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GreenPower’s e-Bus Goes Commercial

August 29, 2017 in EVs, money available, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites 11 Commitments from Six Cal School Districts,
Predicts a Big Bump in Business Behind VW Settlement,
Leases Manufacturing Space and Prepares to Build More

Citing state agency funding, GreenPower Motor reports purchase commitments for 11 of its new Synapse 72 all-battery school buses from six California school districts – and predicts that money from the Volkswagen diesel settlement could give a big boost to the nascent battery school bus industry.

PERC Nozzle Money Runs Out June 30

June 2, 2017 in money available, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Funding of $1,000 Per Propane Autogas Hose-End Connector
To Encourage Fleet Use of Safer, Cleaner, Quick-Connect Units

“Time is running out for fleets to take advantage,” says PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council, noting that its Quick-Connect Nozzle Incentive program for propane autogas ends in just a few weeks.

FortisBC Funding for Gas: Land and Sea

April 10, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, Marine, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Some $47 Million in Incentives for Natural Gas Transportation

British Columbia’s FortisBC utility said today that it has some $47 million (Canadian; about $35.2 million U.S. at current rates) available to help reduce the capital costs associated with natural gas-powered road and off-road vehicles, marine vessels, and industrial engines.

Peterbilt NZ Trucks Can Get HVIP Bucks

March 24, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Models 520 & 320 with CWI’s ISL G Near Zero Engine
Eligible for Hybrid & Zero-Emission Incentive Money

Peterbilt Model 520 and 320 trucks powered by Cummins Westport’s 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, known as HVIP, the manufacturer reports.

PERC Doubles Its Propane Nozzle Offer

March 7, 2017 in money available, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleets Can Now Get $1,000 per Hose-End Connector

The Propane Education & Research Council is expanding its quick-connect nozzle incentive program for fleets and doubling the incentive amounts for applicants. Effective immediately, PERC says, operators of private fleets and public propane fueling stations may apply for the new incentives of $100 per tank-side connector and $1,000 per hose-end connector.

Toyota Plans H2 Fueling with Shell

February 21, 2017 in Companies, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven Stations Planned Using $16.36 Million from California Agency

Toyota said Monday that it’s looking forward to establishing seven retail fueling stations for hydrogen with Shell behind $16,362,500 in funding from the California Energy Commission.

The VW Settlement: Securing Funding

February 18, 2017 in money available, Special to Fleets & Fuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Boon for Fleets, Fuel Providers, Vehicle Makers, Technology’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Joe Annotti

The Volkswagen Settlement:
Identifying, Influencing, and Securing Funds

Volkswagen is near to finalizing the last of three settlements, amounting to $21.8 billion in penalties, which resulted from the German automaker’s use of “defect devices” in their 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel vehicles. While the majority of these funds will address civil claims, at least $2.7 billion will be directed to the Environmental Mitigation Trust, which will fund state-level clean transportation grant programs. These funds present the greatest opportunity for fleets and equipment owners to purchase new trucks, buses, vessels, locomotives, and other non-road equipment.

This article was originally published in this month’s issue of Fleet Owner.

This article was originally published in this month’s issue of Fleet Owner.

Though the funds will be a boon for fleets, fuel providers, vehicle makers, technology developers, questions still abound – How will the states distribute the funds? What types of projects will be eligible? When will the funding be available?

The following are funding priorities that will likely be seen across the nation:

  • States may first look to fund government and municipal fleets. The reason for that is simple: grants for these fleets can cover up to 100% of the cost of a new clean diesel or alternative fuel vehicle.
  • To help with administration of the funds, states may choose to funnel the VW funds into existing grant programs (e.g., the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan or Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program) rather than establish new VW-specific grant programs.
  • States may focus their funds in specific counties, rather than fund statewide projects, in order to more directly address NOx emissions. This will be especially true in states with ozone nonattainment areas.
  • States may allocate up to 15% of their VW funds to light-duty zero emission vehicle (ZEV) supply equipment, which includes equipment for both electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

These trends are not set in stone, however. Each state is required to solicit feedback from stakeholders on their funding priorities. Thus, now is the time to get in front of state agencies and advocate for funding.

Hurdles to Be Cleared

There are still a number of hurdles that have to be cleared – the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board must designate the Trustee, who will be responsible for managing the $2.7 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. Then each state must select its Beneficiary, which is the state-level agency that will design the grant programs that will distribute the settlement funds.

Joe Annotti, senior ascociate at GNA

Joe Annotti, senior ascociate at GNA

That timeline could stretch through summer, therefore it is expected the first rounds of grant funding will open in Fall 2017. But this extended timeline has not stopped the wheels from turning – states are beginning to engage with stakeholders and agencies are choosing what types of projects to fund first.

A Very Large Opportunity

Fuel providers, vehicle makers, technology developers, and others who are taking a “wait and see” approach are at risk of missing out on the biggest and best opportunity thus far – making your voices known to these agencies to make sure your fuels, vehicles, equipment, and charging technologies are included in each state’s list of eligible projects.

As to how much applicants can expect to receive per vehicle, there isn’t a clear answer yet. It’s ultimately up to each state to decide. That’s why companies who hope for funding should start now to work with state agencies. This is especially important because states will decide how much funding may be available for each type of vehicle or equipment.

The Time to Act Is Now

The bottom line? The time to act is now. Fuel providers, fleet managers, OEMs, and technology providers should review its strategic priorities and geographies. By looking into where your fleet wants to go and then building relationships with state agencies, you can set the groundwork for advancing your company’s goals and, ultimately, gaining access to the Volkswagen settlement funds.

Lastly, VW funds are finite – the financial boon from this emissions scandal can only go so far. However, federal and state grant opportunities will continue to exist in this space as agency leadership remains dedicated to alternative fuel and advanced technology projects. Therefore, engagement and collaboration with these state agencies will reap substantial benefits in the long run.

New York City-based Joe Annotti manages GNA’s Funding 360 program, which provides grant tracking, application, and reporting assistance for air-quality focused incentive opportunities. The Funding 360 Program has successfully won more than $350 million on behalf of clients at a success rate of 92%. Previously Joe worked at the U.S. EPA where he was responsible for the financial, environmental, and health benefits data created by $500 million in DERA/Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants.

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Source: GNA & Fleet Owner with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

More Orange EV Yard Trucks for Nolan

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money available, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Indiana Firm Operates Multiple Units, New York Approves Vouchers

Indiana-based Nolan Logistics is taking delivery of its either 100% battery-electric T-Series terminal truck, reports Kansas City-based manufacturer Orange EV.

VW Billions to Foster Natural Gas Vehicles?

October 21, 2016 in money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVAmerica Urges States to Take Advantage of Settlement

States should take advantage of the big diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen to promote natural gas vehicles to reduce pollution, says NGVAmerica.

New York State’s Andrew Cuomo was one of 50 governors urged to prioritize natural gas when using Volkswagen settlement money to promote heavy‐duty clean transportation projects.

New York State’s Andrew Cuomo was one of 50 governors urged to prioritize natural gas when using Volkswagen settlement money to promote heavy‐duty clean transportation projects.

The association notes that the VW settlement calls for establishment of a $2.7 billion EMT/Environmental Mitigation Trust to replace older diesel trucks, buses, and off-road equipment with cleaner alternatives. It has written to all 50 governors, urging them to take advantage of “an extraordinary opportunity to promote heavy-duty clean transportation projects.”

‘A Cost-Effective Path’

NGVAmerica wants to the states “to prioritize natural gas projects as part of this effort.”

“Clean-burning, domestic natural gas fuel offers a cost-effective path to reduce these emissions that were caused by non-compliant diesel engines,” state the letters from association president Matt Godlewski.

“NGVAmerica, he told the governors, “stands ready to help you develop opportunities for funding natural gas vehicle projects.”

‘The Best Option

“Given that the EMT has been created because of pollution associated with non-compliant diesel vehicles,” Godlewski said, “we believe that the best option for states is to use the funds to support clean, alternative transportation fuels like natural gas…

“Using the available EMT funds, states have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the use of new, low-NOx natural gas engines.”

CNG-fueled Golf offered by Volkswagen in Europe

CNG-fueled Golf offered by Volkswagen in Europe

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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

1.008 to Celebrate Nat’l Hydrogen Day

October 7, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Honda Pledges New Clarity Car, DoE Pledges $30 Million

Advocates of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel and hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric drivelines are gearing up for tomorrow, October 8, as National Hydrogen Day, “aptly chosen,” says the U.S. Department of Energy, for hydrogen’s atomic weight of 1.008.

Kore Biomethane: $25.5mm for RNG

September 2, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Game Changer, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wastewater Feed for Fuel for Near Zero Engine Vehicles

California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District has moved closer to supporting a $25.5 million Kore Infrastructure project to produce RNG/renewable natural gas from municipal waste-derived biomethane – and use it to power vehicles with the new Near Zero variant of the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine.

KoreInfrastructure-logoSCAQMD proposes to ante $1 million, plus $1.5 million from the BP Arco Settlement Projects Fund, in support of the project in Rialto, immediately west of San Bernardino. Kore’s share is $23 million.

“Kore Infrastructure is proposing to construct a new full-scale modular biomethane production facility in Rialto, using a proprietary process developed and demonstrated over a six-year period at a local wastewater plant,” AQMD says.

‘A Fully Integrated System’ for RNG Production

“The proposed facility will utilize a fully integrated system to process biosolids into RNG, utilizing biosolids from local wastewater agencies and converting the energy into RNG that can be used locally as transportation fuel in the next generation natural gas engines that are certified to achieve 90% lower NOx emissions than the existing 2010 heavy-duty engine exhaust emissions standard.”

Kore has a patented five-state process, the agency notes, consisting of material handling, drying, pyrolysis, pyrolysis gas conversion to RNG, and compression.

Cummins Westport ISL G NZ

Cummins Westport ISL G NZ

Game Changer

SCAQMD and partner agencies are already backing the placement of transit and refuse vehicles with the Cummins Westport ISL G NZ (F&F, May 13), and shortly after the engine’s certification was announced last year moved to support development of a Near Zero variant of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G (F&F, October 13, 2015).

Advantages of the Near Zero-biomethane combination of combination have been detailed by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates in a 192-page white paper dubbed Game Changer (F&F, May 10). SCAQMD helped fund GNA’s Game Changer initiative, as did the Southern California Gas and Pacific Gas and Electric utilities, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, the American Gas Association, Agility Fuel Systems and Clean Energy Fuels.

GNA president Cliff Gladstein and SCAQMD deputy executive officer for science & technology Matt Miyasato at the special Game Changer session at ACT Expo 2016 this past May (F&F, May 10).

GNA president Cliff Gladstein and SCAQMD deputy executive officer for science & technology Matt Miyasato at the special Game Changer session at ACT Expo 2016 this past May (F&F, May 10).

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Source: SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Orange EV Is Now Cal HVIP-Eligible

August 24, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Incentives of $95,000 Per Battery Electric Truck,
Plus New Trucks Are Available as Well as Repowers

Kansas City-based Orange EV said this morning that its 100% battery electric T-Series Class 8 terminal truck in eligible for $95,000 in purchase support in California via HVIP, the state’s Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

The vehicles have been operating for 24 hours or more per charge in railroad intermodal, LTL freight, manufacturing, retail distribution, waste management and warehouse container handling applications, the company says.

Pure battery-electric Orange EV yard hostler takes a charge.

Pure battery-electric Orange EV yard hostler takes a charge.

“Businesses and organizations with fleets in California can get a preliminary voucher amount of $95,000 per truck, increasable up to $120,000 and stackable with other incentive programs to lower initial purchase price,” states today’s release.

An Easy Application Process

“California HVIP vouchers dramatically simplify and speed up the process of obtaining funds, thereby accelerating vehicle deployment,” chief commercial officer Mike Saxton says in the announcement.

“Orange EV’s T-series and the corresponding voucher amount are all pre-approved, eliminating uncertainty and enabling fleets to execute deployment plans without having to go out-of-pocket for the additional capital,” he said.

Make It Up on Fuel

“The balance can be financed, further reducing initial cash outlay and helping fleets pay the balance from savings in large expense items like diesel fuel,” the company says.

Orange EV spread the word last week that it is now offering new-chassis vehicles, as well as upfits of existing terminal trucks to full battery power.

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Source: Orange EV with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Texas Group Seeks EVSE Partnerships

August 9, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NCTCOG Goal Is a Team Effort on DoE Funding Opportunity

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is looking to form a partnership to respond to a U.S. Department of Energy funding opportunity for EVSE – electric vehicle supply equipment (EV chargers).

Federal $4.5 Billion for EVs and EVSE

July 22, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments, milestones, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Up to $4.5 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Charging,
Dozens of OEMs, Utilities, Government Groups Joining
Together to Support ‘An Unprecedented Set of Actions’

The Obama Administration is maintaining its support for electric vehicles with gusto, detailing yesterday a plan for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities.

CEC Offers Money for Off-Road NGVs

July 15, 2016 in CNG, industrial, LNG, money available, NGVs, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Existing Heavy Duty NGV Gear to be Adapted for Off-Road Use
In the Los Angeles Area & Central Valley, and at Ports & Bases

California’s South Coast (i.e. the Los Angeles area), the Central valley, ports and military bases are the emphases as the California Commission is offering $4 million to support R&D into off-road natural gas vehicles. The goal is to apply existing commercial technology for heavy duty NGVs to the off-road sector.

CEC-logo-since1975-119x107CEC notes that “the state’s most severely polluted regions, the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast air basins, require extensive deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission technologies to meet current and future clean air standards.”

Projects funded under the new grant funding opportunity, Off-Road Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Research and Development (GFO-16-501) “should incorporate advanced low emission engine technology currently available for heavy-duty on-road vehicles.

Two Workshops this Month

“Existing advanced natural gas engine technologies could be adapted to provide this market segment with a natural gas engine option capable of exceeding current, Tier 4, emission regulations while simultaneously meeting the performance needs of off-road applications,” the agency says.

  • CEC is holding a workshop at the South Coast Air Quality Management District office in Diamond Bar on the morning of Tuesday, July 26.
  • CEC is holding a workshop at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District office in Modesto on the morning of Friday, July 29.

“Specifically, this solicitation will focus on heavy-duty off-road vehicles that are used in distribution hubs, including but not limited to ports, freight facilities, military hubs, commodity yards and agricultural locations,” the agency states.

The deadline to submit written questions is August 1.

GFO-16-501 applications are due September 9.

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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

$50 Million SCAQMD Webinar June 23

June 10, 2016 in event, money available, trucking, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Free Session on Money for Trucks and TRUs Replacement

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is presenting a complimentary one-hour webinar to help applicants learn about the $50 million in new Proposition 1B funding for the replacement of heavy-duty goods movement trucks and transport refrigeration units. The webinar takes place on Thursday, June 23 at 2:00pm Pacific time.

Redeem Five Years for Big Blue Bus

June 3, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biomethane, CNG, Fleet Order, Game Changer, LNG, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five-Year Contract to Support 100-Plus ‘Near Zero’ Vehicles
With Gillig to Supply the First 25 Forty-Footers by Year-End,
MRSC Affirms Plan to Support Bus & Refuse Truck Repowers

Clean Energy Fuels has secured a five-year contract to supply its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas – aka biomethane – to the Big Blue Bus transit line in Santa Monica, Calif. The fuel supply pact is worth an estimated $3 million per year, Clean Energy says. updated June 6

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