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LNG Excise Tax Fix Is Signed into Law

July 31, 2015 in Legislation, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Common-Sense Change Will Mean Even Greater Savings’ on Fuel,
Measure Enacted as Part of Broad Federal Highway Spending Bill

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation requiring that liquefied natural gas be taxed on a diesel gallon equivalent basis, putting it on an equal footing, energy-wise, with diesel.

The item was initially posted on July 30

Trillium CNG for NFTA’s 1st CNG Buses

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

Buffalo Agency Is Getting Its First CNG Transit and Paratransit Vehicles
Including First CNG Nova Bus Vehicles for U.S. – 44  for This Year and Next,
NFTA’s Military Road Station Is to Have a Two-Compressor ANGI Package

Trillium CNG has signed a letter of agreement to design, build, operate and maintain a compressed natural gas fueling station for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo, N.Y. NFTA provides public transit service in Erie and Niagara counties.

The new CNG station will be located at the NFTA Frontier Bus Garage on Military Road in Buffalo. The agreement letter also calls for Trillium CNG to provide station maintenance for ten years. Trillium CNG and NFTA expect to break ground in August with the station fully operational by the end of 2015.

It’s to have two 250-horsepower, ANGI-packaged compressors, expandable to five, feeding four fast-fill transit dispensers and four light-fury satellite dispensers. There will be six storage tubes.

CNG-fueled low-floor transit bus by Canada'sNova Bus – the LFS

CNG-fueled low-floor transit bus by Canada’sNova Bus – the LFS

NFTA operates a fleet of about 332 transit buses and 65 bus routes with over 4,400 bus stops serviced; along with a 6.2 mile light rail system servicing 14 stations, Trillium says.

44 Nova Bus NGVs for NFTA, with Options for More

Volvo’s Nova Bus announced an $11 million order for 20 of its low-floor LFS model CNG buses from NFTA last year, noting options for as many as 166 buses. They are to be assembled in New York State for delivery this year. They will be the first CNG vehicles from Nova Bus for the U.S.

The NFTA board has since approved the purchase of 24 more Nova Bus vehicles for delivery in 2016. The buses have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport and CNG cylinder assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems, each with nine Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum tanks from Worthington.

CNG Paratransit Vehicles Too

In addition to the Nova Bus vehicles, NFTA is buying ten CNG-fueled paratransit vehicles through Canandaigua, N.Y.-based Shepard Brothers. It’s the third order of ten from Shepherd, and the first for CNG. The Ford E-450 chassis vehicles have bodies by Coach & Equipment Manufacturing of Penn Yan, N.Y. The new buses will have CNG fuel system by Green Alternative Systems.

Trillium CNG is a unit of WEC Energy.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates hybrid electic buses and by year-end will have CNG vehicles too.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates hybrid electic buses and by year-end will have CNG vehicles too.

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Source: Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Xalt Gears Up for Batteries for China

July 31, 2015 in batteries, Companies, EVs, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

300 Hires at Midland, Mich. Plant for China’s Hybrid Kinetic Group,
Which Is Taking First Lithium Titanate Cells by Former Dow Kokam

Michigan’s Xalt Energy is busily training approximately 300 new employees to fulfill a billion-dollar contract to supply large-format lithium ion battery cells to China’s Hybrid Kinetic Group for all-electric buses.

ClipperCreek Offers 40-Amp HCS-50

July 28, 2015 in EVs, EVSE, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EV Charger Build for Residential and Commercial Markets

Auburn-Calif.-based ClipperCreek has added a 40-amp electric vehicle charging unit to its line-up, promoting the new HCS-50 as a “powerful and rugged” unit with a highly durable rubber overmolded cable and vehicle connector.

“Offering power, reliability and value, this 240 volt, Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, rated for both indoor and outdoor use, is priced at $835,” ClipperCreek says.

ClipperCreek is promoting its new HCS-50 EV charger as ‘a perfect solution for fleet and commercial applications.’

ClipperCreek is promoting its new HCS-50 EV charger as ‘a perfect solution for fleet and commercial applications.’

The HCS-50 is built for both residential and commercial markets. It comes with a three-year warranty, fully sealed NEMA 4 station enclosure, and 25 feet of charge cable.

Built for the Cold, Too

“We used rubber over-molding to fully seal the connector’s head and increase the durability,” ClipperCreek president Jason France says in the new product announcement. “That’s critical in commercial and fleet environments,” he said. “The rubber cable jacket increases low temperature flexibility of the cable, so it’s also a great station for colder climates.”

“The HCS-50’s rugged design and ample 25-foot charging cable make it a perfect solution for fleet and commercial applications,” said ClipperCreek sales manager Will Barrett. “The HCS-50 is a great addition to our product line.

“As battery range increases, the vehicle’s ability to accept power is increasing, too, and the HCS-50 offers users extra power to get their vehicles charged up and back on the road fast.”

A plug-in version, the HCS-50P, is also available with a NEMA 6-50 plug for $859.

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Source: ClipperCreek with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Patriot CNG Station for Coastal Florida

July 28, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ANGI-Powered Facility East of Orlando for Florida City Gas
Can Be Made Available for Public Access if Demand Warrants

Fort Lauderdale-based Patriot CNG has broken ground on a new compressed natural gas fueling station for Florida City Gas in Rockledge, on the Atlantic coast east of Orlando. The new station will be built at FCG’s Brevard County service facility initially to support company fleet vehicles.

Ford eBike to Complement Vans

July 28, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Transit Connect Drivers/Partners Could Use it for Short Hops

Ford says it’s bringing its smart mobility concepts to implementation, citing the example of a new battery-assisted bicycle to be used in tandem with the Transit Connect van.

California Wants DC Fast Chargers

July 27, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CEC Has $10 Million for North-South Corridors

The California Energy Commission is looking for suppliers of DC fast-charger for electric vehicles to help the state complete it portion of a north-south portion of an electric charging highway corridor, allowing EVs to charge between the Oregon border and south to Baja California.

WCEHThe agency has $10 million to spend under solicitation GFO-15-601. Chargers are to be installed along Interstate-5, U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 99.

The solicitation identifies seven primary and two secondary corridors. CEC anticipates that the largest investment will be between the Oregon border and Red Bluff, South of Redding, Calif. – connecting the California network to the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington.

Sacramento Workshop on August 7

The agency will accept written questions on the GFO-15-601 DC fast-charge solicitation until August 7, on the morning of which it will host a pre-application workshop, in Sacramento.

The deadline to submit application is November 19. CEC anticipates posted the winners in January to be confirmed at the Commission board meeting in March.

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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Emmes Group for EV Charge in San Diego

July 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Installs ChargePoint CT4000s to Help Bring Building Up to Date

Emmes Realty Services has installed electric vehicle chargers in a San Diego office building in a bid to make the facility more attractive to forward-looking companies with EV-driving employees and clients.

Los Angeles Pilot for EV Car-Sharing

July 27, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Air Resources Board Awards a $1.6 Million Grant,
The Alternative to Private Cars ‘Offers a Glimpse of the Future’

The City of Los Angeles and community partners have been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the California Air Resources Board in support of a pilot project to provide electric vehicle car-sharing options in low-income communities. California Senator (and Senate president pro-tem) Kevin de León announced the project on Friday.

Gain CNG for Ruan, and for Delco Foods

July 24, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Fueling Stations in Des Moines and in Indianapolis
For Natural Gas Trucks Operated by Ruan & Delco Foods

U.S. Oil has publicized the opening of two new public-access Gain Clean Fuel CNG stations, in Iowa and Indiana. The new Gain Clean Fuel CNG station in Des Moines will support compressed natural gas-fueled trucks operated by Ruan. The new CNG station in Indianapolis will support CNG trucks operated by Delco Foods. updated July 30

NGVAmerica ‘Dyssed’ by NCWM on DGE

July 24, 2015 in CNG, LNG, NGVs, Regulations, standards by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Will Continue This Effort State-By-State If That’s What It Takes’

NGVAmerica said this week that it’s disappointed that NCWM, the National Conference on Weights and Measures, did not adopt the diesel gallon equivalent standard for natural gas at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Matt Godlewski

Matt Godlewski

The DGE standard would have created greater uniformity and consistency for the natural gas vehicle industry, the association said.

“Unfortunately transparency, uniformity, and consistency have fallen victim to a dysfunctional voting process,” said NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski said in a release.

“However,” he added, “state legislators understand the importance of this issue and we will continue this effort state-by-state if that’s what it takes to see this issue through.”

Better News in the Senate

Currently, NGVAmerica says, 26 states use the DGE for taxation of LNG, and ten have enacted legislation or approved regulations recognizing the DGE as a standard for dispensing natural gas. The association said it will continue to work with its industry advocates and allies at the state level until the DGE standard is a nationally recognized and accepted unit of sale.

The next NCWM annual meeting is slated for July 23-28, 2016 in Denver.

In happier news this week, NGVAmerica reported that the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed legislation forward to extend expired and expiring tax credits, including those for alternative fuel and infrastructure.

The bill included an amendment to correct the liquefied natural gas tax inequity, the association said: “This change places LNG on parity with diesel fuel by taxing the fuels equally based on energy content, rather than volume.”

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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Xebec Landfill Gas Gear for China Taxis

July 24, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast-Cycle PSA Technology Supporting Fleets in Anshan

Montreal-based Xebec Adsorption says it’s supplied equipment for China’s first landfill gas upgrading installation, which is now supplying low carbon fuels to taxi fleets in Anshan.

Red Rock Biofuels for FedEx Express Jets

July 24, 2015 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Applies ‘Small-Footprint’ Fischer-Tropsch Process to Woody Biomass Feeds,
FedEx Pact Through 2024 Complements Earlier Agreement with Southwest Airlines

Fort Collins, Colo.-based Red Rock Biofuels has announced an agreement with FedEx Express to provide some three million gallons of low-carbon, drop-in renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express aircraft. The agreement runs through 2024, with first deliveries expected in 2017, Red Rock says, noting that “FedEx joins Southwest Airlines in purchasing Red Rock’s total available volume of jet fuel.”

NAFTC Releases Fall Training Schedule

July 24, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Education, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, LNG, NGVs, Propane, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Includes Hydrogen, Hydrogen Vehicle & Hydrogen Fleet Awareness Workshop,
Plus There’s a Natural Gas and Propane Fleet Workshop with Ryder on July 30

West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium has released its fall schedule for natural gas, electric drive, and hydrogen vehicle training courses.

Blue Gas Marine for CNG-Powered Boats

July 23, 2015 in CNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North Carolina Company Promotes Dramatic Fuel Cost Savings,
Tackles Waterfront Infrastructure Too, Signs Calvert as Advisor

Apex, N.C.-based Blue Gas Marine is gathering momentum as it seeks to bring compressed natural gas to the marine sector, initially targeting the high-volume gasoline outboard sector but moving into larger diesel vessels as well.

NGV Tech Forum 2015 in San Francisco

July 23, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Cities-NREL-California Energy Commission October 20-21

ngvtf_logoThe U.S. DoE’s Clean Cities organization and NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will host NGVTF 2015, this year’s Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum October 20-21 at the General’s Residence in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.

NGVTF 2015 is being held in partnership with the California Energy Commission.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Plus Tuscan hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf, discounted to $251 per night until September 19.

The General's Residence at Fort Mason, San Francisco

The General’s Residence at Fort Mason, San Francisco

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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

San Francisco Going to Renewable Diesel

July 22, 2015 in Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Neste Is Seen as the Likeliest Supplier, Furnishing NEXBTL

The City of San Francisco “will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions,” Mayor Ed Lee’s office said this morning, “phasing out the use of petroleum diesel in the municipal fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by the end of this year.”

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