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Bizjets Fly Green to the EBACE Static

May 27, 2017 in Aviation, Biofuels, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bombardier Talks Up Its ‘Commitment to Sustainability’

Bombardier Business Aircraft flew Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets powered by a biofuel blend to last week’s EBACE 2017 event in Geneva. The used cooking oil-based fuel was supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG biofuels via EBACE exhibitor AEG Fuels.
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Workhorse to Ride with Ryder System

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Half-Ton W-15 PHEV Pickup Is Unveiled at ACT Expo 2017,
Ryder System Is to Distribute & Service the Workhorse Line

Workhorse unveiled its half-ton W-15 PHEV pickup at ACT Expo on Tuesday, as Ryder System said it would serve as both distributor and support partner for the W-15 and other Workhorse products.
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OptiFuel for IHB’s CNG Locomotives

April 25, 2017 in CNG, Companies, milestones, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hexagon for Type IVs, ANGI for Fueling Stations
Among the Key Partners for a Pioneering Project
For Natural Gas-Powered Rail in the Chicago Area

OptiFuel Systems is this week publicizing its role in a pioneering project for compressed natural gas-fueled switcher locomotives operated in and around Chicago by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad.
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SunLine H2 Buses, Hydrogenics H2

April 21, 2017 in Electric Drive, event, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, milestones, money awarded, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$12.5 Million for Five Hydrogen Fuel Cell New Flyers
With Hydrogenics Stacks and Hydrogen Supply Gear

Timed for Earth Day tomorrow, SunLine Transit Agency is today celebrating the award of a $12.5 million California Climate Investments grant for five zero-emission, New Flyer transit buses, with onboard fuel cell stacks and new renewable hydrogen generating and dispensing gear from Hydrogenics.
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Trillium for PennDot, Earth Day CNG 99¢

April 20, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of 29, in Johnstown, Will Support CamTran CNG Buses
As Trillium CNG Offers 99¢ Fuel at Ten Stations for Earth Day

Love’s Trillium CNG has opened the first of 29 compressed natural gas fueling stations it’s building for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The company also said today that it will serve up CNG fuel for just 99¢ per gasoline gallon equivalent at ten of its outlets this Saturday, April 22.
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Workhorse W-15 PHEV Prelim Specs

April 14, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Electric Drive, event, EVs, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Building Anticipation for Early May ACT Expo Launch

The clean-slate W-15 PHEV pickup will have 80 miles of all-electric range, achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 75 MPGe/miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent in all-electric mode, will have true four-wheel drive, and be equipped for 7.2 kilowatts of export power, according to preliminary specs released this week.
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Honda’s Clarity EVs Join H2 Fuel Cell Car

April 14, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric Unveiled:
‘Series Provides Unparalleled Electric Drive Choice’
As Two-Motor Hybrid Electric Truck Is Promised Too

American Honda has expanded its line of Clarity-badged electric drive vehicles beyond the hydrogen-fueled Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, establishing a three-model line of five-passenger midsize sedans including the new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid PHEV and all-battery Clarity Electric car.
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CARB Stands By Its Clean Car Standards

March 28, 2017 in EVs, milestones, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Moving Ahead with GHG Rules and ZEV Program

California is sticking to its guns when it comes to clean vehicles, as the California Air Resources Board has voted unanimously to continue with its vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards and zero-emission vehicle program for cars and light trucks sold in the state, through 2025.


CARB’s Mary Nichols

“The action ensures that California and 12 other states that follow its vehicle regulations, together accounting for a third of the U.S. auto market, will move forward greenhouse gas emission standards adopted in the 2012 process involving the federal government, California and the automakers,” states a release.

CARB also voted to support the expansion of the zero-emission vehicle marketplace before 2025, “calling for redoubling current efforts underway to support market growth and paving the way for new regulations to rapidly increase the number of zero-emission vehicles required to be sold in California after 2025.”

“Today ARB affirmed the technical reviews done by our own and EPA staff, as well as the work of independent analysts,” CARB Chair Mary Nichols says in an agency announcement.

“We invite the global industry to bring us their best cars and trucks and take advantage of the willingness of our leaders to provide a broad range of incentives to help make these vehicles affordable.

“And we also invite them to come sit down with us if they have specific concerns about implementation of the existing regulations that can be addressed without weakening the impact overall. The program,” she said, “is delivering cleaner cars that save consumers money and are fun to drive.”

CARB also voted to pursue policies to support more than 4 million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2030, and established a goal to continue reducing average fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles by 4% to %5 per year between 2025 and 2030.


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Source: CARB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Daylight Transport’s BYD Battery Trucks

March 28, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Than 60 All-Electric Vehicles, Including Forklifts

BYD is talking up placement of more than sixty 100% battery electric vehicles, including three dozen forklifts, with Southern California’s Daylight Transport.
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TTSI Tests Low-NOx ISX12 G on Redeem

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, Game Changer, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Trucking Industry Is Facing Hard Choices,’ Says CEO:
New CWI Engine Combined with RNG Seen as Viable Answer

Southern California’s Total Transportation Services, Inc., is testing a low-NOx variant of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from CWI/Cummins Westport, Inc., the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition reports. TTSI, Cal NGVC notes, is one of largest drayage trucking companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. updated March 27


TTSI’s re-powered Freightliner Cascadia

The low-NOx ISX12 G is a field test unit, says a CWI spokesman. It has been installed in a Freightliner Cascadia tractor. It is fueled with LNG/liquefied natural gas. TTSI is using “Redeem” brand fuel, made with RNG/renewable natural gas supplied by Clean Energy Fuels, says a Clean Energy source.

Hauler at the Forefront

TTSI has long been an alternative fuel pioneer, committing to LNG/liquefied natural gas trucks for the ports nearly a decade ago (F&F, August 18, 2008) and later testing hydrogen fuel cell trucks for drayage operations (F&F, August 1, 2011).

According the company website, TTSI currently operates 57 LNG tractors.

As Clean as a Battery Truck?

Available for order later this year, the 11.9-liter engine is expected to be certified by the California Air Resources Board to produce 90% less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines – “equivalent,” says Cal NGVC, “to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.”

“The trucking industry is facing hard choices on how we are going to reduce our emissions impact, especially here in Southern California,” TTSI president and CEO Vic La Rosa says in the association article.

‘Quickest and Most Affordable Way to Cut Our NOx’

“We believe the quickest and most affordable way to cut our NOx emissions to essentially zero is with the new CWI engine and renewable natural gas (RNG).

Cummins Westport’s 11.9-liter ISX12 G hit the market in 2012/2013 (F&F, December 19, 2012). Production of the low-NOx variant – the ISX12G Near Zero? – is to start early next year.

“We’ve successfully operated natural gas trucks in the San Pedro ports since the last Clean Trucks program in 2008, and it’s great that we now have a dramatically improved engine and an even cleaner fuel with renewable natural gas,” La Rosa said.

Next Year for the Low-NOx ISX12 G

Late last year Cummins Westport began full production of the low-NOx variant of its 8.9-liter engine, offering it as the ISL G Near Zero (F&F, October 18). Engines have been shipped to bus and refuse truck OEMs. The ISX12 G low-NOx engine is based on the 12-liter ISX12 G first introduced in 2012, Cal NGVC says. Production is to start early next year.

“CWI anticipates a large demand for this heavy-duty alternative-fuel truck engine,” the association says.

With Biomethane, It’s a Game-Changer

“We understand the importance of reducing NOx emissions, especially here in California and in the middle of one of the busiest transportation corridors in the nation,” said Cummins Westport president Rob Neitzke.

“This 12-liter engine, designed for heavy-duty trucks, can also reduce GHG methane emissions by 70% or more when run on renewable natural gas,” he said.

“We are also running field tests with other fleets in other applications,” a CWI spokesman told F&F, noting that production is to commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Learn More, Much More, at ACT Expo

Learn much more about the potential for low-NOx engine fueled by RNG at the special Game Changer Summit 2.0 session at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday, May 1. CWI and TTSI chiefs Neitzke and La Rosa are among the scheduled speakers.

ACT Expo itself runs May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Cal NGVC via NGV Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Van Oord Orders LNG Crane Vessel

March 24, 2017 in Fleet Order, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Firm’s First, and Is Being Built in The Netherlands

Rotterdam-based Van Oord has ordered its first liquefied natural gas-fueled vessel, the 224-foot (68.4-meter) Werkendam, now under construction at the Neptune shipyard in in Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
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Crowley Launches First of Its LNG Pair

March 23, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

El Coquí, First Commitment-Class Ship, Is Now in the Water,
New Eagle LNG Plant in Jacksonville Will Support ConRo Vessels

Crowley Maritime this week launched El Coqui, the first of its two liquefied natural gas-fueled Commitment-class cargo vessels, at the VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. El Coquí is to be delivered for Caribbean service later this year and a sister ship, Taíno, in the first half of 2018.
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Honda to Unveil New EVs Next Month

March 16, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, event, EVs, Hydrogen, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Clarity’ Line to Debut at New York Auto Show

American Honda will unveil its new line of “Clarity” electric vehicles at the New York International Auto Show, which runs April 14-23 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
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EVgo Fields High- Power ABB Charger

March 1, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, milestones, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

At 150 Kilowatts, It’s Triple the Standard DC Fast Charger
With the Potential for a Super-Fast 350-Kilowatt Upgrade

EVgo, which claims the nation’s largest network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers, reported an EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment milestone with the deployment of a 150-kilowatt research unit from ABB in Fremont, Calif. – “providing a charge which is three times faster than what is available today.” updated March 3
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XL Hybrids PHEV for the Ford F-150 First

February 28, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones, New Products, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘XLP’ Plug-In Hybrid Technology Promises a 50% Fuel Savings

XL Hybrids will launch the plug-in variant of its add-on fuel-saving drive on the Ford F-150 pickup, beginning with model year 2017 trucks, the company says. updated March 6
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Wave WEVC for AVTA Gets UL Field Nod

February 27, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

High-Power Wireless Charging for AVTA’s BYD Buses

Salt-Lake City-based Wave reports UL/Underwriters Laboratories field evaluation certification of its 50-kilowatt unit for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
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BC Ferries Runs LNG, Bunkers with LNG

February 24, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

April for First of Three Newbuilds to Enter Service
As Agency Plans Retrofits of Two Flagship Vessels

“We intend to enter service fully on LNG,” says BC Ferries engineering VP Mark Wilson. His Vancouver-area agency is conducting training and sea trials now of Salish Orca, the first of three 353-foot (107-meter), liquefied natural gas-fueled Wärtsilä-powered vessels built by Remontowa in Gdansk, Poland.
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