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XL Hybrids Approved for Cal HVIP Money

July 18, 2016 in Hybrids, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claim Industry-First Approval from California Air Resources Board

Fuel-saving XL Hybrids upfits are now eligible for HVIP/Heavy Duty Voucher Incentive Project finding from the California Air Resources Board, XL says. The CARB decision applies to General Motors 2500 and 3500 passenger and cargo vans with XL3 hybrid upfits, making the conversions more accessible to California fleets.
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VW Deal to Boost Gov’t EV Programs

June 28, 2016 in Companies, litigation, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

German Automaker Hit for $14.7 Billion over Its Diesel Deceits
Agreements With U.S. and California to Compensate Consumers
And Back Programs Supporting Zero-Emission Vehicle Technology

Volkswagen will have to spend as much as $10 billion to compensate consumers and $4.7 billion “to mitigate pollution and make investments that support zero-emission vehicle technology,” the U.S. EPA said today, “to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers.” updated June 29
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$50 Million SCAQMD Webinar June 23

June 10, 2016 in event, money available, trucking, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Free Session on Money for Trucks and TRUs Replacement

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is presenting a complimentary one-hour webinar to help applicants learn about the $50 million in new Proposition 1B funding for the replacement of heavy-duty goods movement trucks and transport refrigeration units. The webinar takes place on Thursday, June 23 at 2:00pm Pacific time.
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AQMD: $52 Million for 100s of Trucks

May 16, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Most Are to Be Natural Gas-Fueled ‘Near Zero’ Vehicles,
But Program Backs Electric Drive Deployments as Well
And 97 Conventional Natural Gas Trucks Are Funded Too

The South Coast Air Quality Management District board has approved outlays of nearly $52 million for the agency’s Goods Movement Program under California’s Proposition 1B statute. Prop 1B funding is provided by the California Air Resources Board.

The big winner...

The big winner…

Upwards of $26 million of the CARB money will support the deployment of several hundred natural gas-fueled trucks – 263 of them with the super-low NOx ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport. It will also support the purchase of more than 60 hybrid replacement and zero emission replacement trucks, as well as charging infrastructure and electric TRUs – transport refrigeration units.

$15 Million for Near Zero Mixers

Irvine, Calif.-based CalPortland/Catalina Pacific is to be the standout recipient, as the firm has been designated to receive $100,000 for each of 150 trucks with the 8.9-liter ISL G NZ.


The engine was certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board’s options NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour — 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards (F&F, September 17).

Other designated double-digit recipients include

  • Superior Ready Mix Concrete for 38 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Penske Truck Leasing for 30 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Anthony H. Ostercamp for 38 vehicles: ten ISL G NZ trucks, ten hybrid replacement trucks, ten hybrid replacement trucks capable of zero-emission miles, and eight zero-emission replacement trucks;
  • PTI Sand & Gravel for 11 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Mountain Valley Express for ten ISL G NZ trucks; and
  • Overseas Freight, Inc. for 29 zero-emission replacement trucks.

SCAQMD is also making 97 awards of $65,000 each – totaling $6.28 million – for natural gas-fueled replacement trucks powered by standard 0.20-gram-per-brake-horsepower hour engines.

The lion’s share of the CARB money via SCAQMD is for trucks with the new low-NOx engine.

The lion’s share of the CARB money via SCAQMD is for trucks with the new low-NOx engine.


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Source: SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CARB $23.6 Million for Port e-Trucks

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Electric Drive, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Statewide Project for Cleaner Trucks at Ports & Railyards

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for electric-powered port trucks, doing so at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this past Wednesday.
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RNG in California: More Than You Think

April 20, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Now Has More Than Half the Market, Says CARB

New figures from the California Air Resources Board indicate that, as of the end of 2015, approximately half of the natural gas being used as a vehicle fuel in the state is bio-based RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane. Only 10% of the state’s NGV fuel consumption was bio-based in 2013, rising to 22% in 2014.
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Landi Renzo’s Ford V-10 Gets CARB Cert

April 13, 2016 in certifications, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Federal Approval for F-650/750 and F-53/59 Is in Hand Too

Landi Renzo USA said today that it’s secured expected California Air Resources Board certification of its natural gas-fueled version of Ford’s 6.8-liter engine for model year 2016. The V-10 powers vehicles including F650/750 series and F-53/59 chassis trucks. Landi cited engine test group GFMXE06.8BW6.
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CEC Wants Help with Hydrogen Fueling

April 8, 2016 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$17.3 Million for Light Duty Vehicle Fueling under ARFVTP

The California Energy Commission is looking to fund light duty hydrogen vehicle fueling infrastructure projects under ARFVTP, its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The agency has as much as $17.3 million under the latest solicitation, which covers capital investment in new fueling outlets as well as operation and maintenance support.


CEC-logo-since1975“This solicitation places a preference on hydrogen refueling stations that fill hydrogen refueling station coverage gaps and hydrogen refueling capacity gaps in California,” the agency says. CEC is working with the California Air Resources Board – making use of CARB’s CHIT, the California Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool – to determine the best locations for additional hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

CEC is hosting pre-application workshop on ARFVTP solicitation GFO-15-605 in Sacramento on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 26. Proposals are due July 15.


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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Odyne Gets Cal Nod for Its Plug-In Trucks

October 16, 2015 in certifications, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Company to Complete the CARB Aftermarket Exemption Process’

Medium and heavy duty work trucks converted to plug-in hybrid electric operation by Odyne Systems have been approved for sale by the California Air Resources Board, the upfitter reported yesterday. The trucks with Remy motors and Johnson Controls lithium batteries, and Allison transmissions, are available for both newly delivered and veteran vehicles.
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CARB Re-Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 29, 2015 in Biodiesel, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

National Biodiesel Board Is Quick to Claim LCFS Leadership

The California Air Resources Board last week formally re-adopted its LCFS, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10% reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in the state.

CARB's Mary Nichols

CARB’s Mary Nichols

“The LCFS, a pillar supporting the state’s efforts to fight climate change, delivers more clean fuels for Californians, and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants,” states a release.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) was quick to state that its fuel has “the best carbon score among all liquid fuels.”

‘A Key Element of California’s Plans’

The agency action “builds on years of successful implementation and will continue reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.

“Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the state,” Nichols said. “This program is a key element of California’s plans to enact Governor Brown’s Executive Order mandating a 50% cut in petroleum use by 2030.”

Carbon Intensity

The LCFS program requires that transportation fuels used in California meet a baseline target for carbon intensity. That target is reduced each year. If a product is above the annual carbon intensity target, the fuel incurs deficits. If a product is below that target, the fuel generates credits which may be used later for compliance, or sold to other producers who have deficits.


“So far,” CARB says, “fuel producers are over-complying with the regulation.”

NBB's Don Scott

NBB’s Don Scott

CARB determines carbon intensity via a life cycle analysis measuring the amount of carbon generated during the extraction, production, transportation, and combustion of a fuel. The agency notes that the LCFS program does not require use of any specific fuel, “only that regulated parties find a blend of fuels and credits that will meet the declining target each year.”

It Depends on the Source

According to NBB, the new standard affirms that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 81% versus petroleum, giving it the best carbon score among all liquid fuels. (emphasis added: natural gas has a higher carbon intensity than the various biodiesel types, but the scores for renewable natural gas from landfills and feedlots are far lower.)

“Biodiesel is the most sustainable fuel on the planet,” NBB sustainability director Don Scott said in his organization’s release. “Low carbon alternatives can also be low cost alternatives when we use diverse supplies of renewable resources. This validates that California’s carbon reduction goals are obtainable.”


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Source: CARB and NBB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Cal 1B Shipping Funding: $267 Million

September 15, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$267 Million for Clean Transportation Under Proposition 1B

The California Air Resources Board staff has released its report for the state’s latest round of Proposition 1B funding for clean trucking and shipping. The Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is a key item for the agency board meeting taking place September 24-25, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition reports.

California's Southland will get the lion's share of the latest Prop 1B funding: more than 60%.

Southern California will get the lion’s share of the latest Prop 1B funding: more than 60%. By transportation category, most of the money will be spent on cleaner trucks.

CARB staff recommends spending approximately $267 million for local agency projects within California’s four priority trade corridors:

  • $166.1 million for truck projects;
  • $69.6 million for locomotives;
  • $20.2 million for ships at berth/cargo handling equipment;
  • $10.4 million for transportation refrigeration units; and
  • $600,000 for harbor craft.

“Consistent with past allocations,” notes CNGVC president Tim Carmichael, 55% of the state’s Goods Movement program funding will go to projects in the South Coast Air Basin, 25% to the Central Valley, 14% to the Bay Area and 6% to San Diego region.

He’s CNGVC advised members that the CARB meeting notice and accompanying Staff Report are available on the Prop 1B program website.


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Source: CNGVC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

2,000th HVIP Voucher Awarded

September 1, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, milestones, money available, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$23,000 to Redwood Products of Chino for a Hino Hybrid

The California Air Resources Board and Calstart last week celebrated the 2,000th award under HVIP, the agency’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher program – $23,000 to Redwood Products of Chino toward the purchase of a Hino 195h hybrid vehicle.

Officials and awardees celebrated the 2,000 HNIP voucher at Redwood Products of Chino last week.

Officials and awardees celebrated the 2,000 HVIP voucher at Redwood Products of Chino last week: Redwood Products co-owner Marcie Rodriguez, Barbara Riordan of CARB, and Rush Truck Center’s Hicidro Campa are presented with certificates by Chris Craig, a staffer with California Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (at podium left); CCAEJ/Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice founder and executive director Penny Newman speaks in photo at right.


Since its launch in 2010, CARB says, HVIP has provided more than $63 million to help California fleets statewide purchase more than 430 zero-emission trucks and buses and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses. Funding for this program is primarily supported through California Climate Investments programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions.

“Thanks to California Climate Investments, which support clean transportation programs like HVIP, our communities are getting an infusion of resources that help businesses buy low-carbon vehicles, support economic growth and help clean the air – all which will pay dividends for generations to come,” CARB executive officer Richard Corey says in the agency’s release.

HVIP LogoA Third of a 195h

The $23,000 for Redwood Products covered close to one-third of the price of a low-carbon Hino 195h hybrid truck. Redwood Products provides mulch, wood chips and other products to nurseries and the landscape industry in five western states.

HVIP provides vouchers of up to $95,000 for California purchasers and lessees of zero-emission trucks and buses, and up to $30,000 for eligible hybrid trucks and buses on a first-come, first-served basis. HVIP also provides incentives of up to $110,000 for zero-emission trucks that provide benefits to disadvantaged communities.

New CARB Funding Plan Approved

In June, CARB notes, the agency board approved a $373 million funding plan that covers all investments in advanced technologies for fiscal year 2015-16, from zero-emission heavy-duty trucks to rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles. The bulk of the $373 million – $350 million – comes through California Climate Investments.

“These low-carbon transportation investments include $200 million for light-duty vehicles and $167.5 million for heavy-duty vehicle and freight-equipment projects, including vouchers to help support the purchase of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses,” CARB says.

California was the first state to get Hino's COE 195h cabover hybrid.

California was the first state to get Hino’s COE 195h cabover hybrid.


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Source: California Air Resources Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Los Angeles Pilot for EV Car-Sharing

July 27, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Air Resources Board Awards a $1.6 Million Grant,
The Alternative to Private Cars ‘Offers a Glimpse of the Future’

The City of Los Angeles and community partners have been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the California Air Resources Board in support of a pilot project to provide electric vehicle car-sharing options in low-income communities. California Senator (and Senate president pro-tem) Kevin de León announced the project on Friday.
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California’s Big Clean Vehicles Money

June 30, 2015 in money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CARB Is Talking Up $373 Million for Fiscal Year 2015-2016,
CEC Wants Input on How to Spend Next ARFVTP $100 Million

The California Air Resources Board today approved a $373 million funding plan covering agency investments in advanced technologies for fiscal year 2015-16, “from zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses to rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles.”

California State Capitol

California State Capitol

Separately, the California Energy Commission has extended until July 15 the deadline for comments on its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. ARFVTP has an annual budget of approximately $100 million.

The proposed CARB budget for the annual Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program is up by $150 million over last year’s budget, and is subject to approval by the California legislature.

$200 Million for Light and $167.5 Million for Heavy Vehicles

“Action taken by the Board today to boost funding for clean vehicle programs is in direct response to growing demand, and the need to put more zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads and highways,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.


“This funding plan delivers clean air, less carbon pollution and provides financial incentives to allow all Californians to benefit from driving and owning the cleanest vehicles.”

CARB is proposing to invest $200 million in light-duty vehicles, with $167.5 million dedicated to heavy-duty vehicle and freight-equipment projects, including vouchers to help support the purchase of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.

CEC Interested in New and Smaller Grants

Among the heavy-duty vehicle investments are three new programs, including a trade-up pilot program to transition off-road agricultural equipment to cleaner technologies. (The remaining $5.5 million is held for administrative overhead and a reserve.)

CEC wants input on new funding in support of projects which do not readily fit into current ARFVTP investment plan categories and, among other possibilities, suggestions for a solicitation limited to small grants of $150,000 or less.

ARFVTP investment plan comments by July 15 to [email protected]

CEC has set July 9 for a staff meeting on NGVIP, its Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project.


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Source: California agencies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush Reports Ford 6.8-Liter CARB Nod

January 13, 2015 in certifications, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Certification Paves the Way for Retrofit Sales in All 50 States

Roush CleanTech reports California Air Resources Board certification for the retrofit of all Ford 6.8-liter engine-powered, model year 2012 to 2015 vehicles to propane autogas – and says it’s the first company to receive such approval.
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CHBC Seeks Input for CARB Workshop

January 7, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydrogen Advocates Want Their Share of California Funding
Estimated at Some $200 Million in 2015-2016 Under AQIP & GGRF

The California Hydrogen Business Council wants help making the case for fuel cell vehicles to get their share as the California Air Resources Board plans outlays through the California Air Quality Improvement Program and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for fiscal year 2015-2016.
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The LCFS Is Under Siege in California

November 4, 2014 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pending Proposal Could Weaken Support for Natural Gas Vehicles
As Agency Is Said to Base Its Forecasts on Outdated Technologies

A pending overhaul of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard could mean lower ratings for natural gas vehicles as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and hence less support for NGVs when it comes to grants and incentives and the emerging cap-and-trade market for GHGs.

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