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RNG at UPS Furthers ‘Circular Economy’

March 31, 2016 in Biomethane, Companies, NGVs, Publications, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Helps Further Sustainable System of Commerce:
‘A Fundamental Rethinking of Products, Materials and Systems’

The increasing use of RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane, by UPS is a sterling example of “circular” economics as distinguished from the traditional, “linear” business operating model of “make, use and dispose.” updated April 5

“In the evolving circular model, we strive to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life,” states The Growth of the Circular Economy: A 2016 UPS/GreenBiz Research Study. “To be successful, this model will require a fundamental rethinking of products, materials and systems of commerce.”

‘RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions,’ says a the GreenBiz study – it replaces conventional fuels and prevents methane emissions. ‘Using RNG demonstrates UPS's commitment to develop alternative fuels and advanced technologies,’ the study found.

‘RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions,’ says a the GreenBiz study – it replaces conventional fuels and prevents methane emissions. ‘Using RNG demonstrates UPS’s commitment to develop alternative fuels and advanced technologies,’ the study found.

UPS and Oakland, Calif.-based GreenBiz collaborated on a survey of more than 5,000 sustainability executives and analyzed the results from 423 respondents “to identify trends that will help define success for this developing system of commerce.”

Bringing It All Back Home

“Nearly nine out of 10 (86%) of sustainability executives surveyed believe that circular economy will be important to their business two years from now, nearly double from two years ago,” states a UPS summary.

The GreenBiz analysis found that, “As a transportation and logistics company, UPS facilitates the circular economy by providing more efficient and sustainable solutions to help reclaim and refurbish products at the end of their useful life.”

‘Seamless Take-Back’ via ‘Reverse Logistics Processes’

“We use our expertise in logistics to help enable and facilitate the circular economy,” said UPS senior director of global sustainability Ed Rogers. “Focusing on ‘first mile’ logistics is crucial to helping businesses implement a cost-effective circular economy.

“UPS partners with customers to implement seamless take-back systems that include turnkey packaging, pickup services and pre-paid return labels,” he said. “Taken together, all of these assist in the reverse logistics processes needed for a successful circular economy.”


An Ubiquitous Fuel

When it comes to UPS’s own operations, a key circular solution is RNG/biomethane: “Nearly every landfill, agriculture operation, and manufacturing and waste plant generates methane – it is among the most abundant forms of fuel on the planet,” GreenBiz notes. “By using RNG, UPS is taking methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas and converting it into a fuel to power its trucks.”

“RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions: it replaces conventional fuel (and its carbon emissions) that UPS would otherwise use, and also prevents methane from being released into the atmosphere, where it is more than 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.”

UPS recently expanded its use of biomethane to Texas (F&F, February 10).

UPS Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering president Carlton Rose was named last week as a keynote speaker at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 2-5 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, March 25). He’s to appear at the conference session session on Tuesday, May 3.


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Source: GreenBiz with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

PennDoT Taps Love’s Trillium: 29 Stations

March 29, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Love’s Subsidiary Selected for 20-Year, $84.5 Million Project
To ‘Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain’ Transit Sites,
Seven of Which, to Start, Will Offer CNG Fueling to the Public

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has selected Love’s Travel Stops’ Trillium CNG unit to build 29 compressed natural gas fueling facilities for transit vehicles as part of the agency’s 20-year, $84.5 million Public-Private Partnership (P3) project.
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ACT Expo-NAFTC Webinar on April 7

March 29, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Education, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Preparation for New AFV Fleet Facilities & Deployment

Organizers of ACT Expo 2016 and NAFTC – West Virginia’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium – are hosting a free webinar next week to help industry stakeholders prepare for new alternative fuel vehicle fleet facilities and deployment.


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The presentation by NAFTC operations chief William Davis takes place on April 7 at 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern time.

The complimentary session will cover the training needs of such internal staff as fleet managers, technicians and fueling crews, and those of such external support stakeholders as first responders, recovery and recycling specialists.

‘What Not to Do’

The pre-ACT Expo webinar will address AFV codes and standards and how they may pertain to stakeholders, and “What to do/not to do when providing AFV training for impacted stakeholders.”

ACT Expo itself takes place May 2-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

EnerDel Lithium Ions for Buses in Canada

March 28, 2016 in batteries, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Replacement Packs for Allison-Drive Coast Mountain Vehicles

EnerDel has broken into Canada with its lithium ion battery packs as replacement units for the original equipment NiMH/nickel metal hydride batteries in buses with parallel hybrid electric drives by Allison Transmission.
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Petaluma Biogas for Collection Vehicles

March 28, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Approximately 150,000 GGEs Annually from Food & Beverage Waste,
CEC, Anteing $3 Million, Sees ‘A Scalable Model for Other Communities’

The City of Petaluma, north of San Francisco, is getting ready to produce biomethane fuel via anaerobic digestion at an existing wastewater recycling facility – and will use it to power garbage collection vehicles.
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Virginia Transport CNG Opening April 6

March 28, 2016 in CNG, event, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Talladega Facility to Support VTC Fleet of Honda Auto Haulers
Built by Trillium and Supplied, for Now, by Luxfer-GTM Trailers

The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and Virginia Transportation Corp are spreading the word about the April 6 ribbon-cutting of a new compressed natural gas fueling facility just east of Talladega that will support a new fleet car haulers serving the Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala.
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Quantum Files for Chapt. 11 Protection

March 28, 2016 in CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Reports a $6 Million Debtor-in-Possession Financing Commitment
And Says It Hopes to Find a Buy via ‘an Expeditious 363 Sale Process’

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection “to enable it to seek an acquirer through an expeditious 363 sale process.”
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FIA Formula E Race in Long Beach April 2

March 28, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Saturday Event Is Round 6 of All-Battery World Circuit

Organizers are girding for Round 6 of this year’s FIA Formula E 100% battery-electric race, which makes its only U.S. stop in Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday, April 2.
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Toyota Prius Plug-In: The Prime for 2017

March 28, 2016 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Range for 22 Miles for 5-State Car for Late Fall

Toyota is trumpeting “Prius Prime” as the handle for the plug-in hybrid electric version of its Prius hybrid for 2017, forecasting an all-battery range of about 22 miles (double that of the current version) and promising that the car will be available in all 50 states.
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Gain CNG & Corridor for Alabama Station

March 28, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Co-Branded Dothan Outlet to Support Heavy Duty Trucks

Gain Clean Fuel has joined with Corridor Clean Fuels to co-brand an existing compressed natural gas fuel station in Dothan, Ala., proximate to a main corridor for main corridor for carriers in southwest Georgia and Florida.
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Volkswagen’s Budd-e Van Debuts in New York

March 28, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘On a Level Playing Field With Today’s Gasoline-Powered Cars’

Single-charge range of better than 230 miles will put Volkswagen’s “Budd-e” all-electric minivan “on a level playing field with today’s gasoline-powered cars,” the company said at the New York International Auto Show.
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AltCar NorCal in Oakland in May

March 28, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third Annual: Friday for Fleets and a Public Saturday

Organizers of the AltCar series of conferences and exhibitions have set May 20-21 for the third edition of their Northern California AltCar Conference & Expo, which like previous meetings will include a Friday conference for fleet operators and a public day on Saturday.
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N.A. Repower Gets CARB Certification

March 25, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First for a Heavy Duty Natural Gas Retrofit, Company Says

The California Air Resources Board has certified North American Repower’s dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition version of the 7.6-liter International DT466 engine Class 5-8 trucks and buses, the Southern California company says.
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Carlton Rose of UPS: ACT Expo Keynoter

March 25, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

President of Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering

Organizers of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have named UPS Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering president Carlton Rose as a keynote speaker. He’s to tell why UPS makes sustainability such a key part of its corporate strategy from packaging to delivery.
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Car2Go Dropping EVs in San Diego

March 22, 2016 in Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites Problems of Disappointing Infrastructure, Limited Range

Daimler’s Car2Go car-share unit has advised some 40,000 subscribers in the San Diego area that it’s replacing the all-battery fleet of Smart ForTwo cars with the gasoline version of the diminutive two-seater. The company cited problems of limited range (65 miles compared with 342 miles on a tank of gasoline) and a disappointing EV charger build-out by now-defunct Ecotality.
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Clean Energy CNG for Waste Pro Florida

March 22, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Fueling Capability at Sanford and Sarasota

Clean Energy Fuels is helping Waste Pro USA improve its compressed natural gas fueling capabilities in Florida, disclosing plans for a new facility in Sanford to accommodate 90 CNG-powered service vehicles and another in Sarasota capable of fueling 30 CNG vehicles.
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FIA Formula E Race in Long Beach April 2

March 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Saturday Event Is Round 6 of All-Battery World Circuit

Organizers are girding for Round 6 of this year’s FIA Formula E 100% battery-electric race, which makes its only U.S. stop in Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday, April 2.

Nine teams, each with two drivers, are currently competing in the ten-city circuit, which commenced in Beijing in October and will finish in London in July.
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