ACT News 2017

Alternative Fuels

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.

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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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

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.

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.

ACT Expo for Fleets Just Can’t Be Beat

April 14, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Progressive Fleet Operators, Advanced Vehicle OEMs, Clean Fuel Suppliers’

“Fleet-focused educational sessions” are a prime emphasis as organizers gear up for the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – fast approaching at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. ACT Expo 2017 takes place May 1-4.

ACT Expo Speakers, Exhibition Hall Peek

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, fuel cells, Game Changer, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, investments, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Key Meeting Is Early This Coming May in Long Beach

Organizers of 2017’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have released the speaker line-up for the event, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. updated March 27

ACT Expo 2017: Electric Programming

March 16, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Incredible Public- and Private-Sector Investments’

“Across North America, fleet operators are deploying electric drive technologies at a steadily increasing pace.” That’s the word from the organizers of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 1-4, 2017 in Long Beach, Calif.

The Best Alternative Fuel for the Fleet

January 20, 2017 in Alternative Fuels, Hybrids, Opinion, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Managers Need to Be Able to Choose ‘The Right Fuel for the Job’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Darren Engle,
director of governmental relations with Blue Star Gas

Diversification is just smart business, but for a long time fleet managers and even fuel providers were only thinking in terms of a one alternative fuel for their entire fleet. Fortunately, the idea that fleet managers need to select one alternative fuel to meet all their needs is beginning to fade.

PSI for Alt Fuel Upfits for General Motors

December 6, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, certifications, CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

SVM/Specialty Vehicle Modifier Designation Agreement
Is Said to Boost Fleet Customers’ Choice of Alt Fuel Vehicles

Power Solutions International’s designation as a specialty vehicles modifier for GM increases the number of alternative fuel vehicles available to operators, PSI says.

UPS Tops a Billion ‘Rolling Lab’ Miles

August 2, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Companies, Hybrids, LNG, milestones, NGVs, propane autogas, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

AFVs Make Equivalent of 4,000 Trips to the Moon,
Account for Some 12% of Fleet’s Total Fuel Usage

UPS said today that it’s achieved its “Rolling Laboratory” goal of one billion in-service miles a year ahead of schedule, marking more than a decade of learning about natural gas, propane, and electric drive and hybrid vehicles.

Training Oklahoma First Responders

July 18, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Education, LNG, NGVs, Propane, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Tulsa Clean Cities Hosting NAFTC Courses for Alt Fuel Mishaps

Organizers are spreading the word that three targeted courses for first responders at accidents involving alternative fuel vehicles will be held late next month at the Oklahoma City Community College’s Professional Development Institute.

Westport and FSSI Merger Is Complete

June 2, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Innovative, Global Leader in Alternative Fuel, Engine and
Vehicle Sector:’
Westport Fuel Systems, Inc. Is the New Name for the Combined Company

Westport Fuel Systems is the new name of the combined Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. as completion of their merger was disclosed yesterday. The marriage, states a release, results in an “innovative, global leader in alternative fuel, engine and
vehicle sector.”

Meetings in June, Meetings More Soon

May 13, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third Annual AltCar Expo in Oakland, Calif. This Month

The third Annual Bay Area AltCar Expo & Conference is slated for May 20-21 at City Hall in Oakland, Calif. As with previous AltCar events, there is a fleet program on Friday and a free public ride-and-drive on both days.

UPS Carlton Rose Keynote at ACT Expo

May 11, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Companies, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We’re All a Part of the Innovation Ecosystem,’ Says Fleet President

Attendees at last week’s ACT Expo 2016 represent a single community with some unfinished business. That was the message offered there by Carlton Rose, global fleet maintenance and engineering president at UPS.

ACT Expo 2016 Is Now Underway

May 2, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, Technology, telematics, transit, trucking by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,000 Attendees Are Expected in Long Beach

The 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is underway at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. More than 3,000 are expected to attend North America’s the largest clean fleet event, co-hosted with the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the Propane Education & Research Council, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the California Hydrogen Business Council.

ACT Expo 2016: Partners Gearing Up

April 20, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CHBC’s Monday Kickoff for Long Beach Gala Is But One Example!

Partners and sponsors are gearing up for ACT Expo 2016, which takes place May 2-5 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.

ACT Expo-NAFTC Webinar on April 7

March 29, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Education, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Preparation for New AFV Fleet Facilities & Deployment

Organizers of ACT Expo 2016 and NAFTC – West Virginia’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium – are hosting a free webinar next week to help industry stakeholders prepare for new alternative fuel vehicle fleet facilities and deployment.

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The presentation by NAFTC operations chief William Davis takes place on April 7 at 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern time.

The complimentary session will cover the training needs of such internal staff as fleet managers, technicians and fueling crews, and those of such external support stakeholders as first responders, recovery and recycling specialists.

‘What Not to Do’

The pre-ACT Expo webinar will address AFV codes and standards and how they may pertain to stakeholders, and “What to do/not to do when providing AFV training for impacted stakeholders.”

ACT Expo itself takes place May 2-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

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