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200 More Workhorse E-Gen Vans for UPS

October 14, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Follow-On Order Is a First for the Industry, Says CEO

UPS has confirmed that the order for 200 E-Gen vans reported by Workhorse last month is indeed for UPS, stating that, “Equipped with lithium ion batteries and a range-extender engine, these trucks will deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains, approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle.”
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Thomas Built C2 CNG: 220 & Counting

June 3, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lots of Orders for New Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG School Bus

Thomas Built Buses has released further details about orders for its new compressed natural gas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school bus, which is entering production this month. updated June 6 and July 28 (corrected North Kansas City bus count)

Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG bus – the orders are rolling in.

Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG bus – the orders are rolling in.

“This will be the first compressed natural gas engine in the industry on the popular Type C product,” the company says (F&F, June 1).

Orders already in hand include

  • 110 Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG buses for North Kansas City (as well as 14 Type A Minter buses);
  • 25 for Blue Springs, Mo. (east of Kansas City); and
  • 71 for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The new Type C school bus is powered by the 6.7-liter, dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G engine. The engine was formally unveiled at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas last year (F&F, May 5, 2015).

The new Thomas built buses have G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG fuel cylinders by Luxfer.


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Westport Reports CNG Certifications

January 11, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Federal Approval of Both Dedicated and Bi-Fuel CNG F-150s,
EPA Also Certifies Westport for CNG E-450 with 6.8-Liter Engine

Westport has secured U.S. EPA certification of its dedicated-compressed natural gas and CNG-gasoline bi-fuel versions of model year Ford F-150 pickups, says Paul Shaffer, VP and managing director of the company’s Dallas upfit center.
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Ford’s First Gas-Prep V-8 Pickup for 2016

December 21, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, CNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Truck Is Suitable for OEM-Sanctioned CNG or Propane Upfits

The first Ford F-150 pickup for 2016 with gaseous-prep V-8 engine for compressed natural gas or propane autogas operation has rolled off the assembly line at Kansas City. Ford says it is thus “the only manufacturer to offer a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup.”
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CleanFuel-Westport for Propane F-150

November 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Companies, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CleanFuel USA Teams with Westport for Propane Autogas Pickup

CleanFuel USA disclosed today an agreement with Westport to serve as a supplier for the propane autogas-fueled, 5.0-liter engine Ford F-150 propane truck for 2016. The Westport WiNG-branded vehicle is to employ CleanFuel USA’s LPI/liquid propane injection technology.
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Workhorse Drone Gets FAA Test Nod

October 14, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Aviation, certifications, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Package Delivery Drone May Be Test-Flown with University

Workhorse reports a Certificate of Authorization from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration allowing test flights of the battery electric “HorseFly” package delivery drone. The COA, Workhorse said today, was granted to the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex, allowing Workhorse and UC, the University of Cincinnati, to further develop the drone (also known as an Unmanned Aerial System).
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Icom for 5.0-Liter Propane Ford F-150

June 23, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Certification Is Expected this Summer

Watch for Icom North America to offer liquid injection equipment for a propane autogas-gasoline bi-fuel Ford F-150 pickup with gaseous-prep 5.0-liter V-8 engine. U.S. EPA certification is expected this summer, says chairman Albert Venezio.
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Greenkraft & STS Show New G-Series

June 9, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, certifications, CNG, New Products, NGVs, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Promises Extended-Range Hybrid Fueled by Natural Gas or Propane
As the 8.0-Liter Variant Is CARB-Certified for Both CNG and Propane

A new G-series line of CNG- or propane autogas-powered, cab-forward trucks from Southern California’s Greenkraft was unveiled by Superior Transportation Solutions, Greenkraft’s exclusive distributor for Texas, at last month’s ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas.
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ACT Expo 2015: Dallas Event Recaps

May 26, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, event, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Dallas Meeting Summary Documents, and Videos

The organizers of this month’s ACT Expo 2015 meeting in Dallas are offering summaries of the event, which drew several thousand clean transportation professionals to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
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Denso’s PowerEdge High-Amp Alternator

May 13, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Notes that It Provides Cummins Westport’s Spark Plugs Too

Denso took the occasion of ACT Expo 2015 to promote its new high amperage alternator for the medium and heavy duty truck market. Denso’s new PowerEdge alternator “is smaller, lighter and more efficient than the industry competition,” the company says.
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Parker Veriflo New Products for NGVs

May 13, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Equipment for the Vehicles Themselves, and for Fueling Them

Parker Hannifin’s Veriflo Division promoted several natural gas vehicle-enabling products at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas.
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Trillium CNG Is Lauded by Frito-Lay

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alt Fuel Supplier Singled Out Among All Suppliers

In what may be a first for an alternative fuel supplier, Trillium CNG has been recognized as Supplier of the Year by the fleet division of Frito-Lay North America. Jennifer De Tapia, director of market development, accepted the honor from Frito-Lay fleet sustainability manager Ken Marko at PepsiCo’s Annual Fleet Summit.

Market development director Jennifer De Tapia (left) and Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher with the PepsiCo Supplier of the Year trophy at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas.

Market development director Jennifer De Tapia (left) and Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher with the PepsiCo Supplier of the Year trophy at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas.

Trillium CNG earned the award for superior customer service and operational excellence in supporting Frito-Lay’s network of one private and nine public access CNG stations.

2.2 Million GGEs-Plus

Trillium dispensed more than 2.2 million GGEs to Frito-Lay last year. The stations had uptime rates approaching 100%.

“Additionally,” says Trillium, “Frito-Lay recognized Trillium CNG specifically for its proactive safety procedures and on-site safety training.”

The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.


GNA/ACT Expo, Grace Jameson, 310-573-8567;[email protected]www.actexpo.com

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

Xperion Is in Production in Ohio

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, manufacturing, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

X-Store Type IV Tanks at New 50,000-Square-Foot Plant in Heath

Xperion’s Kerry Emswiler, Sean Ellen, CEO Holger Garbrecht, Roland Scillo and Dwight Hansen at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

xperion’s Kerry Emswiler, Sean Ellen, CEO Holger Garbrecht, Roland Scillo and Dwight Hansen at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas



xperion – the firm has trademarked the name with lower-case “x” – reported at ACT Expo that its all new 50,000-square-foot plant in Heath, Ohio is now fully operational, producing lightweight Type IV CNG cylinders.

The state-of-the-art facility is centrally located, close to several OEM factories. xperion is a member of Germany’s Avanco Group. It is one of the largest CNG cylinder manufacturers in the world.

The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

GNA/ACT Expo, Grace Jameson, 310-573-8567;[email protected]www.actexpo.com

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

Clean Energy Buys Pair of Demo Trucks

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A CNG Peterbilt and an LNG Freightliner for Free Fleet Trials,
NGV Easy Bay for Maintenance Facilities Promoted at ACT Expo

Clean Energy Fuels promoted its NGV Easy Bay maintenance facility modification product for natural gas vehicle operators at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas, and at the same time showed one of its two new demonstration trucks.

Clean Energy Fuels VP Chad Lindholm in the driver’s seat (note green seat belt) of the CNG Peterbilt at ACT Expo 2015 last week in Dallas. Maintenance maestro Wally Dubno is at left (note NGV Easy Bay curtain).

Clean Energy Fuels VP Chad Lindholm in the driver’s seat (note green seat belt) of the CNG Peterbilt at ACT Expo 2015 last week in Dallas. Maintenance maestro Wally Dubno is at left (note NGV Easy Bay curtain).

NGV Easy Bay was introduced last year (F&F, October 14) as “the first code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain designed for quick, cost-efficient installation and operation… the lowest cost separation and vapor containment system available.”

ACT Expo attendees got an idea how the Clean Energy system can sequester a natural gas truck at an existing facility.

Fleet Trials Planned

Clean Energy’s display truck for ACT Expo was a state-of-the-art Peterbilt 579 with 135-diesel gallon equivalent back-of-cab CNG cylinder array by Agility Fuel Systems.

Clean Energy has also purchased an LNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia, with twin rail-mounted tanks by Chart Industries holding 156 DGEs.

The two will be used to let fleet operators test natural gas, at no charge, for several days.

‘Put Your Load on the Back’

“We already have a list of fleets that have signed up,” says Clean Energy VP Chad Lindholm. “We’re giving it as a tractor and you can put your load on the back.”

Lindholm notes that in order to deliver optimal fuel economy and performance, both demo trucks have a direct drive transmission, partial chassis fairings, side extenders and a three piece roof fairing.


The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

GNA/ACT Expo, Grace Jameson, 310-573-8567;[email protected]www.actexpo.com

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas 

 

Toyota Shows H2 Mirai in Texas

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Discusses Free Fuel for Initial Customers in California

Toyota took its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to ACT Expo in Dallas. The car goes on sale in California in October at eight Northern and Southern California dealerships, and in some Northeastern U.S. states in 2016-17.
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Agility to Open in North Carolina

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2014, ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Hexagon Lincoln Cylinders to Be Manufactured There Too

Agility Fuel Systems released details at ACT Expo about the 204,000-square-foot production facility it will open later this year in Salisbury, N.C. The plant, which will be Agility’s third, is strategically located north of Charlotte in close proximity to heavy duty truck and bus OEM assembly plants.
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Workhorse Amps It Up at ACT Expo

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows TM4-Powered Chassis and HorseFly Drone in Texas

Workhorse Group – the name was officially changed from Amp last month – brought its latest E-Gen range-extended electric vehicle chassis to ACT Expo 2015, along with the HorseFly package delivery drone.
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