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Cook-Illinois Likes Its Initial Propane Buses

July 7, 2017 in Education, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sixth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Cook-Illinois Likes Reduced Maintenance… 2,000-Plus Buses?

Cook-Illinois, a contract school transportation provider, likes what it sees with propane autogas and is looking to convert many more buses in a fleet numbering more than 2,000 units. That’s according to Good for Students, Good for Business, the six and final of the latest series of Straight Talk videos from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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Van Go Happy with Its 54 Propane Vans

June 26, 2017 in Education, paratransit, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fifth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Virginia’s Van Go Paratransit Operation Likes the Numbers

Richmond-Va.-based Van Go converted all 54 of its paratransit vehicles to propane autogas in 2012, opting for propane gasoline bi-fuel systems to extend the vehicles’ range, according to Going Further with Autogas, the fifth in the current series of Straight Talk videos from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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Indy Schools Opt for Propane Autogas

June 8, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fourth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Indianapolis Public Schools Has 100 Propane-Powered Buses

“Our fleet was aged. It was getting to the point where it was more costly to keep them maintained than to look at the expense of a new bus,” Indianapolis Public Schools director of transportation Manny Mendez says in Indianapolis Public Schools: Upgrading an Aging Fleet.
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Propane Proven in Cold, Cold Weather

May 12, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Indiana’s Warren Township’s Finds Winter Woes Reduced

“Our story starts with snow,” says Steve Smith, transportation director with the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, east of Indianapolis. “Then it goes to ice.”
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RNG/Low-NOx Bus Webinar on May 16

April 26, 2017 in Biomethane, Education, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit Operations in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting an educational webinar to promote the economic and environmental benefits of the emerging 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower NOx natural gas engines fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas.
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PERC Video Features Kingsport, TN Fleet

April 24, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Second in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Tennessee Town Has Switched to Propane for 90 of Its Vehicles

The City of Kingsport, Tenn. has converted 90 vehicles to propane autogas – and is happy with the reduced environmental impact and low maintenance requirements, according to a new Straight Talk video released by PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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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.
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PERC Features MTS San Diego Propane

April 5, 2017 in Education, paratransit, PERC Straight Talk, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of a Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Propane Autogas:
‘There Weren’t Any Additional Requirements or Equipment Needed’

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has converted more than a third of its minibus and paratransit fleet to propane autogas, and is happy with the reduced environmental impact and low maintenance requirements of the vehicles, says a new Straight Talk video released by PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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Hydrogen Permitting How-To on YouTube

October 12, 2016 in Education, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Orange County Fire Authority & NREL Collaborate on Videos

NREL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and OCFA, Southern California’s Orange County Fire Authority, have released a four-part series of videos aiming to help advocates of hydrogen as a transportation fuel to establish the necessary fueling infrastructure.


Carl Baust is a fire prevention analyst with Southern California’s Orange County Fire Authority.

Carl Baust is a fire prevention analyst with Southern California’s Orange County Fire Authority.

Their goal is to help the companies building stations, and the persons responsible for safety, together navigate a thorny permitting process.

The videos are narrated by Carl Baust, a fire prevention analyst with OCFA.

High Pressure and Super Cold

They cover the experiences of fire, building, and planning department staffers with the plan review and inspection requirements of stations for fueling hydrogen vehicles.

“Planners and regulators from around the country will be faced with temperatures of minus 423 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures exceeding 10,000 psi installed only feet away from the general public,” Baust says in the introductory video.

Coordination? ‘Essential’

“Coordination between the building an fire departments is essential,” he says.

The series has four parts:

  • Overview – Which Regulatory Agency Has the Biggest Role?;
  • Planning and Building Considerations;
  • Fire Department Regulations; and
  • Annual Inspections.

And while the videos were created primarily as an educational tool for fire departments, they serve too as “a valuable resource for station developers, designers, constructors, and operators,” he told F&F.

The OCFA-NREL hydrogen video series may be accessed here.


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Source: OCFA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Nat’l Drive Electric Week – Right Now

September 12, 2016 in Education, Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. Fleet of Plug-Ins Is Expected to Hit Half a Million,
EVgo Is Offering Free Charging in More than 50 Markets,
ChargePoint Is Offering 10% Off on Home Charging Units

National Drive Electric Week 2016 is in full swing – and it comes as industry watchers expect the U.S. total of plugged-in vehicles to hit 500,000.
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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.
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Global Automakers for New EV Website

June 14, 2016 in Education, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Goal is to Help Understand and Meet Sales Mandates

The Washington, D.C.-based Association of Global Automakers has launched the DrivingZEV.com website to detail the advancement of green vehicle technologies and explain “the challenges of today’s marketplace as both automakers and states strive to reach target sales for zero emission vehicles.”

‘Building a sustainable market remains a challenge,’ says Global Automakers, which has launched a new website, DrivingZEV.com.

‘Building a sustainable market remains a challenge,’ says Global Automakers, which has launched a new website, DrivingZEV.com.

“Automakers are making major investments in designing and marketing ZEVs,” Global Automakers president and CEO John Bozzella, said in a release. But, he said, “building a sustainable market remains a challenge.

“It will take effort from the industry, states, and consumers alike to reach the sales mandate set by the state of California.”


California and Its Followers

California’s ZEV mandate requires that 15% of new vehicles sold in the state by 2025 be zero emission vehicles – such as plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, Global Automakers.

Nine additional states have adopted California’s mandate. DrivingZEV.com is to designed to track both the steps that automakers and states are taking to reach these sales requirements, with sales figures to quantify progress.

‘We Are Committed to Seeing These Technologies Succeed’

“We are committed to seeing these technologies succeed and hope that by increasing awareness of the new and exciting products out there we can help these states as they try to reach their ZEV requirements,” Bozzella said.

The organization notes that there are more than 35 different makes and models of zero emission vehicles on the market. And, while California leads the nation in electric and hydrogen infrastructure funding and incentives, ZEVs remain at less than 3% of new vehicle sales.


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Source: Global Automakers with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Alliance AutoGas Going Coast-to-Coast

April 12, 2016 in Education, event, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Cities Coalitions Hosting F-150 from Work Truck Show

Alliance AutoGas is planning a 5,500-mile “Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride” to promote its propane autogas prowess. The 12-city tour is to commence May 2 in Kansas City and finish in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 18 – looping to Seattle on the way.
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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.


Click on image or here to register.

Click on image or here to register.

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.

Making Cents of EVs Webinar February 10

January 22, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Education, event, EVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Key Incentives for Fleet Deployment at Free Pre-ACT Expo Session
Is Presented in League with Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative

A free one-hour webinar on the economics of electric vehicles for fleets will take place on February 10. Making Cents of Electric Vehicles: Key Incentives for Fleet Deployment will begin at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern time.
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Arnold’s Deft Plug for Electric Transport

December 15, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Schwarzenegger Gets to the Point on Clean Transportation:
‘Do You Believe Coal and Oil Will Be the Fuels of the Future?’

We take the liberty of re-posting a great Facebook message from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on electric transportation.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.



I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I’ve heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.

Let’s put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let’s assume you’re right.

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don’t want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That’s exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn’t take their investment advice.

Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don’t have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.

Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.

I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.

In addition to having served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the founder of R20: Regions of Climate Action, and serves as the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at University of Southern California. He also chairs USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Facebook

Nissan Leaf Cars for NYC Driver’s Ed

October 23, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Exposure Many of These Students Have Had to Any Electric Vehicles’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Keith Kerman

To start the 2015 school season, DCAS [the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services] has partnered with the Department of Education to introduce electric cars for use in DOE driver education programs citywide. For the first time, NYC high school students are developing skills for their future while also driving the vehicle of the future.
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