ACT News 2017


UPS Ups the Alt Fuels Ante – Again

November 20, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, delivery vehicles, investments, LNG, milestones, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten Million Gallons Annually of RNG from Big Ox Energy
As Well as 1.5 Gallons Annually for Five Years from Amp

UPS is disclosing this morning a landmark agreement for 10 million equivalent gallons per year of RNG/renewable natural gas from Big Ox Energy. “This is the largest investment in RNG to date for the company,” says a release.

The agreement with Big Ox runs through 2024.

Nikola’s FCs & H2 – Perry Named COO

November 19, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, people, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PowerCell AB for the New Class 8 Trucks’ Fuel Cell Stacks,
With Norway’s Nel ASA for a 16-Station H2 Fueling Network
As Nikola Rocks Truck World by Hiring Scott Perry from Ryder

Nikola Motor has named PowerCell AB and Bosch as the primary suppliers of fuel cells for its Class 8 hydrogen-fueled electric truck, and Norway’s Nel ASA “as the sole equipment supplier to create the largest hydrogen network in the world that will cover over 2,000 miles and include 16 stations.”

This item was initially posted on November 16

BYD Claims a Battery Refuse Truck First

November 17, 2017 in Companies, EVs, milestones, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First All-Electric Automated Side Loader Delivered in California

All-battery vehicle manufacturer BYD has claimed a world first with Monday’s delivery of a 100% electric refuse truck in California.

Mercedes’ Battery Bus: the Citaro E-Cell

November 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Production Is Planned ‘Towards the End of Next Year,’
Manufacturer Says It’s ‘Already Tendering for Contracts’

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit has joined in the drive for fully electric transit, announcing Friday its plans for the Citaro E-Cell, with series production commencing “towards the end of next year.”

Sparq Starts Large Tulsa CNG Station

November 7, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Breaks Ground Today with Timmons in Oklahoma
That’s the First in State with J-W Power’s PowerFill

Sparq Natural Gas broke ground today on a new natural gas fueling outlet in Tulsa – “Oklahoma’s 121st and fastest public-fill CNG station,” Sparq says, and the first in the state to employ J-W Power’s new PowerFill technology.

Hyliion Promises Huge Fuel Savings

November 7, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Hybrids, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Combination of Superior Batteries and Vehicle Control

Pittsburgh-based Hyliion is aiming for fuel savings as great as 20% for heavy over-the-road trucks using a combination of advanced lithium ion battery packs for regenerative braking and idea reduction, and software that adjusts a truck’s driveline output based on the road conditions ahead. updated November 8

Sheehy Honored with EPA SmartWay

November 1, 2017 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mail Contractors’ Fleet Is More than 90% CNG

Sheehy Mail Contractors is spreading the word that it’s been honored with a U.S EPA SmartWay Excellence Award “for being an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.”

Cummins Taps Gillig for Battery Buses

October 30, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Talks Up Its Driveline at APTA and Europe’s BusWorld

Cummins unveiled a partnership for 100% battery-electric buses with Gillig at the American Public transportation Association’s tri-annual gala in Atlanta this month, and two weeks later introduced its all-electric drive to the European market at the BusWorld exhibition in Belgium.

Chanje’s ‘EaaS:’ EVSE via eMotorWerks

October 27, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Energy-as-a-Service’ Goes Beyond Mere Charging,
Part of ‘Four-Pillar’ Strategy for Fleet Electrification

Chanje, the re-emergent supplier of battery electric trucks that’s signed with Ryder for distribution and support, has teamed with eMotorWerks to power those trucks as part of a forward-looking program dubbed EaaS – energy-as-a-service.

Iveco Notches Order for 500 LNG Trucks

October 24, 2017 in Companies, Europe, Fleet Order, LNG, milestones, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Order for Its NGVs by Pan-European Jost Group
Is ‘Largest Deal for Its Stralis NP Vehicles to Date’

Europe’s Jost Group has ordered 500 liquefied natural gas-fueled Stralis NP (Natural Power) trucks manufactured by the Iveco unit of multinational CNH Industrial NV.

UQM for Lightning on Ford eQVM Units

October 23, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Development Funding & the Opportunity to Supply Components’

UQM Technologies is collaborating with fellow Coloradan Lightning Systems on electric-drive vehicles, specifically Ford-chassis vehicles under the automaker’s eQVM/Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier initiative.

Ford introduced eQVM, with Lightning an initial participant, earlier this year as a complement to its QVM program for natural gas- and propane autogas-powered vehicles (F&F, March 15).

UQM, describing itself as the “strategic EV propulsion system supplier” for Lightning’s EVs, will supply such powertrain components as gearbox, electric motor and inverter, “as well as software controls for the EV performance and efficiency.”

‘A Major Accomplishment’

“This collaboration will provide UQM both development funding and the opportunity to supply components to Lightning Systems to support their vehicles as part of the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program by Ford,” UQM says.

“It is a major accomplishment for both respective companies located in Colorado to be in a position to support green technology initiatives,” states the release.

“The synergies that exist between our companies are ideal for the EV market with respect to clean technology, geographic location, and learned experience,” UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell says in his company’s announcement.

The CEOs Are Pleased

“This relationship allows Lightning Systems the opportunity to support its current and future growth customers with quality engineered products and excellent customer service solutions,” Mitchell said.

“This relationship will allow us to provide leading edge technology that will exceed our customers’ expectations for high quality and cost-effective zero emissions vehicles,” said Lightning Systems president and CEO Tim Reeser.

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Source: UQM with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



Cummins Buys Brammo Batteries

October 23, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Important Milestone’ as Cummins Develops Battery Trucks

Cummins, the diesel engine leader which late last summer introduced an all-battery Class 7 urban delivery vehicle, has acquired Oregon’s Brammo, Inc., a manufacturer of battery and electric driveline systems.

StratosFuel for H2 Mirai Car-Sharing

October 23, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pioneering Program with a Fleet of 15 Toyota FCVs

Southern California’s StratosFuel is kicking off an innovative car-share program using a fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai electric vehicles from Toyota.

ZapGo Carbon-Ion for Battery ‘Pods’

October 3, 2017 in Airports, batteries, Companies, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast-Charge Technology Expected to Slash Down Times
In Autonomous Electric Vehicles Now Operating in the UK

UK- and North Carolina-based ZapGo (aka Zap&Go) is promoting a hybrid battery design that allows for super-fast charging via a combination of supercapacitor and conventional battery technologies.

Toyota Hybrids: Made in the USA

September 28, 2017 in Companies, Hybrids, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Highlander Among the Hybrids Getting U.S.-Made Parts

Toyota is investing $373.8 million in five U.S. plants. The initiative supports the U.S. manufacture of parts for its first American-produced hybrid powertrains, and implementation of TNGA – Toyota New Global Architecture – in Alabama.

BYD Expands Its U.S. Battery Bus Factory

September 25, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$22 Million for Expansion to 450,000 Square Feet
As eBuses Near Price Parity with Competing AFVs,
IndyGo Orders as Many as 75 All-Battery 60-Footers

BYD, the busy builder of all-battery buses, has completed a $22 million expansion of its factory in Lancaster, Calif. – a former RV plant that’s expected to soon employ more than 600 people, able to produce some 1,500 buses annually.

Nikola Taps Bosch for Class 8 Powertrain

September 22, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Expertise & Portfolio Help Start-Ups Go from Concept to Execution’

Utah’s Nikola Motor will use Bosch eAxle technology in its hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 truck, a powerful over-the-road vehicle that’s to hit the market in 2021. “The eAxle will use proven commercial vehicle electric machine technology and SMG (separate motor generator) motors from Bosch,” Nikola says.

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