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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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AFDC

Alternative Fuels Data Center, run by the U.S. Department of Energy

AFV

alternative fuel vehicle

AFVi

the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (Las Vegas)

AGM

absorbed glass mat, a form of advanced lead acid battery

ANG

adsorbed natural gas, a lower-pressure alternative to CNG

ANGA

America’s Natural Gas Alliance, an organization of utility, E&P and other companies promoting an increased use of natural gas, including natural gas vehicles

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009), a major source of funding for clean vehicles projects, primarily but nort exclusively through the U.S. Department of Energy recovery.gov

ARB = CARB

California Air Resources Board

autogas

common name for propane/LPG in Europe, beginning to be used in the U.S.

AVERE

AVERE is the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, based in Brussels

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biogas

generally the raw, unrefined precursor to biomethane, available from sources including animal waste (manure), human waste (municipal sewage) and landfills.

biomethane

methane derived from renewable sources, usually organic waste, generally upgraded to pipeline or vehicle quality, sometimes called biogas

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cellulosic ethanol

ethanol derived from non-food sources, such as specialty crops or organic cellulosic (woody) waste

CAIDI

Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (or Indices), a measure used by utilities to gauge the impact of power outages. Hybrid electric vehicles with power take-off can help improve CAIDI scores

Calstart

organization based in Pasadena, Calif. that facilitates a wide range of clean transportation programs and activities, including HTUF, the Hybrid Truck User Forum. Calstart

CARB (ARB)

California Air Resources Board

CCSE

California Center for Sustainable Energy

CEC

California Energy Commission

CPUC

California Public Utilities Commission

Chademo

or CHAdeMO, association established in late summer 2009 by Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tepco, effectively the new name for the international protocol for fast electric vehicle charging equipment — initially known as the JARI or Tepco protocol — Chademo (Japanese language) website

CFC

Clean Fuels Consulting, Brussels

CBM

coalbed methane, once considered a nuisance and a hazard to coal miners, increasingly being recognized as a potentially significant source of natural gas fuel

CNG

compressed natural gas

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DoE

U.S. Department of Energy (EERE is DoE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

DME

dimethyl ether, a synthetic (CH3OCH3) gaseous fuel that works well as a replacement for diesel

dual fuel

usually connotes a vehicle with a diesel-cycle (compression ignition, no spark) engine set up to run largely on natural gas (or propane-LPG), with diesel for starting and acceleration and as a “pilot” fuel to sustain combustion

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EDTA

Electric Drive Transportation Association, the Washington trade group for electric vehicles

EPRI

Electric Power Research Institute, the R&D arm of the electric utilities industry.

ethanol

ethyl alcohol, a popular biofuel, often derived from corn or sugar cane, and increasingly from more desirable (because non-food) cellulosic sources (yes, it’s a popular beverage ingredient too)

EV

electric vehicle

EVAAP

EVAAP is the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific, hosted by the China Electrotechnical Society in Beijing

E&P

exploration and production, generally used to describe companies that extract and ship natural gas and petroleum in the U.S. and Canada. E&P firms have become vocal advocates of natural gas vehicles.

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FCHEA

the new Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, resulting from the October 28, 2010 merger of the National Hydrogen Association and the U.S. Fuel Cell Council

FCV

fuel cell vehicle

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fuel cell

a device for making electricity, usually from hydrogen, with pure water the only emission — see PEM

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GGE

gasoline gallon equivalents, commonest means of measuring CNG for sale in the U.S. One GGE equals approximately 127 cubic feet of methane.

GNA

Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (Santa Monica, Calif.)

GTI

Gas Technology Institute (Illinois)

GTL

gas-to-liquid, technology for making petroleum-equivalent fuels (diesel and aviation) from natural gas, often associated with a process known as Fischer-Tropsch

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HHV

hydraulic hybrid vehicle

hybrid vehicle

a vehicle equipped, generally electrically, for regenerative braking, the gathering of energy from stopping to be applied on acceleration, reducing fuel use (and often allowing for a smaller engine entirely)

hydraulic hybrid

a hybrid vehicle that uses compressed gas, in a device known as an accumulator, in lieu of a battery to gather power/store energy for regenerative braking

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IANGV

International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles, formal and legal name of NGV Global, the world trade group (and association of associations) for NGVs

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JARI

Japan Automobile Research Institute, which among its other activities helps develop international standards for key electric drive vehicle components

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KERS

kinetic energy recovery system, generally equivalent to regenerative braking

kWh

kilowatt hour, common way of measuring the energy capacity of a battery

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lithium ion

an increasingly popular, though still expensive high performance category of battery for electric drive vehicles

LNG

liquefied natural gas

LPG

liquefied petroleum gas, i.e. propane

LPI

liquid propane injection, an engine system by Roush Performance for dedicated propane/LPG operation

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methane

CH4, the simplest of the alkanes, and the principal constituent of natural gas

methane hydrates

methane gas locked in ice, with vast quantities distributed widely around the world in sea-floor sediments and permafrost. ‘Some believe there is enough methane in the from of hydrates,’ states an excellent Oak Ridge National Laboratory summary, ‘to supply energy for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years.’

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· N ·

NAFTC

National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University

NBB

the National Biodiesel Board, based in Jefferson City, Mo., affiliated with the National Biodiesel Foundation

NEDRA

The National Electric Drag Racing Association

NEV

neighborhood electric vehicle, largely synonymous with LSV, for low speed vehicle.

NGV

natural gas vehicle

NGV (primarily in Asia)

natural gas for vehicles, i.e. CNG or LNG

NGVAmerica

NGVAmerica is the Washington trade association formerly (and still formally) known as the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

NGVA Europe

NGVA Europe is a new trade association for natural gas vehicles, currently housed with member company Iveco in Madrid

NGV Global

the new name of the world natural gas vehicles trade group,still formally the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles

NGV Global News

the online news service of NGV Global

NGVRus

the Moscow-based, Gazprom-affiliated Natural Gas Vehicle Association of Russia (Russian language website)

NiMH

nickel metal hydride, a popular battery type, especially for hybrid electric vehicles, holds most of the market today

NREL

the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a Golden, Colo.-based unit of the U.S. Department of Energy

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PERC

the Propane Education & Research Council, a Washington trade association

PHEV

plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, generally equipped with a capacious battery allowing for significant or even extended engine-off operation

propane

known also as LPG, for liquefied petroleum gas, a popular and economical alternative fuel, especially in Texas and Oklahoma

PEM

proton exchange membrane, term used to describe the type of hydrogen-to-electricity fuel cell most often used in zero-emission fuel cell vehicles, or FCVs

PSA

pressure swing adsorption, a technology for purifying such gases as biomethane or hydrogen

PTO

power take-off, a feature allowing an electric drive vehicle, usually a hybrid, to serve as a mobile generator

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regen

short for regenerative braking, whereby the force needed to stop a moving vehicle is captured, usually as electricity, and then used to aid in acceleration of the vehicle, which is then known as a hybrid vehicle

Renewable Fuels Association

RFA, the Renewable Fuels Association, is the Washington, D.C.-based national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry

RFID

Radio frequency identification, a technology of increasing importance for tagging equipment for purposes including inventory control and safety — RFID is an emerging aid in the regular inspection of CNG cylinders, for example

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scfm

standard cubic feet per minute, a volumetric measurement of the flow rate of a gas, like methane, often used to express capacity of a compressor or fueling installation

SCR

selective catalytic reduction, effective diesel aftertreatment that requires a catalyst such as urea or ammonia, creating an infrastructure/fueling issue

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TARDEC

short for Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (U.S. Army)

Tepco

short for Tokyo Electric Power Company, a leader in electric vehicle deployment

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V2G

short for vehicle-to-grid, the concept of using electric vehicles as energy storage devices for the electric grid

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WEVA

WEVA, the World Electric Vehicle Association, is the umbrella organization, formed in 1990, of the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP)

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· Z ·

ZEV

zero emission vehicle

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Other Glossary Resources
http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/glossary.html

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