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California May Ease Upfit Rules

December 28, 2012 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Meeting on January 22 on Streamlining Alt Fuels Certifications

The California Air Resources Board will hold a workshop in El Monte on January 22 to begin the process of streamlining the state’s stringent requirements for alternative fuel and other vehicle conversions.

California Biofuels Workshop

December 28, 2012 in Biofuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sacramento Meeting on January 11 Precedes ARFVTP Solicitation

The California Energy Commission is holding a public workshop in Sacramento on January 11 in advance of an upcoming Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) solicitation on biofuels production.

Blue Star Gas – Reliable as Santa

December 21, 2012 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Himself Spotted Driving the ‘Old No. 44’ – on Propane Autogas

Oregon propane specialist Blue Star Gas is spreading holiday cheer and the word that propane autogas is reliable – and has been for some time – talking up bobtail “Old No. 44,” an International Harvester vehicle dating from the mid1960s. “In continuous service from 1966 to 2006, the classic propane autogas-powered truck now stands as a monument to dependable technology,” the company says.

Via Promises Three New Vehicles

December 21, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trio Including New Luxury SUV to Be Revealed at NAIAS

Via Motors said Thursday that chief spokesman Bob Lutz, “father of the Chevy Volt and automotive industry icon,” plans to unveil three new full-size, range-extended electric vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14.

CPUC Votes to Allow SoCalGas CNG

December 21, 2012 in CNG, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Paves Way for Utility to Build Stations, Sell High Pressure Gas

Southern California Gas has moved a step closer to installing equipment for compressed natural gas outside its own facilities, as the California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Thursday in favor of a proposed decision to allow the utility to develop a tariff for compressed gas.

New York City Is Adding Macks

December 21, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CNG and More Bosch Rexroth HRB Hydraulic Hybrids

The New York City Department of Sanitation continues its deliberate progress toward alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, ordering several dozen compressed natural gas and hydraulic hybrid Mack trucks for fiscal year 2013.

Amp & Momentum for Wireless Paratransit

December 21, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

BARTA to Test Two Battery Vehicles with Inductive Charging

Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles and Pennsylvania’s Momentum Dynamics will test wireless EV charging on paratransit vehicles with the Reading, Pa.-based Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority, beginning in the first quarter of 2013. A new Amp-Momentum joint venture will convert two Ford E-450 chassis to electric operation.

More CNG Buses for San Diego

December 20, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contracts with Gillig and New Flyer Could be Worth $347 Million,
MTS Will Be Able to Retire Its Last Diesel and Establish BRT Routes

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System board has voted to buy as many as 350 CNG-fueled 40-foot low-floor buses by Gillig and up to 165 New Flyer 60-foot low-floor articulated CNG buses through 2017. “The total value of the contracts, if all options are exercised and future funding is available, is in excess of $343 million,” MTS said.

LNG by Lease from Excellence Peterbilt

December 20, 2012 in LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Quebec Dealer Claims a Canadian First with PacLease

Quebec’s Excellence Peterbilt says it’s placing Canada’s first heavy-duty rental truck powered by liquefied natural gas into service via lease. The dealer’s Sainte-Julie outlet and partners Peterbilt Motors, PacLease, Gaz Metro Transport Solutions and Westport HD are offering the 2013 Peterbilt 386 for lease for one month at a time.

Hunts Point: Money for Cleaner Trucks

December 20, 2012 in CNG, EVs, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NYCDOT Program Allows as Much as $48,000 Per Vehicle

Owners and operators of trucks based in or servicing the Hunts Point and Port Morris neighborhoods of the South Bronx – areas with asthma rates higher than the national average – are eligible for significant rebates if they scrap, replace or retrofit their older vehicles under the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program.

Cummins Westport ISX12 G Update

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

Production in April, Full-Scale Production in August

Autocar, Freightliner, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Volvo can expect to receive limited quantities of the 350-horsepower version of the dedicated-natural gas ISX12 G engine Cummins Westport in April, by which time full U.S. EPA and California certifications will be in place. Limited quantities of the 385- and 400-horsepower versions of the new 11.9-liter spark-ignition engine will become available in July. Full-scale production of all variants is to commence in August.

Encana & Ferus for Alberta LNG

December 19, 2012 in HHP, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Output for Deep Basin E&P, Mines and Trains and Trucks Too

Encana and Ferus LNG say they’ll build a liquefied natural gas fuel plant in Western Canada, emphasizing the E&P operations market but promising fuel for mines, trains and trucks from a 50,000-gallon-per-day facility near Grande Prairie, Alb. Encana and other E&Ps operate wells in the Deep Basin there.

400+ Roush Blue Birds for Omaha

December 18, 2012 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

For Student Transportation, Inc. It’s the Largest Contract Ever

Roush CleanTech and Blue Bird Bus are expected to announce an order for more than 400 propane auto-gas-fueled buses for the Omaha and Millard Public Schools in Nebraska on Wednesday. Student Transportation, Inc. (NASDAQ:STB) disclosed the deal Tuesday, calling it “the largest transportation agreement in its history.”

EasyGo Richmond for NEVs

December 18, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Comprehensive Mobility Program for $3 Per Hour

A program supported by money resulting from air quality litigation between the City of Richmond and Chevron is being used to support a low-cost car-share program for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area town.

Indianapolis Wants Off Oil

December 18, 2012 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Plug-Ins and CNG Answer ‘Vital National Security Issue’

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has ordered that all of his city’s light duty non-police vehicles will be either battery or plug-in hybrid electrics by 2025, with heavy fleet vehicles changed over to CNG. He’s looking for automakers to step up and develop a plug-in police car, too.

updated December 19

Five LNG T800s Going Up for Bid

December 17, 2012 in CNG, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Thursday Auction Presages L.A. Sanitation’s Switch to CNG

Los Angeles County Sanitation is selling five Kenworth LNG-fueled Kenworth T800B tractors via a Richie Brothers auction in Perris, Calif. this Thursday, December 20.

NatGasCar Certified for GM

December 17, 2012 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Approval for 4.8- and 6.0-Liter Engines

Cleveland-based NatGasCar reports U.S. EPA certification of its compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel conversions for 2012 and 2013 General Motors 6.0- and 4.8-liter engines.

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