ACT Expo 2017

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NZ for Volvo’s New VNR Tractor – Maybe

April 21, 2017 in 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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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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CNG Fuel System Enhancements at TMC

February 27, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Momentum and Agility Tout Engine Compatibility
At ATA’s Annual Transportation Technology Expo

Agility Fuel Solutions and the Momentum Fuel Technologies unit of Rush Enterprises are emphasizing telematics compatibility for their natural gas vehicle fuel systems at the American Trucking Association’s TMC annual meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville this week.


TMC is ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council.

Momentum and Agility are promoting enhanced compatibility with Cummins Westport’s ISX12 G and ISL G dedicated-natural gas engines.

Both Agility and Momentum are promoting systems that are compatible with the latest natural gas engines from Cummins Westport.

Agility’s ‘BlueiQ’

Agility has introduced a product called “BlueiQ” it says was “developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.”

Blue iQ is integrated with Cummins Connected Diagnostics, Insite, service tool, and QuickServe support “to connect vehicles, drivers, managers, and technicians for real-time management, diagnostics, and service,” Agility says, stating further that Blue iQ is the only tool that has access to Cummins proprietary engine data.

“Blue iQ allows natural gas vehicles to operate on a level playing field with diesel, but with lower fuel costs, quieter engines, and less emissions,” Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki says in today’s release.

‘Already Compliant,’ Says Momentum

Momentum says that its line of its line of compressed natural gas fuel systems for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks are already compliant with software requirements expected in 2018 (OBD2018) and are “able to integrate with Cummins ISL-G and ISX12G.

All Momentum fuel systems are also fully integrated with Rush Truck Centers’ telematics platform,” Momentum says.

“Since our company began in 2015, Momentum’s CNG fuel systems have been utilizing the most advanced technologies and communication systems in CNG-powered vehicles,” said Momentum GM Mike Zimmerman. “Momentum was the first CNG system manufacturer to integrate the [SAE] J1939 communication system which connects a truck’s fuel system, fuel management module and engine.

New 175-DGE Array

“In keeping with that approach, our integrated electronics communications system is already compliant with expected software requirement improvements,” he said.

‘A Major Benefit’

Momentum also took the occasion of the TMC meeting in Nashville to unveil 175-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent bac-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder assembly for trucks.

“The larger capacity tank gives drivers even more time between fill-ups,” Zimmerman said.

“This is a major benefit for all drivers, but especially for over-the-road carriers putting in extensive miles.”


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Source: Agility & Momentum at TMC with F&F follow-up

Honda Hybrid to Be Made in America

January 9, 2017 in Companies, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

OEM Emphasizes Automobile Electrification & U.S. Manufacturing

Honda said today that it’s readying a new hybrid electric vehicle, to be built in America for nationwide launch in 2018. The new car is part of the “Honda Electrification Initiative, which will expand the company’s portfolio of electrified vehicles,” the OEM said.
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SDG&E Orders XL’s New XLP Plug-In

December 19, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, New Products, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Gas & Electric Pledges to Purchase 110

XL Hybrids, known for its fuel-saving XL3 driveline that requires no EV charging infrastructure, has launched a plug-in variant dubbed the XLP, and has timed its announcement with an order by San Diego Gas & Electric for 110 units between 2017 and 2020.
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Ryder with Nikola for New Class 8 H2 Truck

December 2, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ryder Named ‘Exclusive Nationwide Distribution & Maintenance Provider’
For Zero-Emission, 1,000-HP Class 8 Truck Aiming to Revolutionize Industry,
Nikola Plans Leasing and a Vertical Network of Hundreds of Fueling Stations:
Worthington for Cryogenic H2 Transport & Compressed Onboard Fuel Cylinders

Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor named Ryder System “as its exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider” as it yesterday evening unveiled the zero-emission Class 8 truck with which it hopes to revolutionize the trucking industry.
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Chrysler Claims the First Minivan Hybrid

December 2, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pacifica PHEV Fuel Economy Is Rated at 84 MPGe,
With 33 Miles on Battery Only, Assembly in Windsor

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is talking up the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the first-ever PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle minivan, crediting “e-Flite” EVT/electrically variable transmission technology for an all-electric range of 33 miles and a miles-per-gallon-equivalent fuel economy rating of 84.
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BYD & Wayne Unveil Battery Refuse Truck

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Operating Costs Are Substantially Less’

BYD and Iowa’s Wayne Engineering have unveiled a battery-electric refuse truck they say could be a “game-changer for municipal waste management.”
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Impco Adds More Components for H2

November 17, 2016 in fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Controls & Safety Devices ‘From the Cylinder to the Fuel Cell’

Impco has bolstered its line of GFI-branded the line of 350 bar/5000 psi solenoid valves, safety devices, isolation valves and regulators for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
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Alliance AutoGas for Donaldson Filters

November 17, 2016 in New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Consistent Fuel Quality Has Become a Greater Need for Fleet Customers’

Alliance AutoGas is promoting a line of filters for propane autogas (aka LPG, for liquefied petroleum gas). The filters are designed to “remove potentially harmful particulate matter and heavy ends from propane systems.”
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Cobham Type IVs for Altech-Eco CNG

November 8, 2016 in CNG, Companies, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Low Lead Times, No Minimum Purchase Requirements:
‘How and When You Need Them at a Price You Can Afford’

Cobham has been chosen by Altech-Eco as the upfitter’s preferred supplier of all-composite Type IV compressed natural gas fuel cylinders, the tank manufacturer reports.
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