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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Manhattan Beer Buys 35 CNG Volvos

October 27, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

VNM 200 Daycabs Satisfy ‘A Passion for Energy Efficiency’

Manhattan Beer Distributors announced the acquisition of 35 compressed natural gas-powered Volvo VNM 200 model tractors for its New York City fleet. The beverage delivery company chose Volvo’s regional haul daycab because it offers the durability of a Class 8 model paired with the maneuverability necessary for urban deliveries.
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ISL G Engine Safety Recall in Macks

October 27, 2015 in NGVs, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Some 3,000 Units Affected by Turbocharger Oil Supply Line Issue

Cummins is recalling some 3,000 natural gas-fueled, 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engines. “These engines have a turbocharger oil supply line that may contact or interfere with the turbocharger inlet elbow, clean air intake clamp, or the air fuel control tube, and result in an oil leak,” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


The Cummins Westport ISL G

The Cummins Westport ISL G

“If the turbocharger oil supply line oil leaks in the proximity of the engine exhaust manifold there would be an increased risk of a fire,” says the recall notice.

OEM and Retrofit

The engines in question were manufactured from September 13, 2007, to September 23, 2015, NHTSA says.

“The affected engines were sold for use exclusively in Mack Trucks and Navistar vehicles, both as original equipment and as replacement equipment,” the agency says. The recall applies “exclusively” to Mack trucks.

The total number of engines affected is 2,959. The recall carries NHTSA campaign number 15E085000.


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Source: NHTSA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

UQM Reports $400m Deal with China’s ITL

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

Signs Ten Year Supply Agreement with ITL/Eastlake Energy
For ‘Revenue in Excess of $400 Million Over a Ten-Year Period,’
Is Said to Be a ‘Game Changer’ for the Veteran EV Drive Supplier

UQM Technologies said Monday that the first purchase order have been issued for PowerPhase electric propulsion systems for ITL Efficiency in China. Based on projected volume shipments, the relationship could mean “revenue in excess of $400 million over a ten-year period,” UQM said.
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Polaris Details the 2016 GEM LSVs

October 26, 2015 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Options Include a Lithium Ion Battery for Range, Long Life

Polaris is unveiling its line of “all-new” GEM battery electric LSV/low speed vehicles today, claiming more built-in comfort and street-legal safety features in an aluminum-chassis product that is “more maneuverable, cost-efficient and sustainable than a truck or van.” updated October 27
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NGV Texas DF for Saddle Creek Macks

October 26, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

50-Truck Project Is Said to Be a First in the CNG Sector

The Natural Gas Vehicles Texas project to convert 50 Mack trucks to compressed natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation for Florida’s Saddle Creek Transportation is expected to allow diesel fuel displacement of about 70%, says NGV Texas president Fury Zaidi.
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Westport-FSSI Cleared to Merge

October 26, 2015 in Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

With Fuel Systems ‘Surviving the Merger as a Wholly Owned Subsidiary’

Westport Innovations reports that its marriage with Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. is going forward, as the proposal has satisfied the requirements of the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino legislation. “There is no further antitrust clearance required to close the transaction,” Westport said last week.


Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. said today that they plan tom merge, projecting combined 2015 revenue ranging from $380 million to $405 million.

Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. said early last month that they plan to merge, projecting combined 2015 revenue ranging from $380 million to $405 million.

FSSI is the parent of natural gas vehicles developer and upfitter Impco Automotive, of BRC and FuelMaker for NGV fueling equipment, and other brands. The merger with Westport was announced on September 1 (F&F, September 1).

Westport has formed a subsidiary called Whitehorse Merger Sub, which is to “merge with and into Fuel Systems, with Fuel Systems surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westport.”


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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ABB and Microsoft for Fast EV Charging

October 25, 2015 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cloud-Based Data Functions to Be Added to ABB’s Terra Line

Microsoft has announced plans to work with Switzerland-based ABB to bring cloud-based data capabilities to high power electric vehicle chargers.
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New Flyer CNG, Hybrids for MBTA

October 25, 2015 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

525 with Options, Including as Many as 350 BAE Series HybriDrive Vehicles

New Flyer has disclosed a large order for the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority including a firm order for 175 of the company’s Xcelsior XN40 compressed natural gas buses and 150 XDE40 diesel-electric hybrid buses, with options for an additional 200 XDE40 hybrids over the next five years.
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CNG Mobile Kitchen Comes to Omaha

October 23, 2015 in CNG, money awarded, NGVs by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

Big Green Q Food Truck Gets Nebraska Funding

A startup food service, Big Green Q, has been able to acquire its first “catering kitchen” truck for food preparation and delivery truck through the state of Nebraska’s alternative fuel vehicle program. Compressed natural gas powers the truck’s engine and its kitchen equipment and power generator.
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Nissan Leaf Cars for NYC Driver’s Ed

October 23, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Exposure Many of These Students Have Had to Any Electric Vehicles’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Keith Kerman

To start the 2015 school season, DCAS [the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services] has partnered with the Department of Education to introduce electric cars for use in DOE driver education programs citywide. For the first time, NYC high school students are developing skills for their future while also driving the vehicle of the future.
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ClipperCreek’s New EV Charger, Pedestal

October 22, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New 24-Amp Unit and a Low-Cost Pedestal for Easier Installations,
Separately, Emotorwerks Is Using HCS-40 Charger for Connectivity

ClipperCreek is promoting a new 24-amp, Level 2 electric vehicle charger, and an economical pedestal designed to make it easier to install both high- and lower-power units.
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Agility Opens Plant in North Carolina

October 22, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$20 Million ‘World Class Facility’ for CNG Fuel Systems in Salisbury

Agility Fuel Systems celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C. yesterday with a ribbon-cutting attended by more than 300 guests.
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California Launches ‘Drive the Dream’

October 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Workplace Charging and EV Acquisition Investments by a Dozen Partners

Automakers, public utilities, government agencies, and major corporations joined together with California Governor Jerry Brown on October 15 to launch the “Drive the Dream 2015” plug-in electric vehicle campaign. Brown, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, and more than 40 California corporate leaders, public sector partners and industry leaders held a public event in Los Angeles to announce plug-in electric vehicle and workplace charging investments and commitments to the Collaborative’s goals.
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Back to the Future with Biomethane

October 21, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments
Mr. Fusion Energy Compactor

Mr. Fusion Energy Compactor

CR&R Gets Funded for Garbage into Energy

October 21, 2015 was the day targeted in the iconic 1985 fantasy film Back to the Future with its celebration of the “Mr. Fusion Energy Compactor” for turning garbage into energy.

Indeed Mr. Fusion is with us now, although we call it the anaerobic digester. All manner of organic waste is processed into biogas, and upgraded into biomethane, suitably for fueling vehicles or for injection into the pipeline grid.

Appropriately, California’s CR&R Waste & Recycling, which expects by this coming fourth quarter to be producing organic refuse-derived biomethane to fuel its natural gas truck fleet (F&F, September 21) has just been awarded $900,000 by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District to help see it though.

Meanwhile, anyone have a flux capacitor? We’d like to take a peek at 2045.

Hard at work at CR&R's biomethane facility at Perris, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Cliff Gladsetin photo

Hard at work at CR&R’s biomethane facility at Perris, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Cliff Gladsetin photo

CR&R would like to have all of its trucks fueled by biomethane by year-end. Cliff Gladstein photo

CR&R would like to have all of its trucks fueled by biomethane by year-end. Cliff Gladstein photo


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Source: SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Xpress Natural Gas Broadens Its Scope

October 21, 2015 in CNG, industrial, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Moving Forward in Washington State, Tackling Virginia Too

Boston-based Xpress Natural Gas, which provides compressed natural gas to industrial customers in New England and New York State – delivering the fuel via tube trailers towed by CNG-powered tractors – is moving ahead with its expansion to Washington State and is setting up a similar “virtual pipeline” network based in Appomattox, Va.
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AFV End Forms Now J2044 SAE-Compliant

October 21, 2015 in New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Single Supplier Solution’ for High and Low Pressure NGV Tubing

AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems is now offering tubes and hoses for natural gas vehicles that fit the SAE J2044 connector. “This positions AFV as a single supplier solution for high pressure and low pressure tubes, hoses and fittings for the entire NGV fuel system,” the company says.

AFV notes that SAE J2044 connections, originally designed for gasoline and diesel applications, are also being used for the low pressure lines on CNG and LPG vehicle fuel systems.

AFV notes that SAE J2044 connections, originally designed for gasoline and diesel applications, are also being used for the low pressure lines on CNG and LPG vehicle fuel systems.

AFV has specialized in high pressure parts for NGV fuel line systems and says it’s responded to customer requests for additional low pressure solutions using the automotive SAE J2044 connector. AFV now provides tubes and hoses with this end form that fits in to the SAE J2044 connector.

Brazed

“The addition of the integrated J2044 end form and J2044 brazed fitting for CNG fuel line applications makes AFV a ‘one-stop-shop’ when the SAE J2044 connections have been used in the fuel line design,” AFV new business development manager Doug Stumpfl said in a release.


“There are also some specialty vehicle applications using the J2044 connections for emissions lines as well as fuel lines and AFV presents those companies with a high quality, high value supplier solution,” he said.

AFV notes that SAE J2044 connections, originally designed for gasoline and diesel fuel system supply, return, vapor/emissions and coolant and heating lines for automotive and light truck applications are also being used for the low pressure lines on CNG and LPG vehicle fuel systems.


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Source: AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Westport Reports Volvo HPDI Progress

October 21, 2015 in Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘New Agreements and Key Milestone Towards HPDI 2.0 Production’

Westport reports new agreements with Volvo Group “governing the development, commercial launch and supply of Westport High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) 2.0 technology in its heavy-duty trucks over the next several years.”
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