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Gaz Métro LNG at the Port of Montreal

June 9, 2017 in LNG, Marine, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Groupe Desgagnés Vessels Spur Availability
Of Gaz Métro Fuel via Montreal Port Authority

The Gaz Métro utility and the Montreal Port Authority are making liquefied natural gas available as a marine fuel. Gaz Métro will deliver LNG using shore-to-ship equipment at multiple Port of Montreal shoreside locations.
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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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Nanaimo CNG Buses, Jordair-Bauer Fueling

February 27, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

24 New Flyer Xcelsior Buses Make for a 100% CNG Fleet,
As Jordair Helps Fuel Gas Supplier FortisBC’s Own Vehicles

British Columbia’s Regional District of Nanaimo has taken delivery of 24 compressed natural gas-fueled XN40 Xcelsior buses by New Flyer, making for a 100% CNG-fueled RDN fleet. All of the new buses are expected to be in service by the end of the spring.
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EDI Now Gives PG&E More Export Power

February 15, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest Truck, a Class 6 Peterbilt, Provides 160 Kilowatts

Pacific Gas and Electric and its partner Efficient Drivetrains Inc. have unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric truck providing as much as 160 kilowatts of export power – enough to support as many as 125 homes: “potentially eliminating planned outages while shortening unplanned outages.”
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Rocky Mtn High Speed & AC Charging

February 6, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power for Interstate Corridors
And Regional Communities: DC Fast and AC Level 2 Charging,
Plus 200 EVs for Businesses and More Than 13,800 Rentals

PacifiCorp has been designated for a $3.9 million federal grant for its Rocky Mountain Power unit to install electric vehicle chargers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. The “Electric Avenue” EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment grant will also, states an RMP release, “help businesses purchase 200 EVs and more than 13,800 electric rental vehicles.”
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Cal Floats ZEV Plan and Utilities Step Up

January 24, 2017 in EVs, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicles, Cap-and-Trade Are Key as California Air Resources Board
Floats Aggressive Plan to Slash GHG Emissions by 40% Below 1990’s
By 2030 – ‘the Most Ambitious Target in North America,’ Agency Says

Utilities were quick to get onboard last week as the California Air Resources Board released its proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 – “the most ambitious target in North America.”
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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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SoCalGas CNG for Pico Rivera Trucks

July 22, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Public-Access Station Designed for Heavy Trucks

Southern California Gas has opened a new compressed natural gas fueling outlet “in the heart of Pico Rivera’s warehouse and distribution district,” east of downtown Los Angeles. updated July 25
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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

PG&E Arranges PHEV Truck Lease Program

February 5, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Focus Is on EDI Vehicles with Power Export Capability:
Lessors Will Be Able to Get PHEVs at Conventional Prices
AND They’ll Enjoy the Fuel-Savings Advantages for Ten Years

Pacific Gas & Electric, one of the leaders of a national drive by utilities to electrify their fleets, has helped arrange a new leasing program allowing smaller operators to reap the advantages of fuel-saving plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with power export capability – without paying extra.
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PG&E Maintains the Momentum for EVs

November 23, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, Fleet Order, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Stages Auto Show Ride-and-Drive, Installs Workplace Chargers,
Expects January Delivery of Nine More Power-Out EDI Plug-Ins

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric continues its drive toward electrified transportation, sponsoring a morning ride-and-drive as the San Francisco International Auto Show opened at the city’s Moscone Center today.
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PG&E Steps Up Its Fleet Electrification

October 16, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vows to Invest a Third of Annual Fleet Buys in EVs & PHEVs
Over the Next Five Years – Totaling More than $100 Million

Pacific Gas & Electric, citing the usefulness of exportable power for disaster relief, vowed this week to invest one-third of its annual fleet purchases in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the next five years, totaling more than $100 million.
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SoCalGas for CNG in Monterey Park

September 25, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public Station Is First Under New Compression Services Tariff

A new compressed natural gas fueling station Monterey Park, just east of Los Angeles, is the first for Southern California Gas under a new Compression Services Tariff.
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