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New Flyer Battery Buses for CTA

October 31, 2014 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

In-Service Trials on Six Chicago Transit Authority Routes

Two of New Flyer Industries’ new Xcelsior XE40 battery-electric heavy-duty transit buses are in regular service with the Chicago Transit Authority, the manufacturer said Thursday. updated November 3

Colorado Backs CNG Infrastructure Work

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

Five Companies Get $3.9 Million for Eight Fueling Outlets,
Part of $30 Million, Four-Year Alt Fuels Colorado Initiative 

The Colorado Energy Office – CEO – is supporting the companies building eight compressed natural gas fueling facilities in the state to the tune of more than $3.9 million dollars, and is preparing for a second round of bids, with a solicitation due early in 2015.

Ryder in Maryland for Northeast Foods

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

CNG Trucks for ‘Operations that Exclusively Service McDonald’s’

Ryder System is publicizing its first natural gas lease deal in Maryland, disclosing a full-service lease agreement for 25 compressed natural gas tractors for Baltimore-based Northeast Foods. The baker and food distributor “will use the trucks to support its distribution and delivery operations that exclusively service McDonald’s,” Ryder reports.

Ryder will provide maintenance for the 25 CNG vehicles from its Baltimore service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards.

Northeast Foods has 200 tractor trailers and more than 400 delivery trucks serving 15,000 direct delivery customers daily.

Northeast Foods has 200 tractor trailers and more than 400 delivery trucks serving 15,000 direct delivery customers daily.

“In the fresh food business, our top priority is to have a reliable fleet of well-maintained vehicles to ensure our customers get their deliveries when and where they need them,” Northeast transportation and logistics VP Chuck Paterakis says in the Ryder release.

Freightliners, and U.S. Oil Gain for Fuel

“With Ryder’s natural gas vehicles, we have the confidence that we can get the service and performance we need from our fleet today,” Paterakis said, “while operating more cost-efficiently and environmentally-friendly.”

Ryder is supplying Freightliner Cascadia tractors, Northeast fleet manager John Sfakianos told F&F last month (F&F, September 9). They will have ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport and CNG fuel systems by Quantum.

U.S. Oil Gain has publicized a contract to provide a Gain Clean Fuel CNG station to support the Northeast trucks in Baltimore.

Nine States Now, and Quebec

Ryder says it now has more than 27 million miles of experience with natural gas trucks, and boasts 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle trained technicians. Ryder has provided CNG and LNG/liquefied natural gas vehicles to fleet customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana, and recently publicized its largest NGV deal to date, for C.A.T. in Quebec (F&F, October 24).

Ryder operates LCNG fueling stations in Fontana and Orange, Calif., and an LNG station at its Fulton, Ga. maintenance facility.

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Source: Ryder with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


Rev LNG Plans Plants in Pennsylvania

October 30, 2014 in Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular 50,000-Gallon-Per-Day Facility for Summer 2015
With a Second One Planned for Startup Several Months Later

Rev LNG is planning to build a liquefied natural gas facility, primarily for fueling trucks but also for the energy exploration and production sector and eventually for marine customers, near Scranton in Bradford County in northeast Pennsylvania.

Rev stands for 'Revolutionary.'

Rev stands for ‘Revolutionary.’

“We’re in the permitting process for an initial 50,000-gallon-per-day production facility that can expand to 200,000 gallons per day,” says CEO David Kailbourne. Initial onsite storage will be 150,000 gallons, or about 560 cubic meters of LNG.

“We believe LNG liquefaction facilities need to be site specific and incremental in size,” Kailbourne told F&F.

Existing Trucks to Use the Fuel

The Bradford County plant “will be operational in summer of next year,” he said, adding, “We are looking to do an identical mirror-image plant south of Pittsburgh within a few months after the first facility.”

“We’re our own baseload customer,” Kailbourne says, as affiliate Rev Hoopes Trucking operates a fleet of more than two dozen LNG tractors that’s to grow to 35 by year-end. Rev LNG itself has approximately ten trucks, half of them LNG-fueled, delivering fuel to energy E&P customers.

Access to the Waterways

Rev LNG received an $800,000 technology innovation award under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program. The plan is for Rev LNG to make product using gas from local wells, with no midstream supplier involvement.

The firm earlier this year formed Rev LNG Marine for the emerging market for natural gas fueled watercraft. Pennsylvania, Kailbourne notes, has ports in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie, serving ocean, river and Great Lakes vessels. Kailbourne sees large potential for LNG as a marine fuel in the U.S.

The Rev LNG chief says he’ll disclose the equipment suppliers for the Bradford County plant when permits are issued following a key meeting with local officials on November 18. He is also reserving, at least for now, his estimate of the cost of the new facility.

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Source: Rev LNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Nissan Sets Battery Leaf Sales Record

October 30, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sales Just Through September Up More Than 36% from All of 2013

With October not quite finished, Nissan is trumpeting a new U.S. sales record for its 100% battery electric Leaf: “surpassing the previous record of 22,610 that it set in 2013.”

Mid-Atlantic Alt Fuel Vehicles Roadshow

October 29, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Education, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

November 18-21 at Four Sites in Maryland and Virginia

The Mid-Atlantic Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow takes place at four locations bracketing Washington, D.C. from November 18-21.

New PERC Propane Video Series

October 29, 2014 in Education, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Clean American Innovation’ Emphasizes Technology in Production

The Propane Education & Research Council this week launched a new series of videos: the Clean American Innovation spots feature interviews with leading U.S. equipment manufacturers, all highlighting their investment in developing and commercializing new propane autogas technologies.

Broadwind Energy for Safe Compressors

October 28, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wind Energy Specialist Branches into Natural Gas Vehicle Sector

Safe North America has named Cicero, Ill.-based Broadwind Energy to package and distribute its Italy-manufactured natural gas natural gas compressors.

‘Freedom Fleet’ of Indianapolis EVs

October 28, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mayor Pledges Largest Municipal Fleet of Electrified Vehicles,
Vision’s ‘Clean Miles Solution’ Said to Reduce Operational Risk

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard today pledged to deploy the nation’s largest fleet of electrified vehicles by early 2016. “Through the initiative with Vision Fleet,” states a release, “the City will upgrade 425 non-police pursuit sedans to plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, cut the size of the fleet by 100 vehicles, and save $8.7 million over ten years.”

Wave Wireless Bus for Utah Campus

October 28, 2014 in Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A 50-Kilowatt System for the University of Utah in Salt Lake

Utah’s Wave – for wireless advanced vehicle electrification – and partners are to unveil a full-size battery electric bus with in-service range extension via a 50-kilowatt wireless charging system in Salt Lake City tomorrow, October 29.

Greenkraft-EDI CNG Hybrid Is Funded

October 28, 2014 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As Much as $900,000 for a Class 4 Truck from the CEC,
Goal Is Single Vehicle Combing Best of Both Technologies

The California Energy Commission has approved a proposal for a compressed natural gas-fueled hybrid electric vehicle by Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. and Greenkraft, Greenkraft reported today.

CleanFuel USA Offers Propane Mass Flow

October 28, 2014 in New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Endress+Hauser Metering a New Option in Autogas Dispensers

CleanFuel USA said today that it now offers mass flow meter technology in its propane autogas dispensers. The announcement was made at the  World LP Gas Forum in Miami.

“The United States lags behind in meter technology adoption and CleanFuel USA is shifting that with our offering of the mass flow meter and its vast benefits, a game-changer for fleets considering or already utilizing propane autogas,” CleanFuel USA founder and managing partner Curtis Donaldson said in a release.

CleanFuel USA is now offering Endress+Hauser mass flow metering in its propane autogas dispensers.

CleanFuel USA is now offering Endress+Hauser mass flow metering in its propane autogas dispensers.

The Endress+Hauser meters feature no moving parts, greatly reduced maintenance, remote diagnostics and lifetime calibration, CleanFuel USA says. They are available in all of the firm’s propane autogas fueling dispensers, including the P2000, 6000 and 7000 series.

A First for America, Says CleanFuel USA

“The meter offers 99.9% accuracy, as opposed to the 96 to 98% accuracy offered by other metering options, and a flow rate of 0 to 108 gallons per minute,” states the CleanFuel USA announcement.

“We heard often from our global customers how the mass flow meter was improving their operations and bottom line, and we are pleased to meet that international demand, and to bring mass flow meters in propane autogas dispensing to America for the first time,” Donaldson said.

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Source: CleanFuel USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush CleanTech for Asplundh F-650s

October 28, 2014 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vegetation Management Specialist Has Propane Autogas Trucks

Roush CleanTech is spreading the word that Asplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is deploying propane autogas-fueled work trucks and is one of the first in its industry to do so.

Nat G CNG for Matera: 31 Trucks

October 28, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of 31 Trucks Delivered Under TCEQ’s TERP Initiative

Houston’s busy Nat G CNG Solutions has begun delivering the first of 31 compressed natural gas trucks to San Antonio-based Matera Paper. The box trucks, all built by International Navistar, are being re-powered with natural gas engines under TERP, the Texas Emissions Reduction Program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Cenntro Commences U.S. Citelec Output

October 24, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EV Product Line Was Acquired from Brandt in France

Cenntro Automotive said Friday that it’s commencing production of the Citelec all electric light commercial utility vehicle at its facility in Sparks, Nev.

Cenntro added the Citelec to its product line via its $50 million acquisition of Brandt Motors, of Lyon, France, earlier this year (F&F, June 20). The vehicle, sold in Europe since 2013, “offers a unique solution to customers,” the company says, with single-charge range of up to 200 miles, payload of 1,400 pounds, and a top speed of 50 mph.

Cenntro’s Citelec has a single charge range of about 200 miles, the company says.

Cenntro’s Citelec has a single charge range of about 200 miles, the company says.

Cenntro also offers the low-speed Kombi EV.

“Our 80,000-square-foot facility opened in the third quarter and we have been pleased with our ability to quickly set up our manufacturing facility, find local talent that underscores commitment to quality and bring the Citelec to the United States,” Cenntro executive VP Marianne McInerney said in a release.

Fills a Market Void

“The Citelec launch in the US will fulfill an important void in the U.S. market – an affordable, versatile vehicle that can meet varying needs of multiple customer bases at an affordable price point,” she said.

“The Citelec platform can support local delivery needs with its spacious van box, and is available in nine configurations ranging from the van box, to a refrigerated unit to three flatbed configurations.”

$20,000 Base Price

The vehicle is initially to retail in the U.S. for less than $20,000 for a base unit. Cenntro says it’s moved forward with demo programs for American fleets.

“We are confident that we can ramp our production as we move through 2015 and introduce multiple lines,” McInerney said. Kevin Neal, formerly with Smith Electric Vehicles, is U.S. operations VP.

Cenntro maintains operations in France as well as Sparks.

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Source: Cenntro Automotive with Fleets & Fuels follow-up




American Natural Gas Buys Northville

October 24, 2014 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Acquisition Includes Three CNG Fueling Stations in Indiana

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based American Natural Gas says it’s completed its acquisition of Northville NG Fuels. The purchase includes three compressed natural gas fueling stations in Indiana: in Frankfort, Vincennes, and Indianapolis.

Ledcor Canada’s 200 CNG Transit Connects

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

Vans with Altech-Eco Fuel Systems ‘the First Vehicles of Their Kind’

Canada construction giant Ledcor says will take ownership of more than 200 compressed natural gas-fueled Ford Transit Connects, “creating one of the largest fleets of CNG vehicles in Canada.” updated with additional photo on October 27

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