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Paccar Units’ New Natural Gas Trucks

March 31, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG-Fueled Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 at MATS 2014

Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt units showed new natural gas trucks at MATS 2014, last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky. The new heavy duty offerings are powered by the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport.


Ryder’s NGVs Pass 20 Million Miles

March 31, 2014 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 500 Trucks Serving More than 40 Customer Operations

Ryder System is celebrating the milestone of 20 million miles powered by natural gas by its fleet of more than 500 natural gas trucks. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas straight trucks and tractors serving more than 40 customer operations in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana.

FL CNG Dump Trucks for Aqua America

March 31, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Purchase of Nine Freightliner M2 Trucks Behind $225,000 Grant

Aqua Pennsylvania is applying a grant of $225,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to buy nine compressed natural gas-fueled Freightliner M2 dump trucks. The vehicles are being purchased through Freightliner of Philadelphia.

Sparq Builds Fueling, Advocates for NGVs

March 30, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Chesapeake Alumni Target Region Centered on Oklahoma City,
‘We Can Supply the Intellectual Capital & the Investment Capital’

Three former leaders of Chesapeake Energy’s compressed natural gas vehicles efforts – which ended abruptly as the E&P company retrenched this past September – have emerged with the new Sparq Natural Gas, LLC. They are moving quickly to help establish a fueling infrastructure for NGVs, and provide consulting and advisory services.


GE Fleet at NAFA in Minneapolis

March 29, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Interactive Alt Fuel ‘Experience Event’ at Vehicle Innovation Center

NAFA 2014 in Minneapolis is high on the radar at GE Capital Fleet Services

NAFA 2014 in Minneapolis is high on the radar at GE Capital Fleet Services

GE Capital Fleet Services is planning a strong showing in connection with the NAFA Fleet Management Association annual meeting in Minneapolis next week. A pre-conference standout is an interactive “alternative fuel vehicle experience event” for NAFA members at GECFS’s Vehicle Innovation Center in neighboring Eden Prairie on Monday, April 7.

The 2014 NAFA Institute & Expo takes place April 8-11, with the trade show on April 9-10.

Everything in One Place

The April 7 event will allow fleet managers to test drive 35 models of alternative fuel vehicles, GECFS says. The will include Motors’ 100% battery car, Honda’s FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Chevy Impala Bi-fuel CNG, the Echo Automotive bolt-on plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the all-electric BMW i3.

The Eden Prairie event will also feature a presentation from Jeff Evanson, investor relations VP at Tesla Motors.

GE's Vehicle Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.

GE’s Vehicle Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.

NAFA notes that the GECFS center features a private half-mile driving course and displays addressing electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen AFVs. Visitors may learn about numerous alt fuel cars and trucks in a single location with assistance from fleet, transportation, energy, and advanced technology experts. Manufacturer representatives be on hand too.

Two conference sessions are planned for Monday afternoon at the Eden Prairie center.

Once the NAFA Institute & Expo gets underway at the Minneapolis Convention Center, GECFS representatives will take part in eight conference presentations. Strategic consulting manager James Thompson will moderate the CNG: The Latest on Public Infrastructure session on Tuesday afternoon.

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Source: GE Capital Fleet Services with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Agility Shows New Side-Mount at MATS

March 28, 2014 in CNG, MATS 2014, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG Assembly Is Safer, and Can Be Filled More Quickly

Agility Fuel Systems unveiled its next-generation side-mount compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assembly at the Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky. “This highly engineered CNG system has been tailored to the industry’s requirements for longer range in trucking and quick, easy installation on the production line,” Agility says.

Amp Trillium Perry, Evo Trillium Texas

March 26, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Joint Venture CNG Stations in Georgia and Texas

Amp Trillium is formally opening its compressed natural gas fueling station in Perry, Ga. today. Separately, the Evo Trillium joint venture has broken ground for a CNG station at the Central Freight Lines terminal in Fort Worth.

ANGI Bolsters Its CNG Sales Team

March 25, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Collectively Claims More Than 110 Years of CNG Expertise

ANGI Energy Systems has added experienced CNG fueling facility sales personnel and realigned its sales territories “to further enhance… continued commitment to the compressed natural gas fueling industry.

Crazy Diamond Torque for Trucks

March 25, 2014 in CNG, New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Preparing a Supercharged 7.4-Liter Engine to Compete with Diesels

Michigan’s Crazy Diamond Performance is preparing a 7.4-liter, supercharged gaseous fuel engine to complement its naturally aspirated Torquemaster 6.9-liter product. Both are capable of running on natural gas or propane autogas.

The 6.9-liter Torquemaster engine by Crazy Diamond Performance is designed for CNG or propane autogas operation.

The 6.9-liter Torquemaster engine by Crazy Diamond Performance is designed for CNG or propane autogas operation.

“The engine is based on the GM LS engine architecture, which has small footprint in terms of size, but don’t let the size of the engine fool you,” Crazy Diamond president Kevin Fern says in a release.

His firm is known for premium hot rod replicas and conversions, and is taking its technology to the Class 6 truck and bus sector.

“The engines will fit a niche where the 6.0-liter GM and Ford 6.8-liter aren’t quite suited and the larger diesel engines are too much,” Fern told F&F.

High-End for Higher Torque

“The Torquemaster 6.9L has performed very well under our initial chassis testing, producing over 375 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds torque, where maximum torque is generated at 2400 RPM, Fern says in the Crazy Diamond announcement.

“The 7.4L low-boost version is expected to generate north of 650 foot-pounds,” he says.

'GEM' engine management harness/system

‘GEM’ engine management harness/system

Fern notes further than the engines are controlled via a proprietary “GEM” engine management harness/system, utilizing an E-38 processor designed to be EMD+ and/or OBD compatible.

Fourth Quarter for 7.4-Liter Testing

“The 7.4L engine is a dual injector application, which is a bit different to what’s in the market currently,” Fern says. Internal engine components include forged crankshaft, connecting rods, and pistons. Compression ratio is 10.2:1.

“The camshaft is a proprietary design, maximizing engine efficiency and performance in this low boost CNG application,” the company says. “The cylinder heads include lightweight stainless valves and hardened valve seats and are secured with six torque-to-spec bolts per cylinder.”

Testing of the new 7.4-liter engine is to commence in the fourth quarter.

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Source: Crazy Diamond Performance with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

AAA Quantifies EV Range in Cold, Heat

March 25, 2014 in EVs, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EV Range Can Be Westher-Reduced by an Average of 57%, AAA Finds
With Dyno Tests on Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV and Ford Focus EV

Electric vehicle range can be reduced by an average of 57% based on the temperature outside, says AAA, basing its findings on dynamometer research conduced at the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California. updated March 28

“Electric motors provide smooth operation, strong acceleration, require less maintenance than internal combustion engines, and for many motorists offer a cost effective option,” AAA engineering and repair managing director John Nielsen says in a release.

The weather can make a significant difference, and not just cold weather.

The weather can make a significant difference, and not just cold weather.

“However,” he said, “EV drivers need to carefully monitor driving range in hot and cold weather.”

AAA conducted a simulation to measure the driving range of Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV and Ford Focus EV vehicles in cold, moderate and hot weather. “Temperature made a big difference in driving range for all three EVs,” the organization found.

Heat Hurts Too

Vehicles were tested for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic, and to better compare with EPA ratings listed on the window sticker, AAA says. The average EV battery range in AAA’s test was 105 miles at 75°F, but dropped 57% to 43 miles when the temperature was held steady at 20°F. Warm temperatures were less stressful on battery range, but still delivered a lower average of 69 miles per full charge at 95°F.

The AAA testing was conducted between December 2013 and January 2014. “Each vehicle completed a driving cycle for moderate, hot and cold climates following standard EPA-DoE test procedures,” AAA says – they were fully charged and then “driven” on a dynamometer in a climate-controlled room until the battery was fully exhausted.

AAA notes that it has initiated several projects to support members who drive EVs, including mobile recharging units and EV charging stations.

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Source: AAA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


Luxfer Acquires Utah’s Vexxel

March 25, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buy Augments Luxfer’s Own Efforts for Type IV Cylinders,
Lightweight Tanks to Be Offered Primarily for Class 8 Trucks

Luxfer has acquired Utah’s Vexxel Composites, which manufactures Type IV all-composite compressed natural gas fuel cylinders. The buy broadens Luxfer’s product line beyond its well known aluminum lined Type III tanks, complementing its long-gestating efforts in Type IVs.

Freightliner CNG Sleeper at MATS

March 25, 2014 in CNG, MATS 2014, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Features for Cascadia 113 Natural Gas

Freightliner will show a Cascadia 113 Natural Gas tractor at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville this week – it’s the first trade show display of a CNG Cascadia with the 48-inch sleeper cab that’s just gone into full production. The truck is powered by the 400-horsepower version of the ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport.


The latest CNG Cascadia has a 10-speed manual transmission and 140 DGE capacity factory-installed compressed natural gas fuel tanks with capacity of 140 DGE – 100 diesel gallon equivalents back-of-cab and 40 DGE on the left-hand rail.

“We also just announced the addition of Meritor WABCO’s OnGuard collision avoidance system on our Cascadia natural gas tractors when spec’d with a manual transmission,” advises product marketing manager Greg Treinen.

The truck is being unveiled at 4pm Wednesday.

MATS 2014 runs March 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels inquiry with Freightliner

Walmart to Make Wave at MATS

March 25, 2014 in Hybrids, MATS 2014, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Series Hybrid Peterbilt with Capstone Turbine, Parker Hannifin Motors

A Walmart truck with a series hybrid electric drive is to be shown by development partner Great Dane Trailers at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville this week.

Autogas from PA’s Wilson Oil & Propane

March 25, 2014 in Companies, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pennsylvania User Wants to Extend Benefits to Area Fleets

Philadelphia-area Wilson Oil & Propane operates five Ford E-350 vans converted with equipment from Icom North America, expects two more, and says it will add dedicated-propane Ford Transit vehicles with Roush CleanTech upfits when the new trucks become available later this year.

Shell Throttles Back Its LNG Plans

March 24, 2014 in Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Jumping Pound in Alberta Canceled, Geismar and Sarnia on Hold

Shell is cutting back its plans for producing liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel, canceling a liquefaction facility at its Jumping Pound plant in Alberta, and placing plans for Geismar, La. and Sarnia, Ont. – intended to serve the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast, respectively – on hold. updated March 25

ARPA-E Is MOVEing Beyond CNG

March 22, 2014 in CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Seeks Basically Better Ways to Handle Natural Gas,
More Than $10 Million for Ford-BASF and BlackPak Projects

The federal government continues to support research to further the use of natural gas vehicles, targeting low pressure onboard vehicle storage techniques as a way to reduce costs related to today’s high pressure tanks, freeing vehicle designers from the constraints imposed by heavy, bulky (and expensive) CNG cylinders.

DGE Vote Expected in Detroit in July

March 21, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Issue Is on the Ballot for NCWM Annual Meeting

The establishment of the diesel gallon equivalent as a legal unit of measurement for natural gas vehicle fuel sales is to be decided at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Weights and Measures in July. A steering committee has recommended that compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas be sold in gasoline and diesel gallon equivalents.

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