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US Hybrid FC Bus Arrives in Costa Rica

August 9, 2017 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Crucial Integration Milestone on the Nation’s
First Hydrogen-Electric Transport Ecosystem Project’

A 40-foot Van Hool A330 bus outfitted for zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell operation by US Hybrid in Connecticut has arrived in Costa Rica, where it will be demonstrated “along representative routes near the city of Liberia,” says project coordinator Ad Astra Rocket, of Webster, Texas.

This item was initially posted on August 4
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Sheehy Mail CNG: Trillium, Hydrogen

August 8, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Hydrogen, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG Publicizes Omaha Fuel Supply Contract
As the Mail Carrier Evaluates Hydrogen on Its Trucks
And New 11.9-Liter Low NOx Cummins Westport Engine

Love’s Trillium CNG has disclosed a contract with Sheehy Mail Contractors for the supply of compressed natural gas from its station in Omaha. Separately, Sheehy is talking up the use of hydrogen with CNG to improve the efficiency of its natural gas trucks.
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Solid Power Plays Lithium Long Game

July 18, 2017 in batteries, Companies, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Batteries That Last Far Longer Than Today’s Batteries
But Not for EVs This Year, Nor Next, Nor the Year After…

Colorado’s Solid Power is developing solid-state lithium batteries with the potential for energy density nearly double that of the batteries available today. Just don’t expect them anytime soon.
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Cenergy ANG for 2 Commercial Fleets

June 27, 2017 in Companies, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Adsorbent Natural Gas in Two Cylinder Types
With Rectangular Containers to Follow Soon

Cenergy Solutions is trumpeting a breakthrough for its adsorbent natural gas technology, which allows fuel to be stored at far lower pressure than conventional CNG/compressed natural gas. Two commercial fleets are using or have agreed to install ANG systems in their vehicles.
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Roush & Blue Bird for Low-NOx Propane

June 8, 2017 in certifications, Propane, propane autogas, school buses, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush Claims First .05 NOx Propane Autogas Engine,
U.S. EPA- and California-Certified on 6.8-Liter Ford V-10
For Class 4 to 7 Vehicles & Blue Bird Type C School Buses
Affords Fleets ‘the Greatest NOx Reduction Per Dollar Spent’

Roush CleanTech has developed the industry’s first propane autogas engine with nitrogen oxide emissions of just 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour – dramatically below the current U.S. EPA limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr.

The 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine with the Roush modification has been certified by both the UPA and California Air Resources Board, the companies said yesterday.


‘Roush CleanTech’s low-NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,’ said Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council. Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engines photo courtesy Roush CleanTech at Roush headquarters in Michigan.

The target market is Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles, and Blue Bird’s Type C school buses.

‘A Great Step Forward’

“Roush CleanTech’s low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,” said PERC/Propane Education & Research Council president Tucker Perkins says in the Roush-Blue Bird release.

“Propane autogas is well established as an economical, clean-burning and domestically produced alternative fuel ideal for fleets,” Perkins said. “Now propane gets the biggest return on NOx.”

“Equipping the Blue Bird Vision with the lowest NOx propane engine makes the best-selling school bus in the industry even better,” said Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock.

The Volkswagen Opportunity

“That’s great news for the environment, our customers and our children. Blue Bird’s propane school bus is the industry leader for lowest total cost of ownership and hassle-free maintenance,” Horlock said, “creating a cleaner and safer environment for us all.”

“Developing the lowest NOx propane engine sends a message that this fuel is comparable to other alternative fuels from a standpoint of emissions,” Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the low-NOx announcement. “With our nation’s ample supply of propane and the fuel’s favorable total cost of ownership, our propane autogas engine is the perfect mix of environmental and economic sustainability,” he said.

Roush and Blue Bird note that over the past year, NOx awareness has increased due to the Volkswagen emissions compliance issue, with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (F&F, February 18) created to fund actions with cleaner technology that reduce excess emissions of NOx. “Our .05g NOx engine certification will help our school bus and public transit customers target funds,” from the VW mitigation program, Mouw said. “This is especially beneficial for school districts looking for extra funds to replace aging diesel models.”

“The launch of the lowest NOx engine in the class 4-7 space comes at an opportune time,” Mouw told F&F. “Our customers and partners can utilize funds from the upcoming Volkswagen EMT settlement to modernize their fleets with this low NOx propane engine offering the greatest NOx reduction per dollar spent.”

‘No Additional Upfront Cost’

The companies note that the certifications cover the 6.8-liter Roush modification for propane autogas powered school bus and commercial truck “with no additional upfront cost.” Roush has begun installing the new low NOx engines in its Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with 2017 model year engines.

“Now it’s no longer just the Cummins Westport natural gas product,” one expert observer says in reference to new low-NOx engines from the joint venture serving the natural gas vehicle market (F&F, May 5).

Propane autogas-powered Blue Bird Vision school buses with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech for the Leander Independent School District in Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas (F&F, September 26, 2016).


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Source: Blue Bird & Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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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US Hybrid for FC Bus Demo in Costa Rica

May 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ad Astra Coordinating ‘Ecosystem Project’ Including Air Liquide

Busy US Hybrid is completing the conversion of a 35-foot Van Hool bus to hydrogen fuel cell operation at its facility in Connecticut for trials in Costa Rica. The “Hydrogen Ecosystem Project” project is being coordinated by Texas-based Ad Astra Rocket.
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ChargePoint & Uber: Flying High, Higher

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Aviation, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deal With Uber Could, As They Say, Change Everything

ChargePoint, the leading supplier of networked chargers for electric vehicles, has teamed with Uber in support of a global vertical takeoff and landing transportation network.
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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

Agility Now Shipping Its ‘Blue iQ’ Systems

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Holistic Approach to Natural Gas Trucks Developed with Cummins:
The Goal Is ‘a Better-than-Diesel Experience for Natural Gas vehicles’

Agility Fuel Solutions said at the start of ACT Expo that it’s begun shipping its first Blue iQ brand production units for both large and small fleets and is accepting orders from all customers for Blue iQ equipment.
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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

FCA Pacifica Hybrids: 500 More for Waymo

April 25, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Self-Driving Car Company Is Adding to 100 Already Delivered

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is gearing up to produce an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for self-driving developer Waymo, the automaker said this morning.
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Ford PHEV Vans for Five London Fleets

April 24, 2017 in EVs, Hybrids, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five to Get Hybrid Transit Custom Vehicles with Telematics

Ford said today that at least five fleets operating in London will test 20 Transit Custom vans – the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version – beginning this fall.
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Westport HPDI 2.0 Via Volvo This Year

April 24, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Volvo Is to Offer Trucks with the ‘MethaneDiesel Euro VI’ Engine
To Be Nearly as Efficient as Diesel with 15% Less GHG Emissions,
‘Westport Is Now a Tier 1 Supplier’ to Heavy Vehicle Manufacturers

Watch for the official launch of the second iteration of Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology – designed allow heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on natural gas while preserving the efficient compression ignition cycle – late this year by Volvo Trucks in Europe.
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Toyota Furthers Hydrogen Trucking

April 20, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, ports, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows a Kenworth T660 with Twin Mirai Fuel Cells
For ‘Project Portal’ Port of Los Angeles Drayage Ops

Seeking to show that hydrogen power can play a role beyond the passenger car, Toyota yesterday kicked off “Project Portal,” by which a modified Kenworth T660 will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.
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Xebec’s Better PSA: Fast Cycle for RNG

April 4, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Companies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Game-Changer’ as a Novel Adsorption/Desorption Cycle Yields
‘Recovery Rates of Up to 98.5% While Operating at Low Pressure’

Xebec Adsorption is promoting an improved pressure swing adsorption architecture for upgrading biogas to biomethane. By optimizing fast-cycle PSA technology process design “and combining it with a novel adsorption/desorption cycle,” states a release, “Xebec can now achieve recovery rates of up to 98.5% while operating at low pressure, allowing operators to maximize revenue, lower operating costs and, consequently, increase profitability.”

The result is more practical RNG – renewable natural gas.

Xebec PSA/pressure swing adsorption equipment at work in France. Installations employing the company’s new fast-cycle designs in Europe are already achieving the new performance levels – stated at 98.5% recovery – for biogas-to-RNG upgrading, the company says.

Xebec notes that it pioneered fast- and rapid-cycle adsorption technology, bringing its proprietary technology to the biogas upgrading market more than 15 years ago. Today the Montreal-based company “is a major player with 27 installations operating globally and a growing number of ongoing projects under planning, procurement and construction.”

‘Flexible, Reliable, and Cost-Effective… a Step Change’

Biogas upgrading, the firm says, is an engineering and process design challenge “because gas compositions constantly vary, flow rates fluctuate, and temperatures change with seasonal and weather conditions.

“Operators need technology solutions that are flexible, reliable, and cost-effective in order to maximize profits,” Xebec says, claiming “a sterling reputation for delivering product gas that meets all of these objectives at a quality that can be injected into the pipeline systems.”

PSA recovery rates typically deliver recoveries in the 94% to 96% range, Xebec says. “With this breakthrough in the PSA process and cycle design, Xebec can offer a step change in achievable recovery rates, up to 98.5%, offering its proven adsorption technology that is cost effective, flexible and highly reliable.”

Kurt Sorschak

‘This Is a Game-Changer… Product Gas that Can Be Sold’

“This is a game-changer for Xebec,” Xebec president and CEO Kurt Sorschak says in a release. “Our customers have always been highly complementary of our robust and flexible systems that can adjust within minutes to changing operating conditions while continuously delivering quality product gas that can be sold.

“With this improvement in recovery to 98.5%,” Sorschak says, “we are now offering clear economic advantages to our customers. Xebec combines high recovery with low operating costs and unrivaled system tolerance and flexibility, resulting in increased profitability for our customers.

Game Changer at ACT Expo Too

“With 21 projects in our current pipeline,” he said, “customers have clearly taken to Xebec’s new biogas upgrading solution.”

Separately, organizers of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and conference fast approaching in Long Beach, Calif. will examine the merits of biomethane at the Game Changer 2.0 Summit session on Monday, May 1. ACT Expo itself runs May 1-4, with the exhibit hall open May 2-3.

Xebec Adsorption will be at Booth 553.

Check out the ACT Expo 2017 agenda here.


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Source: Xebec with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

AeroVironment for eMotorWerks Cloud

March 28, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

AV Chargers Getting ‘JuiceNet’ Smart-Grid Capability

AeroVironment and eMotorWerks are teaming to offer better connectivity for EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment. AeroVironment’s line of EV chargers is being integrated with eMotorWerks’ “JuiceNet” system for cloud-connected smart-grid charging.
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