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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Car2Go Renewing All-EV Share Fleet

January 30, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

400 San Diego Electric Smarts Being Replaced with Generation III Model
As Point-to-Point Fleet Passes Milestone of One Million Rentals Since 2011

Daimler is renewing its all-electric Car2Go car-sharing fleet in San Diego. Car2Go offers point-to-point service – rentals can commenced and cars parked at conclusion anywhere within the local service area. The San Diego area now covers 45 square miles – all served with 100% battery-power Electric Smart Fortwo cars.
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New York State Lifts Longtime LNG Ban

January 30, 2015 in LNG, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

State DEC Sets Storage Permitting Requirements

“New York’s environment will benefit,” says Albany’s Department of Environmental Conservation, as the agency has lifted a long-standing ban on liquefied natural gas, setting up a new permitting regime for facilities storing LNG. updated February 2
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Autogas: PERC Likes the Look of 2015

January 30, 2015 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Supply Strong, Prices Low, Vehicles On Hand to Challenge Diesel

It ought to be a very good year for propane autogas, says Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer of the Propane Education & Research Council: prices are low, last year’s supply bottlenecks are but a memory, and new vehicles are available to challenge diesel.
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Toyota to Test SiC Power Units

January 30, 2015 in Electric Drive, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Street Trials in Japan on a Camry Hybrid and Fuel Cell Bus

Toyota says it will test silicon carbide power semiconductors on a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus in Japan this year, hoping that the SiC technology will lead to “significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains.”
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Quantum Promotes CNG Testing Rig

January 30, 2015 in CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Validation Unit ‘Unique for Testing Its CNG Fuel Storage Modules’

Quantum Fuel Systems is promoting an in-house test and validation facility it says “is unique for testing its CNG fuel storage modules intended for over-the-road heavy-duty trucks.
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Ryder: 30 Million Miles on Natural Gas

January 29, 2015 in CNG, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LNG and CNG Tractors in Nine U.S. States and Canada

Natural gas trucks operated by Ryder System have now logged more than 30 million miles. The Ryder NGV fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as in Canada.
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Closing the Loop: Biogas Workshop

January 29, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ottawa-Based Association Hosting March Workshop in Hamilton

Canada’s Biogas Association is promoting a March meeting covering the use of renewable natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

The Biogas Association’s Closing the Loop workshop will be held on March 25 in Hamilton, Ontario. Click the image for details.

The Biogas Association’s Closing the Loop RNG workshop will be held on March 25-26 in Hamilton, Ontario. Click the image for details.

The Ottawa-based association notes that waste haulers are increasingly turning to compressed natural gas to fuel their trucks, due to due to lower natural gas prices and improved CNG vehicle technology, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“Waste haulers can help close the loop by diverting organic materials from landfill, which can be used to generate biogas and carbon-neutral renewable natural gas,” the group adds.

 


Just a Nickel a Gallon More

“Blending in 10% RNG further reduces vehicle emissions, and costs only an additional 5 cents per diesel liter equivalent, making it cost effective when compared with diesel and gasoline.”

The Closing the Loop workshop is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Hamilton, Ont. March 25-26.


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Source: Biogas Association with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

RNG Gets Real: an ACT Expo Webinar

January 27, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, event, LNG, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  1 Comments

Clean Energy Fuels and CR&R Tell How It’s Done:
The Issues and Opportunities for Biomethane Fuel

Call it RNG – for renewable natural gas – or call it biomethane: either way it’s available today, quantities are growing, and it’s the fuel with the best potential to reduce greenhouse emissions now – and even save operators money.

ACT Expo 2015 takes place May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Click the image to hear a recording of today;s RNG Gets Real webinar.

ACT Expo 2015 takes place May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Click the image to hear a recording of today’s RNG Gets Real webinar.

Those were the views put forward today at the RNG Gets Real webinar organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates and sponsored by Clean Energy Fuels.

The webinar is the first of a series leading up to GNA’s ACT Expo 2015, taking place May 4-7 in Dallas.

‘Perfect Drop-In Fuel’

“Renewable natural gas is very real,” said Erik Neandross, CEO at GNA and today’s webinar moderator. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90%, he said, “at a cost substantially lower than diesel.”

Clean Energy Renewable Fuels gets its biomethane for Redeem from more than a dozen sources, inc;luding landfills in Michigan and Tennessee operated by Republic Services.

Clean Energy Renewable Fuels gets its biomethane for Redeem from more than a dozen sources, inc;luding landfills in Michigan and Tennessee operated by Republic Services.

Clean Energy’s CERF unit (Clean Energy Renewable Fuels) launched its Redeem brand RNG in 2013 and today offers the fuel throughout its network of natural gas vehicle fueling stations in California.

“Biomethane is a perfect drop-in fuel,” CERF president Harrison Clay said today. “It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the greatest degree of any alternative fuel.”

Credits Are Key

Clay reviewed Clean Energy’s entry into RNG and how the firm now gets its biomethane from three landfills and a dozen other sources. He also reviewed how credits such as those available via the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard are critical to biomethane viability, as the current “cost of production exceeds the price of [conventional, fossil-based] natural gas in the grid.”

Paul Relis, executive VP at CR&R Waste and Recycling Services, an Orange County, Calif.-based hauler and recycler, detailed his company’s use of RNG and its plans to expand production in Perris, south of San Bernardino.

CR&R biomethane plant in Perris, Calif.

CR&R biomethane plant in Perris, Calif.

Share the Wealth

Through four phases between now and 2020, CR&R hopes to ramp up to production of 4 million diesel gallon equivalents of biomethane per year. Relis says that the U.S. should by rights have from 60 to 80 such facilities. “There should be at least 5,000 to 7,000 heavy trucks fueled by renewable natural gas,” he said.

“Clearly that’s not going to be done by my company,” he said, inviting other interested parties to get on board.

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Source: GNA/ACT Expo with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Blu Bides Time, Invests in Upgrades

January 27, 2015 in Companies, Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New President Has Measured Strategy, Better LNG Tanks
And Technology to Deal with Boiloff at Fueling Stations,
Firm Is Looking Ahead to High Horsepower Markets Too

Salt Lake City-based Blu LNG has a new president in the person of Shell veteran James Burns, who has taken the helm with a mandate to “lead Blu’s day-to-day operations and strategic direction with a specific focus on maximizing the company’s recent innovations and working to expand its reach in domestic LNG use.”
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Zenith Vans Eligible for Incentives

January 27, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery Electric Vehicles Approved in California and Chicago

Battery electric vehicles from Kentucky’s Zenith Motors are eligible for funding by both the Drive Clean Chicago and California HVIP voucher programs, with up to $50,000 per vehicle available via the latter.
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OPW Offers New CNG Breakaways

January 27, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Units Are  ‘Designed to Withstand Harsh and Heavy Use’

Dover’s OPW CleanEnergy Fueling Products unit is promoting a new line of breakaway couplers for compressed natural gas vehicle fueling. The company’s FLB-1000 and FLB-5000 breakaways are said to be lighter, more affordable, and to allow better fuel flow than competing products.
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Wrightspeed for 17 Ratto Refuse Trucks

January 27, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hauler Hopes to Have 17 Converted Collection Trucks by Year-End
As Conversions Call for Three Batteries and Four Motors Per Vehicle,
Turbine-Extended Electric Drive Firm Relocating to Alameda Hangar

Wrightspeed, developer of electric drivelines with fuel-flexible turbine engines for indefinite range extension, has a deal to convert 17 refuse collection trucks for the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Ratto Group. Concurrently, Wrightspeed is relocating from San Jose, Calif. to Alameda, on the other side of San Francisco Bay.

This item was initially posted on January 21
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Kansas City EVs: ChargePoint Network

January 26, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

1,000+ Chargers: Largest for a U.S. Utility and Largest Yet for ChargePoint

Kansas City Power & Light has kicked off a program to install and operate more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations – “the largest electric vehicle charging station installation by an electric utility in the United States,” and the largest single order too for networked charger supplier ChargePoint.
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PG&E Support for CNG: 16,000 NGVs

January 26, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Says Its CNG Offset 3 Million Gallons of Gasoline in 2014

Compressed natural gas supplied through two dozen public access fueling outlets “helped California drivers swap 3 million gallons of gasoline for cleaner natural gas in 2014,” the San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric utility said last week.
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First Kenworth T880s on Natural Gas Fuel

January 23, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Tractors for Beaver Creek Transport in Minnesota
Have BoC CNG Fuel Systems from Worthington/dHybrid,
Fueling at Their Own TruStar Energy Slow-Fill Installation

Kenworth is talking up the first T880 tractors to be delivered with natural gas fuel systems: a pair of compressed natural gas trucks for Beaver Creek Transport in Minnesota.
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ChargePoint for EV Fast-Charge Corridors

January 23, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with BMW and Volkswagen for Nearly 100 Units
Enabling ‘Express Charging Corridors on the East and West Coasts’

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint unveiled plans at the Washington Auto Show to install nearly 100 DC fast chargers enabling express charging corridors for electric vehicles on the East and West Coasts.
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NGVA Europe L-CNG in Finland Meeting

January 22, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, event, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Second Regional Seminar Set for March 17-18 in Helsinki

NGVA Europe is promoting L-CNG for Transport, its second regional seminar, being held March 17-18 in at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa in Finland.

Conference sponsor Gasum owns 18 of Finland’s two dozen public natural gas vehicle fueling stations, says NGVA Europe.

Conference sponsor Gasum owns 18 of Finland’s two dozen public natural gas vehicle fueling stations, says NGVA Europe.

“The Finnish fleet of gas-powered vehicles is today around 1700 vehicles,” the association says: an increase of some 30% in the last several years (985 units at the end of 2011, 1,300 units in 2012 and 1,700 units today).

Finland has 24 public gas-vehicle fueling stations, of which Gasum, the major gas company in Finland, owns 18. “In almost all of these CNG filling stations you can choose between natural gas and biogas,” NGVA Europe says.

New Import Terminals

Finland is building four new LNG terminals, all to be ready by 2019. “In the next four years Finland will double its potential for LNG use.”


The Helsinki speaker roster includes Antonio Tricas of the European Commission, Tommy Mattila of  Skangass,  Jukka Metsèlè of Gasum,  Daniel Milione of Scania, and Philippe Heisch of Cryostar.


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Source: NGVA Europe with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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