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TruStar Energy CNG Opens in Houston

August 31, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG Station Acquired from Apache Corp in the Galleria District:
Another in What’s to Be ‘Dozens’ of TruStar-Branded Fuel Outlets

TruStar Energy has opened a company-branded compressed natural gas fueling station in Houston, its third branded station following Orlando in July and Tulsa earlier this month.
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EDI for Shanghai Port’s PHEV Trucks

August 31, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Possibility of 200 Idle-Slashing PHEV Trucks by End of 2016
‘To Reduce Pollution at the World’s Busiest Container Port’

Milpitas, Calif.-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. is supporting a new fleet of PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle trucks for the Port of Shanghai, “built in collaboration with one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers, Shaanxi Automotive.”
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Greenlots, Builder, BMW: Singapore EVs

August 31, 2015 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public Charging Project Marks ‘A New Era’ for Electric Mobility in Singapore
As Open Standards Technology Provider Partners with BMW and CapitaLand

Greenlots is talking up its role in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Singapore, where a partnership with a major real estate developer and BMW “marks a new era… as it signals the commitment to expand open-standards based electric vehicle charging for public use.”
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PG&E Donates EDI Truck to Napa

August 28, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Start of Initiative to Familiarize Fire Departments with EVs
Furnish Them with Source of Reliable Power in Emergencies

Pacific Gas & Electric has donated a “state-of-the-art” plug-in hybrid electric truck to the City of Napa, Calif. as part of the town’s commemoration of last year’s South Napa earthquake.
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VCU Shuttles Run on Propane Autogas

August 28, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘RamSafe’ Fleet Vehicles Converted with Partners Including Alliance AutoGas

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Parking and Transportation unit has converted 70% percent of its RamSafe fleet – seven Ford-chassis shuttles – to operate on propane autogas via a partnership with the Virginia Department of General Services, Alliance AutoGas, Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
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Ohio Midwest Green Fleets in September

August 28, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, event, Hydraulic Hybrid, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

MEMA, The 100 Best Fleets, Parker and Honda and OSU/CAR

Clean Fuels Ohio and partners including the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and The 100 Best Fleets are gearing up for the Midwest Green Fleets Forum & Expo next month in Columbus.
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Alliance AutoGas for More Police Vehicles

August 28, 2015 in certifications, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Nod for Ford and Dodge Propane Autogas Conversions

North Carolina-based Alliance AutoGas reports U.S. EPA certifications of Blossman Services conversions of Ford and Dodge vehicles to propane autogas-gasoline bi-fuel operation.
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CEC Biofuels Review on September 18

August 26, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biofuel And Biomethane ‘Lessons Learned and Pitfalls to Avoid’

The California Energy Commission is planning a Technology Merit Review “to highlight key ingredients for successful development of biofuel and biomethane projects.” The September 18 meeting in Sacramento will focus on existing and potential work funded by CEC’s ARFVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

CEC-logo-since1975“This workshop presents an opportunity to highlight key ingredients for success, lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid from several ARFVTP biofuel and biomethane project funding recipients,” the agency says.

 

Better Plans and Solicitations

“This information can benefit existing and future projects and help the Energy Commission adapt and improve future investment plans and solicitations.”

The workshop will include comments from independent peer reviewers of individual projects. The meeting “is an initial step to establish an annual Technology Merit Review for ARFVTP projects and technology sectors, which might adopt and adapt aspects of similar activities conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.”


Janea Scott, the agency’s lead commissioner for transportation, will preside.


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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Trillium for Honda and Colorado CNG

August 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, event, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Station for Honda Manufacturing is the First of Two in Ohio,
Glenwood Springs Station Backed by Colorado Energy Office

Trillium CNG has opened a new compressed natural gas fueling station at the American Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio. It’s the first public access CNG station on Honda property in North America, Honda says.
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NGVAmerica & AltCar Expo Next Month

August 25, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Conference/Meeting, event, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVs in Denver Sept 14-17 and AltCar in Santa Monica Sept 18-19

Break out your carry-on as key alternative fuel vehicles meetings take place in the middle of September in Colorado and California.
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Clean Energy for School, Transit Buses

August 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Energy Details Numerous New Contracts for CNG Fueling Stations,
Cites Dallas, Where DART Will Save $120 Million in Ten Years on 675 NGVs

Clean Energy Fuels today announced a bevy of new contracts for compressed natural gas for buses, including Arlington Transit in Arlington County, Va.; Nassau Inter-County Express on Long Island, N.Y.; and the North Kansas City School District in Missouri, “which is set to become the largest school district in the U.S. to transition its school bus fleet to CNG.” updated August 26
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Swedish Biogas: 73% NGV Penetration

August 25, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

But Nation Could Do More for NGVs, Says Advocate

Some 73% of the fuel for natural gas vehicles in Sweden came from biogas during the first six months of 2015, according to figures from Energigas Sverige, the Swedish Gas Association. It’s an historic high, as the figure has in recent years hovered at about 60%, the organization said Friday.

Energigas Sweden wants to see more.

Energigas Sweden wants to see more.

There are more than 52,000 NGVs in Sweden, according to the release.

‘Model for the World’

“Our high proportion of biogas makes us a model for the world and shows that the green transition is fully possible,” Energigas Sweden managing director Anders Mathiasson said in the biomethane announcement.

“At the same time,” he said, “it is worrying that the rate of increase in the sale of vehicles is now decreasing.


“The government must now quickly provide information about continued tax exemption on biogas, and extension of the reduced taxable benefit,” Mathiasson said.


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Source: Energigas Sverige with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Anheuser-Busch: All-CNG in St. Louis

August 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Brewer’s Second Fleet Switch, Following Houston Last Year

Anheuser-Busch is replacing all 97 of the diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas fueled tractors. “By transitioning to the latest CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year,” states a release.
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City of Atlanta Deploying EV Fleet

August 25, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘One of the Largest Municipal Fleets of Electric Vehicles in the U.S.’

The City of Atlanta has vowed to deploy “one of the largest municipal fleets of electric vehicles in the United States by the end of 2015” under new legislation approved by the Atlanta City Council. The target is 50 EVs.
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BlueIndy Car-Share Launches Next Week

August 25, 2015 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, event, EVs, Fleet Order, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Target Is 500 LMP Battery Cars and 200 Charging Stations in Indianapolis

France’s Bolloré Group has disclosed plans to invest some $41 million in “the largest electric car sharing service in the United States,” in Indianapolis.
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Propel Offers Neste NEXBTL for California

August 24, 2015 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Diesel HPR in Bulk for Commercial and Government Fleets Statewide
As Renewable Diesel Sales Are Extended to 13 Southern California Outlets

Propel Fuels is now pumping Neste NEXBTL-based, Diesel HPR brand renewable diesel at 13 of its sales outlets in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire around San Bernardino – and is offering the sulfur-free fuel in bulk to business and government fleets statewide.
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Luxfer Endorses CCI for Its Work on NGVs

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

CNG Cylinders and Related Hardware for Vehicles Being Repaired

Luxfer Gas Cylinders is spreading the word that Virginia’s Certified CNG Inspector, LLC has chosen its carbon composite compressed natural gas fuel cylinders, valves, pressure-relief devices and mounting hardware for CNG containment on vehicles being serviced and repaired.

CCI-LuxferCCI provides on-site CNG fuel system inspections and repair to commercial clients, Luxfer says, specializing in on-site, after-hours work during fleet downtimes so vehicles don’t have to be pulled from service.

CCI offers competitive pricing on Luxfer equipment, Luxfer says.

‘A Great Relationship’

“A key factor in choosing Luxfer was CCI’s in-depth knowledge and experience using Luxfer products, CCI owner Jack Stepongzi says in Luxfer’s release. “We also have a great relationship with Luxfer since they offer a quality tank, great support and are willing to listen and work with us and our customers,” he said.


Stepongzi noted the importance and economic advantages of regular inspections and said that he frequently encounters misconceptions about NHTSA/National Highway Transportation Safety Administration requirements.

“Inspections are required every three years or 36,000 miles – whichever comes first,” he said. “I’ve seen some fleets end up paying over $100,000 for labor and new parts, which could have been avoided by regular inspections.

Inspections = Opportunity

“Inspections provide you the opportunity and leverage to have equipment manufacturers quickly fix any problems noted in the inspections, ensuring your fleet can operate safely, economically and on its regular schedule.”

“We are happy to be supporting CCI by supplying market leading products to complement their high-quality, flexible service and repair for CNG fleets,” Luxfer Gas Cylinders alternative fuel business development director Mark Lawday says in his company’s CCI announcement.


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Source: Luxfer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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