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Monthly Archives: July 2017

LA Metro Orders e-Buses, CNG too

July 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Is Buying 95 Battery Vehicles from BYD and New Flyer
As Actions Include CNG/RNG Vehicles from Two Suppliers,
And Up to $26.5 Million for Near Zero Replacement Engines

The busy board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – LA Metro – voted last week to buy 95 all-battery buses. And while it endorsed the idea of an all-electric fleet in future, the board voted too to buy 360 compressed natural gas-fueled buses and to replace the engines in as many as 395 existing CNG buses with super low-NOx “Near Zero” engines from Cummins Westport. updated August 2
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Proterra e-Buses: Made in Los Angeles

July 31, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Optimal Vehicle Production Location,’ Busbuilder Says

Proterra celebrated the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, deeming the city “an optimal vehicle production location to serve West Cost transit agencies.” The 100,000 square-foot, City of Industry facility has capacity for 400 buses annually.
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.05 Roush Blue Birds for Fulton County

July 28, 2017 in milestones, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Fleet of 90 Includes 10,000th Blue Bird Propane Bus,
Of Which Some 90% Have Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems,
Georgia Buses to Have Roush’s New .05-Gram NOx Engine

Georgia’s Fulton County Schools has rolled out a fleet of new propane autogas buses from Blue Bird with Roush CleanTech fuel systems, the companies said yesterday. The buses will be powered by 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines certified to the California Air Resources Board optional low nitrogen oxide/NOx level of .05 grams per brake horsepower per hour.
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VW’s $200mm EVSE Plan Gets CARB Nod

July 28, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cal Agency Gives the OK for First $200 Million of $800 Million
For EV Charging in California by VW’s Electrify America Unit

Volkswagen got the go-ahead from California yesterday to invest $200 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. The automaker’s Electrify America unit will place high-speed chargers along highways, invest in EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment in disadvantaged communities, and promote electric transportation through outreach and a new “Green City” initiative.

Sacramento is to be the first of the Green Cities, with EV chargers there followed by Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. EVSE is be placed in “community locations, multi-family dwellings, commercial and retail locations, workplaces and municipal parking lots and garages,” says the California Air Resources Board.


Overview of ‘Cycle 1’ of VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan for California

Electrify America has pledged to establish a network of more than 2,500 EV chargers at more than 450 EVSE sites nationally during the first phase, with about 240 of them in 38 states other than California.

The company has “discussed partnerships and interoperability” with EVSE providers including EVgo, Greenlots and SemaConnect.

$800 Million over Ten Years in California

So-called “Cycle 1” for California is the “first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over ten years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities,” states yesterday’s CARB release.

The $2 billion EVSE investment comes in the wake of Volkswagen’s installation of software, beginning in 2009, to mislead regulators on the emissions of its diesel vehicles.

That software, CARB says, caused VW’s “2009-2016 diesel passenger cars to spew up to 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere.”

‘Tenacious Technicians’

“The tenacious efforts of CARB technicians forced the company to admit the use of the so-called ‘defeat device’ in those cars in 2015,” the agency said yesterday. “VW has paid out more than $15 billion in claims and penalties for using those defeat devices,” CARB said.

“This ZEV investment is one of multiple pieces to mitigate the environmental harm caused by VW’s actions.”

Click image or here for VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan summary.

“Volkswagen can now move forward with its ambitious plan to help bring electric vehicle technology to corners of California ignored in earlier efforts,” said CARB chair Mary Nichols.

Settlement with California and the Feds

“This will help the state as a whole,” she said, “and especially some of our disadvantaged and underserved communities, to shift to the cleanest vehicles on the market.”

CARB noted too that the $800 million ZEV investment commitment for California is part of an agreement by Volkswagen with CARB, the U.S. EPA, and the California and U.S. Departments of Justice “that combines mitigation and penalties to fully resolve all of the environmental harm from VW’s actions.”

Among the planned Cycle 1 outlays for California EVSE are

• $75 million for highway fast-charging (implanting chargers up to 350 kilowatts);

• $45 million for “community charging,” including multi-family feelings and workplaces;

• $44 million for Green City initiatives; and

• $20 million for public education and EV awareness.


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Source: CARB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

BYD-ADL e-Buses for London Fleets

July 26, 2017 in batteries, Electric Drive, Europe, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

China’s BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis
Supplying All-Electric Vehicles to UK Transit

China’s BYD and ADL, Britain’s Alexander Dennis Ltd, are talking up deployment of fully battery-electric transit buses in and around London.

BYD is also stepping up its manufacturing and assembly work in Europe.
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Biodiesel Gets Boost: CARB Nod for Vesta

July 26, 2017 in Biofuels, certifications, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

B20 Additive Is Certified by California Air Resource Board

The California Air Resource Board’s approval of the additive Vesta 1000 from California Fueling and Pacific Fuel Resources “will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available anywhere in the U.S.,” the National Biodiesel Board said yesterday.

“Biodiesel has been a key to help California meet its intense carbon reduction goals,” NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen said in a release.

Click image or here for the Vesta 1000 spec sheet.

“With this announcement,” he said, “America’s Advanced Biofuel will continue to deliver a cleaner burning, American made alternative under the state’s low carbon fuel standard.”

‘Reduces Every Measurable Regulated Emission’

“Biodiesel will gladly take the role as the cleanest certified diesel fuel available,” Rehagen said.

According to NBB, Vesta 1000 additive takes already clean-burning biodiesel and ensures that it reduces every measurable regulated emission, including NOx, “when blended with California’s unique diesel formulation called CARB diesel.”

B20 with Vesta 1000 reduces NOx by 1.9% and particulate matter by 18% compared with CARB diesel fuel, the association says.

California Fueling, LLC will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resources, LLC will deliver the product to market, NBB reports.


An NBB-Led Effort

“This impressive NBB-led effort, over the course of the past eighteen months, has resulted in a first-of-a-kind CARB approval, which enables biodiesel to be the renewable fuel of choice to meet California’s stringent LCFS carbon reduction requirements,” California Fueling CEO Pat McDuff says in the NBB announcement.

“As a result of this effort, biodiesel will continue to play a major role in helping Californians meet their renewable energy and clean air goals,” said Pacific Fuel Resource president Paul Nazzaro.

“By increasing biodiesel use up to a B20 blend, estimated to be an additional 600 million gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel annually, California can now achieve its goals under the LCFS,” he said.


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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TruStar Offers ‘CFS’ Compact CNG Units

July 26, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Portable Compressor Skids Are Designed to Allow Fleets
That Are Now Fueling Publicly to Lower Their CNG Costs

TruStar Energy has launched a program called CFS, for Compact Fuel Station and CNG Fleet Development, allowing smaller fleets to take advantage of clean compressed natural gas “and fleets fueling at public CNG stations the ability to lower their costs.”
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Love’s Trillium CNG for Athens Services

July 25, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Los Angeles-Area Station to Support Some 110 Refuse Trucks,
Trillium Pledges to Procure and Provide RNG for the 
Vehicles 

Love’s Trillium CNG said this morning that it was picked to design, build and maintain a compressed natural gas fueling station for Athens Services in Pacoima, Calif., north of Los Angeles.
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Clean Energy for Madrid CNG Buses

July 24, 2017 in CNG, Europe, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Compression Unit Supplying 16 ‘CleanCNG’ Machines

Clean Energy’s compression division is supplying 16 of its CleanCNG units for EMT/Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid fueling facilities in the Spanish capital.
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EVgo-PSE&G Station Is Network’s 950th

July 21, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Twin 50-Kilowatt BCT Units on the New Jersey Turnpike

EVgo, which says it has the nation’s largest network of public electric vehicle fast-charge stations has opened its 950th, in league with and Public Service Electric and Gas, at the New Jersey Turnpike’s Molly Pitcher Service Area in Cranbury.
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Disney Orders a Third LNG Cruise Ship

July 21, 2017 in Fleet Order, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three Instead of Two by Meyer Werft in Germany

Disney Cruise Line has added a third to its order for new cruise ships to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, according to a Meyer Werft announcement.
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Washington Nod for CCW’s ZEPS Buses

July 21, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Master Contract for Transit Buses Rebuilt
With 100% Battery-Electric ZEPS Driveline

Complete Coach Works has secured a Master Contract with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services allowing its ZEPS/zero emission propulsion system buses to be listed under the agency’s Electric Up-Fit Category.
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Cal NGVC Urges the LA Ports to Use RNG

July 20, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, NGVs, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Coupled with Low-NOx Engines, Major Gains are Possible:
‘This Technology Is Available Today,’ the Association Says,
‘Can Be Used to Completely Upgrade the Port Truck Fleet’

The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition is urging the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to step up the role of natural gas vehicles in its 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, a draft of which was released yesterday.

“The draft CAAP,” Cal NGVC says, “is the starting point.”

Click image or here for details on Cal NGVC’s Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan.

“The draft CAAP can be strengthened with earlier measures,” says the association, “that accomplish immediate reductions of air pollution and greenhouse gases from heavy duty trucks.”

Port Fleet Can Be ‘Completely’ Upgraded by 2023

Cal NGVC wants to see accelerated deployment of low NOx trucks powered by RNG/renewable natural gas “that reduce air pollutants by over 90% and greenhouse gasses by over 70%.

“This technology is available today and can be used to completely upgrade the port truck fleet by 2023…

“Waiting for an unproven, expensive technology will only prolong the damage being done to our air by the tens of thousands of diesel trucks moving in and around the ports every day,” the association says.


More Low-NOx Engines in 2018

Cummins Westport offers the 8.9-liter super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero engine (the L9N for 2018) now, and pledged at early May’s ACT Expo 2017 meeting in Southern California to expand the technology to its 6.7- and 11.9-liter engines for 2018 – the B6.7N and ISX12N (F&F, May 5).

Cal NGVC’s proposal for RNG trucks at the ports is detailed in the Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan website at www.actnowla.org.

Clean Energy Fuels is a longtime advocate of natural gas trucks for the Ports – this photo dates from 2009. The company has since emerged as a major supplier of ‘Redeem’ brand RNG, with customers including Southern California’s LA Metro and port operator TTSI – Total Transportation Services, Inc. (F&F, March 24).


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Source: Cal NGVC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Greenland Biogas’s High-Capacity Kauri

July 20, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Unit for Upgrading Biogas to Biomethane
Can Handle 3,000 Scfm Daily for Pipeline Injection

Greenlane Biogas is promoting a new high-capacity biogas upgrading system called “Kauri.” Kauri can handle up to 3,000 scfm/standard cubic feet per minute, the company says, producing clean RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane, for pipeline injection.
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Tropos for Cenntro’s Battery ‘Metro’ CUV

July 19, 2017 in delivery vehicles, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Compact Electric Utility Vehicle Is Already in Asia & Europe

Tropos Technologies is introducing Cenntro Automotive’s Metro all-battery vehicle to the U.S. market today.
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Solid Power Plays Lithium Long Game

July 18, 2017 in batteries, Companies, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Batteries That Last Far Longer Than Today’s Batteries
But Not for EVs This Year, Nor Next, Nor the Year After…

Colorado’s Solid Power is developing solid-state lithium batteries with the potential for energy density nearly double that of the batteries available today. Just don’t expect them anytime soon.
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GreenPower’s Type D Battery School Bus

July 18, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New ‘Synapse 72’ Said to Be the First of Its Kind

GreenPower Motor is talking up its fully battery-powered Synapse 72 as “North America’s first purpose-built, all-electric school bus, and the only all-electric, Type-D school bus on the market.”
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