ACT News 2017

NGVs

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.
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Tesla Touts ‘Semi,’ NGVA Is Skeptical

November 18, 2017 in EVs, NGVs, Opinion, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Pronouncements Grab Headlines and Not Much Else,’ Says Gage
After Elon Musk Introduces a 500-Mile All-Battery Class 8 Truck

New NGVAmerica president Dan Gage came out swinging after Tesla said Thursday that it would introduce the Class 8 “Semi,” touted as “the safest, most comfortable truck ever,” with range up to 500 miles, to the over-the-road market with production commencing in 2019.

This item was initially posted on November 17
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Agility CNG Tanks for Phoenix New Flyers

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility to Supply Fuel Cylinders for as Many as 396 Buses

New Flyer of America has disclosed a contract to supply, through a joint procurement, as many as 396 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot Xcelsior brand buses to the City of Phoenix and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority – aka RPTA, or Valley Metro.

This item was initially posted on November 15
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CLNE’s Redeem RNG for DFW Airport Fleet

November 17, 2017 in Airports, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Fuel for the Airport’s Fleet Vehicles
As Pact to Support Public-Access Stations Extended

Clean Energy Fuels said today that the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas is the first airport outside California to use the company’s Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas.
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Trillium for FWTA’s CNG Station Upgrade

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Early Transit Adopter’s Private Station Is Getting a Makeover
With Ariel Compressors by ANGI & J-W Power, TGT Dispensers

Following a competitive solicitation process, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Texas has selected Love’s Trillium CNG to provide a series of upgrades to its private compressed natural gas fueling facility.
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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.
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HHP: GFS for Terex 4400 Truck on LNG

November 6, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Mining, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

An Initial Six Vehicles to Be Converted at a Mine in India

Florida’s GFS Corp says it’s designing an Evo-MT LNG-diesel dual fuel system for the “Terex unit Rig 4400 model haul truck,” and that six such vehicles will be converted for liquefied natural gas operation at a mine in India.

GFS Corp’s Evo-MT system on a Komatsu 9300 mine haul truck



“The first six trucks are scheduled to begin operating on LNG in early 2018 and the project is slated to expand in the near future to over fifty trucks,” GFS says.

The company describes its Evo-MT for mine trucks as “an integrated system consisting of onboard fuel storage and vaporization in addition to controls and safety systems that allow the truck to operate on a combination of LNG and diesel fuel, or NG+D operation.”

Enough LNG for a 12-Hour Shift

The Evo-MT 4400 system will provide 259 usable U.S. gallons of onboard LNG storage, GFS says, enough to complete a 12-hour shift.

GFS Corp currently offers retrofit systems for Caterpillar 777B, C and D, 785B, C and D, 793B, C and D trucks and 992G and K wheel loaders, as well as Komatsu 830DC, AC and 930E trucks.

Cummins QSK60

“To date,” GFS says, “the various Evo-MT Systems have successfully logged well over 400,000 hours in actual mining operations in environments with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to above 100 degrees F.”

According to one internet source, the Terex 4400 is powered by a Cummins QSK60 engine.

HHP Summit 2017 in Jacksonville Right Now

Want to know more about natural gas for mine trucks and other fuel-thirsty applications? The sixth Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit gets underway today, and runs through November 9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

The HHP Summit series is organized and hosted by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

Full Roster of GNA Contacts for HHP Summit 2017


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Source: GFS Corp with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Catalina Pacific: 118 CNG Concrete Mixers

November 3, 2017 in CNG, concrete, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Kenworth T880S Chassis, McNeilus Bodies, Agility Tanks

Catalina Pacific says it will have 118 new compressed natural gas-fueled concrete mixer trucks in service by year-end, noting that 52 of the trucks are already at work in the Los Angeles area.
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Clean Energy Does More for the U.S. Mail

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

‘Multiple Fueling Agreements’ with Contractors in Four States

Clean Energy Fuels has signed “multiple fueling agreements” with U.S. Postal Service contract carriers in Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, the company said yesterday, “increasing the total number of USPS carriers fueling with Clean Energy now to 15.”

No fewer than 15 contract carrier for the U.S. Postal Service get natural gas for their trucks from Clean Energy Fuels, the company reported yesterday.



Signing new deals with Clean Energy are

  • C. Blackburn Trucking Associates, which is to will fuel four of their Class-8 heavy-duty trucks at Clean Energy’s John F. Kennedy International Airport station;
  • G&P Trucking of Springfield, Mo., which is to fuel at Clean Energy’s CNG/compressed natural gas station at the Will Roger’s Airport in Oklahoma City;
  • Thunder Ridge Transport, a 150-truck carrier servicing 13 states, also based in Springfield, Mo. Clean Energy says the company will fuel 20 new CNG trucks at Clean Energy’s Dallas-Fort Worth station; and
  • St. Augustine, Fla.-based Postal Fleet Services, “one of the largest USPS carriers,” which is adding CNG trucks to its fleet fueling in Texas and Florida.

“The United States Postal Service takes our sustainability goals very seriously,” USPS surface transportation manager Bridget Rice says in the Clean Energy announcement. “Our carriers live in the very same communities we serve, and we continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment.

“Since 2005,” she said, “we have increased the use of alternative fuels by 141%, and we are encouraged that our contract-carriers are using alternative fuels as well.”

Good for the Air, and Good for Business

“Businesses that require goods to be transported, such as the USPS, continue to demand cleaner fleets in their supply-chain,” said Clean Energy sustainability chief Ashley White.

“Fleets realize that by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions as well as NOx by switching to natural gas, they not only help the environment, but they’re also winning more business.”


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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Mack Offers L9N on Two Refuse Models

November 1, 2017 in milestones, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cummins Westport Engine for the Mack TerraPro and LR

Mack Trucks says it’s taking orders now for its TerraPro and LR refuse truck models with the 8.9-liter L9N engine from Cummins Westport. Mack made the announcement at October’s 2017 Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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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.”
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LA’s Big New Flyers: Both CNG & Electric

October 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As Many as 300 New CNG Buses, and 100 Electrics,
All to Be the Manufacturer’s 60-Foot Xcelsior Model

New Flyer of America took the occasion of this month’s APTA/American Public Transportation Association exhibition in Atlanta this month to trumpet big new orders for 60-foot Xcelsior buses from LA Metro, California’s the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: as many as 300 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, and as many as 100 battery-electric vehicles.
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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.
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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.”
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NGVAmerica Names Gage New President

September 13, 2017 in NGVs, people by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Daniel Gage from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers,
Mitchell Pratt of Clean Energy Fuels Is Association Chairman

NGVAmerica has named Daniel Gage as its new president. He comes onboard mid-month, having served as senior director of communications and public affairs with the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers since 2011.

Daniel Gage

“Gage takes over leadership of NGVAmerica at an important time in the organization’s 30-year history as the nation’s leading organization driving the use of natural gas as a clean, domestic, safe and abundant transportation fuel,” states a release.

“Dan’s deep experience in moving positive initiatives through a variety of channels will be critical as NGVAmerica continues to push for policies that make natural gas fuel more available to the transportation market,” association chair (and Clean Energy Fuels COO) Mitchell Pratt says in the announcement.

‘Defining Moment’

“As alternative fuels grab more and more headlines about their potential, it is imperative that our industry communicates the many ways natural gas is the superior choice for fleets that are looking to make a positive impact on the environment and to save money today and into the future,” Pratt said.

“It’s a defining moment for natural gas in transportation,” said Gage, as “natural gas remains the cleanest commercially available transportation option, costing – on average – one third less than other fuels.”

“Domestically-sourced, natural gas delivers superior performance and offers the most cost-effective NOx emissions reductions as compared to diesel or electric options.”


Mitch Pratt


Capitol Hill Experience Too

Gage holds more than 20 years of experience in government and community relations and public affairs, “building effective teams and developing comprehensive messaging campaigns,” NGVAmerica says, “to shape policy at all levels of government.”

Prior to joining the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Gage was a senior staff member in the Washington office of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as government relations VP for JA Green. His background includes a decade of Congressional experience.

NGVAmerica kicked off the search for new leadership at ACT Expo this past spring (F&F, May 8).


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ANG Opens CNG Outlet in Fontana

September 9, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public-Access ANGI-Ariel Station East of Los Angeles
Is Designed for High-Volume Users in an ‘Industry Hub’

American Natural Gas is promising a “premium fueling experience” at its new compressed natural gas fueling outlet, a public-access station in Fontana, east of Los Angeles.
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Long Beach Opens TruStar CNG Station

September 8, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, municipal fleet, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Private Time-Fill Station for Refuse Trucks and Street Sweepers

The city of Long Beach, Calif. has opened its new compressed natural gas station, a private facility for time-fill fueling at the city’s Temple/Willow Yard.
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