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Cobus as KDS and Hence UQM Outlet

May 31, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery Vehicle ‘Is Now Ready for the Market,’ Says Developer

Portugal’s Efacec Electric Mobility has developed an all-battery bus now employing an innovative transmission from Vancouver’s Kinetics Drive Solutions – a product that itself depends on motors and controllers from Colorado’s UQM Technologies.

Hyundai Brings in the H2 Tucsons

May 28, 2014 in fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Delivery of a Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle for the U.S. Market’

Korea’s Hyundai is claiming “the first delivery of a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle for the U.S. market” as hydrogen fuel cell powered versions of the company’s Tucson crossover utility vehicle rolled off a cargo ship at Port Hueneme, north of Los Angeles, on May 20.

TransPower Unveils Latest ‘ElecTruck’

May 27, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Navistar International ProStar-Based Vehicle is 100% Electric

Southern California’s TransPower has unveiled its latest fully battery electric Class 8 truck – and continues to argue the case that such zero-emission vehicles can satisfy the drayage needs of the major Los Angeles ports.

Kinetics & Efacec for All-Battery Buses

May 27, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Design Effort will Use UQM-Powered NexDrive Integrated Unit

British Columbia’s Kinetics Drive Solutions reports a partnership with Portugal’s Efacec Electric Mobility to develop “reliable, robust and efficient full-vehicle propulsion systems” for electric buses for Europe. updated with new contact information on May 28

UQM Technologies and Kinetics Drive Solutions are taking ‘a full system approach’ on development of complete drivelines for battery electric vehicles.

Kinetic’s UQM-powered NexDrive unit will aid in the development of simpler battery electric buses by Portugal’s Efacec.

The goal is to provide bus OEMs with an integrated system that can be applied to different vehicles “with minimal engineering development.”

“Efacec’s first electric bus with the NexDrive solution will be deployed for field operation in July,” states a Kinetics release.

The design is to incorporate Kinetics’ NexDrive EV3-850 intelligent 3-speed dual clutch transmission, which itself employs PowerPhase HD brand electric motors and controllers from Colorado’s UQM Technologies (F&F, April 22).

‘We Are Able to Deliver in a Shorter Time a Complete Technology’

“By working with Kinetics we are able to deliver in a shorter time a complete technology suit to enable our bus partners to response quickly to market demands,” Efacec managing director Pedro Silva says in the Kinetic announcement. “We see a synergy between both organizations’ expertise whereby Efacec provides the energy system and charging, vehicle control strategy and Kinetics, the drive system,” he said.

“With this partnership, Efacec compliments its scope of the energy part of an electric bus, with a drive system that is fully automated and specifically designed for electric traction,” Kinetics says. “Efacec provides the overall controls strategy, energy systems and both onboard and off-board charging solutions, and incorporates systems from its selected partners of batteries and drive systems.”

“This collaboration is another example of Kinetics working with leading organizations to deliver innovative and reliable solutions for the electric bus market,” said Kinetics sales and marketing director Gordon Osborn.

Kinetics Drive Solutions is a unit of Singapore Technologies Engineering.

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Source: Kinetics Drive Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


NHTSA Circle Seal PRD Recall

May 27, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Certain of Circor Aerospace Unit’s 8100 Series Devices Affected

Circle Seal Controls, working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has initiated a recall of certain of its 8100 series pressure relief devices for compressed natural gas fuel systems.

D2G Dual Fuel for Foodliner Five

May 27, 2014 in CNG, Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cascadia Tractors via Fitzgerald with DDC 60 Engines
And CNG Cylinder Assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems

Florida’s Diesel 2 Gas, Inc. is talking up an order for five compressed natural gas-diesel dual fuel trucks for Foodliner, stating that they are Freightliner Cascadia sleepers assembled by Fitzgerald Glider with CNG cylinder arrays by Agility Fuel Systems.


New Flyer CNG Buses for TransLink

May 27, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

45 Firm with Options for 135 Could Make for 180

New Flyer Industries reports an order for 45 compressed natural gas-fueled Xcelsior brand buses from TransLink, the Vancouver-based South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority.

A Bit of Hydrogen History at ACT Expo

May 27, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Toyota’s Display of Fuel Cell Car Was Only the Third in North America

Toyota’s display of its new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle at ACT Expo 2014 early this month was only the third public appearance for the vehicle in North America.

Toyota Describes Better Power Chips

May 27, 2014 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Silicon Carbide Units May Boost Vehicle Efficiency by 10%

Silicon carbide power semiconductors for automotive power control units could substantially boost the efficiency of hybrid electric vehicles, says Toyota, citing work by its own Toyota Central R&D Labs and Denso Corp.

NYSERDA Seeks a Dozen CNG Stations

May 27, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Put Up as Much as $500,000 Per New Public Access Outlet

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is making $3.6 million available to help increase the number of public access compressed natural gas fueling stations in the state.

NYSERDA-logoThe agency anticipates multiple awards resulting in approximately 12 new CNG stations under program opportunity notice 2818.

NYSERDA says it will make available as much as to $300,000 per site for eligible capital costs, including installation labor, to proposers willing to pay up to half the cost of a new CNG station, or up to $500,000 per site to those willing to ante 75%.

As NYSERDA Sees It, There Aren’t Not Enough NGVs

“Currently,” NYSERDA says, “the U.S. imports more than 47% of the oil it uses, while 98% of the natural gas used in the U.S. was produced in North America.

“Every gallon equivalent of natural gas used in vehicles is one less gallon of petroleum that has to be imported,” the agency says. Although natural gas vehicles meet the strictest emission standards, NYSERDA notes, “only about one-tenth of 1% of natural gas is used as a transportation fuel.”

The PON 2818 program does not cover engineering and permitting costs

Proposals are due July 9.

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Source: NYSERDA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

PERC Straight Talk: 1,000 for UPS

May 20, 2014 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  Comments Off on PERC Straight Talk: 1,000 for UPS

Seventh in Series of Videos Focuses on 1,000 Propane Trucks for UPS

UPS area automotive manager Kelly Pruitt and colleagues Chad Clark and Robert Mendez explain why the package delivery giant is fielding 1,000 propane autogas delivery trucks. They do so in the seventh 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 seventh of the PERC Straight Talk
videos debuted by Fleets & Fuels


Wyoming HHP Webinar on May 29

May 18, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Education, LNG, Mining, Rail, Studies, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of a Series in Anticipation of October’s HHP Summit

Wyoming’s got the gas and it’s got the markets. If you’re interested in learning how the state is planning to use its natural gas to power its many mining, locomotive and energy exploration and production engines (not to mention over-the-road trucks), you’d do well to budget an hour for the first of series of High Horsepower Summit webinars hosted by Fleets & Fuels (and HHP Insight) publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

Parker Veriflo Supports CNG Use

May 18, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, LNG, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Dispenser and Onboard Regulator Introduced at ACT Expo

Parker Hannifin’s Veriflo division unveiled a new gas regulator for medium and heavy duty vehicles and a new high-flow CNG dispenser for fleet and industrial applications at ACT Expo 2014.

The machined-body version of Parker Veriflow’s new regulator for CNG vehicles. It’s available with a cast body too.

The machined-body version of Parker Veriflow’s new regulator for CNG vehicles. It’s available with a cast body too.

The new gas regulator, Parker says, couples the highest flow rates in the industry with the lowest low-pressure operating parameters, effectively increasing the usable range of CNG vehicles by 10% to 15%. The unit features an integrated heat exchanger and thermal shielding of internal components with PTFE seals. Together they allow continuous operation even in extreme – minus 40F to 135F – ambient temperatures.

“The regulator system offers stable, reduced pressure delivery and control of natural gas throughout the full range of extreme engine and environmental operating conditions,” Parker says.

Parker Veriflo also introduced an industrial bulk CNG dispenser it said is the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market.

Built-In Diagnostics

The robust unit features best-in-class certified components from Parker, an ANSI NGV 4.1- and CSA 12.5-compliant design, and ANSI/NGV- and 4.2/CSA 2.52-certified hoses, “all designed to work together, ensuring time savings, exceptional durability, minimal downtime, safety, and consistent, reliable service.”

“Breakthrough features,” Parker said, include four times burst pressure-rated components, ball valves with 100,000 full cycle life for reduced maintenance and minimized downtime, and an integrated design resulting in 15% to 20% fewer leak paths.

The new Parker dispenser has a high-strength stainless steel frame with integrated hanging hardware for fueling hoses, and advanced diagnostics and monitoring using low-power electronic components.

Madhukar “Duke” Puniani is business development manager for natural gas systems with Parker Veriflo.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

Chart Promotes Compact LNG Tank

May 17, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, LNG, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Supplements the ‘Bonus’ Capacity Vessel Unveiled at MATS

Chart Industries unveiled a new compact liquefied natural gas onboard vehicle tank at ACT Expo, stating that the new tank for the 2015 model year is about 4.5% shorter than its standard models.

Covess for Type V Fuel Cylinders

May 17, 2014 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Belgian Firm Suggests No Liner at All for Lightweight Tanks

The principals of Belgium-based Covess tested the waters of the U.S. natural gas vehicles market at ACT Expo 2104, striving to determine the best initial size for a new type of lightweight, “LongLive” brand compressed natural gas fuel cylinder – a “Type V” fuel vessel with no liner at all.

XL Hybrids Shows Pepsi Van

May 17, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, batteries, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Also Displays Lithium Ion Battery from Johnson Controls

Massachusetts-based XL Hybrids, which has promoted such major fleet customers as FedEx and Coca-Cola for its hybrid retrofits, and recently said its customers had logged more than a million miles of hybrid operation, showed a Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van in Pepsi colors at ACT Expo 2104.

Westport Collins CNG School Bus

May 17, 2014 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deliveries This Fall of Type A Vehicle with Westport WiNG System

Kansas-based Collins Bus is accepting orders for a new dedicated-compressed natural gas Type A school bus with Westport WiNG fuel system. The Ford E-450 chassis vehicle with with 6.8-liter engine will have a single-fill range estimated at 250 to 300 miles.

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