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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Thomas Built Type C CNG Deliveries Begin

July 29, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North Kansas City Is Taking 110 of the New Units:
All Funding Via Daimler Financial with No Grants

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses is celebrating the sale – and start of deliveries – of 110 of its new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses to the North Kansas City School District.
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Genovation Breaks 200-MPH EV Barrier

July 29, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GXE Corvette Achieves 205.6 Miles per Hour in Florida

Genovation said Thursday that its all-electric, Corvette-bodied GXE – the Genovation Extreme Electric car – achieved a record-breaking speed of 205.6 mph during supervised tests with Johnny Bohmer Racing in Florida.
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Zebulon EPA Nod for CNG for Nissan Vans

July 29, 2016 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

IUL Approval for 2012 through 2014 Nissan NV Vans

Zebulon Innovations has secured U.S. EPA intermediate useful life approval for its conversions of Nissan vans to compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel operation. Zebulon uses Westport-Impco Zavoli equipment.
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Daimler’s Mercedes ‘Urban eTruck’

July 29, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Time Is Ripe for the Electric Truck,’ Manufacturers Says,
Claiming 26-Tonne Vehicle as ‘First Fully Electric’ of Its Kind

Daimler has revealed its 26-tonne/57,000-pound Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck as a fully battery electric vehicle with single-charge range of about 124 miles (200 kilometers). It is “the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tons,” the manufacturer said.
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Qualcomm & Lear Have WEVC License

July 27, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lear ‘to Develop, Make and Supply’ Using Qualcomm Halo Technology

Qualcomm and Lear Corp said this morning that they’ve entered into a license agreement for WEVC/wireless electric vehicle charging. Lear is to manufacture equipment to charge EVs inductively using Qualcomm Halo technology – no plugging-in.
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Greenlots for Avista EVSE in Spokane

July 27, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pilot Project for 200-Plus Chargers in Eastern Washington
For ‘A Holistic View of Scaling EV Infrastructure Sustainably’

Greenlots is announcing today that it’s been selected by Spokane, Wash.-based Avista Utilities to help establish a grid-integrated electric vehicle charging program – paving the way for the utility to own and operate EV infrastructure in the eastern part of the state.
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CleanFuel USA Touts Cook-Illinois Propane

July 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘For the First Time Ever, Has Not Purchased Any Diesel Buses’

CleanFuel USA is talking up the recent order of 50 propane autogas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses from Thomas Built by the Chicago-area operator Cook-Illinois, noting that the vehicles have CleanFuel USA LPI/liquid propane injection fuel systems.
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Bauer Unveils Large CNG Compressor

July 26, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

C52 Series X-Fill Complements Broad Product Range

Bauer Compressors is offering the C52 X-Fill as the largest of its already broad compressor line. The C52, available with 250-, 300- and 350-horsepower TEFC/totally enclosed, fan-cooled electric motors, is described as a “powerful, totally integrated system in a compact footprint with available on-board storage.” Read More >>

UQM Extends Proterra Supply Pact

July 26, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Extension Reflects the Increased Demand in the U.S. Marketplace’

UQM Technologies said this morning that it’s extended its PowerPhase HD driveline supply agreement with Proterra, which manufactures 100% battery-electric transit buses.

UQM PowerPhase controller and motor coupled on display at Proterra'a Northern California facility (F&F, October 7, 2015).

UQM PowerPhase controller and motor coupled on display at Proterra’a Northern California facility (F&F, October 7, 2015).



“The extension reflects the increased demand in the U.S. marketplace for the Proterra buses and the expected increased production volume of the UQM PowerPhase HD systems,” states a release.

UQM notes that Proterra vehicles have logged 2 million miles of revenue service (F&F, March 3) with operators in California, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts Kentucky, and Nevada – “with growing demand nationally.”

‘Second to None’

“The experience we have mutually gained with Proterra through their support, success and growth has translated into a product that is second to none in this market,” UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell says in today’s announcement.

“We look forward to our continued growth and expanding our drivetrain technology offerings globally to support this exciting market segment,” he said.

‘Helped Us Raise the Bar’

“UQM has consistently performed to our expectations, and helped us raise the bar for the market as a whole,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.

“The extension of our long-term supply agreement with UQM reflects our mutual success in this partnership, and speaks to the ability of both teams to address the technology curve as well as provide solutions that are attractive to our EV customer base.”


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Source: UQM Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Boreas Natural Gas Opens for Business

July 26, 2016 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Self-Sustaining Natural Gas Fuels Supply Chain’

Southern California’s Boreas Natural Gas says its has commenced operations as a provider of products, services and customized turnkey solutions for the natural gas fuels market. Boreas was founded by Cem Hacioglu, the former head of Applied LNG.
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Clean Energy Fuels Clean Energy Foods

July 25, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Testa Produce in Chicago and Neapolitan Pizza in New York

Clean Energy Fuels is promoting its role in providing fuel for food companies, outlining its support of Neapolitan Express Pizza in New York and Testa Produce in Chicago in recent blog posts.
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Federal $4.5 Billion for EVs and EVSE

July 22, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments, milestones, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Up to $4.5 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Charging,
Dozens of OEMs, Utilities, Government Groups Joining
Together to Support ‘An Unprecedented Set of Actions’

The Obama Administration is maintaining its support for electric vehicles with gusto, detailing yesterday a plan for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities.
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Westport Fuel Names Gougarty CEO

July 22, 2016 in Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Company Veteran Takes the Helm of Post-Merger Company

Westport Fuel Systems said today that its board has chosen Nancy Gougarty as chief executive officer. She has served as president and COO of Westport since July 2013.

Westport recently closed on the merger with Impco parent Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. that was announced this past autumn (F&F, June 2).

Nancy Gougarty

Nancy S. Gougarty

David Demers, Westport’s current CEO, “is retiring from the company but will be available to the leadership team in an advisory role through a transition period,” states today’s announcement.

“Nancy has proven her ability to work through complex development projects with major global original equipment manufacturers,” said Westport board chair Warren Baker – “with a clear sense of what drives profits.”

‘Clearly the Right Person’

“Her most recent collaborative efforts leading the integration teams following the merger with Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. highlighted her skill in managing diverse groups across Europe, Asia & North America while stewarding key relationships with suppliers and joint venture partners.

“She is clearly the right person to lead our newly combined global company going forward,” Baker said.


Earnings to Be Released August 9

Prior to joining Westport, Gougarty served as TRW Automotive Corp Asia-Pacific operations VP, overseeing the operations of more than 30 plants in the region from a base in Shanghai. She was previously managing director of GM’s joint venture in Shanghai.

Westport also said today that it expects to report on its second-quarter financial results on Tuesday, August 9.


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Westport Fuel Systems with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TruStar Energy for Long Beach CNG

July 22, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, municipal fleet, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility Said to Be the First for the California Municipality

TruStar Energy said yesterday that it’s been awarded the contract to build and maintain the first CNG fueling station for the City of Long Beach, Calif.
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Proterra Bus at the DNC in Philadelphia

July 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘SEPTA, Proterra, and PECO Democratize Transportation’

Proterra will take part in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, as one of the manufacturer’s Catalyst brand 100% battery electric buses is to be used as a shuttle, and will be displayed at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s headquarters.
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New Flyer More CNG Buses for Las Vegas

July 22, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Options Exercised for 55 Vehicles for $38 Million

Southern Nevada’s RTC, the Regional Transportation Commission of Las Vegas, is exercising options for the purchase of 25 sixty-foot and 30 forty-foot Xcelsior buses fueled by compressed natural gas, manufacturer New Flyer reports.
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SoCalGas CNG for Pico Rivera Trucks

July 22, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Public-Access Station Designed for Heavy Trucks

Southern California Gas has opened a new compressed natural gas fueling outlet “in the heart of Pico Rivera’s warehouse and distribution district,” east of downtown Los Angeles. updated July 25
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