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ACT Expo 2017

Lightning Rebrands, Broadens Its Services

May 30, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Companies, delivery vehicles, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, municipal fleet, New Products, paratransit, Technology, telematics, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Renamed Company Offering Fuel-Saving Capabilities
For Commercial and Government Fleets Using All Fuels

Lightning Systems has re-branded, adding capabilities taking the Colorado company far beyond the fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid to services for all fleets and fuels, and moving its corporate headquarters.
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Clean Energy RNG for LA Metro Buses

May 29, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contract Kicks Off with a One-Year Pilot,
Could Lead to RNG Supply for 2,200 Buses
With Estimated Annual Use of 38 Million GGEs

Clean Energy Fuels has an agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas for the LA Metro fleet of CNG/compressed natural gas transit buses.
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NGVAmerica Seeking a New President

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Energy’s Mitchell Pratt is the New Association Chair
As Matt Godlewski Is Leaving to Work for Ford in Michigan

The NGVAmerica executive committee met at ACT Expo last week following the April 27 announcement by Matt Godlewski that he is stepping down as association president. AGA/American Gas Association policy VP Kathryn Clay has been named interim executive director. An early task: name a new permanent chief – and a new NGVAmerica chair.
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Renewable Natural Gas: What’s the Fuss?

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Q&A with Tyler Henn, VP and General Manager, Clean Energy Renewables

Please tell us a little bit about renewable natural gas and why it’s getting so much attention. Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is biogenic methane that is naturally generated during the decomposition process of organic waste such as food and other waste from sources like dairy farms and landfills.
We capture and purify it, then put it back into the pipeline for our customers under the brand name Redeem. And what makes it so exciting for us and our customers, is that it’s the cleanest transportation fuel available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% today over diesel.

New Clean Energy Renewables boss Tyler Henn with TTSI’s super low-NOx Freightliner Cascadia at ACT Expo 2017.

There’s been a lot of discussion about matching RNG with some of the new technologies here. Can you talk about that? Absolutely. Not only is RNG already the cleanest fuel around, but the studies we’re seeing when you combine it with the new Cummins Westport Low-NOx engine are simply astounding.
UC Riverside has tested the technology and found emissions to be .002 g/bhp-hr, 90% below the CARB standard, and 99.8% cleaner than a 2010 diesel truck. And we’re already seeing industry leaders like FedEx, LA Metro, Republic Services and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus transitioning their fleets to the technology.

Obviously electric trucks have caught some of the attention lately, Where do you see RNG fitting in? First I think the market recognizes that it will be quite a while, maybe 10-15 years, until electric trucking comes to the heavy-duty trucking sector. Second, and this is lost on a lot of people, electric vehicles aren’t as green as some claim.
In fact, when you account for the emissions created from producing the electricity that runs those cars, which often comes from coal-burning power plants, our RNG combined with these new engines provides cleaner emissions than electric, based on a well-to-wheels comparison. With electric, people always talk about tailpipe emissions but they choose to ignore the upstream emissions of making that electricity. You can’t have it both ways.


The market for RNG certainly has been growing. Is the industry prepared for the growth? Absolutely, and I expect it to continue. We’ve seen our volumes grow from 20 million GGEs in 2014 to approximately 60 million GGEs in 2016, almost a 200% increase, so we’re certainly enjoying the benefits.
And the industry is prepared to grow along with it. Here in California I know that CARB commissioned a study and validated that there are substantial sources of RNG right here in California.

So you see the RNG industry here in California expanding? The entire RNG industry across the nation is expanding, but especially here in California. If you were here Monday you know that a study by the RNG Coalition was released stating the industry could create up to 130,000 new high-paying jobs, and add $14 billion to California’s economy. So I think the growth will be a benefit to all of us.

This interview submitted by Clean Energy Fuels appeared
in the ‘Powered by Fleets & Fuels’ ShowTimes daily magazine
at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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ChargePoint & Uber: Flying High, Higher

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Aviation, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deal With Uber Could, As They Say, Change Everything

ChargePoint, the leading supplier of networked chargers for electric vehicles, has teamed with Uber in support of a global vertical takeoff and landing transportation network.
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ANGI Offers App for CNG Fuel Providers

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Status of Your ANGI CNG Sites from Anywhere in the World’

ANGI Energy is promoting a new app for iPhones and other devices allowing CNG fuel providers to remotely monitor the operation of their stations.

Developed for existing customers as well as new ones, the ANGI “CNG Live” application makes checking the status of ANGI CNG equipment “easier than ever,” the company says: the app “provides you with 24/7 remote access to the operating status of your ANGI CNG sites from anywhere in the world.”


ANGI’s ‘CNG Live’ application makes checking the status of ANGI CNG equipment ‘easier than ever,’ the company says, providing ’24/7 remote access to the operating status of your ANGI CNG sites from anywhere in the world.’

The app features an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface scalable for any site configuration. It handles live operating data on compressors, boosters, dryers, dispensers, and most valve panels, and can provide history reports covering compressor pressure and temperature, run times, dispenser fill totals, and site alarms.

Designed for the CP-400

The app is automatically connected with ANGI systems with CP-400 delivered from the fourth quarter of 2016, and “any site that includes a CP-400 unit with ANGI server connectivity can be set up.

“While the market has been challenging, we are making great progress at ANGI,” sales VP Jared Hightower said on the eve of ACT Expo.

“We have several new products in development, which are following the launch of our class-leading Encore dispenser.”

ANGI Is Nigh-On Ubiquitous

“ANGI is also supporting some of the largest CNG fleet programs in North America,” Hightower said. The firm furnished the fueling infrastructure for “many of Waste Management’s CNG installations,” he noted, and “is working with TruStar and utilities such as Piedmont, FortisBC, and AGL on the UPS program.

“Transit has continued to be a critical sector for us with equipment supply to Trillium CNG for the RTC Las Vegas projects and to Clean Energy Fuels for the NICE and New Jersey transit projects.

“Finally,” Hightower said, “ANGI is pleased with the progress we are making in Latin America, especially Mexico, where the conditions are right for CNG vehicles and virtual pipeline applications.”

ANGI Energy Systems was acquired by Gilbarco Veeder-Root in mid-2014.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Roush Touts Propane for Medium Trucks

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Case Has Been Made in School Buses: 10,000-Plus Vehicles

Roush CleanTech promoted the potential for propane autogas for medium duty vehicles at last week’s ACT Expo.
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Bauer for Quiet & Remote Monitoring

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Are Always Adding Additional Intelligence Technology in Our Systems’

Among its ACT Expo 2017 displays, Bauer Compressors is highlighting two new features on its C-23 compressor. The unit is designed to meet the needs of medium to large vehicle fleets.
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Love’s Trillium CNG: More Than You Think

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

178 Fueling Outlets in 27 States – with More Planned

The acquisition of Trillium by Love’s Travel, which was already building a national CNG fueling network at its truck stops, was announced last year. Love’s customers gained access to 37 existing Trillium stations for a combined total of 65 public-access CNG facilities.
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BSR Projects Collaborative Growth

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, fuel efficiency by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sustainability Is the Principal Goal of ‘Future of Fuels’

BSR’s Future of Fuels Spring Forum, held at the start of ACT Expo last week, included a discussion of the organization’s recently launched Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles. The principles, which were reviewed during the forum, are designed to increase the availability of sustainable, low carbon fuels by signaling the magnitude of business demand, clarifying sustainability criteria needed for uptake, and encouraging partnerships with pilots and suppliers.
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US Hybrid Hydrogen Sweeper for Caltrans

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GEP Unit with an 80-Kilowatt FCe80 Fuel Cell

US Hybrid reported an order at ACT Expo for a hydrogen fuel cell-powered street sweeper for Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation.
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Agility Now Shipping Its ‘Blue iQ’ Systems

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Holistic Approach to Natural Gas Trucks Developed with Cummins:
The Goal Is ‘a Better-than-Diesel Experience for Natural Gas vehicles’

Agility Fuel Solutions said at the start of ACT Expo that it’s begun shipping its first Blue iQ brand production units for both large and small fleets and is accepting orders from all customers for Blue iQ equipment.
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NACFE Partners with Geotab on Truck Test

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, event, telematics, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Run on Less’ Will Help Gauge What’s Possible for Trucks

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room, working with the support of Shell and PepsiCo, have tapped Geotab to help keep tabs on its Run on Less fuel efficiency initiative.

Run on Less is described as a “first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency. Canada’s Geotab, a leading telematics provider, is to install its devices on all trucks participating in the three-week experience.

Geotab telematics devices will be installed on all of the trucks participating in NAFCE’s Run on Less initiative, which takes place through June 1.

“The event will demonstrate how Class 8 trucks can use different technologies to achieve the best fuel economy possible,” states a NACFE release.

Fair Measurement

The fair measurement of fuel efficiency is a complex matter, says NACFE executive director Mike Roeth. “Trucks will be operating in different weather conditions, hauling different payloads and on different routes,” he says.

“Some will be driving in more mountainous areas and some will have to deal with crosswinds – as they do every day.”


‘All-Star Truckers .. Real Challenges’

“The key is how these all-star truckers and the fuel efficient equipment the fleets provide them, handle all of these real challenges.”

Statistics on fuel usage, DEF level, idle time, and cruise control usage – and the team’s fuel economy – will be shared on NACFE’s runonless.com website throughout the event.

“For over 15 years, Geotab has been helping businesses streamline their operations and discover new cost saving potential with our industry-leading telematics device and software,” said Geotab commercial vehicle solutions associate VP Scott Sutarik.

‘Minimizing Their Fuel Usage and Spend’

“With a key focus on fuel economy,” he said, “we’re thrilled to partner with NACFE and help class 8 trucks discover new techniques and best practices for minimizing their fuel usage and spend.”

Run on Less will feature six to ten Class 8 trucks, using current, commercially available technologies that will haul real freight around the country. The trucks will be equipped with different efficiency technologies, and drivers will demonstrate how to achieve the best fuel economy in today’s highway tractors.

The three-week experience will kick off from multiple locations across the U.S., culminating at NACV, the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta in September. Final results will be announced there.

“Drivers will showcase their equipment and share fuel economy learnings and best practices with attendees.”

More details about Run on Less will be announced in coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities will remain open until June 1.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.

RNG Means Jobs, NGV Groups Say

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, NGVs, policy, Publications, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

130,000 Jobs & a $14-Billion Boost to California
Says Landmark Study Released at ACT Expo 2017

A new employment study indicates that the use of trucks fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The RNG Jobs Report was released jointly here today by the RNG Coalition/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas and the CalNGVC/California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.

A switch to RNG-fueled trucks could quickly help California achieve its air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change-related goals, the groups say. More than 95% of the trucks on California roads use petroleum-based diesel fuel and are a major source of particulate, NOx and GHG/greenhouse gas emissions.


RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero at ACT Expo 2017

In Southern California, they note, the heavy-duty trucking sector is the single largest source of NOx emissions, which combine with other pollutants to form both ground-level ozone and fine particulates.

A Wide Range of Health Impacts’

“Those pollutants are responsible for a wide range of health impacts from exacerbating asthma to premature deaths,” states today’s release, which notes that the ports and related goods-movement activity emit more than 35% of all smog-forming pollutants in the region.

“This study affirms what we have been advocating–increased production, deployment and utilization of RNG not only realizes significant benefits for our environment, but for our economy as well,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero. “Our industry is eager to develop new projects, create additional employment opportunities and supply the heavy-duty truck sector in California with renewable natural gas,” he said.

‘High-Paying Jobs’

The two organizations maintain that for every job created through direct investment in the trucking and goods movement sector powered by California-produced RNG, two more jobs will be created. “These are high-paying jobs, with estimated labor income more than double California’s current median income,” they say.

The jobs and economic activity stem from increased opportunities for skilled workers in construction, fabrication, vehicle manufacturing, engineering services, waste management, and service industries.

“We recognize the importance of ensuring not only that we clean up our air,” said Cal NGVC president Thomas Lawson, “but that when evaluating alternative solutions, we also consider the impact on our economy.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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TransPower to Power Kalmar T2 Yard Goats

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Factory Installations on Kansas Assembly Line

Heavy duty electric vehicle specialist TransPower and Kalmar USA disclosed a five-year supply agreement as they jointly showcase the first joint-effort, zero emission, 100% battery-electric version of Kalmar’s Ottawa T2 terminal tractor at ACT Expo.

Two views of the 100% battery-electric version of the Kalmar T2 with TransPower drive.



The firms note that they have been collaborating since 2011 “to develop and perfect advanced, zero-emission electric terminal tractors.” The unit on show here was finished as part of a glider program in which TransPower completed the build by installing its electric driveline at its facility in Escondido, Calif.

“Under Kalmar’s new supply agreement with TransPower, Kalmar will manufacture electric terminal tractors on its own assembly line in Ottawa, Kans., using parts shipped to Kansas by TransPower,” the companies said. The first prototype units are to be produced in the Ottawa plant in the fourth quarter.

40,000 Miles of Experience

TransPower ElecTruck drives have accumulated approximately 40,000 miles of commercial use on past models of Kalmar terminal tractors “in a variety of demanding applications” since 2013. For example, at the California distribution center of retail giant IKEA, the companies say, a Kalmar Ottawa-TransPower electric tractor has become the preferred tractor since 2014, due to its high reliability and low operating cost.

The cost of energy for an electric tractor can be as little as 3¢ per mile – if the tractor is powered by solar energy such as the one being operated by IKEA. “For a comparable diesel tractor,” they say, “the energy cost is closer to 75¢ per mile.”

Funding Partners Helped Make It Possible

Development of TransPower’s electric tractor drive system has been supported since 2011 by agencies including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. EPA, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego have also contributed to the development and demonstrations of the technology.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Cal NGVC Prods the Los Angeles Ports

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says That Current Draft Lets Dirty Diesels Remain Too Long

Members of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition took the occasion of ACT Expo to urge the San Pedro Bay Ports to develop and implement an aggressive clean truck program as part of CAAP, the Ports’ updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan.

To accelerate the current CAAP, Cal NGVC earlier this year proposed the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan, which it says “offers a cost-effective opportunity, using proven technology, to drastically and immediately reduce emissions from the 13,000 heavy-duty trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

‘Busy Transportation Corridors Near Homes’

Approximately 80% of the region’s smog comes from the transportation sector, the association says: “The single largest contributor to this pollution is heavy-duty trucks that haul goods in and out of the San Pedro Bay Ports through busy transportation corridors near homes.”


Cal NGVC’s Act Now Plan calls on the Ports to immediately increase the number of zero- and near zero-emission trucks “to dramatically improve regional air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive job growth throughout the region and the state, and increase the competitiveness of the Ports and the entire California goods movement system.”

‘An Entire Generation’

As written, the Port’s CAAP discussion draft relies on a long-term transition plan to implement zero emission technology, “leaving room for diesel trucks to continue polluting the air for another 17 years,” Cal NGVC says – “affecting an entire generation.”

By contrast, Cal NGVC members support Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee recommendation to deploy 100% zero- and near-zero emission trucks powered by renewable fuel within five years, by 2023.

Clean Energy Fuels is among the companies that’s long been lobbying for a serious natural gas trucks program at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This photo from the Port of Los Angeles dates from 2007.

“The latest generation of low-NOx, zero-equivalent natural gas engines powered by renewable natural gas exceed the required air quality standard by 90% and they are available today,” said association president Thomas Lawson. “There is no reason to wait to clean Southern California’s air.”

‘A Public Health Issue’

“This is a public health issue – especially for the underserved communities living near the freeways that serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said Clean Energy Fuels VP Greg Roche.

“The ACT Now Plan can save a generation from the ill-health effects of the NOx and smog-forming emissions coming from diesel trucks,” he said.

The ACT Now Plan encompasses all zero- and near-zero emission technologies and fuels, including natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric.

“Near-zero-emission heavy-duty natural gas trucks can immediately deliver clean-air benefits and transform the Ports’ diesel-dominated freight movement system,” said George Minter, regional VP for Southern California Gas.

“This,” he said, “is a game-changing option.”

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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BYD for All-Battery Trucks, Buses, Lifts

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, New Products, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small to Large for Chinese EV Leader at ACT Expo 2017

BYD, the automotive arm of a large Chinese battery manufacturer that says it’s the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, is continuing its North America push by showcasing its latest advancements in battery-electric buses, trucks and materials handling equipment here at ACT Expo.
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