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Tesla Touts ‘Semi,’ NGVA Is Skeptical

November 18, 2017 in EVs, NGVs, Opinion, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Pronouncements Grab Headlines and Not Much Else,’ Says Gage
After Elon Musk Introduces a 500-Mile All-Battery Class 8 Truck

New NGVAmerica president Dan Gage came out swinging after Tesla said Thursday that it would introduce the Class 8 “Semi,” touted as “the safest, most comfortable truck ever,” with range up to 500 miles, to the over-the-road market with production commencing in 2019.

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Roush: VW Monies Should Back Propane

November 2, 2017 in Opinion, Propane, propane autogas, Special to Fleets & Fuels, VW Settlement by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Propane Autogas Makes Sense for VW Settlement Funding’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Roush CleanTech VP Todd Mouw

States will soon have access to a windfall of funds from the Volkswagen settlement, which includes a $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. These are funds that transit agencies, school districts and other businesses could potentially use to purchase propane autogas-fueled vehicles.

Reducing NOx is the Goal

The goal of the Environmental Mitigation Trust is to cost-effectively reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the transportation sector. NOx are reactive gases that pollute the air, contribute to acid rain and can trigger health problems. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

All manner of vehicles run on propane autogas. The Volkwagen settlement, notes Roush CleanTech, could make for many more of them.



How does this affect purchasing decisions? Eligible projects for the Environmental Mitigation Trust include class 4-8 bus and class 4-7 medium-duty truck replacement. (VW’s settlement funding will be used to buy back or modify vehicles.)

Propane autogas-fueled transit shuttles, such as the Ford E-350/450 cutaway, and school buses, like the Blue Bird Vision Propane, would be eligible for this funding. Propane autogas is naturally lower in NOx and other toxic pollutants, like greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide, than diesel and gasoline.

Know the Latest on VW Funding

Earlier this year, Wilmington Trust was appointed as the trustee to oversee the administration of the Volkswagen settlement funds. The trustee effective date was established on October 2. Now, each state has 60 days from that date to determine and choose a beneficiary.

The beneficiary is the state-level government entity responsible for developing and awarding its state’s funds. They are state energy offices, environmental protection departments, etc.

Roush CleanTech VP Todd Mouw

Each state will receive a set amount of funding based on the number of affected vehicles sold in the state. State amounts vary from $8 million to $400 million. Refer to the state-by-state listing to see how much your state will receive.

Some states have already selected a beneficiary. You can find the current list on the VW Settlement Clearinghouse site. Once selected, the state beneficiary has 90 days to produce a draft plan for how the funds will be allocated. After the state files its mitigation plan, it must be made public for 30 days for comment. Then, the state’s plan will be sent to the trustee for approval.

Get Involved

If the state allocates funding toward propane autogas vehicles, funds from the Environmental Mitigation Trust could be available early next year. Learn who your state’s beneficiary is and talk with them about your organizations’ propane fleet goals. Be sure to comment during the public input period to make sure your voice is heard. Organizations will need to be prepared to adopt NOx-reducing propane vehicles once the money is released if they want to tap into the funding.

Todd Mouw is vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. Mouw has served as president of the NTEA Green Truck Association. Reach him at [email protected] or 800.59.ROUSH. To learn more, visit roushcleantech.com


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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

VNG Supports CNG, Continues Expansion

April 18, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs, Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Founder Harvey Lamm Rebuts Senator in Automotive News:
‘Ignoring Natural Gas Vehicles Is a Glaring Regulatory Omission’

VNG.co continues to work with established fuel retailers to locate CNG fueling outlets in established gasoline sales locations.
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The Best Alternative Fuel for the Fleet

January 20, 2017 in Alternative Fuels, Hybrids, Opinion, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Managers Need to Be Able to Choose ‘The Right Fuel for the Job’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Darren Engle,
director of governmental relations with Blue Star Gas

Diversification is just smart business, but for a long time fleet managers and even fuel providers were only thinking in terms of a one alternative fuel for their entire fleet. Fortunately, the idea that fleet managers need to select one alternative fuel to meet all their needs is beginning to fade.
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Opinion: Out with the Cost-Share!

November 18, 2016 in Opinion, Special to Fleets & Fuels, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Match Requirements Are Effectively Crippling Small Business Innovation:
‘The Only Hope of Moving Forward Is More Severe Government Regulations’

Cost-share requirements allowing companies access to advanced vehicle development funding pose a financial burden that make it unlikely for smaller firms to survive, let along bring cleaner and more efficient vehicles to market. So argues advanced heavy duty vehicles veteran Tom Bartley, who has made his opinion known to Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, which handles much of the state’s funding for low-emission, high-efficiency vehicles, notably from CARB and the CEC: the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.

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California Needs to Plug-in – Seriously

August 5, 2016 in Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sustainable Transportation Requires More REAL Support for Industry:
Politicians Posture, But ‘the Industry Sees Something Entirely Different’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Urvi Nagrani,
Marketing & Business Development Director, Motiv Power Systems

If you read the news you might think California cares about the environment. Governor Jerry Brown has both a Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan and a Sustainable Freight Plan. Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León spearheaded work on SB 350, a landmark climate bill last year. California’s leadership on environmental causes was recognized last year with Governor Brown’s high profile talks with the Pope on climate leadership.
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Arnold’s Deft Plug for Electric Transport

December 15, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, Opinion by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Schwarzenegger Gets to the Point on Clean Transportation:
‘Do You Believe Coal and Oil Will Be the Fuels of the Future?’

We take the liberty of re-posting a great Facebook message from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on electric transportation.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.

Click image or here for Schwarzenegger Facebook post.



I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I’ve heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.

Let’s put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let’s assume you’re right.

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don’t want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That’s exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn’t take their investment advice.

Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don’t have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.

Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.

I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.

In addition to having served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the founder of R20: Regions of Climate Action, and serves as the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at University of Southern California. He also chairs USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Facebook


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