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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Maxwell Takes to the Air

November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultracapacitors for AC and Multimedia in London Cable Cars

Fast-charging ultracapacitors from San Diego’s Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) are powering lighting, air ventilation, and multimedia entertainment equipment on 34 ten-passenger cable cars now carrying passengers across the River Thames in London.

Honda Civic Natural Gas for 2013

November 30, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Of Course,’ But After the Lingering 2012s Are Placed

American Honda will offer an Indiana-built 2013 Civic Natural Gas taking advantage of the 2013 model year’s new styling and features – but not until inventories of the 2012 CNG car are cleared. Honda broke almost all sales records for its dedicated natural gas vehicle this year, but because it was so optimistic in ramping up production early on, it still has 2012 cars to sell.

New Flyer Hybrids for Nashville

November 28, 2012 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Order for Ten Artics with Options for 60 More,
New Flyer Is Also Active on All-Battery Bus Projects 

The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority has placed a firm order for ten 60-foot Xcelsior articulated diesel-electric hybrid buses with Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries. A three-year contract includes two years of renewable options – that could lead to placement of 60 additional vehicles.

Chicago’s New E-Truck Incentives

November 28, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Launches Program for Spring 2013

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that the city will launch an incentive program for electric trucks this coming spring, “which will be the most innovative program of this kind in the nation, and will encourage private and public fleets to convert their diesel trucks to electric operations.

Apache & Stripes-Susser for CNG

November 28, 2012 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Stripes Stores in Midland, Texas Area to Be the First

Apache Corp will offer compressed natural gas fueling in partnership with Stripes LLC, starting at two Stripes convenience store locations in Midland, Texas. Stripes is a subsidiary of Susser Holdings Corp. Apache uses ANGI Energy equipment for its newer CNG outlets.

Westport Promotes a New LNG Tank

November 27, 2012 in Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Product Can Handle Both Cold and Warm LNG Variants

Canada’s Westport Innovations (Toronto:WPT and NASDAQ:WPRT) is talking up a new liquefied natural gas fuel vessel. The “Westport LNG Tank System” features proprietary technology, is to be available in 120- and 150-gallon capacities in mid-2013, and “is optimized for spark ignited” (SI) engines, Westport says, for extended vehicle range.

Greenkraft 6-Liter GM for 2013 CNG

November 27, 2012 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Company Claims U.S. and California Certification

Southern California’s Greenkraft, Inc. reports California Air Resources Board and U.S. EPA certification of its 2013 dedicated-compressed natural gas fuel system for 6.0-liter General Motors engines for 14,000 and above GVRW trucks and custom chassis manufacturers.

Propane Is Saving $1.62 Per Gallon

November 27, 2012 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

So Says Virginia Clean Cities-Southeast Propane Autogas

Fleets participating in the 12-state Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program saved an average of $1.62 per gallon by filling up with propane autogas instead of gasoline during the last quarter, says the Hampton Roads-based Virginia Clean Cities office. Total savings exceeded $100,000.

Lightning to Save Money for Loveland

November 27, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado City Purchasing Two Lightning Hydraulic Hybrids

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids says it will retrofit two shuttle buses with its fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid system for its home City of Loveland. The vehicles, both 2012 Ford E-450 passenger shuttle buses will be converted next month and January. “The City expects to save $15,000 to $25,000 per vehicle in fuel and brake costs over the next five years, completely covering the incremental cost of the system,” Lightning says.

29 Hydraulic Hybrids for Miami-Dade

November 27, 2012 in Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Parker Hannifin RunWise Drivelines in Autocar E3 Refuse Trucks

South Florida’s Miami-Dade County has ordered 29 additional Autocar E3 refuse trucks with the fuel-saving RunWise brand series hydraulic hybrid driveline from Parker Hannifin. Miami-Dade was an early adaptor of the technology, helping prove efficiency gains as great as 51%.

ADL Wants the World

November 27, 2012 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UK Busmaker Trumpets Four-Digit Sales, JV with New Flyer,
BAE Hybrid Technology with Start-Stop Nigh, CNG Buses Too 

World domination may be going it a bit strong, but Scotland’s Alexander Dennis Limited is stepping up the pace in advanced buses – talking up many hundreds of buses for China, a joint venture with North America’s New Flyer Industries to serve a market that’s “ready for change,” a renewed emphasis on fuel-saving technologies including hybrid drive – and compressed natural gas to boot.

Hyundai Penetrates Mexico Market

November 26, 2012 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows Dedicated-CNG Vehicles, RTP and Jumex Are Operators

Korea’s Hyundai mounted a large display at the entrance to NGV Global 2012 in Mexico City earlier this month, showing a low-entry Super Aero City transit bus with 11.1-liter C6AE engine and an HD120 urban delivery vehicle with 6-liter C6GA engine, both fueled solely by compressed natural gas.

Targeting America via Mexico

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

Fuel Parts Purveyors from Poland Were at NGV Global 2012

At least three providers of gaseous fuel system components from Poland showed their wares at NGV Global 2012 in Mexico City earlier this month. All three offered hardware for both natural gas vehicles and for propane/LPG-autogas systems.

Honda Opts for Higher Pressure Hydrogen

November 24, 2012 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Better Range, Lower Cost, 10,000-psi Fuel Pressure

Honda has begun work on its next generation fuel cell vehicle, with an early decision to go with 10,000-psi/700-bar hydrogen fuel storage on the new vehicle.

Quantum Expanding, Adds Q-Lite

November 20, 2012 in CNG, Companies, Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Details Increasing Orders on the Natural Gas Side

Quantum Fuel Systems (NASDAQ:QTWW) is talking up a new and improved compressed natural gas fuel cylinder line dubbed Q-Lite, and says it’s expanding production capability for the Type IV tanks at a time when the natural gas vehicles side of its business is faring better than the hybrid electric segment.

GM Eyes 500,000 Electrified Vehicles

November 20, 2012 in Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

That’s the Goal for 2017, ‘With a Focus on Plug-In Technology’

General Motors will have up to 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification by 2017 – with a focus on plug-in technology, the firm said last week. GM is standing by its vaunted Chevy Volt, and will introduce the Spark 100% battery electric compact at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the media November 28 and the public November 30.

CEC Re-Launches H2 Solicitation

November 20, 2012 in Hydrogen, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Workshop December 7, Proposals Due January 17

The California Energy Commission has floated a new hydrogen fuel infrastructure solicitation, combining this year’s and last’s, with total potential funding of $28.59 million. Bids are requested via a new program opportunity notice, PON-12-606.

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