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California Releases 2016 ZEV Action Plan

October 18, 2016 in EVs, milestones, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘1.5 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on California Roadways By 2025:’
‘Transportation Electrification Beyond Individual Passenger Vehicles’

Click image or here to access the 2016 ZEV Action Plan (direct PDF link).

Click image or here to access California’s 2016 ZEV Action Plan (direct PDF link).

California Governor Jerry Brown has released a new plan for zero-emission vehicles in the state. The document detail “new actions” to help “build California’s ZEV market, remove barriers to future market growth and ensure this transition benefits our state and its residents.”

The goal is 1.5 million ZEVs, both hydrogen fuel cell and fully battery electric vehicles, “on California Roadways By 2025,” states the 2016 ZEV Action Plan.

More State Fleet ZEVs

The Plan addresses medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as zero-emission technologies for public transit and freight transport: “While light-duty ZEVs are the most visible step forward toward transportation electrification, the state’s transportation and climate goals require a broad, multi-modal approach to transportation electrification beyond individual passenger vehicles.


The plan includes six broad goals for the California state government to advance ZEVs:

  • achieve mainstream consumer awareness of ZEV options and benefits;
  • make ZEVs an affordable and attractive option for drivers;
  • ensure convenient charging and fueling Infrastructure for greatly expanded use of ZEVs;
  • maximize economic and job opportunities from ZEV technologies;
  • bolster ZEV market growth outside of California; and
  • lead by example integrating ZEVs in to state government – with the establishment of “new goals for state fleet ZEV purchases so that 50% of annual light-duty fleet purchases are ZEVs by 2025.” (emphasis added)

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Source: Office of Governor Jerry Brown with F&F follow-up

NGVAmerica’s New NGV White Paper

September 20, 2016 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Infographic Too to Aid Members’ Sales Efforts

NGVAmerica’s Emissions and Environmental working group has completed a white paper and infographic highlighting the benefits of natural gas as a fuel for fleets.

The association is circulating the Fleets Run Cleaner on Natural Gas white paper “to provide an NGV industry supported consensus document on the benefits of switching to natural gas.”


NGVAmerica describes the seven-page Fleets Run Cleaner on Natural Gas white paper as ‘an NGV industry-supported consensus document on the benefits of switching to natural gas.’

NGVAmerica describes the seven-page Fleets Run Cleaner on Natural Gas white paper as ‘an NGV industry-supported consensus document on the benefits of switching to natural gas.’

The infographic summarizes environmental benefits, while the white paper goes into more detail and provides definitions, assumptions and sources for the working group’s results.

The Meeting in Denver

NGVAmerica said it “hopes that these documents serve as a source for its members and the industry at large when discussing the benefits of using natural gas vehicles.”

Nearly 300 NGV industry leaders gathered in Denver earlier this month for NGVAmerica’s 28th Annual Meeting and Industry Summit. A variety of speakers provided including insight on industry mergers and gave perspectives on the current and future NGV sales market.

Volkswagen Opportunity?

Other topics included an update on the 2016 fall elections, innovation in the broader automotive industry, “and provocative insight on the future of America’s energy security.”

NGVAmerica’s State Advocacy and Technology & Develop ment committees hosted workshops on growing the market for LNG and explaining how the Volkswagen settlement may bring new funding opportunities for natural gas vehicles.

Click image or here to access the two-page infographic via the NGVAmerica website.

Click image or here to access the two-page infographic via the NGVAmerica website.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CHBC Plans Ports Hydrogen Workshop

September 11, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Los Angeles Event for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Solutions
As a New Report on Fuel Station Financing Is Released

The California Hydrogen Business Council will host a one-day workshop on available hydrogen and fuel cell solutions to meet the emissions reduction goals of ports on November 10.

CHBClogoThe gathering at the Banning’s Landing Community Center at the Port of Los Angeles is to feature presentations from port authority officials, terminal operators, trucking companies, and hydrogen and fuel cell technology providers. It will include tabletop exhibits.

Separately, CHBC has released its official report on the two-day Financing the 101st Station workshop held this past June in Pasadena. CHBC convened 28 experts who discussed their experiences related to financing, fueling station models and automotive plans for FCEVs – fuel cell electric vehicles.


‘The Market Has to Evolve’

“One of the clearest results of the workshop is that the market has to evolve more for private financing to kick in and for public funding in California to end,” CHBC executive director Jeff Serfass said in a release.

“Only with a supportive national policy for vehicle deployment and infrastructure, will the nation will see the benefits of the billions of dollars invested by private industry,” Serfass said.

CHBC Fall Meeting in Sacramento Next Month

“We can’t expect each state to provide the kind of funding being applied in California, and there is a limited future for FCEVs in the U.S. if they are sold only in California.”

CHBC's fueling station finance workshop this past June in Pasadena.

CHBC’s fueling station finance workshop this past June in Pasadena.

“Eventually,” states a CHBC report summary, “station economics will become sufficiently interesting to attract private capital, but that will take a number of years, even in California.”

CHBC’s annual fall California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit will take place October 5-6 in Sacramento California. The fall CHBC Summit will be preceded by a CHBC member day, with committee and sector action group meetings on October 4.


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Source: CHBC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVAmerica-SWANA Best Practices Paper

August 29, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, Publications, refuse, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Release White Paper on CNG Refuse Truck Safety

NGVAmerica and the Solid Waste Association of North America have released a where paper on safety and best practices for natural gas-fueled refuse trucks.

Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry was released at SWANA’s WasteCon show in Indianapolis last week.


Click image or here for the NGVAmerica-SWANA Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry white paper.

Click image or here for the NGVAmerica-SWANA Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry white paper.

“While natural gas vehicles are as safe as diesel or gasoline powered vehicles,” the paper states, “proper training and maintenance of the vehicles, including all fuel system components and fueling facilities, is required.”

‘Relentless Focus’

“Waste truck fleet operators in both the private and public sectors need to make sure they operate natural gas fueled vehicles safely,” SWANA executive director David Biderman says in the white paper announcement.

“This collaboration is an example of SWANA’s relentless focus on improving the industry’s safety performance in the United States and Canada,” Biderman said.

‘Safety Is Always the Top Priority’

“Safety is always the top priority for NGVAmerica members,” said NGVAmerica technology and development director Dan Bowerson.

The organizations announced their collaboration earlier this summer (F&F, June 13).

The eight-page white paper covers such issues as vehicle operations, fueling, training (including first responder training), facilities requirements, and CNG/compressed natural gas fuel cylinder testing.

WasteCon 2017 has been slated for September 24-27, 2017 in Baltimore.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NRDC Urges Utilities Action on EVs

July 1, 2016 in EVs, Publications, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utilities Have the Power, Literally, to Foster the Market

The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report outlining how the nation’s utilities can “supercharge the national market for electric vehicles.”

'Utilities are uniquely positioned to spur a rapid deployment' of electric vehicles, says NRDC.

‘Utilities are uniquely positioned to spur a rapid deployment’ of electric vehicles, says NRDC.

“Utilities are uniquely positioned to spur a rapid deployment of charging stations, increase public awareness of EVs’ economic and environmental benefits, and incentivize drivers to drive at times that will help bring more solar and wind onto the grid, enhancing electric vehicles’ clean air benefits,” states a summary of NRDC’s Driving Out Pollution: How Utilities Can Accelerate the Market for Electric Vehicles.

Not Just California

Utilities, the organization says, “are well positioned to play a leading role in this national effort and to ensure the home of the American automotive industry is ready to drive on a cleaner, cheaper fuel – electricity.”

NRDC cites the examples of Kansas City Power & Light’s Clean Charge Network and Michigan’s Consumers Energy’s charging station proposal as utility commitments to providing the infrastructure necessary to support EV charging.

‘By Design, Utilities Are Equipped’

“As utilities enter the world of EVs, they’re presented with an opportunity to better utilize the existing grid in ways that benefit both consumers and the environment,” NRDC says.


“By design, utilities are equipped to use spare grid capacity to charge vehicles, leverage existing customer relationships, partner with independent EV charging companies, and create rates that maximize EV owners’ savings.”

'We’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV,” said Josh Tavel, Bolt EV Chief Engineer. “We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EV’s on the line. We’re now testing the tooling used in the plant so that we deliver high quality 200-plus mile EV that our customers are eagerly anticipating.'

‘We’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV,” said Josh Tavel, Bolt EV Chief Engineer. “We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EV’s on the line. We’re now testing the tooling used in the plant so that we deliver high quality 200-plus mile EV that our customers are eagerly anticipating.’


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Source: NRDC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Ariel Compressors for UPS’ CNG Growth

April 5, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ohio Firm Is Supplying Compressors for 12 New Fueling Facilities

Ariel Corp notes that it’s supplying the compressors as UPS adds 12 new compressed natural gas fueling facilities to its national network. The Ohio-made Ariel units for the 12 new stations be packaged by ANGI Energy Systems and installed by TruStar Energy.
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RNG at UPS Furthers ‘Circular Economy’

March 31, 2016 in Biomethane, Companies, NGVs, Publications, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Helps Further Sustainable System of Commerce:
‘A Fundamental Rethinking of Products, Materials and Systems’

The increasing use of RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane, by UPS is a sterling example of “circular” economics as distinguished from the traditional, “linear” business operating model of “make, use and dispose.” updated April 5

“In the evolving circular model, we strive to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life,” states The Growth of the Circular Economy: A 2016 UPS/GreenBiz Research Study. “To be successful, this model will require a fundamental rethinking of products, materials and systems of commerce.”

‘RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions,’ says a the GreenBiz study – it replaces conventional fuels and prevents methane emissions. ‘Using RNG demonstrates UPS's commitment to develop alternative fuels and advanced technologies,’ the study found.

‘RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions,’ says a the GreenBiz study – it replaces conventional fuels and prevents methane emissions. ‘Using RNG demonstrates UPS’s commitment to develop alternative fuels and advanced technologies,’ the study found.

UPS and Oakland, Calif.-based GreenBiz collaborated on a survey of more than 5,000 sustainability executives and analyzed the results from 423 respondents “to identify trends that will help define success for this developing system of commerce.”

Bringing It All Back Home

“Nearly nine out of 10 (86%) of sustainability executives surveyed believe that circular economy will be important to their business two years from now, nearly double from two years ago,” states a UPS summary.

The GreenBiz analysis found that, “As a transportation and logistics company, UPS facilitates the circular economy by providing more efficient and sustainable solutions to help reclaim and refurbish products at the end of their useful life.”

‘Seamless Take-Back’ via ‘Reverse Logistics Processes’

“We use our expertise in logistics to help enable and facilitate the circular economy,” said UPS senior director of global sustainability Ed Rogers. “Focusing on ‘first mile’ logistics is crucial to helping businesses implement a cost-effective circular economy.

“UPS partners with customers to implement seamless take-back systems that include turnkey packaging, pickup services and pre-paid return labels,” he said. “Taken together, all of these assist in the reverse logistics processes needed for a successful circular economy.”


An Ubiquitous Fuel

When it comes to UPS’s own operations, a key circular solution is RNG/biomethane: “Nearly every landfill, agriculture operation, and manufacturing and waste plant generates methane – it is among the most abundant forms of fuel on the planet,” GreenBiz notes. “By using RNG, UPS is taking methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas and converting it into a fuel to power its trucks.”

“RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions: it replaces conventional fuel (and its carbon emissions) that UPS would otherwise use, and also prevents methane from being released into the atmosphere, where it is more than 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.”

UPS recently expanded its use of biomethane to Texas (F&F, February 10).

UPS Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering president Carlton Rose was named last week as a keynote speaker at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 2-5 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, March 25). He’s to appear at the conference session session on Tuesday, May 3.


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Source: GreenBiz with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVAmerica Cites Wins, Sees Challenge

January 12, 2016 in NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Have Much More Work to Do in 2016,’ Says Godlewski

Policy wins in Washington, a stepped-up state committee, and “strengthened programs to communicate the strong value of natural gas as a transportation fuel” are among the highlights in the just-released 2015 Annual Report from NGVAmerica.

‘The industry’s best days are ahead, and I look forward to working together in the new year to move our industry forward,’ NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski says in the introduction to the association’s 46-page 2015 Annual Report.

‘The industry’s best days are ahead, and I look forward to working together in the new year to move our industry forward,’ NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski says in the introduction to the association’s 46-page 2015 Annual Report.

“Together, we achieved several crucial policy wins in the Congress and state capitols,” Godlewski said in an email to association members.

“We also took on new efforts to advance important NGV safety and technology issues,” he said, “and strengthened programs to communicate the strong value of natural gas as a transportation fuel.”

Challenges Beyond the Price of Oil

“As proud as I am of these accomplishments, we have much more work to do in 2016.”

“Headlines from the recent Paris climate talks and continued challenges from environmental groups here at home, remind us that we must stay focused on long-term threats beyond the short-term challenge of low petroleum prices,” Godlewski said.

‘We Must Be Aggressive’ 

“Significant environmental benefits are the cornerstone of the value of natural gas as a transportation fuel. “We must be aggressive in promoting and defending this sustainability message to ensure the industry’s future growth” (emphasis added).


From the Report:

  • “While world energy prices have certainly had an effect on the marketplace, we are collectively in a much stronger position now to advance our value proposition to industry stakeholders. Major shippers and countless local and national fleets are heavily invested the benefits of natural gas. That commitment can only continue.” – Ron Eickelman, Agility Fuel Systems
  • “We also face external threats from those who have an agenda against fossil fuels. NGVAmerica must lead in clearly stating
the environmental benefits of NGVs and
use credible data to make our case with policymakers, fleets, and consumers. One of my top goals for the association in 2016 is to help our members better communicate our winning environmental message. – Gord Exel, Westport Innovations
NGVAmerica graphics show the significant growth of CNG and LNG fueling infrastructure in the United States over the past five years – and the continued dominance of California.

NGVAmerica graphics show the significant growth of CNG and LNG fueling infrastructure in the United States over the past five years – and the continued dominance of California.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

IET Book Details Potential of V2G

August 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Electric Vehicles Could ‘Provide Substantial Storage to a City’s Grid’

Virginia’s Stylus Publishing is promoting the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Vehicle-to-Grid: Linking Electric Vehicles to the Smart Grid.


IET’s 312-page Vehicle-to-Grid, edited by Jenwei Lu and Jahangir Hossain, explores the connection between the stationary electric power grid and plug-in electric vehicle power storage.

IET’s 312-page Vehicle-to-Grid, edited by Jenwei Lu and Jahangir Hossain, explores the connection between the stationary electric power grid and plug-in electric vehicle power storage. Click here or image to order.

The new book, edited by Jenwei Lu and Jahangir Hossain, “provides an integrated treatment of smart grid using electric vehicles by exploring the connection between the stationary grid and PEV power storage.”

“Plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to provide substantial storage to a city’s grid, a key component in mitigating intermittency issues of power sources,” states a release.

The 312-page volume covers

  • the impact of PEVs and V2G on smart grid and renewable energy systems;
  • distributed energy resource with PEV battery energy storage in the smart grid;
  • power conversion technology in smart grid and PEVs;
  • power control and monitoring of smart grid with PEVs;
  • PEV charging technologies and V2G on distributed energy resources
  • utility interfaces; and
  • economic, social and environmental dimensions of PEVs in the smart grid.

IET’s Vehicle-to-Grid is priced at $130.00.


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Source: Stylus Publishing/IET with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

UPS Renewables, UPS Sustainability

August 4, 2015 in Biofuels, Companies, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel from Neste, REG and Solazyme

UPS has publicized agreements with Neste, Renewable Energy Group and Solazyme for as much as 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, “constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world.”
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ACT Expo 2015: Dallas Event Recaps

May 26, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, event, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Dallas Meeting Summary Documents, and Videos

The organizers of this month’s ACT Expo 2015 meeting in Dallas are offering summaries of the event, which drew several thousand clean transportation professionals to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
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NGVAmerica Maintains Optimism

March 30, 2015 in CNG, Legislation, LNG, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Healthy Overall NGV Marketplace Given the Headwinds of Low Oil Prices’
As New Legislation Spurs Optimism for 2015, Especially for Heavy Duty NGVs

U.S. natural gas vehicles production as a whole was down 6.5% last year, but the fall-off was limited to light duty vehicles – medium and heavy duty NGVs saw significant growth, NGVAmerica reports. Separately, the association applauded the introduction of legislation that would make liquefied natural gas-fueled vehicles even more competitive.
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Clean Cities 2015 Buyers Guide

February 19, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, Hydrogen, NGVs, Propane, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Unbiased Source of Information for Evaluating Alt Fuel Vehicle Options’

The Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available online and for order at no charge through the EERE Publication and Product Library.

The 40-page Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is free online.

The 40-page Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is free online. Click the image and the PDF is yours.

The 40-page publication has information on biofuels and electric vehicles, as well as hydrogen, natural gas and propane autogas, from both OEMs and upfitters.

The 2015 model year features nearly 200 AFV and hybrid electric vehicle models, including more than 80 flex-fuel vehicles, states a Clean Cities blog entry.

‘Model-Specific’

“This guide provides model-specific information such as vehicle specifications, manufacturer suggested retail price, fuel economy, energy impact, and emissions,” Clean Cities says.

“Drivers can use the information to identify options, compare vehicles, and make more informed purchase decisions.”

There are now approximately 20 million light-duty AFVs on American roads, Clean Cities says.

An alternative to the printed Guide is the Clean Cities is the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search tool, which also covers medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Direct link to the 2015 Guide (PDF file)


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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Expansion: NGVs Reshaping Transport

December 9, 2014 in CNG, LNG, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Book by Linde Business Development Veteran Bryan Luftglass

LuftglassExpansion

‘The next great wave…’

Former Linde liquefied natural gas expert Bryan Luftglass – he headed strategic market and business development for Linde Energy Solutions, has written Expansion: How Natural Gas Fuels are Reshaping Transportation in America.

Natural gas vehicles represent “the next great wave” in a sector where battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells have thus far garnered the most attention from the public, states a release.

The Luftglass book traces the history of the people and the companies involved in the development of natural gas fuels since the 1990s. “It highlights the progress, dead ends and twists and turns that allowed the business to reach the inflection point we now sit at.”

Bryan Luftglass

Bryan Luftglass

‘A Personality-Driven Narrative’

Expansion “explores the present situation and maps out what is likely to come in the next few years… includes a personality-driven narrative of the history of the business, the current status and an outlook of the industry including how it will affect everyday lives.”

It also includes a review of the major companies as equity investments.


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Source: Bryan Luftglass with Fleets & Fuels follow-up 

Argonne Evaluates Propane Bus Fleets

November 24, 2014 in Propane, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Finds 50% Cost-per-Mile Reductions for Some, But Challenges Too

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has released a study that examines five school bus fleets that are successfully using propane autogas to fuel buses.


This case study highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

The case study highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

“The case study describes how some of the school districts saved nearly 50% on a cost per mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, in addition to seeing a variety of other environmental and social benefits,” states an Argonne summary.

AFLEET Applied

The study “describes both the benefits and challenges of deploying propane in school bus fleets,” states a release. Argonne used the AFLEET – Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation – tool developed for DoE’s Clean Cities program (F&F, November 7, 2013) to evaluate the vehicles’’ performance.

The fleets examined are

  • Alvin Independent School District in Texas: 28 buses;
  • Dallas County Schools: 10 buses;
  • Northside ISD (Texas): 59 buses;
  • Ysleta ISD (Texas): 8 buses; and
  • Gloucester County Schools (Virginia): 5 buses.

The results showed payback periods ranging from three to eight years. The study also found “that propane school buses exhibited a smaller fuel efficiency penalty relative to diesel buses than typically expected.”


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Source: Argonne National Lab with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVs: ‘20% Growth Isn’t Crawling’

August 29, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, CNG, LNG, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Galloping’ Said to Be a Better Characterization of Truck Market

The market for heavy duty natural gas trucks is growing at a annual pace of approximately 20%, which is “extraordinary,” says NGVAmerica president Rich Kolodziej, “in a market where change generally comes slowly and the vehicles have a long service life.”
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EEI’s Utility Fleet Electrification Plan

July 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Association Wants Members to Spend 5% of Their Fleet Money on EVs

The Washington, D.C. based Edison Electric Institute is urging its utility members to walk the walk and step up the deployment of electric vehicles in their own fleets – EEI has issued a 74-page white paper that “encourages investor-owned electric utilities to meet an industry-wide goal to spend at least 5% of annual fleet acquisition budgets on plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and technologies.” updated August 1

'Now is the time to start electrifying our fleets,' says EEI – 'We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example.'

‘Now is the time to start electrifying our fleets,’ says EEI – ‘We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example.’

“We must continue to strengthen our efforts and lead by example,” EEI president Tom Kuhn says in the white paper announcement. “One way we can do that is by leveraging our industry’s buying power to purchase more PEVs for our fleets.”

“The white paper released today is a road map for a long-term, coordinated effort to further spur the development of electric vehicle technologies in the electric transportation market,” Kuhn said.

‘Good Business Sense’

An EEI Electric Transportation Task Force, chaired by Pacific Gas & Electric president and CEO Tony Earley and Portland General Electric president and CEO Jim Piro, is to “champion the issue of electrification by increasing the awareness, opportunities, and activities related to electrification within the utility industry; collaborating with automakers and other stakeholders; and educating the public at large about the benefits of electric vehicles and technologies.”

“Plug-in cars and trucks can make good business sense whether you’re a utility or any other business that operates a fleet of vehicles,” Piro says in the EEI announcement. “At PGE, we’ve been working hard to support electric vehicle policy and infrastructure in Oregon, but we’ve also done the internal analysis and piloting needed to confirm it’s time to build fleet electrification into our own budget. We encourage other utilities to do the same.”

‘Rolling Billboards and Engagement Tools’

“Expanding the use of plug-in technologies is one of the most important opportunities we have as a country to continue diversifying our energy usage and achieve our clean energy goals,” said PG&E’s Earley. “Electrifying our fleets is about showing consumers that plug-in technology is thriving and delivers real benefits that make sense for us and our customers.”

“The utility fleet is the point of the spear,” states the EEI white paper, titled Transportation Electrification: Utility Fleets Leading the Charge.

“Now is the time to start electrifying our fleets,” it states, describing utility fleet vehicles as “rolling billboards and engagement tools.”


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Source: Edison Electric Institute with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



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