

October 31, 2012 in Aviation, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Lektro Vehicle via CTC for the U.S. Air Force

Battery electric tug specialist Lektro is testing an 8850-series electric tractor – with a Perkins diesel engine allowing it to charge itself – at Orlando Executive Airport in Florida this week.

NGV 2013 Prague in February

October 25, 2012 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

February 19-20, NGV 2013 Prague, sixth edition of the Prospects for the Development and Use of CNG in Transport annual international conference.

Algae Fuels Pose Concerns, Says NAS

October 24, 2012 in Biofuels, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Report Warns of ‘Unsustainable’ Demands on Resources

Scaling up production of biofuels made from algae to meet at least 5% – approximately 39 billion liters – of U.S. transportation fuel needs “would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, and nutrients,” says a report issued today by the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas Built Plans CNG School Bus

October 23, 2012 in CNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Use the New ISB6.7 G from CWI in Saf-T-Liner C2, 
Firm’s Propane-Fueled Minotour Type A Is in Production

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses is affirming its commitment to alternative fuels, pledging to use the just-announced ISB6.7 G mid-range engine from Cummins Westport in a new Type C school bus, and noting that its smaller, propane-fueled Minotour is in production.

Amp for Fleets and Fleets Alone

October 23, 2012 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EVs ‘At Least $100,000 Cheaper than Climate-Changing Diesels’

Citing the low daily mileage tallies yet high lifetime fuel costs of fleets, Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles is dropping its consumer conversions to focus 100% on medium duty trucks. Amp says too that it has found truck fleet operators to be more willing to partner with small firms like itself than are the passenger car OEMs.

Greenkraft to Show Its Ryder Truck

October 23, 2012 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Events Next Week in Southern California

Open house events hosted by Ryder System on October 30 and November 1 will include a first public showing – with ride-and-drive availability – of trucks from China upfitted with dedicated-natural gas GM engines by Greenkraft, Inc.

Bauer Is Expanding at Norfolk

October 23, 2012 in CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Is Adding 18,000 Square Feet and New Equipment,
Launches 4.5 GGE/Hour Micro CNG Compressor Line

Compressors is expanding its 122,000-square-foot facility at Norfolk, Va., adding 18,000 square feet of space for product fabrication, and 13,000 square feet for offices. The firm is also promoting a new Micro Series self-contained unit capable of dispensing 4.5 gasoline gallon equivalents per hour of compressed natural gas.

Coda Cars for Better Place eTaxi

October 23, 2012 in batteries, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$10 Million Bay Area Initiative to Run for Ten Years

The California Energy Commission is adding $3 million to a San Francisco Bay Area project that’s to eventually see trials of more than 60 battery electric taxis serving San Francisco and San Jose, and the Silicon Valley area between, all employing the Better Place battery-swap concept to boost productivity.

Remy Battery Saves with CNG

October 22, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘There Are Real Tangible Benefits to Using CNG Vehicles’

Milwaukee’s Remy Battery is going with an alterative fuel that might be surprising given that the firm specializes in devices for storing electricity ­– CNG.

Taylor-Wharton Sets New LNG Team

October 22, 2012 in Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Complete Package of Supply, Installation, Training & Service’

Taylor-Wharton International’s TW Cryogenics unit has established a new liquefied natural gas team focused on the manufacture and supply of specialized cryogenic equipment for LNG bulk storage, transport and end-user applications.

Frito-Lay Seeks CNG

October 20, 2012 in CNG, NGVs, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Floats RFP for Large Public Stations that It Will Anchor

Frito-Lay is seeking to help establish a viable compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure nationwide, and has tasked its FL Transportation Inc. unit to find builders of large, public-access CNG stations. Frito-Lay will itself be the anchor customer, committing if necessary to specific CNG usage volumes.

Bids are due at the end of next month (details below).

NGV Motori for Natural Gas DT 466

October 20, 2012 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EPA Certification Adds to MB906 Approval Secured earlier

NGV Motori USA reports U.S. EPA certification of a dedicated-natural gas version of International’s 7.6-liter DT 466 engine. The DT 466 complements the firm’s 6.4-liter Mercedes (Detroit Diesel) MB906, for which the EPA nod was secured early in the year (F&F, February 13).

Where the Money Is

October 20, 2012 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Green Vehicle & Infrastructure Funding Workshop November 8

November 8, Green Vehicle and Infrastructure Funding Workshop. Hosted by the East Bay Clean Cities organization at the Fairfield Community Center in Fairfield, Calif., between Sacramento and San Francisco. Billed as The Clean Air Vehicle funding event of the year.

Westport LD Drops Ford NGV Prices

October 19, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

WiNG Upfits Reduced by $250 to an ‘Industry-Leading’ $9,500

Westport LD spread the word Friday that it’s reducing the price of its Westport WiNG compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel upfits for Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups by $250, to an “industry-leading” $9,500, starting with 2013 vehicles.

The Rare Earth Technology Alliance

October 19, 2012 in Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

American Chemistry Council Group to Support $5 Billion Sector

The American Chemistry Council is hosting RETA – the Rare Earth Technology Alliance – as a new education and outreach organization “to encourage the development of a healthy and competitive global market for rare earth elements.”

GM Promises a Plug-In Cadillac

October 19, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$561 Million Has Been Invested, the Automaker Says

General Motors said Tuesday that it will soon begin prepping its Detroit-Hamtramck facility for late-2013 production of the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt extended-range EVs are all built at Detroit-Hamtramck. Extended-range electric vehicles are exported to 21 countries, GM says.

FedEx Makes First LNG Foray

October 18, 2012 in Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Kenworth T660 Tractors with ISX12 G Engines for Texas

FedEx Freight has taken delivery of two Kenworth T660 tractors, liquefied natural gas-fueled. The trucks, believed to be the first LNG vehicles for FedEx in North America, have pre-production ISX12 G natural gas engines – the new, 400-horsepower over-the-road powerplant from Cummins Westport, Inc. The ISX12 G will be available for regular sale in limited numbers in 2013.


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