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Karsan Bids to Build ‘American’ CNG Bus

May 12, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, manufacturing, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Turkish Company ‘Currently in Discussions with a U.S.-Based Manufacturer’

Turkey’s Karsan is gearing up to display a 42-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit bus at the UTIP Global Transport Summit next week in Montreal – and says it wants to build the “Sunshine” vehicle in the U.S. to meet federal “Buy America” funding requirements.

Lion Bus Eyes California Factory

February 14, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Literally Redefined School Bus Standards with Its eLion’

Top officials in Sacramento are talking up a plan whereby Quebec’s Lion Bus (Autobus Lion) would manufacture its eLion all-battery Type C school bus in California.

Cummins Westport Starts NZ Production

October 18, 2016 in manufacturing, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Near Zero’ Variant of 8.9-Liter ISL G Engine Is Building at Rocky Mount,
CEC Cites Emissions ‘Levels Near or Equal to Those of Zero Emission EVs’

Cummins Westport says that “orders are being processed and production of the ISL G Near Zero (NZ) NOx natural gas engine has commenced.” updated October 19

CWI-ISL-G-Near-Zero-engineThe new variant of the 8.9-liter engine is certified to California’s optional 0.02 grams of NOx per brake horsepower-hour – 90% lower than the current U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board requirements (F&F, September 17, 2015).

Game-Changing Solution

“The start of production of the ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine offers a game-changing solution for the reduction of urban tailpipe and engine related emissions,” Cummins Westport president Rob Neitzke said in a release.

“Combined with the reliability and operating improvements on the base ISL G engine, the ISL G Near Zero is now at the forefront of cost-effective and dependable emission reduction strategies in transit, medium-duty truck and refuse applications.”

First Fit or Retrofit

The ISL G NZ is manufactured at the Cummins Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It is available as a first fit engine with transit, shuttle and school bus, refuse and truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), or as an engine replacement (repower) for existing ISL G vehicles.

Coupled with RNG/Biomethane, CEC Sees ZEV Equivalency 

The California Energy Commission staff says in its draft 2017-2018 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (CEC-600-2016-007-SD), “Natural gas engines and emission control technologies that achieve the ARB optional low oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emission standard are now commercially available, and, when combined with biomethane fuel, can reduce the life-cycle emissions of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to levels near or equal to those of zero emission electric vehicles.” (emphasis added)

Click image or here for the CEC document (direct PDF link; see page 4).

Click image or here for the CEC document (direct PDF link; see page 4).

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Source: Cummins Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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.

Navistar Is to Build GM Cutaways in Ohio

June 10, 2016 in Companies, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘G Van’ to Be Built in Springfield, Ohio Starting Next Year

Navistar, increasing its role in light duty vehicles, said yesterday that it will manufacture GM’s “G Van” at its plant in Springfield, Ohio starting in the first half of 2017. Citing a multi-year contract, Navistar said it will recommission its second line at the facility, adding “at least” 300 jobs.

Cellulosic Ethanol: the Largest Plant

November 18, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Ethanol, industrial, manufacturing, Technology by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Serving as Benchmark for DuPont’s Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

DuPont opened the doors to the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world on Oct. 30. Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and other dignitaries celebrated the opening of the Nevada, Iowa-based biorefinery that will produce 30 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year. It’s considered one of the cleanest fuels in world, reducing carbon emissions by 90% compared to traditional fossil fuels.

Xalt Gears Up for Batteries for China

July 31, 2015 in batteries, Companies, EVs, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

300 Hires at Midland, Mich. Plant for China’s Hybrid Kinetic Group,
Which Is Taking First Lithium Titanate Cells by Former Dow Kokam

Michigan’s Xalt Energy is busily training approximately 300 new employees to fulfill a billion-dollar contract to supply large-format lithium ion battery cells to China’s Hybrid Kinetic Group for all-electric buses.

Xperion Is in Production in Ohio

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, manufacturing, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

X-Store Type IV Tanks at New 50,000-Square-Foot Plant in Heath

Xperion’s Kerry Emswiler, Sean Ellen, CEO Holger Garbrecht, Roland Scillo and Dwight Hansen at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

xperion’s Kerry Emswiler, Sean Ellen, CEO Holger Garbrecht, Roland Scillo and Dwight Hansen at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

xperion – the firm has trademarked the name with lower-case “x” – reported at ACT Expo that its all new 50,000-square-foot plant in Heath, Ohio is now fully operational, producing lightweight Type IV CNG cylinders.

The state-of-the-art facility is centrally located, close to several OEM factories. xperion is a member of Germany’s Avanco Group. It is one of the largest CNG cylinder manufacturers in the world.

The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

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