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UrbanX for California Renewable Diesel

October 21, 2016 in Biofuels, Companies, money awarded, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility in Southern California for Fourth Quarter 2017
Expected to Produce Fuel with a CARB CI in the Low Teens

UrbanX is applying $5 million in California Energy Commission funding to help convert idle equipment at a Los Angeles-area petroleum refinery into a biorefinery capable of producing 30 million gallons per year of renewable diesel – solely from spent restaurant cooking oils – by the fourth quarter of 2017.

Tritium to Show New DC Fast-Chargers

October 16, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Veefil Tradename for 50-, 22-, and 12-Kilowatt Units,
Connected, 50-Kilowatt Veefil UT Is Designed for Fleets

Australia’s Tritium is adding 12- and 22-kilowatt DC fast-chargers to its Veefil production line, augmenting an existing 50-kilowatt Veefil unit – and adding connectivity to the 50-kilowatt offering, a feature aimed specifically at fleets.

Tritium's new Veefil chargers

Tritium’s new Veefil chargers

“Tritium’s philosophy is to work closely with its customers to tailor our products to their requirements, and from our discussions with them on what they really need we have developed three new products, including one specifically for the fleet market, which we will be marketing internationally,” commercial director Paul Sernia said in a release (emphasis added).

“All the new products provide the same benefits as the original Veefil. The (50-kilowatt) Veefil UT is available now and the (12-kilowatt) Veefil WP and Veefil 22kW will be ready to ship early 2017,” he said.

A Range of Four DC Fast-Chargers

“These new charging products now create a Veefil range of four chargers – with all the chargers sharing Tritium’s unique technology (including liquid cooling),” says the new product release. All are both CHAdeMO- and SAE Combo- compatible.

The products will be shown this week at eCarTec, which runs October 18-20 in Munich.

Tritium notes further that

  • the connected-for-fleets 50-kilowatt Veefil UT has been designed specifically for energy and utility companies worldwide – and is “the first fast charger designed to connect directly to the grid.” It is “a solution for metering, switch gear and protection systems in a single unit,” Tritium says, “significantly reducing installation and maintenance costs;”
  • the 22-kilowatt Veefil DC fast charger is similar to the company’s original 50-kilowatt unit, but is designed to give customers more options in locations dependent on a lower power supply; and
  • the compact 12-kilowatt Veefil WP DC fast charger, “designed specifically for the workplace and ideal for fleet applications,” fits easily into existing car parking areas and can provide 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) of charge in two hours.

The Veefil line’s aluminum chassis and liquid cooling allow the units to operate in a wide range of climactic conditions with increased reliability and reduced maintenance.

In addition to its EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment products for DC fast-charging, Tritium promotes BMS/battery management systems and inverters for EVs. Tritium and California-based ChargePoint announced distribution deal for the United States last year (F&F, March 27, 2015).

Tritium badge may be seen on this detail of U.S.-based ChargePoint's CPE200 'Express 200' DC fast-charger.

Tritium badge may be seen on this detail of U.S.-based ChargePoint’s CPE200 ‘Express 200’ DC fast-charger.

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Source: Tritium with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

MTS Using CNG, RNG for San Diego Buses

October 14, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs, propane autogas, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Maintenance Capability at Love’s-Trillium Station to Support 120 Buses,
Agency Is a Pioneering User of RNG and the New ISL G Near Zero Engine

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has brought enhanced compressed natural gas bus capability to its East County area, opening a new bus operation and maintenance center at El Cajon, site of an existing Trillium CNG fueling station.

X3CNG Acquires Two Colo CNG Stations

October 6, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Italy-Based Company Takes Charge of Public-Access Facilities

X3CNG Corp, a unit of Italy’s X3Energy Group, reports the acquisition of two “Skyblu” compressed natural gas fueling stations in Colorado.

“X3CNG will own and operate the public fueling sites for local government, commercial and public customers,” states a release.

x3cng-logotight“The expansion into the U.S. market is consistent with our mission to grow in a dynamic market,” X3Energy Group CEO Giovani Baroni said in the Colorado announcement.

U.S. ‘Anchor’

“Our decision to enter this market leverages on the company’s core expertise as a leading supplier of natural gas and CNG stations developer/operator in Italy. These stations serve as an anchor to our planned growth plans in the U.S,” he said.

“The CNG market represents a tremendous opportunity in the U.S. as it addresses long-term sustainability goals and cost reduction objectives for fleets,” said X3CNG business development director James Mora.

“We are working with industry partners to develop an expanded network,” he said.

The two CNG stations are in Firestone and Greeley.

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Source: X3Energy/X3CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Hexagon Norway Is Buying xperion

October 5, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Type IV Cylinders for Light Duty Vehicles in Germany,
Hexagon Has Option on the New xperion Plant in Ohio

Norway’s Hexagon Composites, fresh on the heels of a merger with Agility for Type IV compressed natural gas cylinders and CNG fuel storage assemblies for heavy duty vehicles, is moving to acquire Type IV cylinder manufacturer xperion to improve its position in light duty natural gas vehicles.

APG Dual Fuel for Pacific Northwest

October 4, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Dual Fuel, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Oregon Dealers for Pacific Northwest Diesel-Gas Initiative,
Early Conversions Are Running on CNG and 20% Biodiesel Mix

American Power Group Corporation has named two Oregon companies as authorized dealers and certified installers of its equipment for converting heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas fuel, thus helping launch APG’s dual fuel technology in the Pacific Northwest.

Republic Services Is Committed to CNG

October 4, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Than 40% of New Route Trucks Are Natural Gas-Fueled

Republic Services, the nation’s second-largest refuse company, operates some 12,000 route trucks, with approximately 2,500 running on compressed natural gas fuel. The company expects to buy about 250 CNG-fueled route tucks in 2017, says maintenance and digital operations VP Darrell Reno.

Westport Taps A-1 for CNG Bus Work

October 3, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Taking Advantage of Locations in California and Elkhart

Westport Fuel Systems has named A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems as its national distributor and installation partner for compressed natural gas fuel systems for shuttle and paratransit buses – one of the stronger markets for CNG. updated October 6

Agility-Hexagon Deal Is to Close Tuesday

October 3, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility Now Boasts 400 Employees at Five Manufacturing Sites

Agility Fuel Systems said this morning that it’s closing on its merger with the compressed natural gas automotive products unit of Hexagon Composites, with the deal expected to be finalized tomorrow, October 4. The pact includes medium and heavy duty vehicle compressed natural gas cylinder manufacturing operations and CNG fuel cylinder assemblies. updated with new photo and contact information on October 5

APG Is Branching to BC with Its Dual Fuel

September 20, 2016 in Companies, Dual Fuel, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

American Power Group Launches with Cullen Diesel Power

American Power Group said today that it’s taking its dual fuel technology to British Columbia, having signed authorized dealer and certified installer agreements for its Turbocharged Natural Gas V5000 hardware with Cullen Diesel Power.

Blue Bird Range at Indianapolis BusCon

September 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alternative Fuel Bus Choices Include CNG and Propane

Blue Bird Bus spread the word this morning that it’s prompting its full line of small and medium sized vehicles, including propane and new compressed natural gas models, at BusCon 2016, which kicks off today in Indianapolis. updated with BusCon 2016 photo on September 22

Clean Energy CNG for FedEx Freight

September 16, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast- and Time-Fill at Oklahoma City Service Center:
As Provider and Customer Emphasize Sustainability

FedEx Freight has purchased more than 100 compressed natural gas-fueled tractors and has installed a CNG fueling station at its Oklahoma City Service Center to serve the new fleet, says Clean Energy Fuels. “The FedEx Freight CNG fleet and fueling station in Oklahoma City are examples of FedEx connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully,” Clean Energy says.

XL3 Diesel Reach Van Has DoE Backing

September 15, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small Business Vouchers Pilot on Isuzu-Utilimaster Platform

XL Hybrids reports funding from the U.S. Department of Energy under DoE’s SBV/Small Business Vouchers Pilot program. XL’s efficiency-boosting hybrid electric upfit, tradenamed XL3, will be tested at DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory on an Isuzu Reach commercial van with Utilimaster body.

BYD Expanding Plant in Lancaster, Calif.

September 14, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Important Step in Plan to Triple Employment in Three Years’

BYD broke ground yesterday on the “Phase II” expansion of its plant in Lancaster, Calif., where the BYD America branch of the Shenzhen, China-based company already employs some 400 people. Activities there include engineering, production, quality control, procurement, and customer service in support of BYD’s all-battery buses.

TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.

Westport HPDI 2.0: Int’l Launch in 2017

August 30, 2016 in Companies, LNG, New Products, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Europe or Perhaps China to Be First, and It Won’t be the Cummins ISX:
Goal Is a Product Preserving Diesel 
Performance with Minimal Changes 

Westport Fuel Systems expects to commercialize its “HPDI 2.0” high pressure direct injection technology as a fuel system package for OEMs in Europe and/or China in summer 2017.

Nikola Now Plans Hydrogen for Trucks

August 30, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Intends to Be 100% Vertically Integrated for Fuel

Start-up Nikola Motors said today that its planned line of Class 8 trucks will be fully zero-emission – they will be hydrogen fuel cell-powered.

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