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Monthly Archives: September 2014

ACT Expo 2015 to Include EDTA

September 30, 2014 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fuel-Neutral Show to Feature Expanded Electric Drive Agenda

The organizers of ACT Expo, the Alternative Clean Transportation conference and exhibition, have formed an alliance with the Washington, D.C.-based Electric Drive Transportation Association for the 2015 event, taking place May 4-7 in Dallas.

ACT Expo will return to Long Beach, Calif the following year: May 2-5, 2016.
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Landi Renzo Celebrates 60 Years

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

Opens a New R&D Center in Cavriago, Italy

Landi Renzo, celebrating its 60th anniversary, has opened a new research and development center adjacent to its headquarters in Cavriago, near Bologna, Italy. Read More >>

Progressive Waste Raises CNG Ante

September 30, 2014 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Close to 400 in Largely Mack Fleet Now, 150 More Next Year

Toronto-based Progressive Waste Solutions said today that it’s added some 250 compressed natural gas-powered trucks to its waste and recycling collection fleet since it made a commitment to the clean fuel in May 2013.
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BYD for the First All-Battery Artic Bus

September 30, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First-Ever Anywhere to Be Unveiled at APTA in Houston This Month

China’s BYD has pledged to unveil the world’s first 100% pure battery electric articulated transit bus at APTA Expo in Houston this month, promising to bring all-electric propulsion to a new market sector – the 60-footer.
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South San Francisco Renewable CNG

September 30, 2014 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First-Ever Transportation Fuel from Dry Anaerobic Digestion in the U.S.,
South San Francisco Scavenger Taps Zero Waste Energy & Clean Energy

California’s South San Francisco Scavenger is putting in a new fueling station to support its growing fleet of compressed natural gas trucks with fuel derived from local food waste. The compost-based facility will be the first in the U.S. to employ dry anaerobic digestion technology to make transportation fuel, the company says.
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Mercedes’ Premium S 500 Plug-In Hybrid

September 30, 2014 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

S-Class Luxury Car Promises V-8 Performance, Compact Economy

Mercedes-Benz promises V-8 performance with the fuel economy of a compact car from the new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. “The first certified three-liter luxury saloon in the world,” the manufacturer says, “is a further milestone on the road to emission-free mobility.” All-electric range is about 20 miles, or 33 kilometers.
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ANG and Cobey Agree on CNG Gear

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

New York State Firms Finalize Equipment Distributor Agreement

Saratoga Springs-based American Natural Gas and Buffalo’s Cobey Energy have agreed for ANG to offer Cobey equipment in its compressed natural gas fueling stations, with exclusivity within New York State.
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Trillium CNG for Two: Duluth & Kenton

September 29, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ohio Fleet Operator Precision Strip Plans to Convert 100 Trucks,|
Minnesota’s Holiday Stationstores Has 496 Outlets in Ten States

Trillium CNG has opened new compressed natural gas fueling stations for Holiday Stationstores in Duluth, Minn. and for Heritage Cooperative in Kenton, Ohio.
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Volvo’s 7900 Electric Hybrid Plug-In Bus

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

‘Electric-Hybrid Buses and Full-Electric Buses Are Tomorrow’s Solution’

Sweden’s Volvo Buses is introducing a plug-in hybrid electric bus with a four-cylinder, 5.1-liter diesel and lithium battery pack affording about more than 4 miles of all-electric range (7 kilometers).
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Efacec Introducing QC24S DC Charger

September 26, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

24-Kilowatt Unit to Be ‘the Lightest and Smallest’ on the Market

Portugal’s Efacec is readying a new “semi-fast” DC charger for electric vehicles, promising that the compact 24-kilowatt QC24S “will be the lightest and smallest in the market… an affordable charger like never before.”

The QC24S will be shown at eCarTec 2014, which runs October 21-23 in Munich.

The 50-kilowatt QC24S from Efacec ‘will be the lightest and smallest in the market,’ the company says, ‘an affordable charger like never before.’

The 50-kilowatt QC24S from Efacec ‘will be the lightest and smallest in the market,’ the company says, ‘an affordable charger like never before.’

The new unit is initially aimed at European and North American EVs. A QC24S variant accommodating Asian EVs with the Chademo connector will be launched near the end of this year, Efacec says.

The North American version of the new QC24S is equipped with a combo1 plug and is designed to be powered by either three-phase 208-volt or single-phase 240-volt circuits. The European version is powered by three-phase 400-volt or single-phase 230-volt circuits and has a combo2 plug.

“This is an important advantage,” the company says, compared to units that require 480-volt three-phase for 24-kilowatt output, and “shows Efacec’s concern in adapting its systems to market conditions and customer’s needs.

‘A Huge Contributor to the Adoption of EVs’

“Like the rest of the Efacec DC Fast Charger family, the QC24S can be integrated into any network and is available for any customer,” the company adds.

“This new product is a breakthrough and will be a huge contributor to the adoption of EVs, being an affordable charger like never before in the market,” Efacec Electric Mobility managing director Pedro Silva said in a release.

The QC24S has an aluminum housing with polycarbonate front panel. It weighs 55 kilograms (121 pounds) and can be wall or pedestal mounted indoors or outdoors.

“We have invested heavily during this last year in developing this new concept and in its design to make it easily integrated in any network,” Silva said. “We have also extended our slogan ‘choose the color of your energy’ even further by offering the possibility to customize the front panel to any customer, with a stylish design and attractive look.”


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Source: Efacec with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Blossman Center Opens in October

September 26, 2014 in event, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Autogas Research & Technology Center in Asheville, North Carolina

Blossman Services will open its Autogas Research & Technology Center in Asheville, N.C. with a VIP reception on October 17. updated September 30
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This One’s from Ryder

September 26, 2014 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ryder to Sponsor 77th Annual National Beer Wholesalers Convention
Business Development Boss Rueben Stokes to Discuss Natural Gas Fleets

Ryder System is spreading the word that it will serve as a Diamond Anniversary sponsor of the 77th Annual National Beer Wholesalers Association convention being held September 28-October 1 in New Orleans.

NObeer“Ryder helps customers make improvements from the brewery to the distribution center to the delivery trucks, generating smarter transportation and supply chain strategies,” Ryder senior national sales VP John Deris says in the company’s NBWA announcement.

“One example of how Ryder supports customers is with the adoption of natural gas fleets,” the company said.

Stokes on Monday

Ryder advanced fuels business development director Rueben Stokes will discuss Making the Switch to Natural Gas: What to Consider, When to Act and How to Do It on September 29 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

He’ll detail Ryder’s experience deploying natural gas vehicle technologies and sharing industry expert advice about successfully transitioning fleets to the alternative fuel.


Ryder has more than 27 million miles of natural gas operating experience, having deployed more than 600 compressed natural gas and LNG/liquefied natural gas trucks with fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana.

In Ryder’s biggest NGV deployment to date, customer Anheuser-Busch announced just this month that it would convert its entire Houston fleet – a first for the brewer – to CNG using trucks from Ryder.


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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Skygo Gets EPA Yes for Dual Fuel ISX

September 26, 2014 in certifications, Dual Fuel, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Approval for 15-Liter Cummins Engines Built from 2007 to 2009

Columbia, S.C.-based Skygo Fuel Systems reports U.S. EPA approval of its natural gas-diesel dual fuel conversions for 2007 to 2009 Cummins ISX engines. According to data provided to the EPA, the Skygo aftermarket upgrade reduces emissions by up to 20%, with natural gas substitution for diesel approximately 60%.
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Kenworth T680 for Paper Transport

September 23, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Our First Truly Aerodynamic CNG Truck in a Sleeper Configuration’

Kenworth is talking up delivery of the first full-production Kenworth T680 with a natural gas engine, to Wisconsin’s Paper Transport, Inc.
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ThyssenKrupp Adds XL Hybrids and CNG

September 23, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Hybrids, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Propane and XL Hybrids, and CNG at the Denver Airport

ThyssenKrupp Elevator reports the recent addition of hybrid electric vehicles and a compressed natural gas truck to its diverse fleet.

The company has previously publicized its use of propane autogas for more than 70 company vehicles in five states through PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council (F&F, February 3).

ThyssenKrupp Elevator is using a variety of clean vehicle technologies to help reduce its environmental footprint.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator is using a variety of clean vehicle technologies to help reduce its environmental footprint.

ThyssenKrupp says it’s fitted hybrid conversion kits by XL Hybrids to vehicles in Atlanta, Dallas and Boston.

“The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System adds an electric motor, an advanced lithium ion battery pack, and sophisticated control software to vehicles and delivers a 25% increase in miles driven per gallon while reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the elevator company said.

3,200 Vehicles in All

ThyssenKrupp is using a CNG vehicle for company service mechanics at the Denver International Airport. “This type of fuel is a good choice for high-mileage, centrally-fueled fleets that operate within a limited area such as an airport,” the company said.

“Reducing petroleum use in our 3,200-vehicle fleet is our most significant environmental impact to date,” ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas sustainability VP Brad Nemeth said in a release. “By October 2013, we saved over 710,000 gallons of gas and 115,000 gallons of diesel over our 2010 baseline,” he said.

“The addition of the hybrid conversion and CNG technology will give us another tool to improve fuel efficiency.”


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Source: ThyssenKrupp Elevator with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Southland for 101 Blue Bird Propanes

September 23, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

They’ll Transport Students in Calgary and Medicine Hat

Calgary-based school bus operator Southland Transportation has added 101 autogas-fueled Blue Bird Propane Vision buses to two school bus fleets. Districts in Canada are specifying propane for its cold weather operation, reduced maintenance and low emissions, Blue Bird says.
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Westport ESI Spark Natural Gas Engines

September 23, 2014 in New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Revolutionary Approach to Natural Gas Combustion Technology’
Which ‘Takes Advantage of the Positive Properties of Natural Gas

Vancouver-based Westport Innovations today unveiled the first generation of a new engine technology, dubbed ESI for enhanced spark-ignited, for the conversion of diesel engines to dedicated natural gas operation.
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