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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Autocar Hydraulic Hybrids for Orlando

December 30, 2013 in Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Four of Nine E3 Trucks Delivered, More Orders Expected

The City of Orlando has taken delivery of four Autocar E3 refuse trucks with the RunWise brand series hydraulic hybrid driveline from Parker Hannifin.
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Cal ISO Publishes a VGI ‘Roadmap’

December 30, 2013 in EVs, Infrastructure, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sets Forth Three Routes to Electric Vehicle-Grid Connectivity:
Vehicle-Grid Integration Using V2G Can Enhance Value of EVs

California Independent System Operator Corp, which manages the California electric grid on behalf of the state’s three large utilities, has released a document it says will help integrate electric vehicles into the grid, and thereby improve their value. updated December 31

Cal ISO’s 44-page California Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services ‘builds upon efforts already underway in both the private and public sectors to enable EV aggregations.’

Cal ISO’s 44-page California Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services ‘builds upon efforts already underway in both the private and public sectors to enable EV aggregations.’

The Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services “outlines three inter-dependent tracks to assess how consumer use of electric vehicles could benefit electric reliability, and to determine policies and technologies necessary to elicit that value through appropriate market signals for a more reliable, sustainable electric grid,” Cal ISO says.

“Vehicle electrification promises to not only help fight climate change, it presents an opportunity to provide grid services that complement other energy sources to meet the reliability needs of the grid,” ISO president and CEO Steve Berberich said in a release.

VGI Encompasses V2G

A key aspect of VGI is V2G – for vehicle-to-grid – whereby electricity stored in electric vehicle batteries can be given back to the grid in times of peak demand. Cal ISO calls it “the bidirectional flow of power.”

“As the electricity system in the state evolves, now is the time to advance coordination with state agencies and stakeholders to realize the untapped benefits from widespread use of electric vehicles,” ISO regulatory affairs director Heather Sanders says in the Roadmap announcement.

“Creative approaches identified in this roadmap are expected to lead to EV charging behavior that is beneficial or at least not adverse to grid reliability,” states the executive summary. “This roadmap also promotes the aggregation of EV resources that can be bid into the ISO’s wholesale market as grid services – leveraging the synergies between EVs and the grid.”

Click image for the December 29 Los Angeles Times report on V2G work at the University of Delaware quoting Tom Gage of California V2Grid (F&F, April 25, 2013).

Click image for excellent December 29 Los Angeles Times report on V2G work at the University of Delaware quoting Tom Gage of California’s V2Grid (F&F, April 25, 2013).

1.5 Million California ZEVs by 2025?

The three interdependent “tracks” are determining VGI value, developing enabling policies, and supporting technologies and product to make it all work.

The organization says it is following up on a 2012 executive order by Governor Jerry Brown setting a target of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025, with a ZEV action plan calling for Cal ISO to lead a coordinated effort in league with the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, the Governor’s office and industry stakeholders.


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North Carolina Clean Vehicles Campaign

December 29, 2013 in Education by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

N.C. Solar Center Billboards Emphasize Health and Money

The N.C. Solar Center, part of N.C. State University in Raleigh, is talking up a two-year billboard campaign to promote alternative fuel vehicles in the state. The Solar Center is working with the N.C. Outdoor Advertising Association for “a minimum” of 130 outdoor advertising displays in the 24 North Carolina counties with air pollution concerns related to national ambient air quality standards.
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RNG Webinar Talks Courtesy SoCal Gas

December 29, 2013 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Presentations by SeaHold, Harvest, and SoCalGas Itself

Information about the latest biomethane/renewable natural gas developments in California are available from Southern California Gas, which hosted a webinar on RNG, Securing California’s Clean Energy Future with Renewable Natural Gas, on November 20.

Click the graphic for a recording of the webinar, and to download the three presentation PDFs.

Click the graphic for a recording of the webinar, and to download the three presentation PDFs.

Speakers described how RNG can be used as a transportation fuel and to make electricity:

  • Tom Hintz, senior/managing partner at SeaHold, LLC, gave an overview of RNG and highlighted strategies for successful project development;
  • Wayne Bishop, senior project developer at Harvest Power, provided a case study of the company’s 660,000 diesel gallon equivalents per year biofuels project at an existing compost facility in Tulare, Calif.; and
  • Jim Lucas, market development manager for the biofuels market development group at SoCalGas, discussed the market drivers and challenges to produce RNG and highlighted current waste-to-energy projects in California.

The webinar was organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. GNA president Cliff Gladstein moderated.

Click Here for a recording of the webinar,
and to download the three presentation PDFs


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Source: GNA and SoCalGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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

December 28, 2013 in Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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

The “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.
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Propane Incentive Money from ProCoT

December 26, 2013 in money available, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleets Can Get as Much as $15,000 for New Truck or Conversions

On the fence about propane autogas? Need a bit of a boost to try it for your fleet? ProCoT – the Propane Council of Texas – is promoting an incentive of up to $15,000 per fleet – $5,000 apiece for as many as three converted vehicles, or $7,500 apiece for two new ones.
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NYPA $2 Million for EV Loans

December 24, 2013 in EVs, Hybrids, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Money Is Intended for Rural and Community-Owned Fleets

The New York Power Authority has approved an additional $2 million to help municipal and rural electric cooperative systems purchase electric-drive vehicles. More than 50 such organizations are eligible.
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Jan 22 Webinar as an ACT Expo Preview

December 23, 2013 in Biodiesel, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘How to Integrate Alternative Fuels into Your Fleet Operations’

ACTE2014_Webinar22JanThe organizers of ACT Expo are holding a free one-hour webinar on January 22 as “a small preview of the fleet-focused educational content” that will be offered at the next annual meeting in May.

ACT Expo 2014 is being held May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. ACT Expo is organized by GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

The January 22 webinar, which starts at 11am PST/2pm EST, is titled “How to Integrate Alternative Fuels into Your Fleet Operations.” Rick Sikes of the City of Santa Monica and Joe Stergios of Enterprise Fleet Management will discuss how they evaluated the economic and environmental benefits of AFVs for their fleet operations.

How to Do It Right

They will also discuss how to select the right equipment and fuel options, secure funding and tax credits, and maintain and operate equipment safely and cost-effectively.

The Santa Monica municipal fleet is comprised of 85% AFVs, including electric, propane, compressed natural gas, hydrogen and biodiesel vehicles. Sikes brings 25 years of fleet management experience to the first ACT Expo webinar.

Enterprise, the umbrella organization for Enterprise, National and Alamo rent-a-cars represents the world’s largest fleet of passenger vehicles, with 1.3 million vehicles on the road and 8,200 locations around the globe. The Enterprise fleet includes hybrid, electric, biodiesel, and CNG vehicles. Stergios has 23 years of automotive experience, and will share his experience in alternative fuel vehicle fleet management, funding, compliance and operations.


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Source: GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Trillium CNG Gets Upgrade at SFO

December 23, 2013 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Station Dating from 1998 Gets New Dispensers,
With Options, a New Lease Could Extend to 2022

Trillium CNG reports a new lease and new equipment for a natural gas vehicle fueling station dating from 1998 at the San Francisco International Airport. The upgrade is part of Trillium’s lease renewal signed earlier this year. The five-year SFO lease has two-year renewal options in 2018 and 2020.
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Quantum for Collar-Mount Tanks

December 23, 2013 in CNG, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Order Is for 21-Inch-Diameter Cylinders Holding 28.4 DGEs

Quantum Fuel Systems is promoting a new line of Q-Lite compressed natural gas fuel cylinders storage tanks it says can be collar mounted for both back-of-cab and side rail installations – complementing an existing family of strap-mountable tanks.
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An NGV Renaissance in Philadelphia

December 23, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

State Money Will Help Pay for 50 CNG Vehicles
With 24 Honda Civic Natural Gas Sedans to Start

Philadelphia Gas Works is applying $240,000 in Pennsylvania grant money to the purchase of 50 compressed natural gas vehicles – marking a return to the technology for the nation’s largest municipally owned utility.

Philadelphia Gas Works is getting ready to buy 24 Honda Civic Natural Gas sedans.

Philadelphia Gas Works is getting ready to buy 24 Honda Civic Natural Gas sedans.

PGW is preparing an RFP now for dealers interested in supplying all or part of 24 Honda Civic Natural Gas sedans – with a preference for 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles with rebates and fuel purchase incentives from Honda and Clean Energy Fuels (F&F, October 9, 2012).

The incentives for the 2012 cars expire on January 5.

A New CNG Fueling Station Too

Next will come 26 Ford E-250 vans, with upfitter to be determined, says PGW major accounts executive John Murray.

The utility is also preparing a solicitation for a private-access CNG fueling station to be built at its West Montgomery Avenue headquarters, Murray told F&F.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview

Colorado $30 Million for AFVs

December 23, 2013 in EVs, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

State Emphasizes CMAQ Money for CNG Fueling and NGV Deployment

Colorado will use $30 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality program to provide funding for as many as 30 CNG fueling stations and “the adoption of at least 1,000 natural gas vehicles to be awarded for use statewide.” The money will be handled by the Colorado Energy Office.
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43 KWs for Try-It with CNG by ANG

December 20, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NYSERDA Backing for Distributor Fleet in Lancaster, New York

Try-It Distributing has a new fleet of 43 compressed natural gas-fueled Kenworth trucks and an American Natural Gas fueling station to support them in Lancaster, N.Y. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority funding – $1 million – will help cover the CNG vehicle costs.
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Gord Exel to Head Cummins Westport

December 18, 2013 in Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

He’ll Preside Over the Natural Gas Engine JV for 2014

Cummins Westport said this morning that sales and marketing VP Gordon Exel has been named president of the joint venture effective January 1. The appointment is the last in Westport’s three-year term to nominate the president.
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XL Hybrids for Coca-Cola: 100 Vans

December 18, 2013 in EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All of Coke’s New Chevy Express Service Vans to Get Hybrid Upfit

In a big boost for XL Hybrids, Coca-Cola announced that it’s converting all 100 of its 2014 Chevrolet Express service vans to hybrid electric operation using equipment from the Massachusetts start-up. “Early test results of this hybrid technology were positive, showing a 15 to 20% fuel reduction compared to the Company’s conventional vans,” states a Coca-Cola release.
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$3m for Plug Power’s Range-Extender

December 18, 2013 in EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FedEx Express to Test Smith Trucks with Plug Power Fuel Cells

FedEx Express has been awarded $3 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a hydrogen fuel cell delivery truck with a single-fill range of up to 150 miles. Twenty vehicles are to be tested at FedEx facilities in Tennessee and California, DoE said Tuesday.
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For NGV Advocates with Everything

December 17, 2013 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Crazy Diamond’s ‘Cruizer’ – a Replica ’32 Roadster, Dedicated-CNG

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is promoting the 330-horsepower, dedicated-CNG “Cruizer” – a replica of a 1932 Ford Roadster with such modern amenities as keyless operation, OnStar and Bluetooth.
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