ACT Expo 2018

New Products

Lightning Rebrands, Broadens Its Services

May 30, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Companies, delivery vehicles, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, municipal fleet, New Products, paratransit, Technology, telematics, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Renamed Company Offering Fuel-Saving Capabilities
For Commercial and Government Fleets Using All Fuels

Lightning Systems has re-branded, adding capabilities taking the Colorado company far beyond the fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid to services for all fleets and fuels, and moving its corporate headquarters.
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Momentum 155-DGE CNG Refuse Tailgate

May 12, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Fuel Cylinder Assembly Holds 115 DGEs,
Drop-In Fuel Management Modules Offered Too

Momentum Fuel Technologies has added a 115-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent tailgate system to its lineup of compressed natural gas fuel system products for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks.
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ANGI Offers App for CNG Fuel Providers

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Status of Your ANGI CNG Sites from Anywhere in the World’

ANGI Energy is promoting a new app for iPhones and other devices allowing CNG fuel providers to remotely monitor the operation of their stations.

Developed for existing customers as well as new ones, the ANGI “CNG Live” application makes checking the status of ANGI CNG equipment “easier than ever,” the company says: the app “provides you with 24/7 remote access to the operating status of your ANGI CNG sites from anywhere in the world.”


ANGI’s ‘CNG Live’ application makes checking the status of ANGI CNG equipment ‘easier than ever,’ the company says, providing ’24/7 remote access to the operating status of your ANGI CNG sites from anywhere in the world.’

The app features an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface scalable for any site configuration. It handles live operating data on compressors, boosters, dryers, dispensers, and most valve panels, and can provide history reports covering compressor pressure and temperature, run times, dispenser fill totals, and site alarms.

Designed for the CP-400

The app is automatically connected with ANGI systems with CP-400 delivered from the fourth quarter of 2016, and “any site that includes a CP-400 unit with ANGI server connectivity can be set up.

“While the market has been challenging, we are making great progress at ANGI,” sales VP Jared Hightower said on the eve of ACT Expo.

“We have several new products in development, which are following the launch of our class-leading Encore dispenser.”

ANGI Is Nigh-On Ubiquitous

“ANGI is also supporting some of the largest CNG fleet programs in North America,” Hightower said. The firm furnished the fueling infrastructure for “many of Waste Management’s CNG installations,” he noted, and “is working with TruStar and utilities such as Piedmont, FortisBC, and AGL on the UPS program.

“Transit has continued to be a critical sector for us with equipment supply to Trillium CNG for the RTC Las Vegas projects and to Clean Energy Fuels for the NICE and New Jersey transit projects.

“Finally,” Hightower said, “ANGI is pleased with the progress we are making in Latin America, especially Mexico, where the conditions are right for CNG vehicles and virtual pipeline applications.”

ANGI Energy Systems was acquired by Gilbarco Veeder-Root in mid-2014.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

BYD for All-Battery Trucks, Buses, Lifts

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, New Products, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small to Large for Chinese EV Leader at ACT Expo 2017

BYD, the automotive arm of a large Chinese battery manufacturer that says it’s the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, is continuing its North America push by showcasing its latest advancements in battery-electric buses, trucks and materials handling equipment here at ACT Expo.
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Mitsubishi Fuso’s All-Battery eCanter

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, delivery vehicles, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Daimler Batteries Slash the Cost of Onboard Energy Storage

Mitsubishi Fuso displayed its 100% battery-electric eCanter delivery truck at ACT Expo. The Daimler affiliate plans to offer a limited number of trucks for lease in the U.S., beginning in September, for $1,000 per month, said product management director Otto Schmid.
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Cobham Has New Type IV CNG Tanks

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘More Options’ for Customers with 17-Inch Cylinders

New 17-inch-diameter CNG cylinders from Cobham “offer customers more options,” says the manufacturer, which is introduce its new family of Type IV tanks at ACT Expo 2017 last week.

The all-composite Cobham cylinders for light and medium duty natural gas vehicles are available in 60- and 83-inch lengths.

Multinational Cobham manufactures CNG cylinders in Westminster, Md.

“The new family of 17-inch-diameter cylinders further compliments our current 21-inch-diameter offerings, enabling us to serve a wider range of medium and light duty customer needs,” said Cobham outside sales manager Art Holbert.

They Fit Below the Bedrail

“The 17-inch size was developed in response to customers needing more supplier options in sourcing cylinders that sit below the bedrail to give pickup-truck owners the ability to use a cover across the entire length of the truck bed,” he says.

Cobham’s current 17-inch and 21-inch-diameter families are available with both strap and boss mounts. Cobham pledges to “begin developing larger diameter sizes in various lengths planned for release later in 2017.


“We also produce customized sizes as needed,” the company says. “As part of our commitment to offer superior products, additional load-testing is performed to validate the mounts and composite interface will withstand long term vehicle usage. For added safety, Cobham cylinders are significantly more resistant to permeation.”

Big Backing

The firm’s UK-based parent employs some 11,000 people primarily in the U.S., UK, Europe and Australia, and has customers and partners in more than 100 countries for high-performance composite pressure vessels “and hybrid integrated structures for alternative energy, life support, military and commercial aircraft, and spacecraft applications.

“The NGV market is a strategic fit,” the company says, “that leverages our gas management core capability and composites technology to offer the best value to end users.”

Cobham just last month said that Colorado’s Redmark CNG slecxted it as a preferred supplier of Type IV compressed natural gas fuel cylinders (F&F, April 6), after making a similar announcement last year about the North Carolina upfitter Altech-Eco (F&F, November 8).

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

US Hybrid Shows a Class 8 Fuel Cell Truck

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Joint Venture with Jiangsu Dewei Could Lead to Thousands

US Hybrid is helping take the hydrogen fuel cell into the Class 8 vehicle category, showing a Navistar International ProStar day cab fitted with an 80-kilowatt (107 horsepower) FCe80 fuel cell engine at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach – and announcing a joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials.
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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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Kraus Global Optima for CNG Fueling

April 26, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Next Generation’ of Dispensers Features New ‘Pulse’ Display

Canada’s Kraus Global is introducing Optima for compressed natural gas fueling, stating that it represents the “next generation” of natural gas vehicle fueling dispensers.

Optima, to be announced today, will be Kraus Global’s emphasis at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2017, which takes place next week at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. the ACT Expo 2017 conference and workshops run May 1-4, and the exhibit hall is open May 2-3.

‘Optima’ fueling dispensers by Kraus Global at a Nopetro outlet in Orlando, Fla.

With a proprietary new companion display tradenamed Pulse, and powerful new Micon Nextgen 1.0 electronics, “Optima enables enhanced station control and performance,” the company says, with “unmatched data and communication capabilities.”

“Optima is the result of three decades of CNG focused dispenser experience and feedback from the field,” the company says. It provides “full access to error codes, software upgrades, and fill parameter set points either locally or remotely” from smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

‘Functionality Beyond Current Standards’

“The new Micon NextGen 1.0,” Kraus Global says, “builds upon proven Micon 500 technology elevating functionality beyond current standards with data capabilities and configuration tools delivering smarter control, increased efficiency, and higher profitability.

“Real time data is visible on the Pulse display, allowing users to follow fill progression as it communicates the starting and ending parameters of their filling process, reassuring that a target was established and then safely met.”


18 Months of Experience

“We have been beta testing Optima for approximately 18 months and have received positive feedback from our customers,” Kraus Global CEO Ossama AbouZeid says in a release. “Their support has been tremendous and we appreciate their loyalty,” AbouZeid said.

AbouZeid names AVSG/Alternative Vehicle Services Group, Independent Fueling Systems, Love’s Trillium CNG, Nopetro, Pacific Gas & Electric, Timco, and U.S. Gain as Optima customers.


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Source: Kraus Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Cenergy & Catalina ANG Cylinders Team

April 25, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Exclusive Agreement for Adsorbent Tanks Announced Today,
Natural Gas for NGVs in Type I Aluminum Tanks at Just 650 psi,
Both Firms Are Mounting Exhibits at ACT Expo 2017 Next Week

Adsorbent natural gas technology developer Cenergy Solutions reported today an exclusive agreement with Catalina Composites to manufacture ANG fuel cylinders using for natural gas vehicles.

Catalina Composites GM Kjeld Johansen (left) with Gary Fanger of Cenergy Solutions

“Catalina Composites has already manufactured and tested several sizes of these new low-pressure ANG cylinders making them FMVSS certified and DOT-compliant,” Cenergy says.

ANG technology allows for natural gas to be stored at lower pressure than it is in conventional CNG/compressed natural gas fuel cylinders.

650 PSI

Cenergy has installed one of the new ANG cylinders on a Nissan truck that was shown at the Altfuel Expo in Mexico City earlier this month. The ANG tank has a working pressure of just 650 psi and can be filled at home or at a business with a new, certified Cenergy compressor (approved for use, the company says) in the U.S. and Canada.

“Cenergy Solutions has made major breakthroughs with adsorbent natural/biogas storage that will not only help the world with its energy needs but will also help to capture and store natural and biogas throughout the world,” Cenergy COO/CTO Gary Fanger says in this morning’s announcement.

An Enabling Technology NGVs

“This is the technology that will keep methane from escaping into our atmosphere and allow it to be put to good use in gasoline and diesel vehicles,” he said.


“The joint development agreement with Catalina Cylinders has been very fruitful allowing us to design, manufacture and test new high tech ANG tanks that are now ready for sale to approved NGV upfitters.”

Catalina will provide a lightweight aluminum Type I (no wrap) cylinder for the Cenergy application, Fanger told F&F.

Catalina Type IIIs Unveiled at ACT Expo 2016

Catalina Composites manufactures aluminum Type I and composite Type III (carbon fiber-wrapped aluminum) CNG cylinders at a dedicated 107,000-square-foot facility in Garden Grove, Calif. The firm unveiled its Type IIIs at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo last year in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 9).

Cenergy and Catalina are both exhibiting at ACT Expo 2017, which also takes place May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The ACT Expo 2017 exhibition hall is open May 2-3.


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Source: Cenergy Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NZ for Volvo’s New VNR Tractor – Maybe

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Game Changer, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Truck is a Diesel, Future Near Zero ‘Based on Market Demand’

Volvo trucks will offer the super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero dedicated-natural gas engine from Cummins Westport in the latest version of its VNR regional haul tractor – “later,” says a spokesman, “based on market demand.”
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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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Endress & Hauser Has a New Flowmeter

April 14, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Energy E&P, HHP, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Inch ‘CNGmass’ Units for Shale Gas Tube Trailers

The use of compressed natural gas to fuel the powerful engines used in shale gas production just got easier, says Endress & Hauser. The German company is introducing a new Coriolis mass flowmeter aimed at improving the loading efficiency of CNG brought to shale gas production sites in tube trailers.
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Torque Trends Has an All-Battery F-150

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

UQM Driveline Components for Arizona Firm Offering Fleets
‘Complete Bolt-On Plug-and-Play Electric Conversion Package’

Arizona-based Torque Trends is developing an upfit package for light trucks it says could slash fuel costs for fleet operators while dramatically reducing repair and maintenance outlays – while it extends vehicle life.
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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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Workhorse Reports LoIs for 2,000+ PHEVs

March 7, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

If Translated into Sales, the Letters of Intent Are Worth $113 Million

Workhorse said today that now has letters of intent for 2,150 of its developmental W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks. Given the projected MSRP of $52,500 per vehicle, the LoIs are potentially worth nearly $113 million.

This item was initially published with news of a letter of intent
for 500 Workhorse W-15 PHEVs on February 27
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Cryoshelter’s Gen2 LNG Tanks for Trucks

March 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, LNG, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Benefits & Options that Address the Key Performance Factors’

Austria’s Cryoshelter is bringing its second-generation liquefied natural gas fuel tanks for trucks to market, doing so at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. this coming May. With an innovative structure, improved insulation, and driver-friendly manifold placement, the U.S. R110-certified tanks are said to offer significant advantages in terms of both capacity and hold time for the cryogenic fuel.
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