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Monthly Archives: May 2016

FPT Promotes a New Powerful CNG Engine

May 31, 2016 in Companies, New Products, NGVs, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Billed as ‘First Real 9-Liter Diesel Equivalent’

FPT Industrial (Fiat Powertrain Technologies) says that it’s new Cursor 9 CNG engine is “the first real 9-liter diesel equivalent” on the market. The “Naturally Powerful” engine with displacement of 8.7 liters, unveiled in late May at the at the Beijing Bus and Truck Show, has horsepower of 400 at 2,000 rpm.
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13 Roush Propane F-59s for Peapod

May 31, 2016 in Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Online Grocer Got Six Trucks Last Year, Expects Seven More Next Week

It’s a propane baker’s dozen for Peapod in Chicago, as the online grocer is adding seven autogas-fueled delivery trucks to six already in place at its Lake Zurich facility in suburban Chicago.
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Natural Gas Option on New Peterbilt 520

May 31, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Refuse Vehicle to Have 8.9- and 11.9-Liter Engine Options

Peterbilt has launched its new Peterbilt 520 refuse truck with a host of new features, including options for natural gas power. The standard diesel version has a Paccar MX-11 engine, but the 8.9-liter ISLG or 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport are also available.
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American CNG ‘Opis’ Starts in Florida

May 31, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Port-Hosted Facility in Fort Pierce to Be First of Many

CNG Energy has disclosed plans for a compressed natural gas fueling station in Fort Pierce, Fla., south of Vero Beach, that’s to be the first of many.
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Lightning Hybrids for Peapod in Chicago

May 31, 2016 in Companies, Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Advanced VTech Installs Hydraulic Hybrid Drive in Grocer Vans

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids has supplied its hydraulic hybrid Energy Recovery System equipment for two gasoline-fueled Workhorse-chassis vans now making deliveries in the Chicago area for the online grocer Peapod.
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Westport Certifies Ford Transit as SULEV

May 17, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Notes That Order Window Is Closing for 2016 F-150s

Westport has secured U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board certification of compressed natural gas-fueled Ford Transit vans with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine for 2016. CARB has approved the Westport Transit as a SULEV/super ultra-low emission vehicle, meaning single drivers can use the state’s HOV lanes.
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AQMD: $52 Million for 100s of Trucks

May 16, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Most Are to Be Natural Gas-Fueled ‘Near Zero’ Vehicles,
But Program Backs Electric Drive Deployments as Well
And 97 Conventional Natural Gas Trucks Are Funded Too

The South Coast Air Quality Management District board has approved outlays of nearly $52 million for the agency’s Goods Movement Program under California’s Proposition 1B statute. Prop 1B funding is provided by the California Air Resources Board.

The big winner...

The big winner…

Upwards of $26 million of the CARB money will support the deployment of several hundred natural gas-fueled trucks – 263 of them with the super-low NOx ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport. It will also support the purchase of more than 60 hybrid replacement and zero emission replacement trucks, as well as charging infrastructure and electric TRUs – transport refrigeration units.

$15 Million for Near Zero Mixers

Irvine, Calif.-based CalPortland/Catalina Pacific is to be the standout recipient, as the firm has been designated to receive $100,000 for each of 150 trucks with the 8.9-liter ISL G NZ.


The engine was certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board’s options NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour — 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards (F&F, September 17).

Other designated double-digit recipients include

  • Superior Ready Mix Concrete for 38 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Penske Truck Leasing for 30 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Anthony H. Ostercamp for 38 vehicles: ten ISL G NZ trucks, ten hybrid replacement trucks, ten hybrid replacement trucks capable of zero-emission miles, and eight zero-emission replacement trucks;
  • PTI Sand & Gravel for 11 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Mountain Valley Express for ten ISL G NZ trucks; and
  • Overseas Freight, Inc. for 29 zero-emission replacement trucks.

SCAQMD is also making 97 awards of $65,000 each – totaling $6.28 million – for natural gas-fueled replacement trucks powered by standard 0.20-gram-per-brake-horsepower hour engines.

The lion’s share of the CARB money via SCAQMD is for trucks with the new low-NOx engine.

The lion’s share of the CARB money via SCAQMD is for trucks with the new low-NOx engine.


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Source: SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Proterra Battery Extends Bus Range

May 16, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Battery Pack Analogous to Prior New Bus Design

Proterra is talking up a new battery pack for its Catalyst XR (extended range) all-electric buses, stating that its design boosts energy storage capability by 28%, bringing the nominal single-charge range of a 40-foot vehicle to 194 miles.
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Waste Industries CNG in Wilmington

May 16, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

21 Autocar Collection Trucks Go to Work Today

Waste Industries launched a new fleet of 22 compressed natural gas refuse trucks in Wilmington, N.C. last week, and said that the vehicles would begin collecting trash from homes and businesses in New Hanover and Pender counties today.
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Nikola to Offer CNG eTrucks via Lease

May 15, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, LNG, New Products, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Range-Extended Class 8 Vehicles with CNG Fuel Included,
Maintenance Too, All for $5,000 Per Month for a Million Miles

Utah-based start-up Nikola Motor has developed a range-extended electric drive truck on offer via an all-inclusive lease for $5,000 per month, with unlimited compressed natural gas fuel included. Nikola has designed the truck – nominally priced at $275,000 – from the ground up and will develop its own network of CNG fueling stations as well, says founder and CEO Trevor Milton.
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MSRC: $10 Million for Near Zero NGVs

May 13, 2016 in Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, money available, NGVs, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency to Vote Thursday on Game Changer-Implementing Program
Aimed at Repowering Transit Buses and Refuse Trucks with ISLG NZ

Southern California’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee is to vote Thursday on a $10 million Clean Transportation Funding initiative to repower existing urban transit buses and refuse collection trucks with the new ISL G NZ – Near Zero – engine from Cummins Westport.

MSRC-logoMSRC wants to hasten deployment of the 8.9-liter engine variant  introduced and certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour (F&F, September 17).

“This newly commercialized heavy-duty natural gas engine offers ‘near-zero’ emission levels for ozone precursor and participate matter criteria air pollutants – 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards – reductions that are of are of critical air quality importance to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) region,” states a draft agenda for the May 19 meeting.


100 Refuse Trucks, 500 Buses?

Also according to the draft agenda, the Near Zero Engine Incentive Program will provide $7.5 million to repower transit buses with the ISL G NZ while $2.5 million will be allocated for refuse collection trucks.

MSRC expects to award $15,000 per qualifying urban transit bus and $25,000 per qualifying refuse collection truck.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

Current plans call for a program notice to be issued on June 3. Applications will be accepted beginning July 5 and ending January 6, 2017.

‘Game Changer’

The new Cummins Westport engine, especially combined with the use of RNG/renewable natural gas-biomethane fuel, is seen as a “game changer” for the challenge of deploying heavy vehicle capable of meeting ambitious state and federal clean air and greenhouse gas emissions targets.

A detailed Game Changer white paper by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates was released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this month (F&F, May 10).


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Source: MSRC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

AmpRenew RCNG by Amp Americas

May 13, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dillon and Ruan Named as Renewable Natural Gas Customers

Amp Americas said at ACT Expo that it has formed AmpRenew as a new division focused on the sale of RCNG/renewable compressed natural gas from AmpCNG’s biogas operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana, site of the largest on-farm biodigester in the country.
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J-W PowerFill for Faster CNG Fueling

May 13, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Technology ‘Increases Flow Rates Without Increasing Horsepower’

J-W Power is promoting a patent-pending compressed natural gas technology it says “significantly improves the customer’s fueling experience with decreased fill time at the dispenser.”


J-W Power’s new PowerFill for CNG ‘significantly improves the customer's fueling experience with decreased fill time at the dispenser,’ the company says.

J-W Power’s new PowerFill for CNG ‘significantly improves the customer’s fueling experience with decreased fill time at the dispenser,’ the company says.

“If you are planning to build a CNG fueling station, J-W PowerFill Technology increases flow rates without increasing horsepower, significantly increases use of onsite storage, reduces starts and stops on equipment, and ultimately enhances the customer’s fueling experience,” J-W Power VP James Barr said in a release.

Automatic Staging

“We designed and built a CNG compressor package that can decrease fill times significantly by maximizing your on-site fuel storage by allowing the compressor to change the number of stages dynamically to utilize high pressure from storage to yield a higher flow rate,” he said.

The new design allows the compressor “to change the number of stages dynamically to utilize high pressure from storage to yield a higher flow rate,” states a release. The J-W PowerFill and J-W PowerFill Lite options are designed in a 4-stage/2-stage configuration, the company says: “When in direct-fill mode or when filling storage, both package designs function in 4-stage mode.

70% Storage Usage

“While a vehicle is fueling, the package automatically switches to two stages, increasing the flow rate up to ten times.”

Storage is typically 30% usable – “with J-W PowerFill Technology, over 70% usage can be achieved.”


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Source: J-W Power with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

US Air Conditioning Upgrades CNG

May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Galileo Nanobox Station Supports Company & Employee Vehicles

US Air Conditioning has opted for a Galileo Nanobox system to upgrade a ten-year-old compressed natural gas fueling installation at its main distribution center in City of Industry, east of Los Angeles.
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Roush for LeeTran: 20 Propane Shuttles

May 13, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Are Paying About 50¢ Per Gallon for Propane Autogas,’
Agency Plans to Switch Entire Paratransit Fleet in Five Years

Fort Myers, Fla.-based LeeTran now operates 20 paratransit vehicles on 100% propane autogas, comprising some 45% of its fleet, and according to fuel system supplier Roush CleanTech plans to switch entirely to propane within five years.
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SES Gets Approval of Propane Dispensers

May 13, 2016 in certifications, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pro-Vend Line Can be Situated with Conventional Fuels

Superior Energy Systems says it’s secured across-the-board CSA/Canadian Standards Association listings per Underwriters Laboratories UL 495 and CAN1-12.4 standards for its Pro-Vend propane autogas dispensers. It’s the first such approval electronic propane autogas fuel dispensers, the company says, and means the units can be deployed on the same fueling islands as gasoline and diesel dispensers, in either private fleet or centralized fueling locations.
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InsightFuel Born of SSP and AFV

May 13, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Critical Equipment for Vehicles and Stations, Plus Construction Services

InsightFuel, a new company combining SSP and AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems, promoted its expertise for CNG fueling stations and natural gas vehicles at ACT Expo 2016 this month.
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