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Proterra Prepares for Cal Manufacturing

April 28, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CEC Money to Support Plant at City of Industry (Los Angeles)
For Versatile ‘Catalyst’ All-Electric 40-Foot Transit Bus Platform

Proterra is celebrating the award of $3 million from the California Energy Commission to fund the design, development and construction of a state-of-the-art plant to manufacture its zero-emission, battery-electric transit buses. updated April 29

Westport Parts + Service New Division

April 28, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations Invites Distributors to Participate

Westport Innovations says it launched established Westport Parts + Service as a new company division at the Automechanika show in Chicago this week – and invited distributors to join in.

Westport-Parts+ServiceWestport Parts + Service also announces the opportunity for distributors to join us and our key partners in delivering reliable, accessible original engine (OE) quality parts and service to the growing North American natural gas vehicle market.

“Westport Parts specializes in OE quality parts to the on-highway truck market including medium duty, heavy duty and light truck and the off-highway market for natural gas vehicles,” states a company blog post.

“Westport Service,” the company says, “provides a network of certified natural gas facilities to install, service and repair NGVs with class-leading service and customer support, including technical training and 24/7 hotlines.”

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Source: Westport Innovations with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



Post Office Qualifies 15 for the NGDV

April 27, 2015 in Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Could Lead to Five-Seven Years’ Worth of Business Worth $5 Billion-Plus

The U.S. Post Office, following an RFI process initiated in January, has named 15 companies it will ask to bid for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle – some 180,000 units at an estimated price of $25,000 to $35,000 apiece, or $5.4 billion in total assuming the median figure.

NAR for New Class 5 Dedicated-Gas Truck

April 27, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Companies, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North American Repower for Spark-Ignition DT 466 Engine
As CNG Cylinders International Supplies Tank and Assembly

California’s North American Repower will unveil a new all-natural gas Class 5 vehicle at ACT Expo 2015 in Texas next week, showing an International 4000 series truck with spark-ignition 7.6-liter DT 466 engine.

Canada Networks Plan Interoperability

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

Quebec’s Electric Circuit Teaming with National VERnetwork

The Canadian electric vehicle charging networks Electric Circuit (founded by the Hydro Quebec utility) and ADDÉnergie’s VERnetwork are planning for “total interoperability” according to a phase-in schedule beginning in June.

ACT Expo 2015 Is… Next Week!

April 27, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, LNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,500 People and 200-Plus Exhibitors Expected

Organizers of ACT Expo 2105 are gearing up for what’s expected to be the year’s largest gathering of clean transportation professionals in North America, taking place May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Volvo Group Invests in Peloton Pairing

April 27, 2015 in Companies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Platoon’ System for Highway Trucks Shown to Reduce Fuel Use

Volvo Group Venture Capital says it’s invested in Peloton Technology, developer of a “truck platooning system” Volvo describes “as an integrated safety, efficiency and analytics platform that builds on advanced safety technologies such as collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control systems.”

NG Advantage for International Paper

April 24, 2015 in CNG, industrial by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agreement for the Ticonderoga Plant in Upstate New York
Marks ‘Highest Volume Use of Trucked CNG To-Date in U.S.’

Vermont’s NG Advantage reports a pact with International Paper to supply natural gas to a mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y. NG Advantage, a unit of Clean Energy Fuels, says that when the operation commences next month, it will be “the highest volume use of trucked CNG to-date in the U.S.”

NAFA-Calstart for Fleet Sustainability

April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Our Members Will Extend Benefits to Their Bottom Line’

Launching what’s been termed a LEED program for vehicles, the NAFA Fleet Management Association and Calstart have introduced an accreditation program with tiered performance ratings to encourage vehicle fuel saving and overall environmental sustainability.


Sevcon Gets Money for EV Controller

April 24, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Massachusetts Firm Gets UK Government Support: £400,000
For Controllers, Pledges ‘to Increase Skilled Staff by 20 People’

Southborough, Mass.-based Sevcon says it will use a £400,000 grant from the British government – approximately $607,000 U.S. – to develop a new range of controllers for electric and hybrid vehicles, and “recruiting an additional 20 skilled staff” to do so – 13 now and seven later.

“The company has been successful in securing funds from the U.K. government-sponsored Regional Growth Fund, which will be used to develop the next generation of its successful Gen4 controller,” states a release.

UK support will help Sevcon develop the develop the next generation of its compact Gen4 AC controller for electric vehicles.

UK support will help Sevcon develop the develop the next generation of its compact Gen4 AC controller for electric vehicles.

“The low voltage controller will provide additional functionality and deliver improved performance, exceeding the emerging environmental and regulatory benchmarks in smaller dimensions than its predecessor,” Sevcon says.

UK Money, World Markets

“The worldwide drive for electrification gives us the confidence to invest in developing new products, and this award is testament to the strength of the business proposition we currently offer,” Sevcon president and CEO Matt Boyle says in the award announcement.

The new controller “will offer unparalleled ease-of-use, allied with the ability to customize the functionality and operation to allow users with small product volumes to have access to advanced ‘off-the-shelf’ electrification solutions,” said Sevcon global product manager Stephen Chilton.

“The support offered by the Regional Growth Fund allows Sevcon to invest in employing the world’s best engineers,” Chilton said. “These engineers will be needed to deliver these innovative products into environment-saving applications in the coming years.”

Sevcon says it’s shipped more than 111,000 of its Gen4 controllers. The product was launched in 2010 “and is the undisputed market leader,” powering mid- and high-performance electric motorcycles. It “is also proving popular with Tier I manufacturers for on-road vehicle applications in the rapidly growing Asian electrification market,” Sevcon says.

Sevcon, president Matt Boyle, 508-281-5503; [email protected];


Source: Sevcon with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Allied for Westport CNG Vehicles

April 24, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Allied Specialty Vehicles Takes CNG Beyond Its Collins School Buses

Orlando, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles reports an exclusive partnership with Westport allowing Westport WiNG equipment for compressed natural gas to be offered beyond ASV’s Collins Bus school vehicles.

Amp Trillium Dalton, Penske Earth Day

April 22, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Construction Is Underway in Dalton for Opening This Summer,
Penske Celebrates Trillium Station in Pottsville with Wegmans

Penske and Trillium CNG are celebrating Earth Day today with the grand opening of a CNG station in Pennsylvania serving customers including Wegmans Food Markets and NFI. Separately, the Amp Trillium joint venture for compressed natural gas fueling has begun building a CNG station in Dalton, Ga. for opening this summer.

Minnesota Sued on Biodiesel Mandate

April 22, 2015 in Biodiesel, litigation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

10% Requirement Said to Be Bad for Business, and Vehicles,
National Biodiesel Board ‘Disappointed’ at the Legal Action
As Local Lung Association Points Up Emissions Reductions

A coalition of businesses including the Minnesota Trucking Association has sued the state in federal court, asking for repeal of biodiesel content requirements of 10% in the summer, going to as high as 20% in 2018.

MNtrucking-logoThe Minnesota biodiesel mandate took effect on July 1, 2014. It is “likely raising fueling costs for all diesel vehicles,” states a release issued by MTA, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The National Biodiesel Board says B10 – a 10% biodiesel blend – has worked “very well, without negative price impacts on consumers.”

The plaintiffs are suing Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency and the state departments of Agriculture and Commerce, basing their claims under U.S. and state laws including the federal Clean Air Act and the Minnesota Administrative Procedures Act.

Warranties Violated

“Most diesel-fueled passenger cars and light trucks were not designed for – and are not warranted to run on – biofuel blends of 10 or 20%,” they say.

“Use of such fuel blends could result in increased maintenance costs and engine problems… These problems could impact manufacturers and dealers in the state through lost sales and increased warranty claims.

“Minnesota is forcing the sale of what has historically been more costly fuel,” states the release. “The State is purposefully denying access to needed fuels recommended for use in many diesel vehicles while likely raising fueling costs for all diesel vehicles.”

‘Truckers Already Are Avoiding Fueling in Minnesota’

According to the suit itself, as filed in U.S. District Court for Minnesota by the Minneapolis law firm Bassford Remele, problems related to the biodiesel mandate “will cause some auto dealers and auto manufacturers to lose sales and incur greater costs associated with increased warranty claims.

“Moreover, auto manufacturers will see erosion of hard-won brand loyalty. Knowing that B10 typically costs more than petroleum diesel and requires additional maintenance to vehicles, interstate truckers already are avoiding fueling in Minnesota.”

“This lawsuit,” the plaintiffs say, “seeks to restore consumer choice.”

The Lung Association Likes Biodiesel

The American Lung Association in Minnesota, which hosts the Minneapolis Clean Cities organization, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but a spokesman told F&F that B10 – 10% biodiesel – eliminates 163 tons of particulate matter, 216 tons of hydrocarbon, and 1,820 tons of carbon monoxide emissions per year.

“Vehicle emissions are the single largest source of air pollution in the state,” said the Lung Association’s Bob Moffitt. “We’ve always been a supporter of biodiesel,” he said, noting that the city of Minneapolis operates fire trucks, ambulances, transit buses and snow plows on the fuel.

“We are disappointed the American Petroleum Institute and other national groups have sued to suspend Minnesota’s strong, local biodiesel policy,” the National Biodiesel Board said Wednesday.

‘Stop Fighting Progress with Lawsuits Against Renewable Fuels’

“The policy was created in response to Minnesotans broad desire to diversify the fuel supply with locally produced biodiesel that creates jobs, protects our environment and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,” NBB said.

“The fact is Minnesota voters elected their leaders, and those leaders have recognized the outstanding benefits of biodiesel by voting to extend this policy after proven success. Other states such as Illinois have also clearly demonstrated that volumes of B10 or more work very well, without negative price impacts on consumers.

“We would encourage API and others to stop fighting progress with lawsuits against renewable fuels and to join the movement to protecting consumers by diversifying our fuel supplies with cleaner alternatives.”

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Source: Minnesota Trucking Association with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush CleanTech Buses for The Rapid

April 21, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four Buses for Michigan Agency’s GO!Bus Paratransit Service

The Rapid – Michigan’s Grand Rapids-based Interurban Transit Partnership – has this week deployed four propane autogas vehicles for its GO!Bus service, fuel system provider Roush CleanTech said today.

Safe and Broadwind Launch ‘CNG Boost’

April 21, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydraulic Compressor for ‘Instant’ Capacity Enhancement

Safe North America and distribution partner Broadwind Energy are promoting “CNG Boost” hydraulic compression technology as an easy way to effectively add capacity at compressed natural gas fueling installations.

Cadillac Promises CT6 Sedan PHEV

April 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Described as ‘Ideal Platform’ for First Cadillac Plug-In Hybrid

General Motors said in China this week that it would offer a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version of its new CT6 sedan – a vehicle that was itself unveiled just this month in New York.

Phoenix for the Navy at Port Hueneme

April 21, 2015 in EVs, Fleet Order, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Electric ‘Zeus’ Flatbed Features Vehicle-to-Grid Capability

Phoenix Motorcars reports delivery of a V2G-capable “Zeus” battery truck to the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif. The full-sized flatbed truck will be used as a service vehicle to transport supplies and equipment for facilities maintenance at Port Hueneme and nearby Point Mugu, Phoenix says.

Phoenix Motorcars battery-electric truck for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif.

Phoenix Motorcars V2G-capable battery-electric flatbed for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif. NavFac is the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Zeus stands for zero emissions utility shuttle.

The vehicle is equipped for V2G, vehicle-to-grid charging, meaning it can direct power both to and from the electric grid. Thus the truck “will serve as a low-cost mobile power source, and an outlet to increase energy security.”

ONR Funding

The project was funded by ESTEP, the Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program in the Office of Naval Research.

The vehicle features single-charge range of about 100 miles, Phoenix says.

Phoenix recently delivered to the first of four Zeus trucks to JPL, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Southern California (F&F, April 3).

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Source: Phoenix Motorcars with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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