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Solar Impulse Tries Nagoya-Hawaii Flight

June 30, 2015 in Aviation, Electric Drive, solar, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Longest Leg of Around-the-World Journey Using No Fuel – Right Now:
‘Clean Technologies & Renewable Energies Can Achieve Incredible Feats’

The fully electric Solar Impulse airplane – Si2, the Swiss organization’s second – is in the midst of the longest and riskiest leg of its historic Round-The-World mission, flying as of F&F presstime from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii. It is a second attempt at the 7,200-kilometer/4,475-mile crossing after weather forced diversion of the aircraft to Nagoya following a takeoff from Nanjing, China.

CHBC Slates Summer Summit in Downey

June 30, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Workshops Scheduled for July 29 and July 30 in Downey

The California Hydrogen Business Council has slated the double-barreled CHBC Summer Summit for July 29-30 at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center in Downey, Calif.

CHBC_SummerSummitThe Summit includes two workshops:

  • Renewable Pathways to Hydrogen; and
  • Hydrogen for Energy Storage and Grid Service.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology offer “an unprecedented portfolio of solutions” to help achieve California’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction and concurrent zero-emission vehicle goals, the organization says: “Renewable hydrogen for transportation and stationary power generation is emission free, silent and provides consumer experience similar to existing technology.”

Attendees can register for either of the two Summit workshops or at a discount for both days. Registration is cheaper still for CHBC members.

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Source: CHBC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

California’s Big Clean Vehicles Money

June 30, 2015 in money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CARB Is Talking Up $373 Million for Fiscal Year 2015-2016,
CEC Wants Input on How to Spend Next ARFVTP $100 Million

The California Air Resources Board today approved a $373 million funding plan covering agency investments in advanced technologies for fiscal year 2015-16, “from zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses to rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles.”

California State Capitol

California State Capitol

Separately, the California Energy Commission has extended until July 15 the deadline for comments on its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. ARFVTP has an annual budget of approximately $100 million.

The proposed CARB budget for the annual Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program is up by $150 million over last year’s budget, and is subject to approval by the California legislature.

$200 Million for Light and $167.5 Million for Heavy Vehicles

“Action taken by the Board today to boost funding for clean vehicle programs is in direct response to growing demand, and the need to put more zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads and highways,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.

“This funding plan delivers clean air, less carbon pollution and provides financial incentives to allow all Californians to benefit from driving and owning the cleanest vehicles.”

CARB is proposing to invest $200 million in light-duty vehicles, with $167.5 million dedicated to heavy-duty vehicle and freight-equipment projects, including vouchers to help support the purchase of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.

CEC Interested in New and Smaller Grants

Among the heavy-duty vehicle investments are three new programs, including a trade-up pilot program to transition off-road agricultural equipment to cleaner technologies. (The remaining $5.5 million is held for administrative overhead and a reserve.)

CEC wants input on new funding in support of projects which do not readily fit into current ARFVTP investment plan categories and, among other possibilities, suggestions for a solicitation limited to small grants of $150,000 or less.

ARFVTP investment plan comments by July 15 to [email protected]

CEC has set July 9 for a staff meeting on NGVIP, its Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project.

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Source: California agencies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

APG Dual Fuel Gets CARB Certifications

June 30, 2015 in certifications, CNG, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Applies to Volvo/Mack D-13/MP8 Engine Models for 2010-2012

American Power Group is celebrating the first California Air Resources Board certifications for its dual fuel engine conversion equipment, spreading the word about CARB executive orders clearing the way for sale of APG kits for 17 specific Volvo/Mack D-13/MP8 engine models within the 2010 to 2012 model years.

PERC Wants Propane Emergency Vehicles

June 30, 2015 in Education, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Joins NASEO’s Initiative for Resiliency in Energy Through Vehicles

The Propane Education & Research Council has joined a national task force promoting the addition of alternative fuel vehicles to emergency response fleets. PERC notes that iREV, the Initiative for Resiliency in Energy Through Vehicles, organized by the National Association of State Energy Officials, has been awarded $800,000 in DoE Clean Cities grant funds to administer the project.

Renault-Nissan Sells Its 250,000th EV

June 30, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alliance Accounts for Half of All Electric Vehicles Sold Globally

The Paris- and Yokohama-based Renault-Nissan Alliance is trumpeting the early-June sale, in France, of its 250,000th electric vehicle.

Waste Management CNG in Waterloo

June 30, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Launches a New Fleet of Freightliner, Mack, Peterbilt Trucks

Waste Management is talking up the launch of a new regional fleet of compressed natural gas refuse trucks, basing vehicles in Waterloo, Ontario behind an investment of more than $13 million.

410 New Flyer CNG and Hybrid Buses

June 30, 2015 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

325 CNG and Hybrid Buses to MBTA, 85 Hybrids for Seattle

New Flyer has notched large orders for compressed natural gas and hybrid buses. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports that its board has approved the purchase of 325 forty-foot buses for $222.2 million. Separately, New Flyer said that Seattle’s King County Metro has exercised options worth $130 million for 138 buses, including 85 of the company’s 60-foot XDE60 diesel-fueled Xcelsior hybrids.

Megawatt PP03 Car Prevails at Pikes Peak

June 30, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Drive eO’s PP03 Six-Motor Battery Car Climbs the Hill Fastest

The six-motor, 1,020-kilowatt, 100% battery electric PP03 car developed by Latvia’s Drive eO has won the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, setting a new event record of nine minutes and 7.222 seconds for electric vehicles (details courtesy for the 20-kilometer/12.42-mile run.

DuPont Blasts the EPA on RFS Proposal

June 30, 2015 in Biofuels, Ethanol, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Proposed Rule ‘Is Misguided and Is a Major Step Backward’

The U.S. EPA’s proposed rule changing its RFS/Renewable Fuel Standards “is misguided and is a major step backward,” DuPont said after DuPont Industrial Biosciences grain processing business manager Brenda Heffelfinger testified last week at an agency hearing in Kansas City, Kans.

Neste-CLP Car Makes Its U.S. Crossing

June 29, 2015 in Biofuels, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Superlite Car Averages 67 Miles per NEXBTL Diesel Gallon at 68 MPH,
As Sponsor Golden Gate Readies a Retail Program for Renewable Diesel

Just 37.6 gallons of renewable NEXBTL renewable diesel from Finland’s Neste Oil powered a CLP Motorsports Superlite Coupe with 1.9-liter Volkswagen TDI engine from Atlantic Beach, Fla. to Santa Monica last week.

CNG & Tennessee: Fueling a Win-Win!

June 29, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

By Tom Doherty, Tennessee Office of Sustainable Practices

With volatile fuel prices and the nationwide desire to decrease the country’s reliance on foreign oil, the State of Tennessee has been thrilled with what’s driving its future. There are nearly 500 alternative fueling locations in the state; these stations include: biodiesel, electric, ethanol, hydrogen, and propane.

Gibson County Utility District GM Pat Riley and Lynette DiMeola, executive director of Tennessee Gas Association.

Gibson County Utility District GM Pat Riley and Lynette DiMeola, executive director of Tennessee Gas Association.

More recently, there is a new fuel in town: compressed natural gas. CNG is often praised for having far fewer emissions than gasoline and diesel fuels, for being a relatively safe fuel, and for its economics and domestic sourcing. With the opening of several CNG stations across Tennessee, the clean fuels transportation network is opening opportunities for personal and fleet vehicle fueling, while greatly contributing to the local economy.

Corridors and Access

Beginning in 2004, after conversations about ethanol and biodiesel feasibility, CNG and propane alternatives were only just beginning to show on the horizon. Fast-forward eleven years and Tennessee has a complex network of alternative vehicle fueling stations between I-40 (west to east from Memphis to Knoxville), the I-65 Biofuels Corridor (passing through the middle of the State) and the I-75 Clean Fuels Corridor (north to south between Knoxville and Chattanooga).

Tennessee is now home to ten 24-hour public-access CNG filling stations. Whether you operate a fleet of CNG vehicles or own a personal CNG vehicle, you will never be more than 90 miles from a CNG station while in Tennessee. To showcase this fact, the Tennessee Gas Association hosted a CNG Rally from May 18-22, touring the “CNG highway.”

Gibson County

Several public-access stations were toured as part of the rally, including stations in Memphis, Trenton, Nashville, Athens, and Sevier County in East Tennessee. Leaving Memphis and heading east, the state’s newest CNG station – operated by the Gibson County Utility District – celebrated its grand opening in May in collaboration with the CNG Rally .

“I’ve been listening to what is happening in the energy sector and the transportation sector,” said GCUD GM Pat Riley. “From point of manufacturing to point of sale, I saw an opportunity to merge these efforts and complete the sustainability sequence of events.”

The Gibson County Utility District has spent more than $530,000 in the local community and they have already seen the rippling effects. “Every dollar spent in the community moves several times, and that is something to feel good about,” Riley notes. The GCUD CNG station is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and also includes Kohler natural gas generators and solar panels (F&F, October 17).

$2.09 per GGE

CNG is more inexpensive for fleet use than many other fuels. At the current $2.09 per gasoline gallon equivalent, traveling through Tennessee by way of the Great Smokey Mountains, Music City or Graceland, you can feel good about using a clean-burning alternative fuel that gets you the extra mile.

Tom Doherty works for in the Office of Sustainable Practices in the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. He manages TDEC’s Clean Tennessee Energy Grant initiative, via which the state assists communities with the implementation of energy conservation and environmental mitigation projects.
Prior to working with TDEC, Doherty worked as an environmental consultant focusing on brownfield redevelopment and economic development programs. currently holds a LEED Green Associate credential (as well as a B.S in Environmental Studies and Earth Science from Western Michigan University), and he intends to work with communities in the planning and redevelopment phase to incorporate sustainability into the design and function of the built environment.

Artist’s rendering of the Gibson County Utility District CNG station off Interstate 40 between Memphis and Nashville.

Artist’s rendering of the now-completed Gibson County Utility District CNG station off Interstate 40 between Memphis and Nashville (F&F, October 17).

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Source: TDEC Special to Fleets & Fuels

Gain Teams in Texas with Fast Flow CNG

June 29, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Texas Triangle Fueling Outlets and a Third Opening in Mid-July

U.S. Gain is joining forces with Independence Fuel Systems in the Texas Triangle. Two existing Fast Flow CNG stations operated by IFS will be co-branded as Gain Clean Fuel CNG stations, while a third is to open in mid-July in Centerville, on Interstate 45 approximately halfway between Houston and Dallas.

Sparq CNG Comes Home to Oklahoma

June 29, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First CNG Outlet in Native State with Hutch’s in Watonga
As Sparq Secures Backing by Dericks Leasing & Financial

Oklahoma City-based Sparq Natural Gas reports its first deal for a CNG fueling outlet in its native state: Sparq is to open an ANGI/Gilbarco-equipped station at an existing Hutch’s convenience store location in Watonga, Okla. late this year. updated June 30

NGVs in Denver: Program Launched

June 26, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, event, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

100-Plus Exhibitors, ‘More Fleet Owners Than Ever Before’

NGVAmerica is promising more than 100 exhibitors, more than 1,000 industry professionals, and “more fleet owners than ever before” at the 2015 North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo, which takes place September 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

NGVsDenverSept2015This year’s event will bring together expert speakers and attendees from across the NGV value chain allowing you to gain definitive insights into the NGV industry and providing valuable forecasts as we move toward 2016.

The conference program has been released, covering OEM technology, fuel cost savings, emissions reductions, fuel station infrastructure development plans, federal and state funding options and fleet operator case studies, as well as

  • A Snapshot of America’s Natural Gas Supplies: “A Picture of Abundance;”
  • How Natural Gas Is Driving Innovation and Economic Growth;
  • Natural Gas Vehicles: Creating a More Energy Secure World; and
  • Natural Gas Vehicles and the Path towards a Sustainable Future.

The Denver meeting is hosted by NGVAmerica with the support of NGV Global. Organized by the UK’s CWC. Hexagon Composites is platinum sponsor.

Registrations are discounted by $100 until June 30.

Nominations for the 23rd Annual NGV Achievement Awards, to be presented on September 15, are being accepted until July 17 (F&F, June 1).

NGV Conference Program

NGVAmerica expects all manner of attendees at the 2015 North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo, which takes place September 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

NGVAmerica expects all manner of attendees at the 2015 North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo, which takes place September 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Buffalo Accident Under Investigation

June 25, 2015 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CSX Train Backed into CNG Truck, Rupturing Fuel Cylinder

Investigators are looking into the cause of an accident Tuesday morning in Buffalo in which, according to reports and sources, a three-car CSX freight train backed into a compressed natural gas-fueled Kenworth truck, catastrophically damaging a side rail-mounted CNG fuel cylinder and causing a fire which injured the truck driver and the train conductor, both of whom were hospitalized with burns.

This item was initially posted on June 24

Kansas City EV Fleet Webinar June 25

June 23, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Focus on Cost Savings and Emissions Reductions Tomorrow

Kansas City Clean Cities and the Metropolitan Energy Center are hosting an Electrify Your Fleet – Best Practices webinar on Thursday, June 25, beginning at 11:30am Central time. Read More >>

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