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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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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MSRC: $10 Million for Near Zero NGVs

May 13, 2016 in Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, money available, NGVs, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency to Vote Thursday on Game Changer-Implementing Program
Aimed at Repowering Transit Buses and Refuse Trucks with ISLG NZ

Southern California’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee is to vote Thursday on a $10 million Clean Transportation Funding initiative to repower existing urban transit buses and refuse collection trucks with the new ISL G NZ – Near Zero – engine from Cummins Westport.

MSRC-logoMSRC wants to hasten deployment of the 8.9-liter engine variant  introduced and certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour (F&F, September 17).

“This newly commercialized heavy-duty natural gas engine offers ‘near-zero’ emission levels for ozone precursor and participate matter criteria air pollutants – 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards – reductions that are of are of critical air quality importance to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) region,” states a draft agenda for the May 19 meeting.


100 Refuse Trucks, 500 Buses?

Also according to the draft agenda, the Near Zero Engine Incentive Program will provide $7.5 million to repower transit buses with the ISL G NZ while $2.5 million will be allocated for refuse collection trucks.

MSRC expects to award $15,000 per qualifying urban transit bus and $25,000 per qualifying refuse collection truck.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

Current plans call for a program notice to be issued on June 3. Applications will be accepted beginning July 5 and ending January 6, 2017.

‘Game Changer’

The new Cummins Westport engine, especially combined with the use of RNG/renewable natural gas-biomethane fuel, is seen as a “game changer” for the challenge of deploying heavy vehicle capable of meeting ambitious state and federal clean air and greenhouse gas emissions targets.

A detailed Game Changer white paper by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates was released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this month (F&F, May 10).


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Source: MSRC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

EV Rebate Planned for New York State

April 12, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NYSERDA Cites Other States Offering $500 to $6,000

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is looking for help in crafting and running an electric vehicle rebate program. The agency notes that the state legislature has directed it to develop zero emission vehicle incentives, and that the 2016-2017 budget includes money for a ZEV rebate initiative.

NYSERDA wants a contractor top assist in evaluating its options “and, if New York State chooses to pursue a rebate program, to administer such a program.”

Up to $700,000 in NYSERDA funding is available.

Click image or here for NYSERDA electric vehicles webpage.

Click image or here for NYSERDA electric vehicles webpage.

The agency points out that New York is one of ten states that have adopted California’s ZEV Program regulations, and that under a program dubbed ChargeNY it has established a goal of deploying 3,000 EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment charging stations to support the 40,000 ZEVs required by the ZEV rules by 2018.

EVSE Support Is in Place

But, “While New York State has worked to break down market barriers to ZEV adoption by increasing infrastructure availability, developing appropriate supportive policies and regulations, and broadening customer awareness,” NYSERDA says, the state “has not offered rebates or other financial incentives for purchasing ZEVs.

“About ten other states offer cash incentives on top of the federal income tax credits available for ZEV purchases, ranging from about $500 to $6,000.”

Two Phases

Depending on the mix of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles, the agency says, the ZEV regulations call for the sale of approximately 10,000 ZEVs in New York State in the next 12 months, and approximately 15,000 ZEVs in the following 12 months. “This is a steep increase from the 3,000 to 4,000 ZEV sales per year in New York State from 2013 to 2015.

NYSERDA envisions a phase one exploratory phase, during which the contractor would provide guidance on program design and methods to engage such stakeholders as OEMs, car dealers, and car buyers. During the second phase, the contractor “would implement a rebate application and verification system, raise awareness of the rebate program among key stakeholders, and conduct and analyze program participant surveys.”

Proposals under NYSERDA RFP 3239 are due May 3.


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Source: NYSERDA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

CEC Wants Help with Hydrogen Fueling

April 8, 2016 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$17.3 Million for Light Duty Vehicle Fueling under ARFVTP

The California Energy Commission is looking to fund light duty hydrogen vehicle fueling infrastructure projects under ARFVTP, its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The agency has as much as $17.3 million under the latest solicitation, which covers capital investment in new fueling outlets as well as operation and maintenance support.


CEC-logo-since1975“This solicitation places a preference on hydrogen refueling stations that fill hydrogen refueling station coverage gaps and hydrogen refueling capacity gaps in California,” the agency says. CEC is working with the California Air Resources Board – making use of CARB’s CHIT, the California Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool – to determine the best locations for additional hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

CEC is hosting pre-application workshop on ARFVTP solicitation GFO-15-605 in Sacramento on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 26. Proposals are due July 15.


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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Nissan Leaf Deep Discounts This Month

March 8, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Up to 40% Off List in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Via Organizations’ Negotiated Discount Option

Buyers of all-electric Nissan Leaf cars in Minnesota and Wisconsin can get up to 40% off the retail price this month when combining the federal tax credit for EVs with a program run by partners including Drive Electric Minnesota, the local Twin Cities Clean Cites organization – and Kline Nissan, of Maplewood, Minn.
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EPA Has $26 Million for Cleaner Engines

March 7, 2016 in money available by Joe Annotti  |  No Comments

Diesel Is the Focus But Alt Fuel Replacements & Repowers Eligible Too,
Latest Round Marks Feds’ First Offer of Extra Money for Super-Low NOx

The U.S. EPA is anteing $26 million in the latest round of its Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The program is often referred to as DERA, for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act it implements. The goal is to help operators pay to repower or retrofit their legacy trucks, or deploy new ones with engines meeting current emissions standards.
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PG&E Arranges PHEV Truck Lease Program

February 5, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Focus Is on EDI Vehicles with Power Export Capability:
Lessors Will Be Able to Get PHEVs at Conventional Prices
AND They’ll Enjoy the Fuel-Savings Advantages for Ten Years

Pacific Gas & Electric, one of the leaders of a national drive by utilities to electrify their fleets, has helped arrange a new leasing program allowing smaller operators to reap the advantages of fuel-saving plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with power export capability – without paying extra.
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CEC Funding for Seaport Vehicles

February 3, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$18 Million with an Emphasis on Pre-Commercial Technologies,
Includes $2 Million for Natural Gas Vehicle Deployment Projects

The California Energy Commission is supporting fuel-saving and greenhouse gas-reducing technologies at the state’s ports, seeking to speed the commercialization of alternative propulsion technologies and technologies that achieve fuel savings of 40% or better.
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