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Monthly Archives: April 2017

RNG/Low-NOx Bus Webinar on May 16

April 26, 2017 in Biomethane, Education, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit Operations in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting an educational webinar to promote the economic and environmental benefits of the emerging 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower NOx natural gas engines fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas.
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Kraus Global Optima for CNG Fueling

April 26, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Next Generation’ of Dispensers Features New ‘Pulse’ Display

Canada’s Kraus Global is introducing Optima for compressed natural gas fueling, stating that it represents the “next generation” of natural gas vehicle fueling dispensers.

Optima, to be announced today, will be Kraus Global’s emphasis at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2017, which takes place next week at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. the ACT Expo 2017 conference and workshops run May 1-4, and the exhibit hall is open May 2-3.

‘Optima’ fueling dispensers by Kraus Global at a Nopetro outlet in Orlando, Fla.

With a proprietary new companion display tradenamed Pulse, and powerful new Micon Nextgen 1.0 electronics, “Optima enables enhanced station control and performance,” the company says, with “unmatched data and communication capabilities.”

“Optima is the result of three decades of CNG focused dispenser experience and feedback from the field,” the company says. It provides “full access to error codes, software upgrades, and fill parameter set points either locally or remotely” from smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

‘Functionality Beyond Current Standards’

“The new Micon NextGen 1.0,” Kraus Global says, “builds upon proven Micon 500 technology elevating functionality beyond current standards with data capabilities and configuration tools delivering smarter control, increased efficiency, and higher profitability.

“Real time data is visible on the Pulse display, allowing users to follow fill progression as it communicates the starting and ending parameters of their filling process, reassuring that a target was established and then safely met.”


18 Months of Experience

“We have been beta testing Optima for approximately 18 months and have received positive feedback from our customers,” Kraus Global CEO Ossama AbouZeid says in a release. “Their support has been tremendous and we appreciate their loyalty,” AbouZeid said.

AbouZeid names AVSG/Alternative Vehicle Services Group, Independent Fueling Systems, Love’s Trillium CNG, Nopetro, Pacific Gas & Electric, Timco, and U.S. Gain as Optima customers.


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Source: Kraus Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

OptiFuel for IHB’s CNG Locomotives

April 25, 2017 in CNG, Companies, milestones, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hexagon for Type IVs, ANGI for Fueling Stations
Among the Key Partners for a Pioneering Project
For Natural Gas-Powered Rail in the Chicago Area

OptiFuel Systems is this week publicizing its role in a pioneering project for compressed natural gas-fueled switcher locomotives operated in and around Chicago by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad.
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Cenergy & Catalina ANG Cylinders Team

April 25, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Exclusive Agreement for Adsorbent Tanks Announced Today,
Natural Gas for NGVs in Type I Aluminum Tanks at Just 650 psi,
Both Firms Are Mounting Exhibits at ACT Expo 2017 Next Week

Adsorbent natural gas technology developer Cenergy Solutions reported today an exclusive agreement with Catalina Composites to manufacture ANG fuel cylinders using for natural gas vehicles.

Catalina Composites GM Kjeld Johansen (left) with Gary Fanger of Cenergy Solutions

“Catalina Composites has already manufactured and tested several sizes of these new low-pressure ANG cylinders making them FMVSS certified and DOT-compliant,” Cenergy says.

ANG technology allows for natural gas to be stored at lower pressure than it is in conventional CNG/compressed natural gas fuel cylinders.

650 PSI

Cenergy has installed one of the new ANG cylinders on a Nissan truck that was shown at the Altfuel Expo in Mexico City earlier this month. The ANG tank has a working pressure of just 650 psi and can be filled at home or at a business with a new, certified Cenergy compressor (approved for use, the company says) in the U.S. and Canada.

“Cenergy Solutions has made major breakthroughs with adsorbent natural/biogas storage that will not only help the world with its energy needs but will also help to capture and store natural and biogas throughout the world,” Cenergy COO/CTO Gary Fanger says in this morning’s announcement.

An Enabling Technology NGVs

“This is the technology that will keep methane from escaping into our atmosphere and allow it to be put to good use in gasoline and diesel vehicles,” he said.


“The joint development agreement with Catalina Cylinders has been very fruitful allowing us to design, manufacture and test new high tech ANG tanks that are now ready for sale to approved NGV upfitters.”

Catalina will provide a lightweight aluminum Type I (no wrap) cylinder for the Cenergy application, Fanger told F&F.

Catalina Type IIIs Unveiled at ACT Expo 2016

Catalina Composites manufactures aluminum Type I and composite Type III (carbon fiber-wrapped aluminum) CNG cylinders at a dedicated 107,000-square-foot facility in Garden Grove, Calif. The firm unveiled its Type IIIs at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo last year in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 9).

Cenergy and Catalina are both exhibiting at ACT Expo 2017, which also takes place May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The ACT Expo 2017 exhibition hall is open May 2-3.


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Source: Cenergy Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

FCA Pacifica Hybrids: 500 More for Waymo

April 25, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Self-Driving Car Company Is Adding to 100 Already Delivered

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is gearing up to produce an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for self-driving developer Waymo, the automaker said this morning.
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Ford PHEV Vans for Five London Fleets

April 24, 2017 in EVs, Hybrids, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five to Get Hybrid Transit Custom Vehicles with Telematics

Ford said today that at least five fleets operating in London will test 20 Transit Custom vans – the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version – beginning this fall.
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PERC Video Features Kingsport, TN Fleet

April 24, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Second in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Tennessee Town Has Switched to Propane for 90 of Its Vehicles

The City of Kingsport, Tenn. has converted 90 vehicles to propane autogas – and is happy with the reduced environmental impact and low maintenance requirements, according to a new Straight Talk video released by PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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Westport HPDI 2.0 Via Volvo This Year

April 24, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Volvo Is to Offer Trucks with the ‘MethaneDiesel Euro VI’ Engine
To Be Nearly as Efficient as Diesel with 15% Less GHG Emissions,
‘Westport Is Now a Tier 1 Supplier’ to Heavy Vehicle Manufacturers

Watch for the official launch of the second iteration of Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology – designed allow heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas while preserving the efficient compression ignition cycle – late this year by Volvo Trucks in Europe.
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CSE to Help CEC Further EV Charging

April 22, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ARFVTP Award to Help Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Network
‘Changes the Landscape of Electric Vehicle Charging in California’

The California Energy Commission is increasing funding to support the state’s electric vehicle charging network with an initial grant of $15 million to the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy.
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NARC Seeks Input on ‘F4F’ Alt Fuel Fleets

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, procurement, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

F4F Would ‘Lower the Transaction Costs of Procurement’

The National Association of Regional Councils is seeking input on its ambitious Fleets for the Future initiative designed to further the use of alternative fuel vehicles via cooperative procurement.
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NZ for Volvo’s New VNR Tractor – Maybe

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Game Changer, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Truck is a Diesel, Future Near Zero ‘Based on Market Demand’

Volvo trucks will offer the super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero dedicated-natural gas engine from Cummins Westport in the latest version of its VNR regional haul tractor – “later,” says a spokesman, “based on market demand.”
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LCFS, for Most Part, Survives Challenge

April 21, 2017 in Biofuels, litigation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Court Orders CARB to Address Analytical Deficiencies,
Meanwhile the Program Continues for Most Clean Fuels

LCFS, California’s complicated low carbon fuel standard, has survived mostly intact the latest court ruling in favor of the plaintiff, South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet, LLC, in an ongoing legal challenge. Once again, the court is requiring the California Air Resources Board to address deficiencies in its environmental analysis. But industry observers are pleased that the court has allowed the bulk of LCFS implementation to continue in the interim.


The bottom line for alt fuel suppliers? They can continue to earn their credits, at least for now.

Poet, LLC biorefinery for cellulosic ethanol in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The LCFS requires fuel providers to gradually reduce the CI/carbon intensity of their fuels by 10% by 2020. It is one of California’s suite of greenhouse gas-fighting policies.

‘The LCFS Has Spurred Innovation’

Since its adoption, the LCFS has spurred innovation and investment in renewable natural gas, biogas, biodiesel, ethanol, and electricity to power both heavy-duty and light-duty vehicles.

Through the third quarter of 2016, according to CARB data, the LCFS has delivered roughly 23 million metric tons of carbon reductions,.

The legal battle dates back to 2011, when the LCFS first went into effect. Poet claimed CARB improperly followed procedures of CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, when it first adopted the rule in 2009. This case is known in legal circles as Poet I.

Changing Baselines

After several rounds of legal review, and to remedy the claim, CARB re-adopted the LCFS in 2015 along with the separate, related Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation. A lower court accepted CARB’s remedy and dismissed the case, but Poet appealed, claiming CARB used the wrong baseline for considering NOx impacts associated with increased biodiesel consumption as a result of the regulation. When CARB re-adopted the regulation, it chose a 2014 baseline, instead of the original 2009 baseline.

The latest decision on April 10 from the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District directs CARB to redo its CEQA analysis – again – to address whether the LCFS “is likely to have caused an increase in NOx emissions in the past and is likely to cause an increase in NOx emissions in the future.”

Diesel Frozen 

The court left unchanged provisions of the gasoline component of the LCFS, but froze the diesel component to 2017 levels until CARB can present its fix. That means, CI levels of gasoline will continue to ratchet down each year on the schedule established when CARB re-adopted the rule in 2015, while diesel CI reductions are frozen at 2017 levels until the case is resolved.

In a prepared statement, CARB responded: “We are pleased that the Court left the core provisions of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard intact, along with all of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, recognizing their overall environmental benefits. Although we disagree with some aspects of the opinion, which we are still reviewing, CARB anticipates acting expeditiously to address the court’s ruling, and to move forward as appropriate with these important programs.”

‘The Court Did Not Close the Door to Biodiesel’

In its response to the decision, the National Biodiesel Board released the following statement: “While we continue to review and do not necessarily agree with the Court’s findings of a violation, it is positive the court recognized the environmental and public health benefits of biodiesel. We are pleased the court did not close the door to biodiesel under the LCFS and appreciate the ongoing efforts of the California Air Resources Board.”

Poet president and COO Jeff Lautt released the following statement:

“We appreciate that the court recognized that state regulations must be based on solid science to deliver cleaner, more affordable options at the pump. This is now the second time the court has ruled that the California Air Resources Board has not followed the law in implementing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. We look forward to working with state officials to bring this program in line with the latest science.

Poet Says It Wants ‘Full Range of Renewable Options’

“Homegrown ethanol is America’s most abundant low-carbon fuel, and we must ensure that all renewable energy producers can compete on a level playing field against imported energy and fossil fuels. This is especially true given USDA’s recent research demonstrating ethanol has 43% lower greenhouse emissions than gasoline. This decision will require regulators to sit down, take a look at the science and finally get this right so there is a full range of renewable options available to California drivers who care deeply about their health and their climate.

“Poet is committed to working with other biofuel producers to deliver the best selection of homegrown fuels to California drivers, including biodiesel, Midwest ethanol, renewable diesel, and cellulosic ethanol. Poet supports an LCFS that’s based on sound science and allows all renewable fuel access to the market to improve California’s health and environment.”

‘Poet II’ Still Pending

CARB says it hopes to complete the new CEQA review this year, so the program could be fully back on track by early 2018, barring further complications.

Meanwhile, a separate case, known as Poet II, presents a parallel challenge to CARB’s 2015 re-adoption, with many of the same issues. A hearing in that case is slated for late July. The uncertainty presented by the continuing legal challenges creates difficulty for alternative fuel providers who rely on market certainty to guide long-term investment decisions.

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Freedom CNG Trains First Responders

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, CNG, Education, LNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Free NGV and Station Awareness Training in Texas

Freedom CNG, which operates three Houston-area compressed natural gas fueling stations and one in the Permian Basin, recently hosted a series of free natural gas vehicle and fueling station awareness training sessions for area first responders.
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SunLine H2 Buses, Hydrogenics H2

April 21, 2017 in Electric Drive, event, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, milestones, money awarded, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$12.5 Million for Five Hydrogen Fuel Cell New Flyers
With Hydrogenics Stacks and Hydrogen Supply Gear

Timed for Earth Day tomorrow, SunLine Transit Agency is today celebrating the award of a $12.5 million California Climate Investments grant for five zero-emission, New Flyer transit buses, with onboard fuel cell stacks and new renewable hydrogen generating and dispensing gear from Hydrogenics.
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Kenworth to Show Its NZ T880S at ACT

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Game Changer, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG Concrete Mixer with Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero

Kenworth Truck is gearing up to display a two dedicated-natural gas trucks at the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. The ACT Expo 2017 exhibition hall will be open May 2-3.
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Trillium for PennDot, Earth Day CNG 99¢

April 20, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of 29, in Johnstown, Will Support CamTran CNG Buses
As Trillium CNG Offers 99¢ Fuel at Ten Stations for Earth Day

Love’s Trillium CNG has opened the first of 29 compressed natural gas fueling stations it’s building for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The company also said today that it will serve up CNG fuel for just 99¢ per gasoline gallon equivalent at ten of its outlets this Saturday, April 22.
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BYD Transit Buses for Cal and Maryland

April 20, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three 35-Foot K9 Vehicles for Howard, Two 40-Footers for SolTrans

BYD has placed three of its 35-foot K9S 100% battery-electric zero-emission buses with Howard County Transit in Maryland, and two 40-foot K9 vehicles with SolTrans of Solano County, Calif.
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