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Ryder Freightliners for Florida Dairy

May 28, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three CNG Trucks to Make Five 500-Mile Round Trips Daily

Ryder System is taking compressed natural gas trucks to its home state of Florida, reporting an agreement to lease three CNG trucks to M&B Products, “a state-of-the-art eco-friendly dairy farm.” The new trucks for M&B will be maintained by Ryder at its Tampa service facility, which it says has been engineered to handle natural gas trucks.

Clean Energy Fuels Tightens Its Branding

May 28, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

IMW, NorthStar and CERF Names Are Being Phased Out

Clean Energy Fuels is tightening up its act, advising at its annual shareholders’ meeting today that three subsidiaries “have been renamed and redefined as divisions.”

Clean Energy Fuels is consolidating the brands for its compressor, LNG and renewable natural gas business units.

Clean Energy Fuels is consolidating the brands for its compressor, LNG and renewable natural gas business units.

“The strategic importance of unifying our divisions under a single Clean Energy mark and brand identity cannot be understated,” president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a release.

  • Natural gas compressor supplier IMW – North America’s largest sole manufacturer of non-lubricated gas compressors and related technologies with compressor sales in more than 25 countries – is now Clean Energy Compression;
  • Liquefied natural gas infrastructure specialist NorthStar – with an engineering and construction team responsible for building more than 70% of the U.S. network of turnkey LNG/LCNG private fleet fueling stations – is now Clean Energy Cryogenics; and
  • “Redeem” brand biomethane supplier CERF (Clean Energy Renewable Fuels) – which operates biomethane processing facilities in Tennessee and Michigan and is a leading marketer of RNG/renewable natural gas – is now Clean Energy Renewables.

“This move will strengthen our reputation and broaden our recognition as well as eliminate any confusion for our customers and other partners,” Littlefair said.

“The name changes “will not change operational practices, management infrastructure or business objectives,” Clean Energy said.

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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NYSERDA: $3 Million Integrated Mobility

May 28, 2015 in money available, Solicitation, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Funding Aimed at New York’s Multi-Modal Transportation System

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has $3 million to invest in projects that may reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and associated energy consumption of the existing multi-modal transportation system in New York State.

SoCalGas: Four NGV Truck Workshops

May 28, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, event, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four More Events Addressing Natural Gas Fuel for Truck Fleets

Southern California Gas is reminding fleet managers about a series of evening workshops to educate its area operators about the benefits of converting their trucks to natural gas.

The next four events are slated for

  • The first of a series of five Southern California workshops on natural gas fuel for trucks takes place in Riverside on May 12. Click image or here for details.

    The next SoCalGas workshop on natural gas fuel for trucks takes place in Wilmington on the evening of July 14. Click image or here for details.

    July 14 at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington (Los Angeles);

  • September 15 at Bully’s East Restaurant in San Diego;
  • October 14 at the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey (Los Angeles); and
  • October 22 at a San Fernando Valley location TBD.

Representatives from SoCalGas, local and state funding agencies, natural gas truck manufacturers, and fleet operators are to address

  • the NGV business case and funding the switch to natural gas trucks;
  • natural gas fueling, including infrastructure location, accessibility, and cost; and
  • the SoCalGas Truck Loan Program.

All of the workshops are slated to start at 5:30pm and run three hours. They are to include a no-cost dinner and display of natural gas-powered Class 8 vehicles.

The SoCalGas NGV workshop series was announced last month (F&F, April 15).

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Source: SoCalGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Qualcomm, Daimler for Wireless Charging

May 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Qualcomm Discloses Strategic Collaboration on Connected Car Technologies

San Diego-based Qualcomm Technologies reports a strategic collaboration with Daimler AG for “the connected car,” including implementation of the Qualcomm Halo inductive charging system, aka WEVC for wireless electric vehicle charging.

Rethink Methane: Keynoter Update!

May 27, 2015 in Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, Rethink Methane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Senators Pavley & Allen and NRDC Executive Director Lehner

California Senators Fran Pavley and Ben Allen, and Natural Resources Defense Council executive director Peter Lehner are the keynote speakers for the inaugural Rethink Methane Symposium in Sacramento.

Motiv Opening Cal Facility for EVs

May 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites $8.1 Million Worth of California Energy Commission Funding

Motiv Power Systems says it expects to employ 20 workers and produce 480 all-electric powertrains annually at a new facility it’s opening today in Hayward, near San Francisco. The firm credits a total of $8.1 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission that’s helping commercialize the “All-Electric Powertrain.”

TruStar with Withers for Tucson CNG

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

20-Year-Old Station to Be Modernized with Ariel, ANGI Gear

TruStar Energy says it’s teamed with D.L. Withers to refurbish the City of Tucson’s existing CNG fueling station. In addition to “a complete facelift,” the 20-year-old facility will be upgraded 3,600-psi compression and get a new 90-truck time-fill fueling area.

The Tucson station needs to be able to support some 45 transit buses and 90 refuse vehicles.

The Tucson station needs to be able to support some 45 transit buses and 90 refuse vehicles.

“The existing plant is at the end of its useful life and city administrators felt it was time to upgrade, given our intention to continue our fleet migration to CNG,” Tucson senior engineering associate Brian Conte says in a TruStar release.

‘Upgrade Is Essential’

“We currently have 45 CNG transit buses fueling and have plans to expand our refuse collection fleet to 90 trucks,” he said – “so the station upgrade is essential.”

“Tucson represents a perfect case in the long-term viability of CNG as a sustainable replacement fuel for diesel,” said TruStar Energy president and CEO Adam Comora.

‘Tucson Took a Chance’

“Tucson took a chance on CNG 20 years ago and it was the right decision, as they are back to upgrade and expand their original vision.”

The station’s existing fast-fueling dispensers, compressors and dryers will be replaced with Ariel compressors, ANGI-Gilbarco fast-fill dispensers and a PSB gas dryer.

The contract to refurbish Tucson’s station was awarded to D.L. Withers Construction, an Arizona-based contractor that tapped TruStar to handle the CNG construction phase of the project.

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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

EMP Promotes New Components

May 26, 2015 in New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Brushless Oil Pump and Brushless Alternator

Michigan’s Engineered Machined Products is promoting a new brushless DC electric oil pump and an air-cooled brushless alternator that can deliver 325 amps at idle.

New Flyer eBus Now with HVIP Funding

May 26, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery-Powered Xcelsior XE35 and XE40 Buses: $95,000 Per Vehicle

New Flyer of America reports that its battery-powered Xcelsior XE35 and XE40 battery electric buses are eligible for funding under HVIP, the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

ACT Expo 2015: Dallas Event Recaps

May 26, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, event, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Dallas Meeting Summary Documents, and Videos

The organizers of this month’s ACT Expo 2015 meeting in Dallas are offering summaries of the event, which drew several thousand clean transportation professionals to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

CNG New Flyers & NABIs for DART

May 26, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Options Exercised for 46 Xcelsior and 17 NABI 40-Footers

New Flyer of America said Friday that Dallas Area Rapid Transit has exercised options on 17 low-floor NABI LFW buses and 46 New Flyer Xcelsior model vehicles, all of them 40 feet in length, and all compressed natural gas-fueled.

Vehicles like this CNG-fueled NABI 40-LFW for Dallas Area Rapid Transit will complement the existing New Flyer line.

DART expects delivery of 17 more CNG-fueled NABI 40-LFW buses from New Flyer, complementing 459 already in-hand, by year-end.

The 17 North American Bus Industries-design vehicles are expected to be delivered in October and November, says DART maintenance VP Mike Hubbell. The 46 New Flyer Xcelsior buses are slated for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016, he told F&F.

“These buses are part of our fleet renewal and represent our commitment to deliver the best possible customer experience for the tens of thousands of North Texans who make riding a DART bus a daily part of their lives,” DART president and executive director Gary Thomas said in a New Flyer release.

Proterra Battery Buses Coming to Dallas Too

“DART is one of the key customers that we began supplying buses to through the acquisition of NABI in 2013,” said New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry. “DART exercising these options demonstrates the strong relationship that we‘ve built together.”

DART currently has 459 CNG-fueled NABI buses, fueling at four different Clean Energy Fuels stations (F&F, October 14).

DART is negotiating final contracts for seven federally funded 100% battery electric 35-foot buses from Proterra too (F&F, February 9).

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Source: New Flyer/NABI with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Optimum Offers Two-Port CNG Tank

May 25, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

18-by-27-Inch Cylinder for ‘Extra Flexibility’

Utah’s Optimum Composite Technologies reports certification, and says deliveries have begun, of a versatile new compressed natural gas fuel cylinder –an 18-inch-diameter by 37-inch Type III tank with two port sizes.

Roush Propane for Buses in Three States

May 25, 2015 in Fleet Order, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Blue Birds in Oregon and Massachusetts, Champions in Michigan

Roush CleanTech is supplying the dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems for double-digit bus orders in Massachusetts, Michigan and Oregon, all announced last week – 199 propane autogas vehicles in all. updated May 27

Ryder NGVs for Two Arkansas Fleets

May 22, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Are Each to Get Seven Volvo VNLs
With Cummins Westport ISX12 G Engines, Quantum CNG Fuel Systems,
‘Stability of Natural Gas Fuel Costs,’ Environment Cited by Alpha’s Top Man

Ryder System’s fleet of leased compressed natural gas vehicles is expanding to Arkansas, where two existing Ryder customers have each signed up for seven new CNG-fueled Volvo tractors with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport. The new trucks will have fuel systems from Quantum.

AeroVironment for Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

May 22, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Time for Level 2 Charger to Be Included with Plug-In Car, AV says

AeroVironment’s TurboCord Dual Level 2 charger will be included as standard equipment with the new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, AV says.

Report Calls for NGV Truck Caution

May 19, 2015 in CNG, LNG, NGVs, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Care Must Be Taken to Curb Methane Leaks, Says EDF

Natural gas-fueled trucks can provide an immediate greenhouse gas emissions and hence climate benefit – if care is taken to curb methane emissions both from the trucks themselves and more importantly from the supply chain, says a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Vehicle efficiency is important too, EDF says.

“Our range of results indicates that these fuel switches have the potential to produce climate benefits on all time frames, but combinations of significant well-to-wheels methane emissions reductions and natural gas vehicle efficiency improvements would be required,” states an abstract of Influence of Methane Emissions and Vehicle Efficiency on the Climate Implications of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Trucks by EDF senior economic analyst Jonathan Camuzeaux and colleagues.

UPS pledged this month to operate certain of its over-the-road trucks in California on biomethane, aka RNG – renewable natural gas (F&F, May 5). RNG was not addressed in today’s EDF report. Agility Fuel Systems photo

UPS pledged this month to operate certain of its over-the-road trucks in California on biomethane, aka RNG – renewable natural gas – to the tune of about 1.5 million equivalent gallons per year (F&F, May 5). RNG was not addressed in today’s EDF report. Agility Fuel Systems photo

The study was released today in Environmental Science & Technology, a publication of ACS, the American Chemical Society.

‘Use Caution’

“Policymakers wishing to address climate change should use caution before promoting fuel switching to natural gas,” states the study. “Fleet owners and policymakers should continue to evaluate data.”

“The new study finds there are indeed pathways for heavy duty natural gas vehicles to achieve climate benefits, provided methane emissions across the value chain are reduced both upstream and at the vehicle level,” Camuzeaux said in a blog post this morning.

“Upstream emissions issues have to be addressed,” says another expert observer with ties to the environmental community. “This is not a controversial statement,” he told F&F in an email. “We all know that these improvements are necessary.”

‘Climate Benefits from Day One’

While the study warns of “damages to the climate for several decades” – up to 90 years for spark-ignition engines – “It is possible for natural gas trucks to provide climate benefits from day one,” says Jason Mathers, a senior manager in EDF’s corporate partners program.

EDF's Jonathan Camuzeaux

EDF’s Jonathan Camuzeaux

Three things are necessary: reduced emissions from the natural gas supply chain, reduced emissions from the trucks themselves (both including boiloff losses related to liquefied natural gas) and improved truck efficiency, he told F&F.

“The time to get ahead of this question is now, before this industry hits a major growth spurt,” Mathers says in an EDF blog post. “Reducing methane leaks upstream of the vehicles themselves will determine whether a shift in fuels will have a cost or a benefit for the climate.”

NGVAmerica Is Not Wholly Pleased

NGVAmerica noted today that it is working with EDF and academic partners on a soon-to-be published “Pump to Wheels Methane Leakage” study promising “to end speculation about actual in-use methane leaks from natural gas stations and vehicles.”

NGVAmerica also cited a Washington State University study finding that upgrades in metering and regulating stations, changes in pipeline materials, better instruments for detecting pipeline leaks and regulatory changes have led to methane emissions that are from 36% to 70% lower than earlier U.S. EPA estimates.

“It’s confusing that the Environmental Defense Fund has chosen to conduct and release another study, outside of the cooperative work already underway,” association president Matt Godlewski said in a statement today.

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Source: EDF with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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