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Waste Management NG: 100 and 6,000

August 9, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Company’s 100th Natural Gas Fueling Facility Opens,
Helping Support a Fleet of 6,000 Natural Gas Trucks

Waste Management celebrated the opening of its 100th natural gas fueling station yesterday in Oklahoma City, and “also celebrated a significant milestone of operating 6,000 natural gas trucks, which is the largest heavy-duty fleet of its kind in North America.” updated August 10
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Faraday Future Furthers Factory

August 9, 2017 in Companies, EVs, investments, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Discloses Lease on Facility in Central California,
Hopes to Produce FF 91 Battery Car There in 2018

Faraday Future has leased a million-square-foot production facility in Hanford, Calif., from which it hopes to bring its fully battery-electric, high-performance FF 91 to market in late 2018. The plant “is strategically located between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley,” Faraday said.
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Sheehy Mail CNG: Trillium, Hydrogen

August 8, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Hydrogen, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG Publicizes Omaha Fuel Supply Contract
As the Mail Carrier Evaluates Hydrogen on Its Trucks
And New 11.9-Liter Low NOx Cummins Westport Engine

Love’s Trillium CNG has disclosed a contract with Sheehy Mail Contractors for the supply of compressed natural gas from its station in Omaha. Separately, Sheehy is talking up the use of hydrogen with CNG to improve the efficiency of its natural gas trucks.
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Clean Energy Fuels: Mid-Year Roundup

August 3, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs, refuse, transit, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Transit and Refuse and Trucking and the Post Office:
A Rundown of Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Progress,
Meanwhile Second Quarter Volumes Up But Revenue Down

Transit agencies in Texas and California are among the standouts as Clean Energy Fuels issued a mid-year rundown of recent contracts in the natural gas vehicle fueling business. updated August 4
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Proterra e-Buses: Made in Los Angeles

July 31, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Optimal Vehicle Production Location,’ Busbuilder Says

Proterra celebrated the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, deeming the city “an optimal vehicle production location to serve West Cost transit agencies.” The 100,000 square-foot, City of Industry facility has capacity for 400 buses annually.
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VW’s $200mm EVSE Plan Gets CARB Nod

July 28, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cal Agency Gives the OK for First $200 Million of $800 Million
For EV Charging in California by VW’s Electrify America Unit

Volkswagen got the go-ahead from California yesterday to invest $200 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. The automaker’s Electrify America unit will place high-speed chargers along highways, invest in EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment in disadvantaged communities, and promote electric transportation through outreach and a new “Green City” initiative.

Sacramento is to be the first of the Green Cities, with EV chargers there followed by Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. EVSE is be placed in “community locations, multi-family dwellings, commercial and retail locations, workplaces and municipal parking lots and garages,” says the California Air Resources Board.


Overview of ‘Cycle 1’ of VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan for California

Electrify America has pledged to establish a network of more than 2,500 EV chargers at more than 450 EVSE sites nationally during the first phase, with about 240 of them in 38 states other than California.

The company has “discussed partnerships and interoperability” with EVSE providers including EVgo, Greenlots and SemaConnect.

$800 Million over Ten Years in California

So-called “Cycle 1” for California is the “first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over ten years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities,” states yesterday’s CARB release.

The $2 billion EVSE investment comes in the wake of Volkswagen’s installation of software, beginning in 2009, to mislead regulators on the emissions of its diesel vehicles.

That software, CARB says, caused VW’s “2009-2016 diesel passenger cars to spew up to 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere.”

‘Tenacious Technicians’

“The tenacious efforts of CARB technicians forced the company to admit the use of the so-called ‘defeat device’ in those cars in 2015,” the agency said yesterday. “VW has paid out more than $15 billion in claims and penalties for using those defeat devices,” CARB said.

“This ZEV investment is one of multiple pieces to mitigate the environmental harm caused by VW’s actions.”

Click image or here for VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan summary.

“Volkswagen can now move forward with its ambitious plan to help bring electric vehicle technology to corners of California ignored in earlier efforts,” said CARB chair Mary Nichols.

Settlement with California and the Feds

“This will help the state as a whole,” she said, “and especially some of our disadvantaged and underserved communities, to shift to the cleanest vehicles on the market.”

CARB noted too that the $800 million ZEV investment commitment for California is part of an agreement by Volkswagen with CARB, the U.S. EPA, and the California and U.S. Departments of Justice “that combines mitigation and penalties to fully resolve all of the environmental harm from VW’s actions.”

Among the planned Cycle 1 outlays for California EVSE are

• $75 million for highway fast-charging (implanting chargers up to 350 kilowatts);

• $45 million for “community charging,” including multi-family feelings and workplaces;

• $44 million for Green City initiatives; and

• $20 million for public education and EV awareness.


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Solid Power Plays Lithium Long Game

July 18, 2017 in batteries, Companies, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Batteries That Last Far Longer Than Today’s Batteries
But Not for EVs This Year, Nor Next, Nor the Year After…

Colorado’s Solid Power is developing solid-state lithium batteries with the potential for energy density nearly double that of the batteries available today. Just don’t expect them anytime soon.
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GreenPower’s Type D Battery School Bus

July 18, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New ‘Synapse 72’ Said to Be the First of Its Kind

GreenPower Motor is talking up its fully battery-powered Synapse 72 as “North America’s first purpose-built, all-electric school bus, and the only all-electric, Type-D school bus on the market.”
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Piedmont Parallels Growing NGV Mart

July 17, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Adapts to Larger Natural Gas Vehicles Fleets
With an Improving Infrastructure for Fueling

Piedmont Natural Gas has opened its eleventh compressed natural gas fueling outlet and continues to work with ANGI Energy to both expand its network and update its existing stations. updated July 19
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Landi Renzo Renews Its U.S. Market Push

July 10, 2017 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Arm of Italian Alternative Fuels Colossus
Is Now Drawing More Heavily on Parent’s Capabilities,
Will Being New Equipment to U.S., May Enter Propane

Watch for Landi Renzo USA to ratchet up its alternative fuel vehicles business, broadening strategic relationships with OEMs à la its parent in Italy, bringing proprietary Landi componentry to the U.S. marketplace, and maybe even entering propane autogas – parent Landi Renzo SpA has upwards of 30% of the global gaseous fuel vehicles market, including propane autogas vehicles.
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Volvo Cars Makes Electric Car Waves

July 6, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Every New Model from 2019 ‘Will Have an Electric Motor…
‘Historic End of Cars’ Driven by Internal Combustion Only

Volvo made mainstream headlines this week as it announced an aggressive vehicle electrification strategy. The vaunted gameplan includes hybrid and mild hybrid cars.
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Thomas Sticks with Agility for Propane

June 28, 2017 in Companies, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Partnership Continues Relationship with CleanFuel USA,
Which This Spring Became an Agility Fuel Solutions Entity

Thomas Built Buses disclosed a strategic partnership with Agility Fuel Solutions for propane autogas systems for school buses yesterday. The announcement by the Daimler North America busbuilder noted that it’s continuing the relationship with CleanFuel USA now that CleanFuel has been acquired by Agility.
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Exxon with Eagle and Crowley for LNG

June 28, 2017 in Companies, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pact ‘Will Support Growth,’ Exxon Says,
‘For LNG as a Marine Fuel in North America’
Crowley Shares Glimpse of Developmental LNG ATB

ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG and Crowley have signed a liquefied natural gas collaboration, Exxon said Wednesday, pledging to “support growth for LNG as a marine fuel in North America.” updated June 29
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ChargePoint Gets GE’s EVSE Network

June 28, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly 10,000 Home & Commercial Charging Spots in U.S.
To Be Switched Over in a Manner as ‘Seamless as Possible’

ChargePoint is taking charge of GE Industrial’s EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment business, and will integrate some 1,800 commercial and 8,000 residential charging spots in the U.S. into its own system of nearly 36,000 charging locations.

ChargePoint said late Wednesday that it’s raised $125 million
in its Series G funding round, including $43 million from Siemens, “catapulting European expansion efforts.”

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Cenergy ANG for 2 Commercial Fleets

June 27, 2017 in Companies, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Adsorbent Natural Gas in Two Cylinder Types
With Rectangular Containers to Follow Soon

Cenergy Solutions is trumpeting a breakthrough for its adsorbent natural gas technology, which allows fuel to be stored at far lower pressure than conventional CNG/compressed natural gas. Two commercial fleets are using or have agreed to install ANG systems in their vehicles.
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Metro Nod for ENC’s Low-NOx CNG Buses

June 27, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Board Approves Staff Recommendation for Eldorado
To Supply Up to 600 Forty-Footers with L9N Engines

The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a staff recommendation to purchase 295 forty-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit buses from ElDorado National – California. If contracted, ENC will be a new supplier to the agency.
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ChargePoint Power via U.S. Bank Card

June 9, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Voyager Fleet Card to Pay for Electricity for EVs

ChargePoint and U.S. bank have announced a partnership whereby fleet operators of electric vehicles will be able to pay for their electricity at ChargePoint outlets using the financial providers Voyager Fleet Card.
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