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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Telefonix On-Wall PowerPost EVSE

January 29, 2016 in EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Aimed at Parking Facilities with Limited Space, Indoor or Out

Telefonix has introduced wall-mounted versions of its L1 PowerPost and L2 PowerPost units. “Designed for inside or outside parking situations, this new product variation offers parking facilities with limited space another option for becoming equipped for the electric vehicle revolution,” the company says.

AFV Offers NGV Contract Assembly

January 29, 2016 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Complements Bent Tube and Hose Fuel Line Componentry

AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems has added contract assembly services to its line of fitting and tubes for natural gas vehicles, offering to manufacture, inspect, and test such assemblies as fill panels, tank configuration assemblies, fuel manifolds and pressure regulator filter assemblies.

AFV now offers contract assembly services.

AFV now offers contract assembly services.

“In addition to providing NGV bent tube and hose fuel line assemblies, fittings, valves and other associated components, AFV has the people, equipment, tools and technology required to fulfill many assembly projects,” the company says.

AFV further describes itself as “a full service partner capable of providing application assistance, reverse engineering, prototyping, value engineering, design for manufacturability and assembly, product leak/pressure testing, documented manufacturing and quality data, and supply chain and Inventory management solutions.”


“This new service will certainly help our customers reduce cost and shorten their order cycle,” AFV GM Kevin Dickey says in the assembly services announcement.

And, “Our customers can continue to rely on our strong history of maintaining confidentiality agreements when manufacturing their designs.”

AFV, founded in 2009, is a TS16949- and ISO 9001-certified company. It claims AGA Systems, Altech-Eco, AM General, Palmer Trucks, Impco, Mainstay, NatGasCar and Westport among its customers.

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

Hexagon Steps It Up in Hydrogen

January 29, 2016 in Companies, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Business Unit Tackles ‘New High-Growth Market Niche’

Hexagon Composites has set up a new business unit for hydrogen storage and transportation systems. The firm says it’s already taken a significant role in shaping the hydrogen storage industry with contracts supporting OEMs, fueling station builders, and research laboratories, and is “well positioned across the hydrogen value chain with cylinders for passenger and commercial vehicles, ground storage, transportation and backup power solutions.”

15 Ryder LNG Trucks for Shell Logistics

January 27, 2016 in Fleet Order, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Freightliners to Support Oil and Gas Operations on Gulf Coast

Ryder System said at Fleets & Fuels presstime today that it will supply 15 liquefied natural gas-fueled Freightliner Cascadia trucks to Shell to support oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston.

Two CCW ZEPS Buses to Metro McAllen

January 26, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Texas Agency to Host A Rollout Ceremony on Thursday

Complete Coach Works said Tuesday that it’s delivered two of its refurbished ZEPS/ zero emission propulsion system all-electric buses to Metro McAllen in McAllen, Texas. The transaction includes an inductive wireless advanced vehicle electrification system by Utah’s Wave.

Cenergy ANG for Stationary Storage

January 26, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tested at RNG Station in Sacramento

Cenergy Solutions, which is developing adsorbent natural gas technology as a practical alternative to compressed natural gas, reports successful trials of ANG with CleanWorld/Refuel, which provides renewable natural gas to fleets in Sacramento.

UQM HD220 for Kalmar Airport Tugs

January 26, 2016 in Aviation, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Best Power Density, Performance and Efficiency We Have Seen’

UQM Technologies said today that its PowerPhase HD220 heavy duty motor-and-controller combination has successfully passed vehicle trials with major airlines, and that Sweden’s Kalmar Motor will use the drive in its TBL-50 airplane tugs.

Love’s Opens Its 7th I-40 CNG Station

January 26, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Outlet in Williams, Ariz. Is Truck Stop Firm’s 17th Overall

Love’s Travel Stops has opened its seventh compressed natural gas fueling station on Interstate-40, providing clean fuel to vehicles including heavy trucks in Williams, Ariz., just west of Flagstaff.

DeltaWing Promotes Small DHX Motors

January 26, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Cooling Technology Leads to Units 75% Smaller, Lighter Too

Georgia’s DeltaWing Technology Group is trumpeting a marriage of technologies for smaller and lighter motors for electric vehicles. DeltaWing has secured rights from DHX Electric Machines and “to make, use and sell ground-breaking electric motors and components specifically designed for automotive applications.”

Freedom CNG Opens Third in Houston

January 26, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third Station Serves Houston Metro and other Fleets

Freedom CNG held a grand opening today for its third Houston-area compressed natural gas fueling station. The new outlet in the Pinto Business Park west of Interstate-45 near the Beltway 8 interchange serves both private and public fleets, including Houston Metro.

50 Phoenix Battery Buses for L&R Group

January 26, 2016 in EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Zeus Buses for Three L&R Group Company Parking Locations

Phoenix Motorcars said today that it’s taken an order for 50 of its 100% battery electric Zeus (for zero emissions utility shuttle) buses from the Los Angeles-based L&R Group of Companies.

Ford Sees Fusion Future for Fleets

January 25, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hybrid Sedan for 2017 Could Be Even More Popular

Ford is talking tech for its new Fusion sedan for 2017, with features like hands-free automatic parking and a pedestrian detection system. Ford fleet specialists see the opportunity to increase the car’s market share even more.

Roush Propane for Indiana School Buses

January 25, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eleven for Warren Township, Largest Fleet in the State

Roush CleanTech is talking up the largest propane autogas-powered school bus deployment in the state of Indiana, as the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, just east of Indianapolis, is deploying 11 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses with dedicated-propane Roush fuel systems, this month.

Houston Clean Cities Meeting Wednesday

January 25, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Houston-Galveston Area Council Is the Host

The Houston-Galveston Clean Cities organization is holding its annual meeting this Wednesday, January 27, hosted by the Houston-Galveston Area Council at H-GAC headquarters in Galveston.

CleanCitiesHoustonThe gathering will include briefings on a range of alternative fuels, among them CNG/compressed natural gas, propane autogas/LPG, biofuels and electricity.

Fleet Updates

There will also be presentations on public and private fleet activities in the area.

The meeting will include a briefing on the Houston-Galveston Clean Cities group’s new website.

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Source: H-GAC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


U.S. Biodiesel Use Mark Set in 2015

January 25, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biodiesel ‘Is Becoming a Mainstream American Fuel,’ Says NBB
As U.S. EPA Data Indicates a Record of Almost 2.1 Gallons in 2015
And the Association Gets Underway with Annual Meeting in Tampa

The National Biodiesel Board is trumpeting record consumption of early 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in the U.S. in 2015, citing new data from the U.S. EPA. NBB meanwhile is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28.

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28.

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28. Click image or here for details.

According to the EPA data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.

“We’re seeing it take hold across the country, NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in a release. “Consumers are seeking out cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels and they see biodiesel as a high-performing, cost-competitive alternative to petroleum diesel.”

‘The RFS Is Absolutely Working’

“These numbers also show without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering significant volumes of Advanced Biofuel to the American people. They prove that the RFS is absolutely working,” Jobe said.

“Biodiesel is still a young industry, but it is becoming a mainstream American fuel that’s having a real impact in helping us cut pollution, create jobs and diversify the fuels market.”

NBB notes too however “a troubling trend in which imports are increasingly flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production.

Imports on the Rise

“According to the data, domestic production remained flat at about 1.42 billion gallons, compared with about 1.47 billion gallons in 2014 and 1.50 billion gallons in 2013. Meanwhile, imports rose from 510 million gallons in 2014 to an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015, a jump of more than 25%.”

The National Biodiesel Board continues to promote the benefits of the renewable fuel.

The National Biodiesel Board continues to promote the benefits of the renewable fuel.

“We are increasingly seeing subsidized, predatory imports undercutting U.S. production – in part by taking advantage of U.S. policies aimed at building up the domestic industry,” Jobe said. “This is exactly what we have been warning would happen, and it will continue until we take steps to level the playing field, including by reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit.”

‘U.S. Companies Can’t Fairly Compete’

NBB has urged Congress to reform the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive from a blender’s credit to a producer’s credit. Under the existing blender’s structure, biodiesel that is produced overseas and blended in the U.S. is increasingly taking advantage of the incentive, sending U.S. tax benefits to foreign producers. Most of the imports already receive valuable incentives overseas, while US companies are typically barred from taking advantage of those overseas incentives.

“We welcome competition but U.S. companies can’t fairly compete against foreign companies that are double-dipping on overseas and US incentives while not letting U.S. producers compete in their domestic markets,” Jobe said.

Next Year’s NBB Annual: San Diego

“This reform is a simple fix that would appropriately focus U.S. tax dollars on creating jobs and stimulating economic development here at home instead of overseas.”

NBB’s annual meeting is being held at the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. It is managed by Denver’s Kinsley Meetings.

Next year’s NBB gala has been set for January 16-19, 2017 in San Diego.

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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Oslo Airport Now Offers Biofuel to All

January 24, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Air BP Is Handling the Camelina-Based Product from Neste
Which Is ‘Delivered Through the Normal Supply Mechanism’

As of this past Friday, all airlines operating out of Norway’s Oslo Airport Gardermoenm have the option to purchase biofuel from Air BP. The camelina-based fuel is produced by Neste in Finland, and shipped as a 50-50 blend with conventional petroleum-based product.

Zebulon for Zavoli LPG-Propane Upfits

January 22, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

46 Police Vehicles by Allan Vigil Ford in Georgia

Iowa’s Zebulon is talking up its Zavoli equipment conversions of existing Ford vehicles to LPG/liquefied petroleum gas/propane autogas-gasoline bi-fuel operation, citing U.S. EPA-compliant systems for various 2010-2013 model years vehicles, including vans, SUVs, and Crown Victoria sedans.

‘Police interceptors are a perfect fleet application for LPG conversions,’ says Zebulon CTO Lee Nelson.

‘Police interceptors are a perfect fleet application for LPG conversions,’ says Zebulon CTO Lee Nelson.

“Converting to LPG provides fleets with the option to contract low propane fuel prices for up to five years,” Zebulon says. “Less vehicle maintenance, including fewer oil changes, should also be calculated into the total cost savings.”

‘Perfect Sense’

The firm says it performed recent EPA testing and has been awarded a 46-vehicle police interceptor conversion project for DeKalb County in Georgia. The project is to be completed next month, with installations by Allan Vigil Ford, a certified Zavoli dealer.

“Globally Zavoli sells more LPG conversion systems than [compressed natural gas] systems, and their equipment is highly respected,” Zebulon partner and CTO Lee Nelson said in a release.

Bi-Fuel Eliminates Range Anxiety

“Police interceptors are a perfect fleet application for LPG conversions, as are other first responder vehicles,” Nelson said. “Converting to LPG makes perfect sense for a wide variety of fleets.

“Zavoli’s systems are bi-fuel, making it simple for vehicles to operate on LPG or gasoline independent of the other, eliminating driving range anxiety.”

Zebulon offers a complimentary fleet evaluation and estimated return on investment with no obligation. The firm also said this month that it’s that it’s been named the exclusive U.S. distributor for Impco Automotive’s third model year and beyond ÇNG and propane autogas vehicle conversions (F&F, January 12).

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Source: Zebulon Innovations with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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