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Emerging Near-Zero- Emission NGVs

February 28, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

March 5 SoCalGas-GNA Webinar Outlines Super-Clean Potential

Southern California Gas is sponsoring a webinar on California’s need to dramatically reduce emissions from diesel-fueled heavy-duty vehicles and equipment to meet year 2050 greenhouse gas targets. The webinar is titled Emerging Near-Zero-Emission Natural Gas Heavy-Duty Engines: Meeting California’s Air Quality and Climate Protection Goals.

SoCalGasGNAzeroNGVswebinarThe webinar will be held on March 5 at 1:00 pm PST.

“California is not on track to meet air quality standards for ozone and policy makers face significant challenges,” notes a summary from webinar organizer (and Fleets & Fuels publisher) GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

‘Regulators Must Take Immediate Steps’

“Air quality regulators must take immediate steps to dramatically reduce emissions from diesel-fueled heavy-duty vehicles and equipment,” states the summary, “and emerging near-zero-emission natural gas technology can provide the quickest, most cost effective solution to securing the emission reductions needed” (emphasis added).

The South Coast (Los Angeles) and San Joaquin Valley ozone non-attainment areas are among the most challenged. “In order to meet Federally-mandated air quality deadlines, these regions must quickly phase in heavy-duty vehicles that are 75% to 90% cleaner” than those currently being sold.

The scheduled webinar presenters are

  • Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Natural Gas Engine Funding and Research Programs;
  • Mark Walls, Senior Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Next Generation Natural Gas Engine; and
  • Stephen Ptucha, Director, Product Management & Planning, Cummins Westport, Near-Zero Emission Engines.

SoCalGas released a GNA-drafted white paper on the topic, Pathways to Near-Zero-Emission Natural Gas Heavy Duty Vehicles, earlier this year (F&F, January 27).

The March 5 webinar will be moderated by GNA founder and president Cliff Gladstein.


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GNA, Charlotte Medlock, 424-744-4482; mobile 909-801-4540; [email protected]; gnaevents.webex.com

GNA, Melissa Wake, 949-852-7393; [email protected]; www.gladstein.org (direct link to prior report in PDF format)

SCAQMD, Matt Miyasato, 909-396-3249; [email protected]

SwRI, Mark Walls, 210-522-6880; [email protected]

Cummins Westport, Stephen Ptucha, 604-718-2024; [email protected]

Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Freightliner CNG for Severe Duty

February 27, 2014 in NGVs, WorkTruck2014 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 114SD NGs Are Going to the NTEA Work Truck Show

Freightliner is emphasizing a hard-working truck at this year’s Work Truck Show, having brought one CNG-fueled 114SD NG (severe duty natural gas) dump truck to the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, and a second, fitted with a snow plow, for its expo hall display.
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Hexagon for Iveco Kazakhstan Buses

February 27, 2014 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

350 City Buses for Astana with First Use of Type IV Cylinders

CNG bus in Kazakhstan, courtesy KazTransGas

CNG bus in Kazakhstan

Norway’s Hexagon Raufoss reports an order from Iveco for compressed natural gas fuel systems for 350 buses for Astana, Kazakhstan. They will be the first buses with all-composite Type IV cylinders in the country, states a release.
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Clean Energy Fuels: Volumes Are Up

February 27, 2014 in CNG, Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Gallons Delivered Rose 10% During 2013,
As ‘Trucking Industry Began Its Transition’

Clean Energy Fuels emphasized an increase in volumes delivered as it released its earnings for the fourth quarter and calendar 2013 today.
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World CNG Cert for Dodge Caravan

February 26, 2014 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Nod for ‘Direct Reprogramming of the ECU Calibration’

World CNG is announcing today that it has secured U.S. EPA certification of its Pentastar 3.6-liter engine CNG conversion for model year 2013 Dodge Caravan vehicles. World CNG offers both dedicated-compressed natural gas and a proprietary CNG-gasoline bi-fuel configuration.
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ClipperCreek’s New Pedestal Chargers

February 25, 2014 in EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Starting at $1309, ‘Best Valued Commercial Solution on the Market’

ClipperCreek today announced new HCS-40 Single and Dual Pedestal Mounted charging stations. The low cost charging products give commercial consumers the option of mounting one or two 240-volt charging units to a single pedestal, with up to two additional 120-volt outlets, allowing as many as four EVs to be charged from one post.
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PERC Straight Talk: DirecTV Los Angeles

February 24, 2014 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  Comments Off on PERC Straight Talk: DirecTV Los Angeles

Sixth in Series of Videos Focuses on Michigan Transportation Company

DirecTV fleet services director Brandon Morris explains why the cable provider has converted 77 vehicles in Southern California to propane autogas in the sixth of a series of “Straight Talk” videos, freely accessible on the web, prepared by the Propane Education & Research Council and extolling the use of propane autogas for fleet vehicles of different types.

This is the sixth of the PERC Straight Talk
videos being debuted weekly by Fleets & Fuels

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Obama Demands More Efficient Trucks

February 24, 2014 in Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trucks Account for Just 4% of Traffic, But 20% of Fuel Use, President Says

President Obama has directed the heads of the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation to devise a second round of fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses, and to have the new regulations in place in about two years.

'We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, cut pollution.'

‘We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, cut pollution,’ the president said in Maryland last week.

A first round of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles covers model years 2014 through 2018. The new rules will extend into the next decade.

“Five years ago, we set out to break our dependence on foreign oil,” Obama said at an event last week hosted by Safeway at a distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md. “Today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,” Obama said. “For the first time in nearly 20 years, America produces more oil here at home than we buy from other countries.”

President Obama wants to go further, ordering the heads of the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation to develop and issue the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 2016, with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (by March 2015. ‘This second round of fuel efficiency standards will build on the first-ever standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (model years 2014 through 2018), and will reach well into the next decade, just like the President’s successful national car program,’ the White House said.

President Obama wants to go further, ordering the heads of the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation to develop and issue the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 2016, with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (by March 2015. ‘This second round of fuel efficiency standards will build on the first-ever standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (model years 2014 through 2018), and will reach well into the next decade, just like the President’s successful national car program,’ the White House said.

Less Fuel Means Lower Prices

The president said that while heavy duty trucks account for just 4% of all the vehicles on the highway, they’re responsible for about 20% of our on-road fuel consumption.

“And because they haul about 70% of all domestic freight – 70% of the stuff we use, everything from flat-screen TVs to diapers to produce to you name it – every mile that we gain in fuel efficiency is worth thousands of dollars of savings every year…

“We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, cut pollution,” the president said. He credited the efforts of 23 companies that have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership to reduce their oil consumption or replace their old fleets of trucks with more fuel-efficient models.

“Collectively,” Obama said, “they operate about 1 million commercial vehicles nationwide.”

Naming Names

“If rivals like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, or UPS and FedEx, or AT&T and Verizon – if they can join together on this, then maybe Democrats and Republicans can do the same,” he said.

“To help our businesses and manufacturers meet this new goal, we’re offering new tax credits, both for companies that manufacture heavy-duty alternative-fuel vehicles and those that build fuel infrastructure so that trucks running on biodiesel or natural gas or hybrid electric technology, they’ll have more places to fill up.”

Safeway noted that it actively collects used cooking oil for the production of biodiesel, that it’s testing liquefied natural gas in five vehicles, and that it’s evaluating dimethyl ether as part of a partnership with Oberon Fuels and Volvo (F&F, June 11, 2013).

Source: White House with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVAmerica Counts America’s NGVs

February 23, 2014 in NGVs, Publications, WorkTruck2014 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Finds an Overall Unit Sales Increase of 10.3% in 2013 over 2012,
Fuel Use Grew by an Estimated 14.3% to Some 400 Million GGEs

NGVAmerica has advised members of very preliminary findings from its survey of OEMs and other providers of natural gas vehicles regarding 2013 sales and the U.S. NGV fleet. Based on a preliminary analysis of more than 25 companies’ data submittals, the U.S. saw 10.3% growth in overall NGVs in 2013, NGVA says, with solid gains in light and heavy duty OEM sales.
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Harvey Gulf LNG Is for Trucks Too

February 23, 2014 in Infrastructure, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility for LNG Bunker Is to Serve Trucks as Well

It’s primarily for fueling the nation’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled ships, but a new installation by Harvey Gulf International Marine at Port Fourchon, La. is intended to support LNG trucks too.

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Love’s CNG for the Texas Triangle

February 23, 2014 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First of Ten Stations to Open in This Phase of the Company’s Plan,’
Customers Including Dart Transit to Participate in a March 4 Event

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a Fast-Fill CNG station for trucks in Willis, Texas, its first Texas Triangle location. “It’s the first of ten stations to open in this phase of the company’s plan to offer Love’s Fast-Fill CNG at more of its travel stops across the nation,” states a release.
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WheelTug Claims 785 Aircraft Orders

February 23, 2014 in Aviation, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nose-Wheel Motors Promise Significant Operational Savings

Gibraltar-based WheelTug reports that it has orders – “slot reservations” – for its tug-eliminating nose-wheel motor systems for 785 aircraft, including four for Canada’s Air Transat and 50 for an un-named buyer of Boeing’s new 737 Max jet. The addition of Air Transat brings WheelTug’s airline customer total to 14 in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.
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Fluxys Belgium LNG for Eric Mattheeuws

February 23, 2014 in Infrastructure, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Filling Station Onsite to Support 26 Volvo Dual Fuel Trucks

Transporter Eric Mattheeuws has acquired 26 liquefied natural gas-powered trucks and Belgium LNG provider Fluxys is talking up a new installation to fuel them.
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Propane Power for PSI’s On-Road Push

February 23, 2014 in Companies, Propane, WorkTruck2014 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Fuel-Agnostic’ Firm Nevertheless Finds Itself Promoting Autogas

Michigan’s Power Solutions International continues to promote its road-capable engines, and although the firm insists it is “fuel-agnostic,” there is a decided whiff of propane as the company gears up for the 2014 edition of the NTEA Work Truck show in Indianapolis March 4-7.

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Clean Energy for Facility Modifications

February 23, 2014 in Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ventilation, Electrical Systems, Heating, Methane Detection

Clean Energy Fuels, purveyor of pretty much everything to do with natural gas vehicle fueling, has formed a business unit dedicated to helping operators convert their facilities for NGV operation, making sure they comply with regulations – federal, state and local – governing ventilation, electrical systems, appropriate heating, and methane detection. updated February 24
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ATA’s Annual TMC Meeting in Nashville

February 19, 2014 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Turning Experience into Practice’ Is the March Meeting Theme

ATA, the American Trucking Associations, is gearing up for TMC, its annual Technology & Maintenance Council conference and transportation technology exhibition March 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

TMC_2014Turning Experience into Practice is the meeting theme.

The TMC 2014 program includes Monday task force meetings on CNG and LNG fuel tank inspections and new facility development, and on HVAC systems for hybrid electric, electric and conventional trucks, and Tuesday conference sessions titled Engine Emissions: Now and for the Foreseeable Future and Fleet Experience and the Future of Hybrid Vehicles.

‘Real World Experience’ Shared

“TMC is the only industry association that is focused solely on truck technology and maintenance,” ATA says. “Using their real world experience, members work together to create the industry’s best practices in truck technology and maintenance to help improve trucking equipment and transportation efficiencies throughout North America.”

TMC 2014 is being held at the Nashville Music City Center.

ATA/TMC, Joe Hite, 703-838-1763; fax 703-838-1701; [email protected] or [email protected]; www.trucking.org

Source: ATA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up 

Xebec’s First U.S. Office, in Houston

February 18, 2014 in Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Provides Methane and Hydrogen Purification & Filtration Solutions

Montreal-based Xebec Adsorption has branched to the United States with a new office in Houston. Xebec provides equipment for gas drying, as well as biogas upgrading, natural gas, field gas and hydrogen purification and filtration solutions.
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