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LA’s Big New Flyers: Both CNG & Electric

October 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As Many as 300 New CNG Buses, and 100 Electrics,
All to Be the Manufacturer’s 60-Foot Xcelsior Model

New Flyer of America took the occasion of this month’s APTA/American Public Transportation Association exhibition in Atlanta this month to trumpet big new orders for 60-foot Xcelsior buses from LA Metro, California’s the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: as many as 300 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, and as many as 100 battery-electric vehicles.
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ENC for LA Metro: CNG Bus Contract

September 6, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ElDorado National – California Gets $200 Million Contract
And Critical NtP for 295 Forty-Foot CNG-Fueled Transit Buses,
Local Employment Was Factor, as ENC Builds Buses in Riverside

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week awarded a $199.1 million contract to ElDorado National – California for 295 forty-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit buses. Also received from the agency is an NtP/notice to proceed.
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LA Metro Orders e-Buses, CNG too

July 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Is Buying 95 Battery Vehicles from BYD and New Flyer
As Actions Include CNG/RNG Vehicles from Two Suppliers,
And Up to $26.5 Million for Near Zero Replacement Engines

The busy board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – LA Metro – voted last week to buy 95 all-battery buses. And while it endorsed the idea of an all-electric fleet in future, the board voted too to buy 360 compressed natural gas-fueled buses and to replace the engines in as many as 395 existing CNG buses with super low-NOx “Near Zero” engines from Cummins Westport. updated August 2
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Metro Nod for ENC’s Low-NOx CNG Buses

June 27, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Board Approves Staff Recommendation for Eldorado
To Supply Up to 600 Forty-Footers with L9N Engines

The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a staff recommendation to purchase 295 forty-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit buses from ElDorado National – California. If contracted, ENC will be a new supplier to the agency.
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Clean Energy RNG for LA Metro Buses

May 29, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contract Kicks Off with a One-Year Pilot,
Could Lead to RNG Supply for 2,200 Buses
With Estimated Annual Use of 38 Million GGEs

Clean Energy Fuels has an agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas for the LA Metro fleet of CNG/compressed natural gas transit buses.
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RNG/Low-NOx Bus Webinar on May 16

April 26, 2017 in Biomethane, Education, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit Operations in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting an educational webinar to promote the economic and environmental benefits of the emerging 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower NOx natural gas engines fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas.
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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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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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FTA Lo-No Bus Awards: $22.5 Million

April 19, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven Transit Providers to Deploy Battery & Fuel Cell Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration yesterday announced $22.5 million worth of awards for its Low and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment initiative, aka Lo-No. Seven transit providers in five states will receive money to help pay for “buses and related facilities that utilize battery-electric, fuel cell, and other innovative technologies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve operating efficiency,” FTA says. updated April 20

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New Flyer Buses and a Hexagon Tank Pact

February 26, 2016 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hundreds More CNG Buses for LA Metro with Hexagon Tanks
As Hexagon Discloses Long-Term Supply Pact for Its Type IVs,
New Flyer Reports Up to 90 More BAE Hybrid Buses for Boston Too

New Flyer has reported a spate of alt fuel and advance technology bus orders: LA Metro has exercised options for 350 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot buses, the manufacturer says, while Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority has awarded a contract for as many as 90 heavy-duty 60-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses – 44 firm XDE60 vehicles valued at approximately $50 million with options for up to an 46 more valued at approximately $71 million.
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SLEB/ZEB: LA Metro Pushes the Envelope

April 17, 2014 in money available, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Old Hybrids to Be Outfitted with NOx-Targeting Technology:
‘Open-Ended,’ Agency Says, ‘Our Stated Goal Is to Experiment’

LA Metro is seeking companies willing to convert six currently idle 42-foot low-floor buses with dated hybrid electric drives to SLEBs – Super Low Emission Buses. The agency is open to any and all suggestions that will allow it to reduce nitrous oxide emissions to the neighborhood of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower or lower – today’s limit is 0.20 grams per bhp.
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Clean Energy for Fox, and for LA Metro

August 7, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten Year Deal to Fuel Buses, Contract for Up to 100 CNG Trucks

Clean Energy Fuels is trumpeting LA Metro board approval of a ten-year pact to operate and maintain four bus fueling stations, and says it “will continue to operate and maintain all of the Agency’s ten CNG bus fueling stations as well as an 11th station currently under construction” – by Clean Energy.”
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BYD Electric Buses Proposed for LA

June 5, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ATVC Board is to Vote on $30 Million Proposal Friday

LA Metro staff is recommending that the Los Angeles agency contract with BYD for as many as 30 battery electric buses via a procurement worth some $30 million. The ATVC – Advanced Transit Vehicle Consortium – board approved the move on June 7, and a full LA Metro board vote is slated for later this  month. updated June 12
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New Flyers for LA Metro

January 10, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

550 CNG Xcelsior 40-Footers with Options for 350 More,
ISL G Engines by CWI and Type IV Fuel Tanks by Lincoln

New Flyer Industries has moved a big step closer to supplying as many as 900 compressed natural gas buses to LA Metro, as the agency has issued a letter of Intent to Award a contract, worth a reported $302.9 million, for the initial 550-unit buy.
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LA Metro Keeps Moving on CNG

September 10, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

150 More NABI CompoBuses Coming Soon, 550 40-Footers to Follow

LA Metro is getting ready to accept delivery of an additional 150 CompoBuses from North American Bus Industries – 45-footers with the mass of a 40-foot vehicle, making for substantial productivity gain with no special driveline technology.
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CNG and Beyond in Los Angeles

March 19, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

LA Metro Is Looking for More CNG Buses, Perhaps 900 of Them,
Also Wants Buses That Are Even Cleaner – as CNG Was to Diesel

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said goodbye to its last diesel bus last year. Now LA Metro is looking to buy as many as 900 new workhorse CNG vehicles.

LA Metro is looking to buy 550 new CNG buses for 2014 and 2015, and with options perhaps a total of 900.

LA Metro is looking to buy 550 new CNG buses for 2014 and 2015, and with options perhaps a total of 900.

At the same time, under a separate solicitation, LA Metro has budgeted $30 million for as many as 30 zero- and near-zero-emission buses, effectively setting the table for the next step change.

The new buses are to be cleaner than compressed natural gas in the way that CNG was cleaner than diesel, says John Drayton, the agency’s Advanced Transit Vehicle Consortium VP.

The zero-emission buses could be battery electric, or fuel cell electrics, he says –whatever it takes.

The near-zero buses are to be 75% cleaner than the current requirements of the California Air Resources Board, among the world’s strictest. Plug-in hybrids might qualify, or some new approach. “Metro is technologically agnostic,” Drayton says. But perhaps not economically agnostic, however, as the agency will be looking closely at life-cycle costs, including infrastructure and maintenance expenses.

550 Firm Plus 250 Plus 100 Could = 900

Bids for the super clean buses are due April 30 under solicitation OP33202790.

For the conventional CNG buy, LA Metro is figuring 275 buses for 2014 and again in 2015, with options for 250 in 2016 and 100 for contract operators, making a possible total of 900. They are to be standard 40-foot vehicles with the stipulation that engines be electrically cooled, with electric HVAC, and electric passenger doors. Electric power steering and compressors are optional.

Bids for the CNG buses are due May 4 under solicitation OP33202869.


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