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New Kwik Trip CNG in Cedar Falls, Iowa

July 31, 2013 in CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Iowa Station Adds to Alt Fuels Network in Three States

Kwik Trip / Kwik Star, the Wisconsin-based convenience store operator that’s aggressively moved into alternative fuels, is celebrating the opening of a compressed natural gas outlet in Cedar Falls, Iowa tomorrow (August 1), bringing its three-state upper Midwest network to nearly a dozen locations.

3.7-Liter Gas Prep Engine from Ford

July 31, 2013 in CNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hardened V-6 Enables More Trucks to Use CNG and Propane
Venchurs Promises a CNG F-150 and Roush a Propane Transit

Ford is announcing a new gaseous prep engine today, noting that the 3.7-liter V-6 with hardened valves paves the way for CNG- and propane autogas-powered F-150 pickups and Transit vans – including the new and larger Transits for 2014. Ford said compressed natural gas sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, “and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country.”

Freightliner-Saddle Creek Gen IV CNG

July 30, 2013 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility-Hexagon Package for 700-Mile Range & Lower Cost
As Freightliner Claims 53% Natural Gas Truck Market Share

Freightliner and Saddle Creek Transportation are talking up CNG-fueled Cascadia 113 tractors with a new fuel tank assembly that’s expected to yield true 700-mile range and, with lower costs because of fewer tanks, an ROI as low as three years.

New EV Market Outlook from EC

July 30, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Market for Battery Vehicles Is Surprisingly Robust,
With Electric Cars Faring Better than Initial Hybrids

Sales of PEVs – plug-in electric vehicles – are going far better than is often acknowledged, “with combined purchases of models like the Nissan Leaf, GM Volt and Tesla Model S during their first 30 months on the market more than doubling the pace set by conventional hybrids when those vehicles made their U.S. debut in 2000,” the Washington, D.C.-based Electrification Coalition says in a new report prepared with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

BMW Stages World i3 EV Launch

July 30, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Premiere of 100% Battery Car in New York, London and Beijing

BMW staged world premiers of its 100% battery electric i3 electric vehicle in New York, London and Beijing this week, and said that it had already received more than 90,000 requests for test drives.

LNG: It’s More than the Per-Gallon Price

July 30, 2013 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

For Over-the-Road Trucks, Says Clean Energy, It’s ‘Total Cost of Service’

“Total cost of service” is more important than simple cost per gallon when it comes to deciding between liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas, says Clean Energy Fuels. When over the road truckers consider such factors as the time it takes to fill, and the cost and weight of CNG tanks as compared to LNG tanks, LNG is the clear winner, the company maintains.

Nissan CNG Pickup for Thailand

July 29, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Truck Powered by OEM’s First Bi-Fuel CNG-Gasoline Engine

Nissan has introduced a natural gas pickup truck in Thailand, which it says is powered by the company’s first bi-fuel CNG-gasoline engine. “The new Navara CNG offers high performance and improved fuel efficiency while being fully supported by Nissan’s standard warranty,” the automaker said.

$1.2 Million from New York State

July 29, 2013 in money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Agencies Fund Cornucopia of Projects for Saving Energy:
Bicycles, Canal Boats, Nighttime Deliveries Are All in the Mix

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York State DoT are pumping $484,000 and $695,000 respecyively – leveraging an additional $700,000 in recipient cost-sharing – to reduce energy use and emissions “in all facets of transportation in the state.” Projects range from better bicycle lanes to more efficient freight delivery.

Last Mile Freight Conference

July 29, 2013 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Urban Logistics’ – EVs and More


The Last Mile Freight Delivery conference is being hosted by UTRC2 in New York City on October 4.

The City College of New York-based University Transportation Research Center (Region II), is hosting the Last Mile Freight Delivery conference in New York City on October 4.

Westport Names Gougarty as COO

July 28, 2013 in Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Shepherd Move from ‘R&D Mode to International Product Delivery’

Westport Innovations has named board member and former TRW executive Nancy Gougarty as president and chief operating officer. “The change in roles for Nancy is part of Westport’s progression from research and development into an organization focused on the global commercialization of a wide range of products,” the company said Friday.

NABI for WMATA with 85 Hybrids Firm

July 27, 2013 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$60 Million Firm Order for 85 Buses with Allison Parallel Drives,
Options for Up to 569 More Through 2018 Include CNG Vehicles

New Flyer Industries is trumpeting an award by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to North American Bus Industries for as many as 654 hybrid and CNG buses. The news includes a firm order for 85 Bus Rapid Transit-style 42-foot diesel-electric hybrids to be built by New Flyer’s new NABI Bus subsidiary. updated August 1

Aviat Unveils Bi-Fuel CNG Husky A-1C

July 27, 2013 in Aviation, CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bi-Fuel Airplane Could ‘Dramatically Reduce the Cost of Learning to Fly’

Wyoming’s Aviat Aircraft and the Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America will unveil the first piston-powered aircraft that can operate on CNG and aviation gasoline at AirVenture 2013 this week in Oshkosh, Wisc.

Easier Money for Plug-In Leasing

July 26, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PG&E-Prompted Plan for Long-Term Leases from Renaissance Capital

Troy-Mich.-based Renaissance Capital Alliance has developed finance packages for electric vehicle leasing that solve length-of-term problems with previously available plans. The new offering was prompted by Pacific Gas & Electric, which was dissatisfied by traditional leasing schemes.

MECA Calls for More Particulate Control

July 25, 2013 in Regulations, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Compelling Public Heath, Economic Arguments for Better DPFs

More stringent regulation of ultrafine particulate emissions would improve public health, with measurable benefits stemming from increased use of diesel particulate filters, states a new report from MECA, the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association.

Regulations on PM – particulate matter – should take into account PN – particulate number, states a new report for the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association.

Regulations on PM – particulate matter – should take into account PN – particulate number, states a new report for the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association.

MECA has embraced an approach that would regulate PN – particulate number – as a better way to tackle the UFPs (ultrafine particulates) that account for a relatively small amount of the total mass of particulate matter (PM), but a large portion of the health risks.

The report summarizes current understanding of the potential adverse health impacts of UFPs and outlines control strategies and technologies that can be used to meet current and upcoming U.S. EPA and California emission standards. The report quantifies the health benefits of the additional emission reductions that are realized when DPFs or gasoline particulate filters (GPFs) are used compared to only engine-based strategies.

Money and Lives

“It is clear that using DPFs, as well as GPFs, creates emission reductions beyond what is required by emissions standards – a bonus that translates directly into additional, quantifiable health benefits enjoyed by all Americans,” MECA executive director Joseph Kubsh said in a release.

The new MECA report was prepared by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

The new MECA report was prepared by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

The new report, Ultrafine Particulate Matter and the Benefits of Reducing Particle Numbers in the United States, was prepared for MECA by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

The report states that “The environmental and health benefits of these additional emissions reductions are substantial. Over the life of today’s vehicle and engine fleets, these reductions will yield an estimated $19.1 to $43.5 billion of additional environmental and health benefits from the highway diesel sector, as well as another $5.6 to $12.9 billion in environmental and health benefits from the non-road diesel sector.

A New Set of Standards?

“These benefits include the elimination of 349 to 780 premature deaths and almost 50,000 lost work days annually from the highway diesel sector and another 86 to196 premature deaths and roughly 12,238 lost work days annually from the non-road diesel sector.”

“Adding a PN limit in the light-duty sector would create additional, bonus emissions benefits of an additional $35.1 to $80.0 billion,” states the report, “including another roughly 900 premature deaths and 56,000 lost work days annually.”

MECA further recommends

  • that the U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board consider a new set of heavy-duty diesel engine PM standards that would be equivalent in stringency to California’s future LEV III standards for light-duty vehicles;
  • that EPA increase its in-use compliance monitoring of non-road diesel engines that are certified without DPFs;
  • that the EPA and California coordinate activities to develop a methodology for measuring UFP emissions and particle numbers;
  • that environmental agencies around the world follow the U.S. lead and tighten evaporative emission limits as a way to control secondary organic aerosols; and
  • that federal and state governments play a greater role in accelerating the retirement or retrofitting of older, dirtier diesel engines and the introduction of cleaner diesel replacements.

Federal and California regulators “have taken major strides over the past few years to make on-road and off-road vehicles and equipment cleaner and more fuel-efficient,” Kubsh said. “However, there is growing concern in the public health community about the contribution of UFPs to the overall health impacts of PM. As this report shows, DPFs are capable of reducing both UFPs and total PM by well over 90%.

“In fact, DPFs are the only emission control technology currently able to consistently demonstrate high levels of reduction for all types of diesel PM that concern regulators – PM mass, ultrafine and nano-sized particles, overall particle numbers, and black carbon.”

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Source: MECA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TruStar and ISX12 G for MMC Mixers

July 24, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mississippi Operation to Fuel Kenworth Mixers with Modular PFS

TruStar Energy – formerly Vocational Energy – has introduced its new portable fueling system for compressed natural gas in Jackson, Miss., where the unit is supporting a new fleet of a dozen Kenworth concrete mixers operated by MMC Materials.

Public Access LNG for Eastern Canada

July 23, 2013 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Gaz Metro and La Coop Plan Five ‘Multi-Energy’ Stations

Montreal-based Gaz Métro Transport Solutions, which is already promoting natural gas as a transportation fuel, has teamed with Sonic gasoline station operator La Coop Fédérée to launch a network of “multi-energy” service stations.

PG&E Proceeds with Altec ‘Hybrids’

July 23, 2013 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Altec’s Battery Aerial Lifts for All New Trouble Truck Buys

“The hybrid is now our standard,” says Dave Meisel, senior transportation director at Pacific Gas & Electric. He was talking about the utility’s numerous trouble trucks, and by “hybrid” he means standard drive vehicles, primarily Ford F-550s, with battery-powered aerial lifts, electrified accessories like air conditioning, and ePTO – electric power takeoff.

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