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Mercedes’ Battery Bus: the Citaro E-Cell

November 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Production Is Planned ‘Towards the End of Next Year,’
Manufacturer Says It’s ‘Already Tendering for Contracts’

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit has joined in the drive for fully electric transit, announcing Friday its plans for the Citaro E-Cell, with series production commencing “towards the end of next year.”
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HHP: Cat Offers 785C Mine Truck on LNG

November 7, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Mining, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Retrofit Kit Uses DGB/Dynamic Gas Blending

Caterpillar is getting ready to offer its DGB/dynamic gas blending retrofit kit for the Cat 785C mine haul truck, allowing the vehicle to run on a mix of liquefied natural gas and diesel fuel, “lowering fuel cost and maintaining diesel power and transient performance.”
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Hyliion Promises Huge Fuel Savings

November 7, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Hybrids, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Combination of Superior Batteries and Vehicle Control

Pittsburgh-based Hyliion is aiming for fuel savings as great as 20% for heavy over-the-road trucks using a combination of advanced lithium ion battery packs for regenerative braking and idea reduction, and software that adjusts a truck’s driveline output based on the road conditions ahead. updated November 8
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HHP: GFS for Terex 4400 Truck on LNG

November 6, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Mining, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

An Initial Six Vehicles to Be Converted at a Mine in India

Florida’s GFS Corp says it’s designing an Evo-MT LNG-diesel dual fuel system for the “Terex unit Rig 4400 model haul truck,” and that six such vehicles will be converted for liquefied natural gas operation at a mine in India.

GFS Corp’s Evo-MT system on a Komatsu 9300 mine haul truck



“The first six trucks are scheduled to begin operating on LNG in early 2018 and the project is slated to expand in the near future to over fifty trucks,” GFS says.

The company describes its Evo-MT for mine trucks as “an integrated system consisting of onboard fuel storage and vaporization in addition to controls and safety systems that allow the truck to operate on a combination of LNG and diesel fuel, or NG+D operation.”

Enough LNG for a 12-Hour Shift

The Evo-MT 4400 system will provide 259 usable U.S. gallons of onboard LNG storage, GFS says, enough to complete a 12-hour shift.

GFS Corp currently offers retrofit systems for Caterpillar 777B, C and D, 785B, C and D, 793B, C and D trucks and 992G and K wheel loaders, as well as Komatsu 830DC, AC and 930E trucks.

Cummins QSK60

“To date,” GFS says, “the various Evo-MT Systems have successfully logged well over 400,000 hours in actual mining operations in environments with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to above 100 degrees F.”

According to one internet source, the Terex 4400 is powered by a Cummins QSK60 engine.

HHP Summit 2017 in Jacksonville Right Now

Want to know more about natural gas for mine trucks and other fuel-thirsty applications? The sixth Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit gets underway today, and runs through November 9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

The HHP Summit series is organized and hosted by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

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Thomas Built ‘Jouley’ Electric School Bus

November 5, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EDI’s PowerDrive 7000ev for Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses unveiled its 100% battery-powered school bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric, yesterday at NAPT, the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
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HHP: Cat Taking Orders for Gas Engine

November 3, 2017 in HHP, HHP Summit 2017, industrial, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

G3516 TA Achieves Low-NOx with Three-Way Catalyst

Caterpillar Oil & Gas is taking orders for its natural gas-fueled, stoichiometric Cat G3516 TA engine. The engine for compression applications has a power rating of 1,029 brake-kilowatts, or 1,380 brake-horsepower, and “continues to expand Caterpillar’s gas portfolio.”
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Bollinger Adds a 4-Door All-Battery B1

November 3, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Option for the All-Wheel-Drive Battery SUT with
UQM Technologies Drive Powered by Lithium Batteries

New York States-based Bollinger Motors has added a four-door option to the 100% battery-electric B1 four-wheel-drive sport utility truck it unveiled earlier this year. The vehicle has twin traction motors from UQM Technologies.
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New Flyer Launches Xcelsior Charge eBus

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Available as 35-, 40-, and 60-Foot BRT Articulated Vehicles
As Company Opens New Vehicle Innovation Center in Alabama

New Flyer of America has introduced the Xcelsior Charge as “the next generation of its industry-leading, battery-electric heavy duty transit bus.”
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Proterra Launches DuoPower Driveline

October 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly Twice The Horsepower and Acceleration,’
And ‘Five Times More Efficient’ than Diesel Buses,
Separately, Van Hool Picks Proterra Componentry

All-battery busbuilder Proterra has introduced a new driveline for its transit vehicles, pledging that its Catalyst buses with the “DuoPower” brand drive “will now have nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration, and will be five times more efficient than a standard diesel bus.”
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Cenergy Solutions for ANG Biomethane

October 23, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Complete System to Capture, Store, Transport and Utilize,’
Bio-ANG for Powering NGVs Remains ‘A Work in Progress’

Cenergy Solutions is offering its ANG/adsorbent natural gas as a way “to help farms, communities and businesses around the world store and use their biogas, reducing venting and flaring methane.”
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ZapGo Carbon-Ion for Battery ‘Pods’

October 3, 2017 in Airports, batteries, Companies, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast-Charge Technology Expected to Slash Down Times
In Autonomous Electric Vehicles Now Operating in the UK

UK- and North Carolina-based ZapGo (aka Zap&Go) is promoting a hybrid battery design that allows for super-fast charging via a combination of supercapacitor and conventional battery technologies.
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XL Hybrids Adds Its XL3 for Ford F-250s

September 28, 2017 in Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claims ‘First-Ever Hybrid Electric Upfit’ for Pickups & Chassis

XL Hybrids said this week that it will begin ship-thru upfits of Ford F-250 vehicles, both pickups and chassis for commercial fleets, starting with model year 2018. It’s the “the first-ever hybrid electric upfit” for the three-quarter-ton vehicle, the Boston-based company said.
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Workhorse Low-Floor EV Delivery Chassis

September 21, 2017 in delivery vehicles, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Maximized Cargo Space Coupled with Ease of Operation

Workhorse will unveil a new low-floor chassis for delivery vehicles next week, to be available for both 100% battery and range-extended electric vehicles. Production is to commence late next year.
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BMW’s 373-Mile EV: ‘i Vision Dynamics’

September 15, 2017 in Companies, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A New Form of Electrifying Driving Pleasure,’ Automaker Says

BMW has announced a luxury electric vehicle with a single-charge range of 600 kilometers – 373 miles – and says that with the four-door i Vision Dynamics, it’s introducing “a new form of electrifying driving pleasure.”
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Lightning-New Eagle Battery Ford Transit

September 13, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, paratransit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LightningElectric Zero-Emission Van to Go on Sale in Early 2018
By Ford Dealers as eQVM vehicle with Ford Warranties, Financing

Lightning Systems and New Eagle are unveiling today a zero-emission, all-battery version of the Ford Transit van, a 10,360-pound GVWR vehicle to go on sale in early 2018. LightningElectric Transit passenger wagon, van, cutaway and chassis cab models are to be available directly from Ford dealers.
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TM4 Launches BCI20, a Charger-Inverter

September 6, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Unit Functions as Both Battery Charger and Inverter

Canada’s TM4, “in a strategic move to broaden its product offering,” is talking up its new BC102 as an innovative and economical combination charger and inverter for electric vehicles.
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Worthington CNG: Type III Rail Mount

August 23, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claims ‘The Lightest Fuel System on the Market,
Offering a Similar Operating Experience to Diesel,’
Company Details Its Extensive Crash-Test Efforts

Worthington Industries has introduced its heavily tested rail mount compressed natural gas fuel system for trucks employing its Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum CNG cylinders.
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