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2009 Fleets & Fuels Issue Summaries

November 23, 2009 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The following are summaries of Fleets & Fuels newsletter issues from 2009.

The first and final issues of the Fleets & Fuels newsletter in 2009

November 23, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

A new electric vehicle factory opens in California, with big plans for converting big-name trucks to battery operation.

A new mobility vehicle gets a new engine, with series production — and a factory CNG option — promised for 2010.

A U.S. Army contract for Humvee batteries means a new high power lithium ion cell type.

American ultracaps for a new hybrid bus by a manufacturer in Turkey.

Fuel cell buses for Hamburg.

Upwards of 28 LNG trucks for a major food company.

CNG taxis get preference at the largest airport in Texas.

51 more parallel hybrid electric parcel delivery vans.

We continue coverage of HTUF 2009 in Atlanta (detailing, among other things, a new hybrid electric digger derrick), profiling California-based HTUF enabler Calstart.

And, AC Transit • Alliance-Autogas-Blossman • Altec • ArvinMeritor • Associate Cylinders • Automotive Resources International/ARI • Azure Dynamics • BAF Technologies • BBI • BizAcumen • Calstart • Clean Energy Fuels • CleanFuel USA • Connecticut Transit • DFW • Electric Vehicles International • EnerDel • Enova Systems • FedEx Express • Freightliner • Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp • Gasrec • Gold Peak • Green’s Blue Flame • Hardstaff • Kenworth • Light Engineering/LE • Martin Truck Center • Mercedes-Benz/Citaro • MV Sales & Leasing • NGVAmerica • NYSERDA • Optare • Palmetto Propane • Parker Hannifin SSD • Pike Research • Propane Education & Research Council • San Francisco Ford • SF Yellow • Siemens • Surfrider Foundation • Sysco Foods • TARDEC • Temsa • Terex • Toyota • UTC Power • Valence Technologies • Van Hool • Vehicle Production Group/VPG • World LP Gas Association

November 2, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Big dogs and pups as hybrids are a real market presence in trucks and buses, and it’s clear that as their market penetration rapidly grows, the hydraulic variant will grow even faster. That was the word at the Hybrid Truck User Forum last week in Atlanta, where organizer Calstart outlined a $20 million voucher program to place hybrids with California fleets, where IBM unveiled its sure-to-be-influential Truck 2020 report, and where (the economy aside, or because of it) attendance of about 550 topped that of last years meeting in South Bend. It was the first HTUF to be hosted by a fleet operator.

On Friday, the news broke that an HTUF 2009 attaendee (and not its UK-borne competitor, would supply the drives for Ford’s new battery electric Transit Connect van. Another CNG tankmaker has entered hydraulic hybrids (and has an extended CNG cylinder deal with a namebrand busmaker).

A new hydrogen hybrid Class 8 truck gained traction in California. We I.D. the fuel cell supplier.

Congressmen moved to speed aftermarket alt fuel conversions, and a leading fleet association floated a plan to let tax-exempt entities like local governments take advantage of clean vehicle tax incentives (through their payrolls).

The buy of nearly 600 CNG transit buses was approved in Texas.

We detail a 323-mph NGV.

And,

American Traction Systems-ATS • Axon • Azure Dynamics • Bosch Rexroth • Boulder Electric Vehicle • California Air Resources Board-CARB • Calstart • Canadian Renewable Fuels Association • Capacity of Texas • Chrysler • Clean Fuels Consulting-CFC (Brussels) • Cole Publishing • Coca-Cola Enterprises-Coke • Crane Carrier • Cesky Plynarensky Svaz-Czech Gas Association • CZero • Dallas Area Rapid Transit-DART • Dow Jones • Eaton • Electric Drive Transportation Association-EDTA • Equipment Maintenance Innovators-EMI Global • Ford • Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp-FCCC • Hydrogenics • IBM • Idealease • ISE • Lessman Racing • Lightning-HHS • Limo-Reid Technologies • Lincoln Composites • Linde • Mack Trucks • Magna Steyr • Minnesota Valley Transit Authority-MVTA • NAFA Fleet Management Association • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • Navistar International • New York City Department of Sanitation • NGVAmerica • Parker-Hannifin • Remy International • Smith Electric Vehicles • Structural Composites Industries-SCI • Tesla • Tulsa Transit • United Nations Environment Program-UNEP • UOP-Honeywell • U.S. EPA • UPS • Vision Industries • Waste Management-WMI • Worthington Cylinders •

October 19, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Texas town takes a big step closer to the largest single CNG bus order in U.S. history (531 units), while a staff recommendation to repower up to 332 older buses in California is being protested by the losing manufacturer.

GM re-introduces the Chevy Caprice for police as a flex-fuel vehicle. Ford steps up its global electrification efforts.

Los Gatos-based firm gets U.S. and California certifications for 6.0-liter GM engine. A new ultracapacitor from China boosts zero-emission transit prospects.

We profile Remy International, another big-name automotive electronics specialist wanting to get in on hybrid electric growth, focusing on commercial vehicles.

And,

AABC • ASE-Alliance to Save Energy • AFV-Fab • AFVi-Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute • ANGVA-Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicles Association • AT&T • Baytech • Calstart • Clean Energy Fuels • Coskata • Cummins Westport • Daimler • Dallas Area Rapid Transit-DART • DEC2011 (Italy) • DesignLine • Doosan • Ford • Foton America • General Motors • GESI-Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. • Groot Industries • IMT-Oshkosh • LA Metro • Los Angeles Department of Transportation-LADoT • LAWA-Los Angeles World Airports • Lincoln Composites • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • Remy International • Pima Association of Governments (Tucson) • Platts • Sinautec • Supercomm • Tesla • Valley Power Systems • Zytek

October 5, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

The leading natural gas vehicle fuel supplier says it’s buying a key NGV converter for $8.3 million.

Ohio-Austrian Type I CNG cylinder maker buys Type III specialist.

Transportation company will sell namesake CNG paratransit vehicle.

NGVAmerica held its annual meeting in the context of WasteCon in Southern California.

European OEM crash tests the diesel-fueled, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle it says it will take commercial as early as 2012.

Japanese OEM outlines plan to test 500 PHEVs beginning this year — and cautions California.

We profile Eaton, provider of hybrid drives that have logged more than 21 million miles of service. Eaton has reorganized electric and hydraulic hybrids in one Michigan-headquartered division. It is eyeing plug-ins on the electric side and a market-viable, ‘HLA’ brand parallel drive on the hydraulic, to debut commercially late this year.

And,

AFVi-Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute • AFVTech • ANGVA-Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicles Association • AT&T • BAF Technologies • Bobit • California Air Resources Board-CARB • California Transit Association-CTA • Calstart • Cambridge Concord Associates • Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Association • Clean Cities (Washington) • Clean Cities Shreveport • Bobit • Chesapeake Energy • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fuels Consulting-CFC (Brussels) • City of Culver City • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition • Eaton • Ecotality • Fulkerson Group • Gevo • GIE+EXPO Events • Global Leaders (for Green Fleet World) • City of Inglewood • International Advanced Mobility Forum-IAMF • LA Metro • MV Sales & Leasing • MV Transportation • New Eagle-Motohawk • NGVAmerica • NGVRus-Gazprom • North American Bus Industries-NABI • North County Transit District-NCTD • Omnitek • Orgexpo Foundation • Platts • Quantum Technologies • Rapid Electruc Vehicles-REV • Texas General Land Office • Toyota • Trillium USA • Vehicle Production Group • Volvo • WEH Technologies • Westchester Bee Line

September 21, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

A California drive specialist is to help develop battery electric walk-in vans by a name OEM, as a U.S. manufacturer sets a European division for lithium ion batteries. Other name firms team for a commuter EV lithium battery pack and e-drives, respectively.

We profile ITT Conoflow, which sees the writing on the wall — energy prices must rise, so natural gas vehicles will thrive: Conoflow will build on its existing line of regulators for heavy duty CNG vehicles.

140 CNG school buses for Tulsa, more money for methane port trucks, a new biomethane bus project in Britain and CNG trash trucks for Dallas. We bring you all the new information from Fleets & Fuels ShowTimes magazine at this week’s WasteCon 2009 meeting in Long Beach., Calif. — with full contact information in the Fleets & Fuels version, of course.

Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

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Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

September 7, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

CLEAN CITIES’ The Thing: natural gas and propane have joined the federal money club: we deliver a blow-by-blow of 25 DoE awards totaling $300 million, with contact people for all of them, including such standouts as 28 plug-in hybrid electric school buses for Kansas City and the biogas-to-biomethane methods favored in Atlanta and Seattle.

Elsewhere, Norwegian battery cars will be built in Finland as U.S. battery supplier takes a 31% stake. German automaker details its new B Class fuel car with stacks from Canada and fuel systems from Austria with U.S. tanks.

Midwest Type A school bus manufacturer adds economical propane to line-up augmented earlier this year with hybrid electric option.

Cold ironing in Oakland and a switch to CNG buses in gas-rich Shreveport.

Vacaville looks to be “Voltageville” again.

It’s all in the September 7 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels subscribers have theirs, replete with contact information you won’t find anywhere else. Shouldn’t YOU be a Fleets & Fuels subscriber too?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

August 24, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

A UK drivetrain supplier is a big winner behind recent federal awards (specifically $39.2 million for 400 e-trucks) and a German OEM’s announcement that it’s building 1,000 battery electric cars in France.

The first of the turbine hybrids for New York City has been delivered, likewise the first of a new line of factory LNG trucks for the Los Angeles ports.

A venerable EV specialist is setting up a new, 53,000-square-foot factory in Stockton, Calif. Two natural gas vehicle specialists are targeting regional heavy duty fleets.

Clean Cities gears up for a new clean vehicles push with a key meeting in Washington next month.

We profile McNeilus, an experienced supplier of CNG refuse trucks that’s now pushing clean methane fuel for concrete mixers.

It’s all in the August 24 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, replete with critical contact information for key players. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels too?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

August 10, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Buses all but bump Obama as Seattle is getting as many as 700 with series hybrid electric drives — 93 to start.

The president, as has been widely noted, announced $2.4 billion for 48 battery EV initiatives in 20 states, and

* Propane companies are planning to stockpile 1,800 of soon-to-be-discontinued 8.1-liter engines used in school buses…
* new joint venture for natural gas vehicles in Peru…
* CNG street sweeper and stretch limo firsts…
* first CNG conversions using International’s 24-valve engine…
* California lifts its deadline for zero-emission buses…
* battery trucks for BIG-name fleets.

We detail Brazil’s low-cost hydrogen bus project and an 800-kilowatt EV test unit for a new U.S. Army lab. New Leaf battery car for 2010. A 2-mode PHEV for 2011.

A leading consultant for NGVs in Europe is working to make sure that biogas opportunities aren’t wasted.

It’s all in the August 10 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, replete with contact information for ALL of the news summarized above. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

July 27, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

F&F was torn this week between EPA’s easing its aftermarket conversion requirements (somewhat, with more to come) and the gathering trend of natural gas producers finally beginning to use their own fuel in their own vehicles. We decided on the latter as the bigger basic market-builder and reported one huge producer’s natural gas sea change on page 1.

We advance some important battery news that broke right after our last issue lithium ion batteries for demo PHEVs in Europe (we report which type) and the sale of a U.S. NiMH business to a Korean-German joint venture (business as usual for now).

Why are there no CNG hybrids? But there are: we detail a California college’s plans for series electric buses with methane-fired turbines, as many as 40 units.

A prominent package firm is extending the life of older trucks by installing hybrid drives. A Canadian province is subsidizing (and buying 500) EVs. California ponders the Smart Grid.

40 new model hybrid cars for a major city’s largest taxi outfit, which also pumps CNG. A prominent truck stop chain will offer urea for SCR nationwide, using regular dispensers, in league with a major OEM. A Colorado company stokes its algae-based biocrude production with waste CO2.

We profile AeroVironment, an EV pioneer for 20-plus years that’s now getting back into on-road vehicle charging.

It’s all in the July 27 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, loaded with contact people for all the business outlined here, and more. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

July 13, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

New legislation will boost alt fuels and advanced drives in the mid- and long-term, meanwhile we detail

* new lithium ion and NiMH capacity by companies large and small,
* South Carolina busbuilder takes the lid off its turbine-fueled hybrids,
* Fisker asks for funds like Tesla got,
* key supplier of e-drives for Mini E cars takes no sass from critics,
* biomethane experts from Sweden target the U.S., and
* a ton of natural gas vehicle news, dual-fuel and dedicated.

It’s all in the July 13 issue of Fleets & Fuels, which Fleets & Fuels readers have, replete with real-world contact information for doing business NOW.

Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

June 29, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Biomethane gains momentum — projects bear fruit and, in California, there is money for more.

Spain hosts its first-ever natural gas vehicles conference — new company alignments as two American firms said they’ll build CNG bus fuel tank assemblies in Italy.

A California-Germany partnership for economical parallel hybrid drives for buses and trucks. First-ever electric-drive bucket trucks in Hawaii and California. Safer lithium ion batteries targeted. EMD offers e-drive design and engineering services. 50 new parallel hybrids for Canadian package giant. Mayas for Maryland. English EVs for France.

German company promotes economical Type IV CNG tanks. Canadian supplies engine controllers for NGVs by OEMs in India. Clean Energy cracks Florida.

It’s all in the June 29 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels subscribers have theirs, loaded with sales leads and news you don’t see elsewhere. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

June 15, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

A new battery electric dubbed Coda, a leading bus upfitter to distribute hybrids, a Calstart-sponsored foray to Capitol Hill, how a lithium battery-maker is tightening its ties to an electronic giant.

We detail a major OEM’s plans for a diesel-fueled plug-in hybrid and its blessing of a flex-fuel car with aftermarket CNG tanks (biomethane welcome!), and two propane partnerships in the U.S.

Watermelons touted as an ethanol source, and camelina for biodiesel. LNG supply deals in the Phoenix area. NGVs are to be paid for by an oil company in Texas City.

It’s all in the June 15 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have their issues, replete with contact information for key people. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Do it today!

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

June 1, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

European supplier of commercial natural gas vehicles is convinced by the availability of dry, landfill-derived biomethane to offer an entire line of CNG trucks with steering wheel on the right for Great Britain.

A lithium ion battery supplier is chosen for new fuel cell buses for California and Connecticut as the bus manufacturer gears up to promote its new line of ultracapacitor hybrid electric buses at the UITP show in Vienna.

A new and more powerful natural gas engine for transit and refuse operators will be launched this year as the Texas developer’s 7.6-liter, DT 466-replacing engine is fully certified to 2010 emissions limits.

We deliver a roundup of Clean Cities proposals running the gamut of alt fuels and vehicle technologies, and we deliver more coverage of EVS-24, mid-May’s world electric vehicles meeting in Norway.
It’s all in the June 1 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs now — replete with contact information for key people. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

May 18, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Most ‘legacy’ OEMs stayed away but new ones showed new vehicles, with evidence of dramatic new international connections at EVS-24, the world electric vehicles meeting in Norway last week. Batteries made in China by U.S. companies for customers in Europe, Canadian batteries to be made in Norway for a Norwegian EV based on gliders from India. Korean batteries for a new U.S. plug-in. New vehicles from the U.S., France, the Netherlands, Norway. It’s all in Fleets & Fuels’ wrap of the meeting that concluded only on Saturday. (We include a noted skeptic’s view too.)

Non-EVS news too, of course, including a key natural gas supplier’s move to take a bigger share of the natural gas bus business in the U.S. — two of four major contract acquisitions, have already been closed. A New England firm claims a cellulosic ethanol breakthrough. Biodiesel backers get a break in California.

Some stats you may not have seen from the world’s fourth-largest country for NGVs, with 1.3 million CNG vehicles.

It’s all in the May 18 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, with a wealth of contact information for key players. Shouldn’t you subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

May 4, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

The announced acquisition of FuelMaker through the Italian arm of an expanding gaseous fuel vehicle outfit was the talk of the natural gas vehicles world.

California has formally enacted its Low Carbon Fuels Standard. A Japanese OEM has expanded its battery EV charging network in the U.S. A Milwaukee firm has launched yet another heavy duty plug-in hybrid. An Oklahoma producer of natural gas has begun fueling vehicles with its own product. Indiana firm unveils its ‘Idea’ PHEV.

Fleets & Fuels covers the AF&V 2009 and NAFA I&E meetings in Orlando and New Orleans.

And we profile Zipcar, which accommodates a large number of drivers with a small fleet, and is now offering its expertise to operators wishing to run their own fleets more efficiently. The key to Zipcar’s ‘FastFleet’ is reduced idle-vehicle time.

It’s all in the May 4 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, loaded with contact information for key players — People Who Are Doing Business NOW. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels too?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

April 20, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

The White House orders GSA to spend some $285 million on efficient vehicles this spring, including 2,500 hybrids from U.S. automakers. NGVs are specified as well.

Leading CNG fuel provider backs transition by 19-location airport shuttle operator to natural gas, as a new paratransit vehicle is unveiled in Orlando. A CNG-fueled concrete mixer is in development with government support. Aftermarket converters have new certifications for CNG and propane. Ground has been broken for a CNG station in Singapore that’s to be the world’s largest.

EVs advance as companies detail separate battery manufacturing plans, and a Silicon Valley startup tells today how its series hybrid electric drivetrain for buses will yield unprecedented efficiency — 100 miles all-electric or the equivalent of 50 miles per diesel gallon for longer daily runs.

It’s all in the April 20 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, and they have contact information for the key players in all of these projects.

Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

April 6, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Detroit OEM confirms that it will supply gas-ready 5.4-liter engines for natural gas and propane conversions, and support calibration work.

U.S. arm of British electric vehicles outfit picks brownfields site in the Midwest for U.S. assembly. Bus drive specialist says its new series hybrid electric is helping win new customers, some overseas. Battery maker applies for a federal loan for large-scale lithium phosphate factory in Texas.

Plug-in hybrid electric yard hostlers, methane hostlers for big name fleets, new CNG and LNG fueling for the ports, a proposed LNG tugboat, all at FFCA California.

A long-planned scheme to tap a major refinery hydrogen pipeline in Los Angeles for vehicle fueling is coming to fruition, and the first independently owned major-brand gasoline station to offer hydrogen will be supplied from the same economical source, via new tube trailers.

A venerable Detroit electronics firm’s e-drive strategy. The sudden bankruptcy of a noted CNG fueling company.

It’s all in the April 6 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, replete with contact information for key individuals — people doing clean fuel vehicles business NOW.

Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

March 23, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

The AT&T news, more than half a billion dollars for thousands upon thousands of alt fuel cars and trucks, including 8,000 natural gas vehicles, dominates. We I.D. the likely winner, who’s to supply converted Ford vans. Forty or so CNG fueling stations will be needed too.

Elsewhere two gas drying and cleaning specialists are merging in Canada, a European battery EV manufacturer reaffirmed plans to locate a factory in the U.S., two NGV firms are teaming to sell vehicles in Florida, and an automaker fields a Class 8 hybrid for parts deliveries. A new hybrid from a major Japanese OEM goes on sale tomorrow for less than $20K.

SCR for the ISX, E85 for Ford-platform hybrids, a two-mode hybrid for over-the-road trucks, electric drive port yard hostlers, all from Calstart’s CHDV meeting in Long Beach last week. We present more than a page of hydrogen news too.

It’s all in the March 23 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, with contact information for a whole bunch of people who are doing clean vehicles business NOW. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

March 9, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

The calm before the storm: amid clear signs that the current order vacuum for alternative fuel vehicles is ending, Fleets & Fuels delivers updates on a broad array of gaseous fuel and electric drive vehicle developments — how federal and California clean vehicles money will be spent, significant orders for natural gas conversions (and possible easing of conversion requirements), products and possibilities in hybrid drives both hydraulic and electric.

New options in biofuels are emerging too, and we detail the multi-faceted fleet of Chicago’s electric utility — the seventh-largest green fleet in the nation.

It’s all in the March 9 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels readers have theirs, replete with contact information for key individuals.

Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels too?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

February 23, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

$6 million for natural gas vehicles as part of a refinery fire settlement in Texas, 1,000 U.S. battery packs for electric versions of a little German car, new electric drive and CNG-fueled vehicles at a major show in Chicago next week.

A U.S. OEM’s partner strategy for electric drive vehicles, an emergent economy’s largest CNG cylinder plant, more biomethane in the UK and Scandinavia. A battery-dominant transit bus that may need no engine at all.

A summary of clean vehicle opportunities in the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is now the law of the land.

High-end hybrids too.

It’s all in the February 23 issue of Fleets & Fuels. Fleets & Fuels have theirs, replete with dozens of sales leads. Shouldn’t YOU subscribe to Fleets & Fuels?

Best Regards,

Rich Piellisch, Editor
Fleets & Fuels
San Francisco

February 9, 2009 issue of Fleets & Fuels

A Detroit major confirmed at F&F presstime that it will collaborate with a British EV specialist for its battery electric van, a modified Ford Transit Connect, for 2011 (we reported this January 1). The automaker also confirmed details of factory PHEV SUVs for utilities (we reported this on January 1).

Drive supplier gets its parallel hybrid drive Altoona-certified for Ford-platform shuttles. German OEM shows a CNG car at the Washington Auto Show. German biogas firm buys out its co-located affiliate in Ohio. Trash giant releases details of its CNG trucks for Seattle (we reported on these January 1, too).

The national biodiesel meeting drew upwards of 2,000 to San Francisco last week, and while there was lots to celebrate in the way of capacity growth and enthusiastic consumption, there was likewise serious recognition of challenges and problems.

We profile Ohio’s Hocking College, which is helping ready students for alternative energy jobs and is opening a new Energy Institute this autumn as ‘a working laboratory.’

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