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Monthly Archives: June 2014

AGA 5.3-Liter Direct Injection Certification

June 30, 2014 in CNG, New Products, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Nod Covers GM 2014 and 2015 Model Year Vehicles

Kaysville, Utah-based AGA Systems reports full U.S. EPA certification for compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel conversions of vehicles with the 5.3-liter General Motors direct injection engine, for both the 2014 and 2015 model years.
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Colorado Alt Fuels Workshop July 3

June 30, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Infrastructure, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis of $3.5 Million Alt Fuels Colorado Program Is on CNG

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will host a pre-bid workshop at its Denver headquarters this Thursday, July 3 in connection with the just-issued Alt Fuels Colorado CNG fueling station request for applications.

AltFuelsColoradoThe proposals for compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure may also include propane autogas vehicle fueling and/or electric vehicle charging equipment (F&F, April 29).

“Funding allocations will go exclusively toward the purchase of station equipment for developing CNG stations with up to $500,000, or 80% of the total equipment cost (whichever is lower), awarded to each successful application,” COE says, noting that installation and other associated costs will not be covered.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions is July 24

“The installation of co-located electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) fast chargers and LPG stations may qualify for up to an additional $50,000 (80% of equipment costs) in funding available for each fuel type with a potential maximum grant allocation of $600,000 (CNG + EVSE + LPG) per station.”

A total is $3.5 million is expected to be allocated via this first funding round.

CEO urges interested parties to attend the workshop in person but has made provision for call-in participation via 877-820-7831, access code 783166. The July 3 workshop commences at 10am Mountain time.

CEO will accept written questions on the Alt Fuels Colorado solicitation until July 8, will answer them on July 11, and has set July 24 as the deadline for proposals to be submitted.


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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

US Hybrid for Hawaii Hydrogen Plug-In Bus

June 30, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Multiple-Technology Vehicle Will Operate on The Big Island

US Hybrid reports a contract from HCATT, the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, to design, integrate, and deliver an H2Ride fuel cell plug-in shuttle bus for operation by the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency’s Hele-On Big Island bus service. updated July 1
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Clean Energy Fuels Opens El Paso LNG

June 30, 2014 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Links Houston-Los Angeles for Interstate 10 LNG , Firm Says,
As It Lists Multiple New Fueling and Construction Agreements

Clean Energy Fuels has opened its “America’s Natural Gas Highway” liquefied natural gas fueling station in El Paso, stating that the facility “enables heavy-duty LNG truck fueling along the transcontinental Interstate 10 highway between Los Angeles, Calif., and Houston, Texas.”
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I-5 Clean Fuels for New California LNG

June 30, 2014 in Companies, Infrastructure, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Panoche Westside Proposes $300 Million Plant for Fresno

California’s Panoche Westside Group is proposing to build a $300 million, million-gallon-per-day natural gas facility in four phases outside Fresno. Liquefied natural gas from the I-5 Clean Fuels plant would be used to fuel heavy duty trucks in California’s Central Valley, as well as future high horsepower customers.
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Efficient Drivetrains for a CNG PHEV

June 30, 2014 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EDI Driveline to Be Fitted in Greenkraft NGV with CEC Support

San Jose, Calif.-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has California Energy Commission support to install a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain, including continuously variable transmission, into a Greenkraft natural gas vehicle. The result will be “a first-of-its-kind, Class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits” of compressed natural gas and PHEV technology, EDI says. updated July 1
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Blu with Comdata, and with Ryder Too

June 27, 2014 in Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Any Fleet Fueling Card or Major Credit Card’ at All Blu LNG Outlets
As Provider Opens with Ryder System in Atlanta and Plans for More

Salt Lake City-based Blu has a partnership with Comdata to manage card payments at its liquefied natural gas fueling stations nationwide. The new system, in operation now at all two dozen Blu outlets, allows truckers to pay with “any fleet fueling card or major credit card” when buying Blu LNG.
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ABB’s Terra 53 Line for DC Fast-Charging

June 27, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Open Standard Terra 53 Boasts ‘Flexible Multi-Protocol Design’

ABB is promoting its Terra 53 line of UL-listed DC fast chargers for electric vehicles for versatility and flexibility. The units are available SAE J1772 Combo or CHAdeMO connectors, for example, or with both.

And, they are designed for open standard network connectivity, allowing charging services providers to bill and track as they choose, and to mix and match equipment.

ABB’s Terra 53 DC fast chargers are available with SAE Combo or CHAdeMO connectors, or both.

ABB’s Terra 53 DC fast chargers are available with SAE Combo or CHAdeMO connectors, or both.

“Our primary business model is to accommodate as many business models as possible,” says Wisconsin-based program manager Andy Bartosh.

20 to 50 Kilowatts

The Terra 53 is designed for the “charge and go” segment, ABB says, and as such is “ideal for use at car dealerships, fuel stations and high turnover parking applications.”

Payment options include smart phone connectivity or RFID card data-handling – or both. “The Terra 53 multi-standard DC charging station’s smart connectivity allows remote monitoring, maintenance and functional upgrades that provide customers with the tools necessary to gather granular usage statistics and reports,” ABB says.

The product is promoted at 20- and 50-kilowatt power ratings, although ABB’s modular design allows for flexibility within that range, Bartosh says – 30- or 40-kilowatt units may be custom–ordered.

ABB at SFO?

“This charger is a cost effective solution to charge all open standard DC-capable cars in cities, on highways or in fleets,” ABB says. “The Terra 53 CJ is also very easy to integrate into an existing AC and/or DC charging network.”

Typical charging times range between 15 and 30 minutes.

ABB’s Terra 53 is a candidate for a four-unit DC fast charge installation by Greenlots for the San Francisco International Airport (F&F, June 23).


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Source: ABB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

 

Eaton Drops Hybrids in North America

June 26, 2014 in Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites Expiring Incentives, Diesel Price Stabilization, Rise of NGVs

Eaton confirms that it is exiting the market for hybrid electric vehicles in North America, dropping both power takeoff offerings for utility trucks and fuel-saving parallel drives for delivery trucks, effective immediately. updated June 27
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Toyota’s H2 FCV to Cost 7 Million Yen

June 25, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan to Go on Sale in Japan in April

Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japan pricing of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan, unveiled as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show last year – and subsequently shown at a limited number of U.S. venues, including ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

Toyota revealed the exterior design – and the price – of the production hydrogen-fueled FCV at an event in Japan.

Toyota revealed the exterior design – and the price – of the production hydrogen-fueled FCV at an event in Japan.

The car is to go on sale in Japan in April priced at approximately 7 million yen – just above $68,750 U.S. at today’s rates of exchange.

“Preparations are underway for launches in the U.S. and European markets in the summer of 2015,” Toyota says. “U.S. and Europe prices have not yet been decided.”

Single-Fill Range of Some 435 Miles

Toyota says it’s been developing fuel cell vehicles in-house for more than 20 years, and today boasts a proprietary fuel cell stack and “performance similar to a gasoline engine vehicle, with a cruising range of approximately 700 kilometers,” or 435 miles (according to Toyota measurements taken under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle) with a fueling time of roughly three minutes.


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Source: Toyota Japan with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Sparq CNG for Hutch’s in Kansas

June 25, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Station in Liberal for First Public Access in Southwest Kansas

Sparq Natural Gas is spreading the word that the convenience store operator Hutch’s will open the first public access compressed natural gas fueling station in southwest Kansas, on July 1 in Liberal, near the Oklahoma line.
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Midwest for CNG for Gibson County

June 25, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Midwest Energy Solutions Design for State-of-the-Art Tennessee Facility

The Gibson County Utility District this week committed to a new compressed natural gas fueling facility in Trenton, Tenn., reports designer Midwest Energy Solutions. The new CNG station will be located north of I-40 between Memphis and Nashville with gas to be supplied by Constellation, a unit of Exelon.
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Tesla Opens Door to Its Technology

June 24, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Car Charging Group Says Immediately It Will Integrate It with Blink

Miami Beach-based Car Charging Group says it will take up Elon Musk’s proclamation that Tesla Motors won’t enforce its many electric vehicle patents, and will integrate Tesla’s EV charging technology into Blink EV charging stations.
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Mainstay & Watson for CNG Arrays

June 24, 2014 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Components and Fabrication Services for Onboard CNG Fuel Storage

South Carolina’s Mainstay Fuel Technologies has deepened its existing relationship with Watson Engineering for Watson to provide components and fabrication services for Mainstay’s proprietary onboard CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles.
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Nissan e-NV200 Tests with PGE in Oregon

June 24, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Portland General Electric Gets the Battery Van for Six Weeks

Nissan is continuing to test the U.S. waters for its e-NV200 battery electric commercial vehicle, reporting work with Oregon’s Portland General Electric for a six-week trial of the 122-cubic-foot compact van.
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Public-Access CNG in Eugene, Oregon

June 24, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Truck ’N Travel Opens State’s First Public Access Station

Truck ’N Travel’s TravelCard division is claiming the first public access compressed natural gas fueling station in Oregon, located on Seneca Road in Eugene.
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Lightning Releases HHV Test Results

June 24, 2014 in Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NOx Is Reduced by as Much as 90%, Dyno Tests Show

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids, citing initial results from independent dynamometer testing, is citing decreases in NOx emissions of up to 90% and decreases in carbon dioxide emissions as great as 16% as compared with baseline vehicles without the firm’s parallel hydraulic hybrid drive.
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