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Monthly Archives: February 2017

XL Hybrids PHEV for the Ford F-150 First

February 28, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones, New Products, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘XLP’ Plug-In Hybrid Technology Promises a 50% Fuel Savings

XL Hybrids will launch the plug-in variant of its add-on fuel-saving drive on the Ford F-150 pickup, beginning with model year 2017 trucks, the company says. updated March 6
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Nanaimo CNG Buses, Jordair-Bauer Fueling

February 27, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

24 New Flyer Xcelsior Buses Make for a 100% CNG Fleet,
As Jordair Helps Fuel Gas Supplier FortisBC’s Own Vehicles

British Columbia’s Regional District of Nanaimo has taken delivery of 24 compressed natural gas-fueled XN40 Xcelsior buses by New Flyer, making for a 100% CNG-fueled RDN fleet. All of the new buses are expected to be in service by the end of the spring.
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CNG Fuel System Enhancements at TMC

February 27, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Momentum and Agility Tout Engine Compatibility
At ATA’s Annual Transportation Technology Expo

Agility Fuel Solutions and the Momentum Fuel Technologies unit of Rush Enterprises are emphasizing telematics compatibility for their natural gas vehicle fuel systems at the American Trucking Association’s TMC annual meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville this week.


TMC is ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council.

Momentum and Agility are promoting enhanced compatibility with Cummins Westport’s ISX12 G and ISL G dedicated-natural gas engines.

Both Agility and Momentum are promoting systems that are compatible with the latest natural gas engines from Cummins Westport.

Agility’s ‘BlueiQ’

Agility has introduced a product called “BlueiQ” it says was “developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.”

Blue iQ is integrated with Cummins Connected Diagnostics, Insite, service tool, and QuickServe support “to connect vehicles, drivers, managers, and technicians for real-time management, diagnostics, and service,” Agility says, stating further that Blue iQ is the only tool that has access to Cummins proprietary engine data.

“Blue iQ allows natural gas vehicles to operate on a level playing field with diesel, but with lower fuel costs, quieter engines, and less emissions,” Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki says in today’s release.

‘Already Compliant,’ Says Momentum

Momentum says that its line of its line of compressed natural gas fuel systems for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks are already compliant with software requirements expected in 2018 (OBD2018) and are “able to integrate with Cummins ISL-G and ISX12G.

All Momentum fuel systems are also fully integrated with Rush Truck Centers’ telematics platform,” Momentum says.

“Since our company began in 2015, Momentum’s CNG fuel systems have been utilizing the most advanced technologies and communication systems in CNG-powered vehicles,” said Momentum GM Mike Zimmerman. “Momentum was the first CNG system manufacturer to integrate the [SAE] J1939 communication system which connects a truck’s fuel system, fuel management module and engine.

New 175-DGE Array

“In keeping with that approach, our integrated electronics communications system is already compliant with expected software requirement improvements,” he said.

‘A Major Benefit’

Momentum also took the occasion of the TMC meeting in Nashville to unveil 175-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent bac-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder assembly for trucks.

“The larger capacity tank gives drivers even more time between fill-ups,” Zimmerman said.

“This is a major benefit for all drivers, but especially for over-the-road carriers putting in extensive miles.”


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Source: Agility & Momentum at TMC with F&F follow-up

Wave WEVC for AVTA Gets UL Field Nod

February 27, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

High-Power Wireless Charging for AVTA’s BYD Buses

Salt-Lake City-based Wave reports UL/Underwriters Laboratories field evaluation certification of its 50-kilowatt unit for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
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BC Ferries Runs LNG, Bunkers with LNG

February 24, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

April for First of Three Newbuilds to Enter Service
As Agency Plans Retrofits of Two Flagship Vessels

“We intend to enter service fully on LNG,” says BC Ferries engineering VP Mark Wilson. His Vancouver-area agency is conducting training and sea trials now of Salish Orca, the first of three 353-foot (107-meter), liquefied natural gas-fueled Wärtsilä-powered vessels built by Remontowa in Gdansk, Poland.
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Workhorse Horsefly Drone Flies for UPS

February 22, 2017 in Aviation, delivery vehicles, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Trial of a Horsefly Residential Delivery Drone
Launched from the Top of a Workhorse UPS Hybrid Truck:
‘Incorporates Drone Delivery into Day-to-Day Delivery Operations’

UPS has successfully tested a UAV/unmanned aerial vehicle by Workhorse for rural residential package delivery service, launching the “Horsefly” drone from a battery electric truck, also supplied by Workhorse.
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Toyota Plans H2 Fueling with Shell

February 21, 2017 in Companies, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven Stations Planned Using $16.36 Million from California Agency

Toyota said Monday that it’s looking forward to establishing seven retail fueling stations for hydrogen with Shell behind $16,362,500 in funding from the California Energy Commission.
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CHAMP Hydrogen from Natural Gas

February 20, 2017 in Hydrogen, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular Georgia Tech Process Could Make Point-of-Use Fuel

Special to Fleets & Fuels by John Toon of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Four-Stroke Engine Cycle Produces Hydrogen
from Methane and Captures CO2/Carbon Dioxide

When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it’s been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there’s a natural gas supply available.
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The VW Settlement: Securing Funding

February 18, 2017 in money available, Special to Fleets & Fuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Boon for Fleets, Fuel Providers, Vehicle Makers, Technology’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Joe Annotti

The Volkswagen Settlement:
Identifying, Influencing, and Securing Funds

Volkswagen is near to finalizing the last of three settlements, amounting to $21.8 billion in penalties, which resulted from the German automaker’s use of “defect devices” in their 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel vehicles. While the majority of these funds will address civil claims, at least $2.7 billion will be directed to the Environmental Mitigation Trust, which will fund state-level clean transportation grant programs. These funds present the greatest opportunity for fleets and equipment owners to purchase new trucks, buses, vessels, locomotives, and other non-road equipment.


This article was originally published in this month’s issue of Fleet Owner.

This article was originally published in this month’s issue of Fleet Owner.

Though the funds will be a boon for fleets, fuel providers, vehicle makers, technology developers, questions still abound – How will the states distribute the funds? What types of projects will be eligible? When will the funding be available?

The following are funding priorities that will likely be seen across the nation:

  • States may first look to fund government and municipal fleets. The reason for that is simple: grants for these fleets can cover up to 100% of the cost of a new clean diesel or alternative fuel vehicle.
  • To help with administration of the funds, states may choose to funnel the VW funds into existing grant programs (e.g., the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan or Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program) rather than establish new VW-specific grant programs.
  • States may focus their funds in specific counties, rather than fund statewide projects, in order to more directly address NOx emissions. This will be especially true in states with ozone nonattainment areas.
  • States may allocate up to 15% of their VW funds to light-duty zero emission vehicle (ZEV) supply equipment, which includes equipment for both electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

These trends are not set in stone, however. Each state is required to solicit feedback from stakeholders on their funding priorities. Thus, now is the time to get in front of state agencies and advocate for funding.

Hurdles to Be Cleared

There are still a number of hurdles that have to be cleared – the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board must designate the Trustee, who will be responsible for managing the $2.7 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. Then each state must select its Beneficiary, which is the state-level agency that will design the grant programs that will distribute the settlement funds.

Joe Annotti, senior ascociate at GNA

Joe Annotti, senior ascociate at GNA

That timeline could stretch through summer, therefore it is expected the first rounds of grant funding will open in Fall 2017. But this extended timeline has not stopped the wheels from turning – states are beginning to engage with stakeholders and agencies are choosing what types of projects to fund first.

A Very Large Opportunity

Fuel providers, vehicle makers, technology developers, and others who are taking a “wait and see” approach are at risk of missing out on the biggest and best opportunity thus far – making your voices known to these agencies to make sure your fuels, vehicles, equipment, and charging technologies are included in each state’s list of eligible projects.

As to how much applicants can expect to receive per vehicle, there isn’t a clear answer yet. It’s ultimately up to each state to decide. That’s why companies who hope for funding should start now to work with state agencies. This is especially important because states will decide how much funding may be available for each type of vehicle or equipment.

The Time to Act Is Now

The bottom line? The time to act is now. Fuel providers, fleet managers, OEMs, and technology providers should review its strategic priorities and geographies. By looking into where your fleet wants to go and then building relationships with state agencies, you can set the groundwork for advancing your company’s goals and, ultimately, gaining access to the Volkswagen settlement funds.

Lastly, VW funds are finite – the financial boon from this emissions scandal can only go so far. However, federal and state grant opportunities will continue to exist in this space as agency leadership remains dedicated to alternative fuel and advanced technology projects. Therefore, engagement and collaboration with these state agencies will reap substantial benefits in the long run.

New York City-based Joe Annotti manages GNA’s Funding 360 program, which provides grant tracking, application, and reporting assistance for air-quality focused incentive opportunities. The Funding 360 Program has successfully won more than $350 million on behalf of clients at a success rate of 92%. Previously Joe worked at the U.S. EPA where he was responsible for the financial, environmental, and health benefits data created by $500 million in DERA/Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants.


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Source: GNA & Fleet Owner with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Toyota World Hybrid Sales Top 10 Million

February 17, 2017 in Companies, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 3 Million Hybrids Sold in North America,
Nearly 140,000 Prius Cars Have Gone to Fleets in U.S.

Toyota sold 10 million hybrid electric vehicle worldwide, as of January 31, hitting the milestone “just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units at the end of April 2016,” the company said this week. updated February 20
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Air Liquide: Two for H2 in New York

February 17, 2017 in Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Stations Planned for Long Island’s Hempstead, and Brooklyn


Artist's rendering of an Air Liquide 'Blue Hydrogen' vehicle fueling installation.

Artist’s rendering of an Air Liquide ‘Blue Hydrogen’ vehicle fueling installation.

Air Liquide has disclosed plans for two new public-access hydrogen fueling stations in the New York City area.

One will be with Applegreen in Hempstead – where the convenience store and gasoline fueling chain has two locations – and the other will be in Brooklyn.

Online This Year in League with Toyota

Both are to be in operation by the “mid- to end of 2017,” states a release.

The two new stations are part of a network of a dozen for the Northeast U.S. with Toyota (F&F, April 8, 2016).


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Source: Air Liquide with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Tote LNG in Carib, Alaska Not So Much

February 17, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Ships Serving San Juan Running 80%-Plus on LNG,
MAN Upfit Solution Sought for Two Vessels Serving Alaska

Tote Maritime has experienced only relatively minor glitches for its two new liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships connecting Jacksonville, Fla. and Puerto Rico. Both Isla Bella and sister Perla Del Caribe are making regular weekly runs, fueling truck-to-ship in Florida.
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Engie Receives First LNG Bunker Vessel

February 16, 2017 in LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the World’s First Built for the Purpose, Company Says,
And Will Soon Sail from Korea to Europe Under LNG Power

Engie and partners are talking up the delivery in Korea of “the world’s first purpose built liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel.”
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EDI Now Gives PG&E More Export Power

February 15, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest Truck, a Class 6 Peterbilt, Provides 160 Kilowatts

Pacific Gas and Electric and its partner Efficient Drivetrains Inc. have unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric truck providing as much as 160 kilowatts of export power – enough to support as many as 125 homes: “potentially eliminating planned outages while shortening unplanned outages.”
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20 Fuel Cell Buses for OCTA and AC Transit

February 15, 2017 in Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

20 New Flyer Hydrogen Buses at Two California Agencies
To Be First-Ever Manufacturer-Integrated FC Buses in USA:
‘Production Volume to Gain Efficiencies & Drive Costs Down’

Two large California transit agencies will each deploy ten hydrogen fueled New Flyer buses under the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium. updated February 18 & 21
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Lion Bus Eyes California Factory

February 14, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Literally Redefined School Bus Standards with Its eLion’

Top officials in Sacramento are talking up a plan whereby Quebec’s Lion Bus (Autobus Lion) would manufacture its eLion all-battery Type C school bus in California.
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Love’s Trillium CNG: Fuel AND Buses for Miami-Dade

February 12, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Game Changer, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Groundbreaking Bus Procurement Task for Fuel Provider:
300 CNG-Fueled New Flyer Xcelsior Vehicles Already on Order,
Two New Public CNG Fueling Stations to Be Miami-Dade’s First
As Fuel Provider Pledges 20% Renewable Natural Gas Content

Love’s Trillium CNG revealed a blockbuster win on Thursday: a ten-year, $330 million-plus contract for two public-access fueling stations each able to support 250 compressed natural gas-powered buses for Florida’s Miami-Dade Transit – and the task of procuring those buses for the agency: 300 of New Flyer vehicles to be delivered through this year and next.
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