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Biox Biodiesel to Shell Canada

March 31, 2013 in Biodiesel, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pipeline Connection Makes for ‘the Most Efficient Logistics Possible’

Hamilton, Ont.-based Biox Corp has an agreement to supply biodiesel to Shell Canada to satisfy a 2% federal renewables requirement. The two companies will share the cost of a pipeline to connect the Biox facility in Hamilton to Shell’s immediately adjacent distribution terminal by late this year.

Subaru’s First Production Hybrid

March 30, 2013 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Introduced in New York

Subaru of America is talking up its first production hybrid, unveiling the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The new car is based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013. The hybrid model is slated to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter.

Honda Fit EVs for Zipcar Los Angeles

March 30, 2013 in EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Making an Already Transformational Service Even More Sustainable’

The Zipcar car-share network has placed two pure battery electric Honda Fit EV cars into service in Los Angeles. Use starts from $8.75 per hour.

Ruby Mountain for Central Valley LNG

March 29, 2013 in Biomethane, LNG, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Grant Would Bridge Biogas and Small-Scale LNG Production,
Goal Is 10,000 LNG Gallons Per Day for Less than $20 Million

Salt Lake City-based Ruby Mountain is working to bridge economical biogas and small-scale liquefaction technologies with an eye to being able to produce, two to three years from now, about 10,000 gallons of LNG per day for a capital cost now estimated at just $12 million to $20 million.

Apache CNG for Houston Galleria

March 28, 2013 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest Station Is One of About 20 for Apache, Most of Them by ANGI

Apache Corp has opened a new CNG station in Houston’s Galleria shopping district, at 2109 McCue Road, adjacent to the company’s corporate headquarters.

Heather Zichal at EIS in April

March 28, 2013 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  Comments Off on Heather Zichal at EIS in April

Obama’s Top Energy Advisor at the Energy Independence Summit

Heather Zichal, President Obama’s top energy advisor, has been named the luncheon speaker at the Energy Independence Summit on Monday April 8. Organizers note that Zichal helped to shape and execute many of the President’s top energy and climate priorities, including historic new fuel economy standards.

Fuji Quick Chargers – Made in California

March 28, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. Production of ChargePoint-Compatible Chademo Units

Fuji Electric has commenced U.S. production of its UL-certified 25-kilowatt DC Quick Chargers for electric vehicles in Milpitas, Calif. The manufacturer’s fourth generation, Chargepoint-compatible unit features a slimmer design than previous versions, “making it an ideal choice for a wide variety of commercial applications.”

Shell and Volvo Trucks Team on LNG

March 27, 2013 in Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Gas Could Form Bigger Part of Transport Energy Mix,’ Says Shell
As Volvo Discloses New Trucks Models and a Dual Fuel D13 Engine

Shell this morning announced a joint cooperation agreement with Volvo Trucks to help develop liquefied natural gas as a fuel option for heavy duty trucks.

UQM Trials in Audi A1 e-tron

March 26, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Driveline Supplier Reports Additional Testing in Germany

Audi is stepping up its testing of the A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Germany, says driveline supplier UQM Technologies. The concept car, also described as a range-extended EV, has UQM’s UQM PowerPhase Select 125 system, which includes regenerative braking.

Trilogy ES for 42 New Kenworth T660s

March 26, 2013 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Boss-Mounted CNG Tanks for 12-Liter Biomethane T660s for Fair Oaks

Ohio’s Trilogy Engineered Systems will supply boss-mounted CNG tanks in side-rail assemblies for new and more powerful Kenworth T660s for hauling milk between northern Indiana’s Fair Oaks Dairy and Kroger processing facilities to the south. Their Trilogy units will be installed by Palmer Trucks in Indianapolis.

Lehigh-Clean Energy Team on CNG

March 25, 2013 in CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Energy to Build, Operate, Market and Sell the Gas

Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Gas Partners and Clean Energy Fuels are teaming to provide compressed natural gas to consumers and fleets “at potentially 20 Lehigh Gas facilities.” Lehigh owns and leases sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Maine.

Noble Energy Investing in LNG

March 25, 2013 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Natural Gas We Produce Right Here in Northern Colorado’

Denver-based Noble Energy is investing some $45 million in a 100,000-gallon-per-day liquefied natural gas plant to be located at Keota, Colo., in Weld County northeast of Greeley. Noble operates natural gas vehicles, but this new fuel is for E&P – energy exploration and production. updated March 25

Quantum Reports 2012 Sales Surge

March 24, 2013 in CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Record Growth in Orders in 2012 for Q-Lite CNG Tanks

Quantum Fuel Systems reports that new 2012 orders for its Q-Lite brand Type IV all-composite CNG cylinders increased 231%, from $5.8 million in 2011 to a record $19.1 million in 2012. And Quantum says it has already received $9.4 million in new orders for CNG tanks and systems during the first quarter of 2013.

ICLEI Helps Fleets Buy Cleaner

March 24, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bonn-Based Organization Helps Purchase Clean Vehicles

Europe’s ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – is talking up a new project to help fleet operators buy vehicles “with higher standards of energy and environmental performance” à la en EC directive to “accelerate broad market introduction of clean and energy-efficient road transport.”

Flint to Save Millions with Propane

March 22, 2013 in Fleet Order, Hydrogen, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

60 More Ford-Chassis Buses, Roush Upfits by Hoekstra

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. is getting 60 new El Dorado National buses – based on the Ford E-450 cutaway chassis – with dedicated-propane fuel systems from Roush CleanTech installed by Hoekstra Transportation in Grand Rapids.

Maxwell ESM for Engine Starts

March 22, 2013 in ultracapacitors by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultracapacitor Device Boosts Performance, Saves Batteries

Maxwell Technologies is promoting its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module for the second year running at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, and says that the product is gaining sure momentum, as more than 1,500 have been manufactured.

Mack Pinnacle LNG Tractor for UPS

March 22, 2013 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Axle Back Tractor Has CWI’s New ISX12 G Engine

Mack Trucks unveiled its natural gas Mack Pinnacle axle back model tractor with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport, Inc. during the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville this week. The LNG-fueled vehicle was built for UPS and shown in UPS brown livery.

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