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Procter & Gamble Exceeds CNG Goal

December 29, 2015 in CNG, Companies, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Directs Its Carriers to Use CNG Fuel in Their Trucks

Procter & Gamble has exceeded its goal of 20% compressed natural gas fuel use by its trucking contractors, reporting that contracts are in place for 25% diesel displacement to deliver products including Bounty, Charmin, and Pampers to the Northeast market.

Propane Backers See Decade of Success

December 24, 2015 in milestones, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

7,000 Propane Autogas School Buses in U.S., 2,600 in Texas

Propane autogas advocates celebrated a decade of success earlier this month, noting at an event in Austin that more than American school districts now operate more than 7,000 propane autogas school buses on a daily basis.

BMW and Nissan for DC Fast-Charging

December 24, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

120 Dual Port 50-Kilowatt Units in 19 States with Goal
Of Supporting Longer-Distance 100% Battery EV Travel

BMW and Nissan are trumpeting installation of 50-kilowatt DC Fast charge units “at 120 locations across 19 states.” They’re supporting drivers of electric vehicle including their own Leaf and i3 models, while promoting “increased adoption of electric vehicles nationwide.”

City of San Mateo Biomethane for 2016

December 22, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Backs City CNG Station by Unison Solutions

The City of San Mateo held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new compressed natural gas fueling station for light duty municipal vehicles this month. The station, to be built next year south of the San Francisco International Airport, will be supplied with biogas from the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

New Flyer Completes Acquisition of MCI

December 22, 2015 in Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Motor Coach Industries International Bought for $455 Million

Canada’s New Flyer Industries said Friday that it’s completed its acquisition of Motor Coach Industries International for $455 million U.S.

SARTA Ohio H2 Bus Event on January 5

December 22, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Groundbreaking for New Hydrogen Fueling Facility
Serving ‘Largest Fuel Cell Fleet Outside of California’

SARTA, the Canton, Ohio-based Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, is hosting a groundbreaking on Tuesday, January 5 for what promises to be one of the nation’s largest hydrogen fueling facilities. Taking advantage of federal funding, SARTA expects to field seven hydrogen fuel cell buses next year for “the largest fuel cell fleet outside of California in the U.S.”

50¢ NGV Fuel Tax Credit Is Reinstated

December 21, 2015 in CNG, Legislation, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

50¢ Per Gallon and Fueling Infrastructure Credits
Are Extended and Made Retroactive to Cover 2015

NGVAmerica and member companies expressed great satisfaction late last week as the U.S. Congress voted to reinstate key tax provisions for natural gas for transportation that had been allowed to expire at the end of last year.

Xalt Lithium Packs for EDI PHEVs

December 21, 2015 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Tentative Agreement for NMC Graphite Lithium Ion Units
For Vehicles with PowerDrive and Electric Power Export

Xalt Energy and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. disclosed a tentative agreement for Xalt to supply EDI with its NMC graphite lithium ion battery energy storage packs for EDI’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle PowerDrive and electric power export solutions.

UPS Biomethane in Memphis & Jackson

December 21, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Estimated 15 million DGEs per Year for 140-Plus Trucks,
Gas Sourced from Landfill to Be Converted Directly to LNG

UPS said late last week that it will use biomethane to fuel upwards of 140 heavy duty trucks in Memphis and Jackson, Miss. behind a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and Atmos Energy Marketing. updated December 23 & 29

Ford’s First Gas-Prep V-8 Pickup for 2016

December 21, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, CNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Truck Is Suitable for OEM-Sanctioned CNG or Propane Upfits

The first Ford F-150 pickup for 2016 with gaseous-prep V-8 engine for compressed natural gas or propane autogas operation has rolled off the assembly line at Kansas City. Ford says it is thus “the only manufacturer to offer a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup.”

Roush Propane for Illinois School Buses

December 18, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Olympia School District Converts One Third of Fleet

Roush CleanTech has now supplied 100% propane autogas fuel systems for a dozen Blue Bird buses operated by the Olympia Community Unit #16 School District in Stanford, Ill., near Peoria.

Propane Autogas for Utah’s Canyon

December 15, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Cleaner Ride to the Slopes at Salt Lake Region Ski Areas

Salt Lake City-based Canyon Transportation, an airport shuttle company, has converted four vehicles to propane autogas operation, says Blue Star Gas, “offering skiers a more environmentally friendly ride to and from mountain resorts.”

Volvo Endorses Renewable Diesel

December 15, 2015 in Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Terms the ASTM D975 Product ‘A True Drop-In Fuel’

Volvo Trucks North America has approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines. The company says it’s “the first OEM to endorse the use of advanced hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel.”

Renewable diesel ‘has a much lower cloud point, which improves the low temperature performance issues commonly associated with conventional biodiesel,’ says Volvo.

Renewable diesel ‘has a much lower cloud point, which improves the low temperature performance issues commonly associated with conventional biodiesel,’ says Volvo.

“Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased to offer our customers another alternative fuel choice,” Volvo Trucks North America development, specialty vehicles and alternative fuels sales director Frank Bio said in a release.

ACT Expo 2016 Call for Papers

December 15, 2015 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biomethane, CNG, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

February 15 Deadline for Abstracts for Early May Meeting

Organizers of this coming year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have put out a Call for Papers, asking that abstracts be submitted no later than February 15.

Arnold’s Deft Plug for Electric Transport

December 15, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Schwarzenegger Gets to the Point on Clean Transportation:
‘Do You Believe Coal and Oil Will Be the Fuels of the Future?’

We take the liberty of re-posting a great Facebook message from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on electric transportation.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.

I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I’ve heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.

Let’s put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let’s assume you’re right.

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don’t want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That’s exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn’t take their investment advice.

Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don’t have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.

Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.

I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.

In addition to having served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the founder of R20: Regions of Climate Action, and serves as the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at University of Southern California. He also chairs USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Facebook

Ford Makes $4.5bn Commitment to EVs

December 14, 2015 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Focus with New DC Fast-Charge Capability
Is First of 13 New Electrified Vehicle Models by 2020
As Automaker Boosts Global Work on Better Batteries

Ford, stating that wants “to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves,” has pledged to invest an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle projects and technologies by 2020, including a new Focus Electric with DC fast-charge capability.

Golden Gate for Cal Renewable Diesel

December 11, 2015 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Celebrates the Two-Year 80%-of-State Contract
It Will Fill with Its Neste-Supplied Nexgen RD99 Fuel,
Wins the Supply Contract for City of San Francisco Too

Golden Gate Petroleum has won a contact to supply California state vehicles with its RD99 renewable diesel, and has also won the contract for the City of San Francisco, which is trumpeting its complete changeover from petroleum-based diesel.

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