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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

California Releases 2016 ZEV Action Plan

October 18, 2016 in EVs, milestones, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘1.5 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on California Roadways By 2025:’
‘Transportation Electrification Beyond Individual Passenger Vehicles’

Click image or here to access the 2016 ZEV Action Plan (direct PDF link).

Click image or here to access California’s 2016 ZEV Action Plan (direct PDF link).

California Governor Jerry Brown has released a new plan for zero-emission vehicles in the state. The document detail “new actions” to help “build California’s ZEV market, remove barriers to future market growth and ensure this transition benefits our state and its residents.”

The goal is 1.5 million ZEVs, both hydrogen fuel cell and fully battery electric vehicles, “on California Roadways By 2025,” states the 2016 ZEV Action Plan.

More State Fleet ZEVs

The Plan addresses medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as zero-emission technologies for public transit and freight transport: “While light-duty ZEVs are the most visible step forward toward transportation electrification, the state’s transportation and climate goals require a broad, multi-modal approach to transportation electrification beyond individual passenger vehicles.

The plan includes six broad goals for the California state government to advance ZEVs:

  • achieve mainstream consumer awareness of ZEV options and benefits;
  • make ZEVs an affordable and attractive option for drivers;
  • ensure convenient charging and fueling Infrastructure for greatly expanded use of ZEVs;
  • maximize economic and job opportunities from ZEV technologies;
  • bolster ZEV market growth outside of California; and
  • lead by example integrating ZEVs in to state government – with the establishment of “new goals for state fleet ZEV purchases so that 50% of annual light-duty fleet purchases are ZEVs by 2025.” (emphasis added)

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Source: Office of Governor Jerry Brown with F&F follow-up

NYC Fleet’s 500 EVs, ePrix Signed for 2017

September 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mayor Vows to Grow to ‘Nearly 1,000 by the End of 2017’
As All Non-Emergency Sedan Orders Are to Be for EVs,
Brooklyn Will Host Two Fia Formula E Races in 2017 Too

New York City is racing ahead with its NYC Clean Fleet, “a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city.” The City is announcing this week that it now operates more than 500 EVs, and that all of its non-emergency sedan orders in fiscal year 2017 will be electric.

Workhorse Reports 200-Unit E-Gen Sale

September 15, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Purchase Order with a Major Industrial Company’

Workhorse has “entered into a purchase order with a major industrial company” for 200 of its E-Gen range-extended electric trucks, the company said in an SEC filing earlier this month.

XL3 Diesel Reach Van Has DoE Backing

September 15, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small Business Vouchers Pilot on Isuzu-Utilimaster Platform

XL Hybrids reports funding from the U.S. Department of Energy under DoE’s SBV/Small Business Vouchers Pilot program. XL’s efficiency-boosting hybrid electric upfit, tradenamed XL3, will be tested at DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory on an Isuzu Reach commercial van with Utilimaster body.

ChargePoint, BMW, VW Wrap Corridors

September 13, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly 100 DC Fast-Charge Units on East & West Coasts

ChargePoint and BMW said today that they’ve completed, with partner Volkswagen, electric vehicle charging corridors on the East and West Coats of the United States.

'Take an electric road trip...' graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

‘Take an electric road trip…’ graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

EV drivers “can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors,” states a release, “with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations as part of the Express Charging Corridors Initiative.”

Both 24- and 50-kilowatt units are available, depending on location. The ECCI project was announced early last year (F&F, January 23, 2015).

Branches from the main Corridors extend to such popular destinations as Cape Cod, the Hamptons, and the Jersey Shore in the East, and to Lake Tahoe and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California, the partners note.

50-Mile Intervals

“The chargers are strategically positioned both within and between relevant metropolitan areas, spaced approximately 50 miles apart, in convenient locations with access to restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more,” the companies says.

The DC fast-charge stations “have been installed within a few miles of major highways, prioritizing both safety and convenience.”

‘An Easy Choice for Anyone’

“We make driving electric an easy choice for anyone,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano says in today’s announcement. “The Express Charging Corridors extend the power of the existing ChargePoint network to simplify long-distance travel for EV drivers and enable more people to make an EV their primary vehicle.”

BMW, VW and ChargePoint say they “are providing drivers with the ability and confidence to enjoy longer distance driving and recharge their electric vehicles quickly, ultimately leading to greater electric vehicle adoption.”

ChargePoint notes that its customer EV drivers “have completed more than 18 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 17.3 million gallons of gasoline and driving over 430 million gas-free miles.” The company late last month installed its 30,000th EV charging station (F&F, August 30).

Specific corridor locations can be located on the ChargePoint website.

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Source: ChargePoint & BMW 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.

ChargePoint Boasts 30,000 Charge Points

August 30, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Mission Is to Get Everyone Behind the Wheel of an EV’

ChargePoint is celebrating the installation of its 30,000th electric vehicle charging station. The company says it’s powered 407 million gasoline-free miles for more than 450,000 EVs on U.S. roads. updated August 31

Love’s-Trillium CNG for Huge Via Station

August 16, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven 700-Horsepower Ariel JGA Compressors
To Support as Many as 500 New Nova Bus Vehicles,
Station to Be ‘Largest CNG Dispensing Facility in the U.S.’

Trillium CNG, now a unit of Love’s, will add a new compressed natural gas system to a private fueling station now operated by Via Metropolitan Transit, in San Antonio.

APG: 100 WW Trucks, and 100 Million Miles

August 12, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Dual Fuel, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dual Milestones for the American Power Group’s
Dual Fuel Technology Allowing 13- 15-Liter Engines
For the Heaviest Hauling to Run Largely on Natural Gas

The American Power Group’s largest customer, WW Transport, Inc. is now operating more than 100 trucks converted to compressed natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation using APG’s turbocharged engine equipment, APG said Wednesday.

Ryder’s 100 Million Miles on Natural Gas

August 9, 2016 in CNG, Companies, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Commercial Fleet Outsourcing Provider’ to Do So

Ryder System said this morning that its natural gas truck fleet has logged more than 100 million miles, and is “the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this significant milestone.

Frito-Lay CNG Fleet’s 100 Million Miles

August 5, 2016 in CNG, Companies, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Food Giant Supports CNG Market with Public Fueling Stations

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay unit said yesterday that its compressed natural gas truck fleet this month reached the milestone of more than 100 million miles in the U.S. And, the company said, “Critical to the expansion of Frito-Lay’s CNG fleet has been the development of a national infrastructure for alternative fuel.”

UPS Tops a Billion ‘Rolling Lab’ Miles

August 2, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Companies, Hybrids, LNG, milestones, NGVs, propane autogas, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

AFVs Make Equivalent of 4,000 Trips to the Moon,
Account for Some 12% of Fleet’s Total Fuel Usage

UPS said today that it’s achieved its “Rolling Laboratory” goal of one billion in-service miles a year ahead of schedule, marking more than a decade of learning about natural gas, propane, and electric drive and hybrid vehicles.

GM Reports 100,000 Chevy Volt Sales

August 2, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Model to Reach Milestone for Plug-In Vehicles:’
‘Foundation’ of an EV Family Including All-Battery Bolt

Chevrolet announced total sales of 100,000 range-extended Volt electric vehicles yesterday, stating that the plug-in hybrid EV is the “first model to reach milestone for plug-in vehicles.”

With 100,000 vehicles on the road, Volt drivers have saved nearly 58 million gallons of fuel, GM says.

With 100,000 vehicles on the road, Volt drivers have saved nearly 58 million gallons of fuel, GM says.

“Not only is the Volt a class-creator, it serves as the foundation of a Chevrolet electric family that will soon add the first long-range, affordable EV available to customers across the U.S., the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” Chevrolet cars and crossovers marketing director Steve Majoros said in a release.

Since sales of the Chevrolet Volt began, owners have driven almost 1.5 billion miles in EV mode of a total 2.5 billion cumulative miles.

More Battery Range in 2017

The second-generation Volt for 2017 “improves on the pioneering work of the original,” adding additional electric-only range, improved fuel economy of 106 mpg-e and 42 mpg, and a chassis that’s lighter by 220 pounds.

Chevrolet says it expects that the average 2017 Volt driver who fully charges the car regularly to travel more than 1,000 miles between gasoline fill-ups.

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Source: GM/Chevrolet with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NCWM, Finally, Approves the DGE

August 2, 2016 in CNG, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVAmerica Commends Weights & Measure Action
On Long-Sought Diesel Gallon Equivalent Recognition

The National Conference on Weights and Measures has voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as motor fuel, ending a long-running effort by NGVAmerica and others to simplify the sale, especially of liquefied natural gas.

Thomas Built Type C CNG Deliveries Begin

July 29, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North Kansas City Is Taking 110 of the New Units:
All Funding Via Daimler Financial with No Grants

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses is celebrating the sale – and start of deliveries – of 110 of its new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses to the North Kansas City School District.

Genovation Breaks 200-MPH EV Barrier

July 29, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GXE Corvette Achieves 205.6 Miles per Hour in Florida

Genovation said Thursday that its all-electric, Corvette-bodied GXE – the Genovation Extreme Electric car – achieved a record-breaking speed of 205.6 mph during supervised tests with Johnny Bohmer Racing in Florida.

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