ACT News 2017


Near Zero Engine Coming for Refuse

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Game Changer, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Operators to Be Able to Order This Year
As Peterbilt and Autocar Are First to the Fore

Operators of compressed natural gas-fueled refuse trucks are being reassured that OEMs will offer vehicles with the super-low NOx Near Zero version of the Cummins Westport ISL G in time for their traditional fourth-quarter ordering cycle.

Redeem Five Years for Big Blue Bus

June 3, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biomethane, CNG, Fleet Order, Game Changer, LNG, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five-Year Contract to Support 100-Plus ‘Near Zero’ Vehicles
With Gillig to Supply the First 25 Forty-Footers by Year-End,
MRSC Affirms Plan to Support Bus & Refuse Truck Repowers

Clean Energy Fuels has secured a five-year contract to supply its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas – aka biomethane – to the Big Blue Bus transit line in Santa Monica, Calif. The fuel supply pact is worth an estimated $3 million per year, Clean Energy says. updated June 6

MSRC: $10 Million for Near Zero NGVs

May 13, 2016 in Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, money available, NGVs, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency to Vote Thursday on Game Changer-Implementing Program
Aimed at Repowering Transit Buses and Refuse Trucks with ISLG NZ

Southern California’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee is to vote Thursday on a $10 million Clean Transportation Funding initiative to repower existing urban transit buses and refuse collection trucks with the new ISL G NZ – Near Zero – engine from Cummins Westport.

MSRC-logoMSRC wants to hasten deployment of the 8.9-liter engine variant  introduced and certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour (F&F, September 17).

“This newly commercialized heavy-duty natural gas engine offers ‘near-zero’ emission levels for ozone precursor and participate matter criteria air pollutants – 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards – reductions that are of are of critical air quality importance to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) region,” states a draft agenda for the May 19 meeting.

100 Refuse Trucks, 500 Buses?

Also according to the draft agenda, the Near Zero Engine Incentive Program will provide $7.5 million to repower transit buses with the ISL G NZ while $2.5 million will be allocated for refuse collection trucks.

MSRC expects to award $15,000 per qualifying urban transit bus and $25,000 per qualifying refuse collection truck.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

Current plans call for a program notice to be issued on June 3. Applications will be accepted beginning July 5 and ending January 6, 2017.

‘Game Changer’

The new Cummins Westport engine, especially combined with the use of RNG/renewable natural gas-biomethane fuel, is seen as a “game changer” for the challenge of deploying heavy vehicle capable of meeting ambitious state and federal clean air and greenhouse gas emissions targets.

A detailed Game Changer white paper by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates was released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this month (F&F, May 10).

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Source: MSRC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Are You Interested in $38.5 Million?

June 10, 2013 in money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

South Coast Affiliate Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Two-Year Program:
‘New Funding to Improve Southern California’s Air Quality and Health’

The MSRC affiliate of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District is readying a two-year program backed by “an unprecedented $38.5 million for innovative projects and programs in the South Coast region to help reduce harmful emissions from vehicles.”

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