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VW Deal to Boost Gov’t EV Programs

June 28, 2016 in Companies, litigation, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

German Automaker Hit for $14.7 Billion over Its Diesel Deceits
Agreements With U.S. and California to Compensate Consumers
And Back Programs Supporting Zero-Emission Vehicle Technology

Volkswagen will have to spend as much as $10 billion to compensate consumers and $4.7 billion “to mitigate pollution and make investments that support zero-emission vehicle technology,” the U.S. EPA said today, “to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers.” updated June 29

Alliance AutoGas Propane ProMaster

June 28, 2016 in New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Propane Fuel System for Popular Dodge Ram Truck

Alliance AutoGas is promoting a propane autogas conversion kit for the Dodge Ram ProMaster truck with 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

Ceres for Nissan Range Extender

June 28, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Fuel-Versatile SOFC – Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

The UK’s Ceres Power Holdings has publicized an agreement whereby it will help develop a range extended for Nissan electric vehicles based on solid oxide fuel cell technology. Ceres Power’s SteelCell brand SOFC, the company says, “is able to work with a variety of high efficiency fuel types (including biofuels) applicable to the automotive sector.”

Proterra Opens Its Patent Portfolio

June 28, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘This Industry Needs Open Platforms,’ Says VP Horton
As Firm Grants Access to Overhead Charging Technology

Proterra vowed today to let any bus manufacturer or operator use its overhead electric vehicle on-route fast-charging technology on a royalty-free basis. It’s “a significant move intended to accelerate widespread EV technology adoption and infrastructure development,” the company said.

Lightning Hybrids 32 More for Kiessling

June 28, 2016 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shuttle Operator Nearly Doubles Hydraulic Hybrid Fleet

Massachusetts-based Kiessling Transit has ordered 32 more shuttle vehicles with Lightning Hybrids driveline upfits, nearly doubling its hydraulic hybrid fleet.

Rethink Methane This Week

June 27, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, Rethink Methane 2016 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Still Time to Register as Additional Speakers Named
For Conference Taking Place June 29-30 in Sacramento

Next week, stakeholders from the bioenergy, hydrogen, fuel cell, solar, wind, and natural gas industries will join policymakers in Sacramento to discuss the barriers to the development of a robust and successful renewable gas industry in California – and how to overcome them.

The second Rethink Methane symposium takes place June 29-30 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, Calif.

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The registration fee for Rethink Methane 2016 is $325 – for industry. There is no fee for government and non-profit representatives.

The goal of the conference is inform stakeholders from the bioenergy, solar, wind, hydrogen, fuel cell and natural gas industries – and California policymakers – providing insight into the significant environmental, public health, and economic benefits of biomethane/renewable natural gas.

Stakeholders will also learn about changes to be made to policy, regulation and incentives to increase the production and consumption of RNG in the state.

The Debate Will Be in Full Swing

“Several renewable energy bills are on the docket for the 2016 legislative session, so the debate over the policies, regulations, and incentives that should be adopted to encourage the production and consumption of renewable methane is in full swing,” says organizer (and Fleets & Fuels publisher) GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

“By demonstrating the viability of your products and services, you can help expand the renewable methane market and create new revenue streams for your organization.”

Rethink Methane attendees will be able to visit the Sacramento BioDigester on June 30. The facility is the largest anaerobic digestion system of its kind in North America. Learn the history of the facility, the feedstocks and regulations involved, and see how the organic waste is processed – from its arrival at the transfer station to its fueling of the haul trucks (F&F, September 29, 2013).

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Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Volvo Bifuel with Westport Technology

June 24, 2016 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

V90 Uses Same Gaseous Fuel Gear as V60 Sports Wagon

Westport Fuel Systems is spreading the word that the CNG-gasoline bi-fuel version of Volvo’s new V90 station wagon is based on the same gaseous fuel engine technology it supplied for the V60 sports wagon. updated June 28

Keeping the Greens Green Greener

June 24, 2016 in EVs, Special to Fleets & Fuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Tennessee State Parks’ Golf Course Equipment Is Kicking Gas’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Chad Kimes, Tennessee Office of Sustainable Practices

Tennessee State Parks golf courses are replacing gasoline-powered equipment with electric options, decreasing emissions, and reducing wildlife-disturbing noise. Purchase of the equipment was funded by the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and includes greens and approach mowers, bunker rakes, greens rollers, and utility vehicles. Purchased equipment was manufactured by Jacobsen, Smithco, Tru Turf, Toro Workman, and Club Car.

Verdek Tackles Biogas for RNG

June 21, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Galileo CNG Equipment Distributor to Handle Renewable Fuel

Connecticut-based Verdek, a distributor of natural gas vehicle fueling equipment manufactured by Argentina’s Galileo, said today that it’s increasing its involvement in biogas, which it will process into pipeline- or vehicle-grade biomethane – also known as RNG, for renewable natural gas.

EVgo Acquired by Vision Ridge Partners

June 21, 2016 in Companies, EVSE, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘EVgo Will Expand Its Charging Network Even Further’

Colorado’s Vision Ridge Partners said yesterday that it’s completed its acquisition of the electric vehicle charging network provider EVgo. “EVgo will now launch as an independent company, focused on expanding its charging network and leading more drivers to purchase and use electric vehicles nationwide,” states a release.

Omnitek Taps Hiller Truck Tech in Ontario

June 21, 2016 in Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hiller Truck Tech to Perform Diesel-to-Natural Gas Conversions

Southern California-based Omnitek Engineering has named Hiller Truck Tech of Ayr, Ont. as an authorized diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion center “to address the increasing demand for natural gas powered heavy-duty engines in Canada.”

“Our EPA-approved diesel-to natural gas engine conversion technology offers fleet operators meaningful economic and environmental benefits,” president and CEO Werner Funk said in a release.

David Hiller

David Hiller

“Hiller Truck Tech is well-positioned from a technical and capacity standpoint to accelerate fleet conversions in Canada, and we look forward to working with this highly regarded service organization,” he said.

Class 8 Trucks First

Omnitek offers spark-ignition, kits for converting a wide range of diesel engines to dedicated natural gas.

Funk noted that Hiller will offer fleet operators a choice of either a diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion of a customer’s heavy-duty truck, or the option of purchasing a new glider built by Hiller with an overhauled and converted “drop-in” ready natural gas engine.

The first work by Hiller is likely to be for Class 8 trucks with Detroit Diesel Series 60 and Caterpillar C15 engines, he told F&F.

‘A Compelling Economic Proposition’

“Converting a diesel engine to natural gas during the normal engine overhaul cycle of an engine with a 20-year service life is a compelling economic proposition,” Funk says.

Omnitek cites reports indicating that the Canadian government is expected to allocate up to $8.3 billion on climate change initiatives over the next five years, “with Ontario expected to spend up to $100 million to help natural gas suppliers create more fuelling stations to encourage more trucks to switch from diesel or gasoline.”

Detroit Diesel Series 60 courtesy Omnitek

Detroit Diesel Series 60 courtesy Omnitek

“We are seeing renewed interest in diesel engine conversions from our customers, especially because of the environmental and economic benefits,” Hiller Truck Tech president David Hiller says in the Omnitek announcement.

A Push from Paris

“The recently signed 200-nation ‘Paris Agreement on Climate Change’ should attract further interest in the benefits of Omnitek’s technology and the utilization of natural gas,” he said.

“Natural gas powered heavy-duty trucks will help in achieving these goals, and utilizing diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions rather than purchasing new more expensive trucks will substantially increase the percentage of natural gas vehicles in the truck population,” said Funk.

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Source: Omnitek with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Emcara ‘Garter’ Cap Helps Protect PRDs

June 21, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Garter Vent Cap’ – ‘A Robust Line of Defense’

Emcara Gas Development is promoting a vent cap designed to keep outside water and other foreign matter from impeding the function of pressure relief devices on compressed natural gas fuel systems. PRDs are essential devices that allow gas to vent when pressure becomes dangerously high, as in the case of fire.

Emcara's 'Garter' vent cap

Emcara’s ‘Garter’ vent cap

“The most common cause of PRD failures is the simple problem of water getting into the outlet lines of the device,” Emcara says. Its answer? The “Garter” vent cap.

‘A Strong Seal’

“The Garter provides a strong seal between itself and the vent line, ensuring that water and other materials do not enter the system, while at the same time staying protected from UV light deterioration, pressure sprays, and other actions that have caused plastic or other caps to fly off or become damaged,” states a release.

The Garter cap is designed with a poppet action to allow gas to escape – it then “quickly re-seals itself.” The Garter cap releases between 5 and 10 psi of pressure, allowing designers to “do away with weep holes, which is another possible area for water to enter the system.”

Safer, Cheaper

Guelph, Ont.-based Emcara Gas Development, Inc. was established in 2010. The firm works to bring new and innovative ideas to the alternative fuels industry with “devices and solutions that increase safety and performance, while reducing overall costs.” Emcara’s product portfolio includes long-trigger PRDs, balanced actuator valves, and ventilation caps.

Further, the company claims a “pipeline of new products in development that will assist in the growth and development of the alternative fuel industry.”

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Source: Emcara Gas Development with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

FCA Canada Gets $85.8mm for PHEV

June 20, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, money awarded, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ontario Wants Chrysler Pacifica to Be World’s First PHEV Minivan

The Province of Ontario is anteing as much as $85.8 million to help Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada develop a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version of its new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The resulting vehicle will be the world’s first PHEV minivan, states a provincial government release.

Intersil Offers New Lithium Ion Monitor

June 20, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ISL78610 Monitors & Balances Up to 12 Lithium Ion Cells

Milpitas, Calif.-based Intersil is promoting a new monitoring unit for 12-cell lithium ion battery modules.

XL Hybrids’ XL3 for Climatemp Service

June 20, 2016 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Chicago-Area HVAC Provider Taking Four Chevy Vans

XL Hybrids reports the installation of its XL3 hybrid electric drive in four Chevrolet Express vans for the Climatemp Service Group, which provides commercial heating and cooling equipment and HVAC maintenance services in the Chicago area.

UQM for a New Full Electric Drive System

June 20, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, New Products, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with Eaton and Pi Innovo for ‘PowerPhaseDT’
Including Include Motor, Two-Speed Transmission and Inverter:
Combination Intended for Larger & Cheaper Electric-Drive Vehicles

Colorado’s UQM Technologies has disclosed a new alliance with Eaton and Michigan’s Pi Innovo to develop a full electric drivetrain system using UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter.

“Supplier relationships with Eaton and Pi Innovo will allow UQM to meet the growth projections of the EV commercial global market including China, Europe and South America,” states a release.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter will be the basis of the new UQM PowerPhaseDT including twospeed transmission by Eaton with a Pi Innovo control unit.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter will be the basis of the new UQM PowerPhaseDT including twospeed transmission by Eaton with a Pi Innovo control unit.

The UQM package is to be combined with a new two-speed transmission from Eaton and a transmission control unit from Pi Innovo. The full electric drivetrain system will be called the “UQM PowerPhaseDT.”

Smaller Motors

UQM says it will have prototypes ready for customers by early fall and start-of-production units ready by early 2017.

Benefits will include better hill-climbing, acceleration and efficiency, as the new two-speed transmission will provide greater speed and torque range from that of a direct drive system, allowing for a smaller electric motor to drive large vehicles. UQM expects improvements in packaging, efficiency, payload capacity and cost compared with direct drive or single-speed drivelines.

“Perhaps the biggest benefit is the fact that the two-speed transmission keeps the electric motor operating in the highest efficiency region for a greater portion of the drive cycle,” UQM technology VP Josh Ley says in the partnership announcement. ,

Smaller Battery Packs

“This, coupled with the extremely high efficiency of the ‘UQM PowerPhaseDT’ electric drivetrain system, will enable the highest overall vehicle efficiency, saving cost in batteries and increasing range,” he said.

“Pi Innovo’s hardware, software and applications engineers have worked closely with the UQM team to optimize the performance of the system to meet the efficiency requirements demanded by UQM’s customers,” said Pi Innovo Walter Lucking. “Working with UQM has been a great experience for our team,” he said.

“This system will help vehicle manufacturers ensure they are providing a product that helps them improve vehicle efficiency without compromising performance,” said Marco Rollero, Eaton vehicle group EMEA sales and marketing director.

An ‘Overarching Need’

“We have done extensive market research and believe that this offering will be the ideal drivetrain solution for electric and range-extended commercial vehicles,” said UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell.

“The development and production of a full electric drivetrain system will support the overarching need for full transmission systems as enhanced performance and efficiency requirements are mandated by customer drive cycle needs as well as the need to reduce battery costs and meet more stringent environmental regulations,” UQM says.

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UQM, president and CEO Joe Mitchell, 303-682-4900; [email protected]

UQM, VP Adrian Schaffer, 303-682-4920 or 303-682-4900 (main); [email protected]

UQM, Ian Stonington, 303-682-4941; mobile 512-576-1824; [email protected];

Pi Innovo, VP Adrian Carnie, 734-656-0149; mobile 734-968-0931; 734-656-0140 (main); [email protected];

Eaton info, Jim Michels, 248-226-6806 or 248-226-6200 (main); mobile 248-245-9138; [email protected];

Source: UQM Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

500+ New Flyer Hybrids for SEPTA

June 17, 2016 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Board Approves Purchase of 525 New Hybrid Buses

New Flyer and SEPTA, the Philadelphia area’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, have announced the purchase of as many as 550 of New Flyer’s diesel-fueled hybrid electric Xcelsior XDE40 buses.

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