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Amp Claims Lowest CI Rating Ever By Far

September 28, 2017 in Biomethane, certifications, milestones, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dairy-Derived RNG Fuel Cleaner than Electricity
As the Company Opens New Office in Los Angeles
And Pledges 100% RNG to All Its CNG Customers

Amp Americas said yesterday that its RNG/renewable natural gas operation at Indiana’s Fair Oaks Farms is the first dairy-derived, waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by California’s Air Resources Board – chalking up a CI/carbon Intensity score of negative 254.94 gCO2e/MJ, “which is the lowest ever issued by CARB.”

Icom Propane for Ford V-10 Certified

September 19, 2017 in certifications, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Nod for Engine for Big Ford E-450
And There’s a ‘One-Stop’ UPAS Upfit Program

Icom North America has secured California Air Resource Board certification of its dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel system for the Ford 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine for E-450 vehicles.

“Owners and operators of shuttle vehicles and buses in California that utilize the Ford E450 V-10 engine will be able to significantly reduce operating costs and dramatically improve their emissions profile by converting to liquid propane autogas using Icom’s system” states a release.

And, Icom is promoting “one-stop solutions to reduce the complexity and costs associated with converting and maintaining propane autogas fleets” via a program with the United Propane Autogas Solutions Group.

The Icom-UPAS program incudes

  • installation of the Icom propane autogas system;
  • securing the supply of propane autogas fuel on attractive terms;
  • coordinating the installation of propane autogas fueling infrastructure (if needed); and
  • performing ongoing propane autogas system support and maintenance.

In addition to the recent CARB approval, Icom holds U.S. EPA certifications on over 1200 vehicle platforms. Customers include UPS, Yale University, SuperShuttle, Ace Parking, Metro Cars, the U.S. National Park Service, and the cities of Boston and Springfield, Ill. The company has more than 145 dealers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and upwards of 400 fleet service points.

Jon Van Bogart is Icom’s fleet development specialist.

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Source: Icom North America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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

Roush & Blue Bird for Low-NOx Propane

June 8, 2017 in certifications, Propane, propane autogas, school buses, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush Claims First .05 NOx Propane Autogas Engine,
U.S. EPA- and California-Certified on 6.8-Liter Ford V-10
For Class 4 to 7 Vehicles & Blue Bird Type C School Buses
Affords Fleets ‘the Greatest NOx Reduction Per Dollar Spent’

Roush CleanTech has developed the industry’s first propane autogas engine with nitrogen oxide emissions of just 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour – dramatically below the current U.S. EPA limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr.

The 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine with the Roush modification has been certified by both the UPA and California Air Resources Board, the companies said yesterday.

‘Roush CleanTech’s low-NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,’ said Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council. Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engines photo courtesy Roush CleanTech at Roush headquarters in Michigan.

The target market is Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles, and Blue Bird’s Type C school buses.

‘A Great Step Forward’

“Roush CleanTech’s low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,” said PERC/Propane Education & Research Council president Tucker Perkins says in the Roush-Blue Bird release.

“Propane autogas is well established as an economical, clean-burning and domestically produced alternative fuel ideal for fleets,” Perkins said. “Now propane gets the biggest return on NOx.”

“Equipping the Blue Bird Vision with the lowest NOx propane engine makes the best-selling school bus in the industry even better,” said Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock.

The Volkswagen Opportunity

“That’s great news for the environment, our customers and our children. Blue Bird’s propane school bus is the industry leader for lowest total cost of ownership and hassle-free maintenance,” Horlock said, “creating a cleaner and safer environment for us all.”

“Developing the lowest NOx propane engine sends a message that this fuel is comparable to other alternative fuels from a standpoint of emissions,” Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the low-NOx announcement. “With our nation’s ample supply of propane and the fuel’s favorable total cost of ownership, our propane autogas engine is the perfect mix of environmental and economic sustainability,” he said.

Roush and Blue Bird note that over the past year, NOx awareness has increased due to the Volkswagen emissions compliance issue, with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (F&F, February 18) created to fund actions with cleaner technology that reduce excess emissions of NOx. “Our .05g NOx engine certification will help our school bus and public transit customers target funds,” from the VW mitigation program, Mouw said. “This is especially beneficial for school districts looking for extra funds to replace aging diesel models.”

“The launch of the lowest NOx engine in the class 4-7 space comes at an opportune time,” Mouw told F&F. “Our customers and partners can utilize funds from the upcoming Volkswagen EMT settlement to modernize their fleets with this low NOx propane engine offering the greatest NOx reduction per dollar spent.”

‘No Additional Upfront Cost’

The companies note that the certifications cover the 6.8-liter Roush modification for propane autogas powered school bus and commercial truck “with no additional upfront cost.” Roush has begun installing the new low NOx engines in its Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with 2017 model year engines.

“Now it’s no longer just the Cummins Westport natural gas product,” one expert observer says in reference to new low-NOx engines from the joint venture serving the natural gas vehicle market (F&F, May 5).

Propane autogas-powered Blue Bird Vision school buses with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech for the Leander Independent School District in Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas (F&F, September 26, 2016).

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Source: Blue Bird & Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Icom’s Propane DI Certified for Ford 3.5L

February 7, 2017 in certifications, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Both Dedicated-Propane and Bi-Fuel Gasoline Versions

Icom North America said today that its “Icom JTGhp” systems for Ford’s 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine – model years 2015, 2016, and 2017 – are U.S. EPA-certified and in full production. Both dedicated and propane-gasoline bi-fuel variants are available.

Landi for 6.8-Liter 2017 Ford Engine

December 27, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. Certification Covers Vehicles Including Ford E-450

Landi Renzo USA reports U.S. EPA certification of its compressed natural gas version of Ford’s 6.8-liter V-10 engine for 2017, and says that California Air Resources Board Approval is expected “in the coming weeks.”

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.

Westport Certifies Ford Transit as SULEV

May 17, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Notes That Order Window Is Closing for 2016 F-150s

Westport has secured U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board certification of compressed natural gas-fueled Ford Transit vans with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine for 2016. CARB has approved the Westport Transit as a SULEV/super ultra-low emission vehicle, meaning single drivers can use the state’s HOV lanes.

SES Gets Approval of Propane Dispensers

May 13, 2016 in certifications, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pro-Vend Line Can be Situated with Conventional Fuels

Superior Energy Systems says it’s secured across-the-board CSA/Canadian Standards Association listings per Underwriters Laboratories UL 495 and CAN1-12.4 standards for its Pro-Vend propane autogas dispensers. It’s the first such approval electronic propane autogas fuel dispensers, the company says, and means the units can be deployed on the same fueling islands as gasoline and diesel dispensers, in either private fleet or centralized fueling locations.

RNG + Near Zero = ‘Game Changer’

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biofuels, Biomethane, certifications, Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Strategy Details Are Released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach:
‘A Clear, Cost-Effective Strategy to Achieve Our Air Quality Goals’
As Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Outlines Near Zero Purchase Plans

Heavy duty vehicles with well-to-wheel emissions levels approaching nil are possible today given the combination of new “Near Zero” engine technology from Cummins Westport and the use of RNG – renewable natural gas.

Landi Renzo’s Ford V-10 Gets CARB Cert

April 13, 2016 in certifications, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Federal Approval for F-650/750 and F-53/59 Is in Hand Too

Landi Renzo USA said today that it’s secured expected California Air Resources Board certification of its natural gas-fueled version of Ford’s 6.8-liter engine for model year 2016. The V-10 powers vehicles including F650/750 series and F-53/59 chassis trucks. Landi cited engine test group GFMXE06.8BW6.

N.A. Repower Gets CARB Certification

March 25, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First for a Heavy Duty Natural Gas Retrofit, Company Says

The California Air Resources Board has certified North American Repower’s dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition version of the 7.6-liter International DT466 engine Class 5-8 trucks and buses, the Southern California company says.

Landi Renzo Reports Ford V-10 Approval

March 21, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Applies to 2016 Engines in F-650/760 and F-53/59 Strip Chassis

Landi Renzo USA said today that it has secured U.S. EPA certification for dedicated natural gas conversion of Ford’s 6.8-liter V-10 engine for 2016. The engine powers such vehicles as Ford F-650/750 and F53 and F59 strip chassis trucks.

Westport Gets EPA Nod for CNG Transit

March 16, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Approval of Dedicated-CNG Vehicle for Model Year 2016

Westport reports U.S. EPA certification of its dedicated-compressed natural gas Ford Transit for model year 2016.


Ford CNG Transit is available as van or passenger wagon

The vehicle has a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and is offered with onboard CNG storage of 20 GGE/gasoline gallon equivalents.

Westport notes that as a Ford-designated QVM/Qualified Vehicle Modifier for Ford, vehicles fitted with the West WiNG fuel systems maintain their OEM warranties.

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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Eaton CNG Hoses for Stations, NGVs

February 29, 2016 in certifications, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Suitable for Fueling Installations and Onboard Vehicle Use

Eaton has introduced new hoses for CNG, emphasizing that the robust products have been tested by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland, and are among the first to be certified to ANSI NGV 4.2 Class A & D and ANSI NGV 3.1 Class B & C standards.

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.

Greenkraft’s 6.0L GM: Okayed in 50 States

January 5, 2016 in certifications, CNG, NGVs, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA and CARB Certifications for CNG and Propane

Southern California’s Greenkraft has secured both U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board certifications for 2016 vehicles with compressed natural gas- or propane-powered 6.0-liter engines from GM. Greenkraft offers both Isuzu NPR trucks converted to CNG or propane autogas, and its own vehicles based on imported chassis.

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