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Peloton Platoon to Reduce Fuel Use

November 17, 2016 in fuel efficiency, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$5 Million from ARPA-E Backs Purdue-Led ‘Nextcar’ Project
Aiming for 20% Fuel Savings by Pairing Trucks to Reduce Drag

California’s Peloton Technology is talking up its role in a three-year, ARPA-E backed project to nearly triple the fuel savings of its truck “platooning” technology.
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Canada’s Elix Claims Safer WEV Charging

October 13, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products, Technology, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rotating Permanent Magnets to Reduce Radiation
As Vancouver Company Gets China Investment Boost

Vancouver-based Elix Wireless is promoting a method of electrical wireless power transfer – MDC, for magneto-dynamic coupling – it says is safer for electric vehicle charging in that it emits far lower levels of potentially hazardous electromagnetic radiation than competing inductive charging technologies.
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$6.25 Million for ‘Near Zero’ ISX12 G

September 23, 2016 in money awarded, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CEC Money via South Coast Air Quality Management District

The California Energy Commission is adding $1 million from the state’s Clean Fuels Fund to help Cummins Westport develop a “Near Zero” version of its 11.9-lter, natural gas-fueled ISX12 G engine.
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TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.
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Next-Gen Transit Gas Webinar Sept 21

September 9, 2016 in Biomethane, Game Changer, Technology, transit, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultra-Low NOx & Renewable Natural Gas Combination Makes for
‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting a free webinar detailing how the combination of ultra-low NOx natural gas engines and renewable natural gas can help meet state emission targets and in fact together constitute “the most important development for sustainable transit operations in decades.”
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Hexagon H2 Tanks for Mercedes F-Cell

August 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Type IV Cylinders for Fuel Cell/Plug-In-‘Hybrid’

Hexagon Lincoln is supplying its all-composite Type IV cylinders for the new hydrogen-fueled Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle. Each car will have two of the lightweight tanks: one in the transmission tunnel and one below the rear seats.
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New Flyer for ISL G Near Zero Option

August 17, 2016 in CNG, Game Changer, NGVs, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Manufacturer Says It Will Be First with a Bus to LA Metro

New Flyer Industries vowed this morning to be the first to the transit bus market with the new “Near Zero” version of the dominant 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport for natural gas-fueled transit vehicles.
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Quantum Is Back from Bankruptcy

July 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Acquired by Billion-Dollar Investment Firm
And Vows to Pursue ANG Along with CNG

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, said this morning that it’s been bought by Douglas Acquisitions LLC, “a family-owned $1 billion private equity firm based in Northern California.”
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Evatran Plugless JV for WEVC in China

July 15, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wireless EV Charging Could Be OEM-Available There Next Year

Virginia-based Evatran said yesterday that a new joint venture could make its “Plugless” wireless electric vehicle charging available from a China-based OEM in 2017. Evatran’s new JV is with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology, a Tier 1 supplier of brake and other components in China.
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Vote of Confidence for ‘LNOx+RNG’

July 5, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Studies, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Combination of RNG/Renewable Natural Gas and NZ Engine
To Meet Goals Faster and Cheaper than Batteries or Hydrogen

The super low-NOX engine from Cummins Westport, powered by RNG/renewable natural gas, will allow California to meet its goal of zero-emission transmit buses more quickly and for less money that it will with battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell buses, says a new analysis.
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Proterra Opens Its Patent Portfolio

June 28, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘This Industry Needs Open Platforms,’ Says VP Horton
As Firm Grants Access to Overhead Charging Technology

Proterra vowed today to let any bus manufacturer or operator use its overhead electric vehicle on-route fast-charging technology on a royalty-free basis. It’s “a significant move intended to accelerate widespread EV technology adoption and infrastructure development,” the company said.
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UQM for a New Full Electric Drive System

June 20, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, New Products, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with Eaton and Pi Innovo for ‘PowerPhaseDT’
Including Include Motor, Two-Speed Transmission and Inverter:
Combination Intended for Larger & Cheaper Electric-Drive Vehicles

Colorado’s UQM Technologies has disclosed a new alliance with Eaton and Michigan’s Pi Innovo to develop a full electric drivetrain system using UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter.

“Supplier relationships with Eaton and Pi Innovo will allow UQM to meet the growth projections of the EV commercial global market including China, Europe and South America,” states a release.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter will be the basis of the new UQM PowerPhaseDT including twospeed transmission by Eaton with a Pi Innovo control unit.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter will be the basis of the new UQM PowerPhaseDT including twospeed transmission by Eaton with a Pi Innovo control unit.

The UQM package is to be combined with a new two-speed transmission from Eaton and a transmission control unit from Pi Innovo. The full electric drivetrain system will be called the “UQM PowerPhaseDT.”

Smaller Motors

UQM says it will have prototypes ready for customers by early fall and start-of-production units ready by early 2017.

Benefits will include better hill-climbing, acceleration and efficiency, as the new two-speed transmission will provide greater speed and torque range from that of a direct drive system, allowing for a smaller electric motor to drive large vehicles. UQM expects improvements in packaging, efficiency, payload capacity and cost compared with direct drive or single-speed drivelines.

“Perhaps the biggest benefit is the fact that the two-speed transmission keeps the electric motor operating in the highest efficiency region for a greater portion of the drive cycle,” UQM technology VP Josh Ley says in the partnership announcement. ,


Smaller Battery Packs

“This, coupled with the extremely high efficiency of the ‘UQM PowerPhaseDT’ electric drivetrain system, will enable the highest overall vehicle efficiency, saving cost in batteries and increasing range,” he said.

“Pi Innovo’s hardware, software and applications engineers have worked closely with the UQM team to optimize the performance of the system to meet the efficiency requirements demanded by UQM’s customers,” said Pi Innovo Walter Lucking. “Working with UQM has been a great experience for our team,” he said.

“This system will help vehicle manufacturers ensure they are providing a product that helps them improve vehicle efficiency without compromising performance,” said Marco Rollero, Eaton vehicle group EMEA sales and marketing director.

An ‘Overarching Need’

“We have done extensive market research and believe that this offering will be the ideal drivetrain solution for electric and range-extended commercial vehicles,” said UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell.

“The development and production of a full electric drivetrain system will support the overarching need for full transmission systems as enhanced performance and efficiency requirements are mandated by customer drive cycle needs as well as the need to reduce battery costs and meet more stringent environmental regulations,” UQM says.


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UQM, president and CEO Joe Mitchell, 303-682-4900; [email protected]

UQM, VP Adrian Schaffer, 303-682-4920 or 303-682-4900 (main); [email protected]

UQM, Ian Stonington, 303-682-4941; mobile 512-576-1824; [email protected]; uqm.com

Pi Innovo, VP Adrian Carnie, 734-656-0149; mobile 734-968-0931; 734-656-0140 (main); [email protected]; pi-innovo.com

Eaton info, Jim Michels, 248-226-6806 or 248-226-6200 (main); mobile 248-245-9138; [email protected]; www.eaton.com

Source: UQM Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TM4 Upgrades Its Sumo MD Drivelines

June 9, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, New Products, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Technology Developed with Rio Tinto & National Research Council of Canada

TM4 will unveil three new Sumo MD powertrain options at the EVS29 world electric vehicles meeting in Montreal later this month, promising better performance and less reliance on rare earth materials. The company promises a 45% improvement in torque and speed.
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J-W PowerFill for Faster CNG Fueling

May 13, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Technology ‘Increases Flow Rates Without Increasing Horsepower’

J-W Power is promoting a patent-pending compressed natural gas technology it says “significantly improves the customer’s fueling experience with decreased fill time at the dispenser.”


J-W Power’s new PowerFill for CNG ‘significantly improves the customer's fueling experience with decreased fill time at the dispenser,’ the company says.

J-W Power’s new PowerFill for CNG ‘significantly improves the customer’s fueling experience with decreased fill time at the dispenser,’ the company says.

“If you are planning to build a CNG fueling station, J-W PowerFill Technology increases flow rates without increasing horsepower, significantly increases use of onsite storage, reduces starts and stops on equipment, and ultimately enhances the customer’s fueling experience,” J-W Power VP James Barr said in a release.

Automatic Staging

“We designed and built a CNG compressor package that can decrease fill times significantly by maximizing your on-site fuel storage by allowing the compressor to change the number of stages dynamically to utilize high pressure from storage to yield a higher flow rate,” he said.

The new design allows the compressor “to change the number of stages dynamically to utilize high pressure from storage to yield a higher flow rate,” states a release. The J-W PowerFill and J-W PowerFill Lite options are designed in a 4-stage/2-stage configuration, the company says: “When in direct-fill mode or when filling storage, both package designs function in 4-stage mode.

70% Storage Usage

“While a vehicle is fueling, the package automatically switches to two stages, increasing the flow rate up to ten times.”

Storage is typically 30% usable – “with J-W PowerFill Technology, over 70% usage can be achieved.”


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Source: J-W Power with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Room for One More? Brake Air Chez CNG

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility & Freightliner Trying CNG Cabinet for Air Brake Tanks


Back-of-cab CNG fuel system on a Freightliner Cascadia tractor was shown by Agility at ACT Expo 2016.

Back-of-cab CNG fuel system on a Freightliner Cascadia tractor was shown by Agility at ACT Expo 2016.

“Real estate on a chassis is always at a premium,” says Bob Carrick of Freightliner, who told F&F at ACT Expo 2016 that his company is working with Agility Fuel Systems to position the compressed air tanks used for big rig brakes in the extra space available in compressed natural gas fuel system cabinets.

Agility is the exclusive supplier of CNG fuel systems to Freightliner, furnishing hardware from its new plant in Salisbury, N.C., which is in close proximity to the Freightliner manufacturing plants in Cleveland, N.C., and Mt. Holly, N.C.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif.

ACT Expo 2016 Is Now Underway

May 2, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, Technology, telematics, transit, trucking by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,000 Attendees Are Expected in Long Beach

The 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is underway at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. More than 3,000 are expected to attend North America’s the largest clean fleet event, co-hosted with the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the Propane Education & Research Council, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the California Hydrogen Business Council.
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Onboard Dynamics: $3 Million More

April 26, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Technology by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Advances Concept for a Self-Fueling Natural Gas Vehicle

Oregon’s Onboard Dynamics said today that it’s received $3 million from ARPA-E, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, from the Portland Seed Fund, from NW Natural and other utilities, and from private investors to further its concept of using a natural gas vehicle’s engine to compress the vehicle’s fuel.
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