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Westport HPDI 2.0: Int’l Launch in 2017

August 30, 2016 in Companies, LNG, New Products, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Europe or Perhaps China to Be First, and It Won’t be the Cummins ISX:
Goal Is a Product Preserving Diesel Performance with Minimal Changes

Westport Fuel Systems expects to commercialize its “HPDI 2.0” high pressure direct injection technology as a fuel system package for OEMs in Europe and/or China in summer 2017.
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Nikola Now Plans Hydrogen for Trucks

August 30, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Intends to Be 100% Vertically Integrated for Fuel

Start-up Nikola Motors said today that its planned line of Class 8 trucks will be fully zero-emission – they will be hydrogen fuel cell-powered.
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Peterbilt Announces ISL G NZ Availability

August 30, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero NOx Engine for 567, 520 and 320

Peterbilt Motors affirmed this morning that the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine is being made available on the Paccar unit’s Model 567, 520 and 320 trucks, beginning with the 520 and 320 by year-end. The new engine will become available on the Model 567 in early 2017.


Peterbilt quietly spread the word about its plans for ISL G NZ availability for the refuse truck market last week (F&F, August 23).

ISLGNear-Zero+peterbiltThe new engine’s emissions are 90% percent lower than the current EPA NOx limit through the introduction of a unique three way catalyst in the after-treatment, advanced engine calibration, and a closed crankcase ventilation system, Peterbilt said today.

‘Increasingly Efficient’

“Peterbilt is producing increasingly efficient products,” Peterbilt chief engineer Scott Newhouse says in the announcement. “The addition of the ISL-G Near Zero emissions engine strengthens Peterbilt as an environmental leader.”

The new engine’s performance and efficiency match the current ISL G, Peterbilt says, with 320 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft torque available. “Customers with linehaul, vocational and refuse applications will benefit from the efficient option.”

The ISL G NZ is “an excellent choice for our customers,” said Robert Woodall, assistant sales and marketing GM at Peterbilt.


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Source: Peterbilt motors with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ChargePoint Boasts 30,000 Charge Points

August 30, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Mission Is to Get Everyone Behind the Wheel of an EV’

ChargePoint is celebrating the installation of its 30,000th electric vehicle charging station. The company says it’s powered 407 million gasoline-free miles for more than 450,000 EVs on U.S. roads. updated August 31
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Impco Offers New NGV Components

August 30, 2016 in CNG, LNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A High-Flow Fuel Injector and Solenoid Tank Valves

The Impco Technologies unit of Westport Fuel Systems is offering a new GS2 high flow CNG fuel injector for world natural gas vehicles markets. Also new, from Impco’s GFI unit, are new solenoid valves for compressed natural gas fuel cylinders.
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Proterra Buses for Illinois MetroLink

August 29, 2016 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 40-Foot All-Battery Vehicles for Moline-Based Agency

Proterra said Friday that the Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLink transit organization is going forward with the purchase of two 40-foot Proterra XR electric buses this autumn, “with the potential to significantly expand their zero emission vehicle fleet over the next four years.”
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NGVAmerica-SWANA Best Practices Paper

August 29, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, Publications, refuse, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Release White Paper on CNG Refuse Truck Safety

NGVAmerica and the Solid Waste Association of North America have released a where paper on safety and best practices for natural gas-fueled refuse trucks.

Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry was released at SWANA’s WasteCon show in Indianapolis last week.


Click image or here for the NGVAmerica-SWANA Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry white paper.

Click image or here for the NGVAmerica-SWANA Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry white paper.

“While natural gas vehicles are as safe as diesel or gasoline powered vehicles,” the paper states, “proper training and maintenance of the vehicles, including all fuel system components and fueling facilities, is required.”

‘Relentless Focus’

“Waste truck fleet operators in both the private and public sectors need to make sure they operate natural gas fueled vehicles safely,” SWANA executive director David Biderman says in the white paper announcement.

“This collaboration is an example of SWANA’s relentless focus on improving the industry’s safety performance in the United States and Canada,” Biderman said.

‘Safety Is Always the Top Priority’

“Safety is always the top priority for NGVAmerica members,” said NGVAmerica technology and development director Dan Bowerson.

The organizations announced their collaboration earlier this summer (F&F, June 13).

The eight-page white paper covers such issues as vehicle operations, fueling, training (including first responder training), facilities requirements, and CNG/compressed natural gas fuel cylinder testing.

WasteCon 2017 has been slated for September 24-27, 2017 in Baltimore.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Cruise Car’s Battery Ambulances

August 26, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lithium Batteries Coming Next Year for Low-Speed Vehicle Line

Florida-based Cruise Car continues to promote its line of robust low-speed electric vehicles for professional use, recently spreading the word about an ambulance plat for use on commercial and university campuses, military bases, city centers and airports.
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XNG for CNG in Washington State

August 25, 2016 in CNG, industrial, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Port Townsend Paper Is the Anchor Customer,
XNG Says It Can Support Off-Pipeline Fleets Too;
Meanwhile Orders Ten New CNG Tractors for East

Xpress Natural Gas has opened a new facility to produce compressed natural gas for industrial customers in Washington State. Port Townsend Paper is the anchor customer for XNG’s CNG facility at the Satsop Business Park in Elma, southwest of Seattle, approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and Interstate-5, in Grays Harbor County.
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Orange EV Is Now Cal HVIP-Eligible

August 24, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Incentives of $95,000 Per Battery Electric Truck,
Plus New Trucks Are Available as Well as Repowers

Kansas City-based Orange EV said this morning that its 100% battery electric T-Series Class 8 terminal truck in eligible for $95,000 in purchase support in California via HVIP, the state’s Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

The vehicles have been operating for 24 hours or more per charge in railroad intermodal, LTL freight, manufacturing, retail distribution, waste management and warehouse container handling applications, the company says.


Pure battery-electric Orange EV yard hostler takes a charge.

Pure battery-electric Orange EV yard hostler takes a charge.

“Businesses and organizations with fleets in California can get a preliminary voucher amount of $95,000 per truck, increasable up to $120,000 and stackable with other incentive programs to lower initial purchase price,” states today’s release.

An Easy Application Process

“California HVIP vouchers dramatically simplify and speed up the process of obtaining funds, thereby accelerating vehicle deployment,” chief commercial officer Mike Saxton says in the announcement.

“Orange EV’s T-series and the corresponding voucher amount are all pre-approved, eliminating uncertainty and enabling fleets to execute deployment plans without having to go out-of-pocket for the additional capital,” he said.

Make It Up on Fuel

“The balance can be financed, further reducing initial cash outlay and helping fleets pay the balance from savings in large expense items like diesel fuel,” the company says.

Orange EV spread the word last week that it is now offering new-chassis vehicles, as well as upfits of existing terminal trucks to full battery power.


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Source: Orange EV with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Rethink Methane 2017 in February

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs, Rethink Methane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Examine How Renewable Methane Can Help California’

The 2017 Rethink Methane Symposium, the third in the series will take place February 21-22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.
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Motiv Opens Its New Headquarters

August 23, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, event, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Triple the Workspace with Room for 100 Employees

Battery electric vehicle driveline software specialist has opened its new headquarters in Foster City, south of San Francisco. The facility affords triple the workspace of the company’s old location, and will allow for growth to about 100 employees – likewise a tripling.
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Near Zero Engine Coming for Refuse

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Game Changer, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Operators to Be Able to Order This Year
As Peterbilt and Autocar Are First to the Fore

Operators of compressed natural gas-fueled refuse trucks are being reassured that OEMs will offer vehicles with the super-low NOx Near Zero version of the Cummins Westport ISL G in time for their traditional fourth-quarter ordering cycle.
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FZ SoNick Opens Facility in Illinois

August 23, 2016 in batteries, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lab, Test and Repair Center for Zebra Sodium Nickel Batteries

A fully battery-electric refuse truck powered by Zebra batteries operated by the Department of Streets & Sanitation in Chicago (F&F, September 16, 2014).

A fully battery-electric refuse truck powered by Zebra batteries operated by the Department of Streets & Sanitation in Chicago (F&F, September 16, 2014).



A 38-amp-hour, 182-kilogram (401-pound) Z5-557-ML3X-38 Fiamm Zebra nickel-salt battery pack on display by Motiv Power Systems.

A 38-amp-hour, air-cooled, 182-kilogram (401-pound) Z5-557-ML3X-38 Fiamm Zebra nickel-salt battery pack on display by Motiv Power Systems.

The new U.S. unit of Switzerland’s Fiamm, manufacturer of Zebra brand sodium nickel or nickel-salt batteries, has begun staffing a laboratory, test and repair center in Elgin, just outside of Chicago. The firm expects the facility to be fully operational by September 1, says Kara Haag, general manager of the new FZSoNick, Inc.

The new Fiamm unit was incorporated this past May, she told F&F.

Fiamm took ownership of the Zebra sodium nickel battery technology in 2011, Haag notes. The sodium nickel batteries are manufactured in Switzerland and are comparable in energy density to lithium batteries on a pack-to-pack basis, she says.

Safer

They are also safer, she says, as the sodium nickel technology has none of the thermal runaway – i.e., fire – issues associated with some lithium battery designs.

“Fiamm SoNick sodium nickel storage batteries do not require maintenance yet guarantee durability and reliability,” parent Fiamm says on its website.

Good for the Cold

“The safety of these batteries makes them especially suitable for mobile applications such as cars, vans and buses. The battery has an internal working temperature of 270°C [518°F] which guarantees high performance and durability regardless of the ambient temperature.”

Ford F-59 strip chassis with Motive Power System drive and Fiamm/FZSoNick Zebra batteries at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Ford F-59 strip chassis with Motiv Power System drive and Fiamm/FZSoNick Zebra batteries at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Packs Only

The sodium nickel batteries are thus highly suitable for cold-climate vehicle operations.

Haag notes that unlike some other battery suppliers, Fiamm and FZ SoNick sell only battery packs, not individual cells.

The new FZSoNick, Inc. will exhibit at The Battery Show next month (September 13-15) in Novi, Mich.

Fiamm Zebra-powered all-battery transit bus in Spain

Fiamm Zebra-powered all-battery transit bus in Spain


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Source: Fiamm FZ SoNick with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CEOs to Speak at NGVAmerica Denver

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Convergence in the NGV Industry’ Following Key Mergers

NGVAmerica has slated Agility Fuel Systems CEO Kathleen Ligocki and Westport Fuel Systems CEO Nancy Gougarty to head a panel discussion on “Convergence in the NGV Industry” at the organization’s September meeting in Colorado.
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Hexagon H2 Tanks for Mercedes F-Cell

August 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Type IV Cylinders for Fuel Cell/Plug-In-‘Hybrid’

Hexagon Lincoln is supplying its all-composite Type IV cylinders for the new hydrogen-fueled Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle. Each car will have two of the lightweight tanks: one in the transmission tunnel and one below the rear seats.
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APG: a Heavy Trial, DF Revenues Soar

August 22, 2016 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Refitted Freightliner Truck with DD15 Enters Quebec Trials,
Separately, Domestic Dual Fuel Vehicles Sales Rise by 383%

The American Power Group’s dual fuel natural gas-diesel technology – billed as the only available solution for heavy-mission trucks with 13- to 15-liter engines – is being tested by Transport Somavrac in Quebec.
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