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Clean Energy LNG for Raven Transport

March 31, 2015 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rush Units Supply and Outfit 115 Peterbilt 579s for LNG Operation

Clean Energy Fuels said today that its longtime customer Raven Transport is adding 115 liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt Model 579 sleeper tractors to its fleet “to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company.” Clean Energy will support the Raven fleet by opening four new truck-friendly LNG fueling stations. updated April 1

ACT Expo 2015: Efficiency Matters

March 31, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Conference/Meeting, event, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NACFE & More at Conference and Show in Dallas in May
And a Sneak-Peek Trucking Efficiency Webinar on April 15

ACT Expo is about alternative fuels but it’s also about efficiency. Conference partners including Walmart and Trucking Efficiency – a joint collaboration between the North American Council on Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room – are urging clean transportation professionals to come to Texas and learn about the latest technologies that are helping fleets reduce both emissions and their fuel costs.

Siemens Starts eHighway Building

March 31, 2015 in Electric Drive, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Overhead Electrical Power to Slash Pollution Near the Ports

Siemens reports the start of construction on an “eHighway” project in Carson, Calif. serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The goal is for electric drive trucks to run (and in some cases charge) on grid power in the traffic- and population-dense harbor area, before splitting off to their destinations.

Clean Energy CNG for Dean Foods

March 31, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

To Provide Fuel in Houston for 64 New Freightliner Trucks

Clean Energy Fuels is to build a compressed natural gas fueling station in Houston for Dean Foods for start-up in the second half of 2015, supporting 64 new Freightliner trucks for Dean’s Oak Farms Dairy. The private station will have two fueling lanes. CNG will be produced by two 300-horsepower IMW compressors.

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Fashion Glass for 58+ Propane Vehicles

March 31, 2015 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CleanFuel USA Says Ten More Propane Autogas Trucks Are ‘On the Way’

CleanFuel USA is spreading the word about Fashion Glass & Mirror and the Dallas-based firm’s commitment to propane autogas-fueled trucks.

Georgia’s EV Tax Credit Threatened

March 31, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Legislation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

State May Also Impose a Fee on Alternative Fuel Vehicles

The Georgia legislature has approved a bill that would eliminate the state’s $5,000 tax credit on alterative vehicles. The legislation would impose road use fees of $200 on consumers and $300 on business for alterative fuel vehicles operated in the state (up from $70 today), the Atlanta Electric Vehicle Development Coalition reports.

Kia Soul EV Coming to Five More States

March 31, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Georgia Follows California, then Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii

Kia Motors America is taking the new Soul EV beyond its 2014 launch state of California – to Georgia in this second quarter of 2015, and to Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii in June.

NGVAmerica Maintains Optimism

March 30, 2015 in CNG, Legislation, LNG, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Healthy Overall NGV Marketplace Given the Headwinds of Low Oil Prices’
As New Legislation Spurs Optimism for 2015, Especially for Heavy Duty NGVs

U.S. natural gas vehicles production as a whole was down 6.5% last year, but the fall-off was limited to light duty vehicles – medium and heavy duty NGVs saw significant growth, NGVAmerica reports. Separately, the association applauded the introduction of legislation that would make liquefied natural gas-fueled vehicles even more competitive.

Peterbilt Adds CNG Medium Duty Trucks

March 30, 2015 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Promotes New LNG Option for Heavy Models 579 and 567

Peterbilt introduced two new medium-duty vehicles powered by compressed natural gas at last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, and said it’s making its heavy duty Model 579 and 567 trucks available with liquefied natural gas.

Shell Opens Two Truck LNG Stations

March 30, 2015 in Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

They Are the Second and Third with TravelCenters of America,
In Texas & Louisiana, At Least Three More Outlets Are Planned

Shell has opened liquefied natural gas truck fueling lanes at two more Travel Centers of America locations: Baytown, Texas (immediately east of Houston) and Lafayette, La. and indicated that stations are planned for Dallas and San Antonio, and for Santa Nella, Calif. (on Interstate 5 west of Merced). updated March 31

Shell-Travel Centers of America facility in Baytown, Texas facilitates LNG truck service to the Port of Houston.

Shell-Travel Centers of America facility in Baytown, Texas facilitates LNG truck service to the Port of Houston.

The Baytown and Lafayette outlets are the second and third stations for the partnership, as the companies made LNG fuel available to trucks at Ontario, Calif. last year (F&F, May 12, 2014).

“All of our LNG lanes are ‘super lanes’ in that they are equipped to dispense LNG, diesel and DEF,” TA president and CEO Tom O’Brien said in a release.

“Because super lanes are integrated with existing fuel lanes, we do not interrupt truck traffic flow, or reduce available truck parking spaces,” O’Brien said.

‘A Lower Cost and Cleaner Fuel Alternative to Diesel’

“We now have six truck repair and maintenance facilities that perform repair and maintenance on LNG and CNG vehicles,” he added.

Also according to today’s announcement “As customer demand grows in the U.S., Shell and TA plan to open additional truck fueling lanes.” The firm had previously discussed a network of 100 stations (F&F, April 15, 2013).

Shell and Travel Centers of America have three LNG fueling outlets and are planning three more.

Shell and Travel Centers of America have three LNG fueling outlets and are planning three more.

“We see an opportunity in using LNG as a lower cost and cleaner fuel alternative to diesel, and expect the strengthening supply chain in North America to give customers reassurance that LNG is becoming a bigger part of the transport fuel mix,” said downstream LNG Americas GM Christian Buelow.

“Shell continues to look in to the commercial opportunity of supplying LNG fuel to customers in the region – both marine and road transport customers,” he said.

Shell notes that it opened its first LNG station in Calgary in 2013, and has a second now operational in Edmonton. Shell is also the charter customer for the first U.S.-flag ship running primarily on LNG, Harvey Gulf International Marine’s Harvey Energy, now helping supply Shell deepwater platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Source: Shell with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

New Hybrids Next Week in New York

March 27, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GM and Toyota Are to Unveil New Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Watch for at least two new hybrid electric vehicles to be introduced at the New York International Auto Show, which runs April 3-12 at Manhattan’s Javits Center. Toyota will introduce a hybrid version of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle, and Chevrolet will unveil the new strong hybrid version of the 2016 Malibu.

TransPower Flexes Its All-Battery Muscles

March 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says Hard Data Backs Its Claims of Full Heavy Tractor Capability
As Company Awarded Funding for Demonstrations and Expansion

San Diego-based Transportation Power, Inc. is throwing down the gauntlet on heavy duty all-electric terminal tractors, claiming it’s got more data than anyone on range and heavy-load capabilities.

CTfastrak Scores Two Score + Two Hybrids

March 27, 2015 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Allison Drives for Connecticut DoT’s New Hartford-Area BRT Fleet

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has launched a new Bus Rapid Transit system including 42 new hybrid electric buses with parallel drivelines from Allison Transmission. The new CTfastrak BRT network serves the Hartford area.

ChargePoint Taps Australia’s Tritium

March 27, 2015 in Companies, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firms Join Forces for Networked DC Fast-Charging in the U.S.

California-based ChargePoint and Melbourne, Australia-based Tritium have disclosed a partnership whereby Tritium will supply its Veefil brand DC fast chargers for networked electric vehicle charging installations across the U.S.

It’s the first U.S. contract for Tritium, states a release.

ChargePoint is to install ‘Veefil’ DC fast chargers from Australia’s Tritium in the U.S.

ChargePoint is to install ‘Veefil’ DC fast chargers from Australia’s Tritium in the U.S.

The liquid-cooled Tritium fast-charge units have a power output of 50 kilowatts, sufficient to provide up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers worth of electricity in just 20 minutes via SAE-Combo connector or CHAdeMO connectors. Tesla drivers will be able to use the CHAdeMO connector with an adapter slated to go on sale shortly, the companies say.

“ChargePoint approached us because it was attracted by both the design and unique technology of the Veefil, plus the fact that it is extremely simple for the EV owner to use,” Tritium CEO David Finn says in the collaboration announcement.

Quick Deployment

“We were looking for a strong partner in the U.S. which had excellent distribution and an established network throughout the country,” he said. “I’m excited by the rate and high volume at which ChargePoint will be able to deploy our product into this market and its commitment to establishing a major network of DC fast chargers.”

The Tritium units will be installed on major routes across the country and will be part of a ChargePoint network of more than 21,000 EV charging stations, ChargePoint says, noting that it recently partnered with Volkswagen and BMW to build express charging corridors on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. (F&F, January 23).

TritiumVeefil-logo“The stations will be ChargePoint-branded, clearly marked as DC Fast stations, and the connectors will be labeled so drivers know which is compatible with their car,” ChargePoint says.

‘Drivers Can Depend on An EV as Their Only Vehicle’

“These stations can be used by any EV equipped with fast charging and will be installed in convenient locations where drivers need them most,” said ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. “With access to fast charging stations along major routes, drivers can depend on an EV as their only vehicle.”

Exclusive liquid cooling allows “robust charging over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance,” says the ChargePoint-Tritium release.

The Veefil charger is further said to have the smallest footprint and lowest weight of all 50-kilowatt DC fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. The unit weighs just 364 pounds (165 kilograms) and boasts polycarbonate-and-aluminum construction.

Paul Sernia is Tritium commercial director.

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Source: Tritium via ChargePoint with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ACT Expo 2015 TMC Workshop on NGVs

March 27, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Conference/Meeting, event, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The ACT Expo 2015-TMC Natural Gas Project Development Workshop will be held on the morning of Thursday, May 7.

ACT Expo organizers have teamed with TMC, the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council, to host a Natural Gas Project Development Workshop on the morning of Thursday, May 7.


Clean Fleet April 6 in Sacramento

March 27, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Transportation Efficiencies Forum Precedes Green California Summit

A Clean Fleet Transportation Efficiencies Forum and clean vehicle showcase and ride-and-drive will precede the April 7-8 Green California Summit and Exposition at the Sacramento Convention Center. The April 6 Forum is being organized by Calstart, the Sacramento and East Bay Clean Cities organizations, and fleet optimization specialist CarbonBlu of Rocklin, Calif.

Women in ACT (and Men Too: Early May)

March 24, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, batteries, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, LNG, New Products, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Momentum Continues to Gather for Pre-Eminent Clean Vehicle Event

Organizers of ACT Expo have released details about the Women in ACT Summit being held on Monday, May 4 at the start of the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Texas.

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