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2010 Fleets & Fuels Issue Summaries

December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The following are summaries of Fleets & Fuels newsletter issues from 2010.

The first and final issues of the Fleets & Fuels newsletter in 2010

Full Fleets & Fuels newsletter issues, available to paid Fleets & Fuels subscribers, contain far more detail and include contact information — telephone numbers and e-mail addresses — for key people at the companies and organizations mentioned in the newsletter articles.

To download PDFs with the full contents of these issues, click here (only available to premium subscribers).

December 20, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Reinstatement of natural gas and biodiesel tax breaks through 2011, retroactive for 2010, is of course the dominating alt fuel news.

Besides which, The Age of Lithium has arrived, with deliveries of Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford Transit Connect and Think City vehicles

Thus the nation’s best known electric conglomerate weighs in with a line of chargers and a pledge to buy 25,000 battery cars.

Leading telcom celebrates deployment of its 2,000 CNG van and gets ready to host fueling stations. Some two dozen CNG-fueled F-450s with battery electric lifts by are expected for the first half of 2011.

50-state certifications for GM vans

work on a parallel hybrid drive for trucks confirmed

an acquisition in LNG fueling equipment (buyer will build a second CNG station at LAX, hosted by major rent-a-car concern)

a 100% battery electric garbage truck in France

new major OEM hydrogen fuel cell cars for lease

WorldCNG trumpets CNG conversion prowess, which now includes propane and soon hydrogen vehicles


ABC-American Business Conferences • AT&T • Azure Dynamics • BAE Systems • BYD • Calstart • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Vehicle Solutions • Clean Fuels Consulting (Brussels) • DesignLine • Dow Kokam • EUFMC-Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference • EnerDel-Ener1 • FCHEA-Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association • GE-General Electric • GM-General Motors • GNA-Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • HACLA-Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles • Hertz (LAX) • Hyundai • IGVision (China) • Impco • McNeilus • Mercedes-Benz Canada • Mercedes-Benz USA • National Biodiesel Board (Kinsley) • NaturalDrive • NGVAmerica • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • New Eagle • Nissan • NorthStar • PennWell Publishing • Powertrain Engineering • PVI • City of Richmond • Sita-Suez Engineering • Terasen • Think • Toronto EV300 • Virginia Clean Cities • Visteon

November 29, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

NGV India meeting in Mumbai and EVS-25, the world electric vehicles gathering in China, where Western firms see bright prospects for manufacturing, and for sales.

Two firms team on Michigan biomethane to support fleets thousands of miles away, as a new policy push is readied for the clean renewable fuel (the first of many more biomethane meetings will be held this week, in Ohio).

developer emerges for FCCC-Thomas Built’s propane Type C school bus

CNG refuse trucks in Fort Myers, Fla.

world’s largest renewable diesel plant, in Singapore

scientists warn of fugitive methane emissions risk

carbon catalyst concern claims key to canceling oil habit


We profile the UK’s HaloIPT, which launched a high-power wireless charging system at EVS-25.

AeroVironment • Altairnano • Argonne National Laboratory • AVELE (Spain) • Axeon • Azure Dynamics • BorgWarner • Carbon Sciences • China Titans Energy • Chrysler • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fuels Ohio • CleanFuel USA • Cornell University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology • CQS Group T Racing • EDTA-Electric Drive Transportation Association • EMC-Electric Mobility Canada • Electrification Coalition • Encana • EnerDel-Ener1 • Evo Electric • Freightliner • GESI-Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. • GNA-Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • IDTechEx • HaloIPT • Intelligent Energy • Itochu • Maruti • McNeilus • Neste Oy • NGV Global • NGVAmerica • Paper Transport • PERC-Propane Education & Research Council • Remy International • Republic Services • Revolve Technologies • SAE International • Shenzhen Tele Disused Battery • SGWA-Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association • Thomas Built • TM4 • TGT-Tulsa Gas Technologies • Veolia Environmental Services • Vocational Energy • Wanxiang • Zhuhai Yintong Energy • honorable mentions: Aoxin • Beijing EV • Brilliance • Byvin • BYD • BAIC • Changan • Chery • CSR • Citic Guoan • Dongfeng • Geely • Great Wall • Green Wheel • FAW • Joy New Energy • Luxgen • SAIC • Sokon • Shifeng • Wonder • Zhongxing • Zotye

November 8, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

First-ever U.S. mileage standards proposal has diesel lobby crowing and NGV people disappointed.

Canadian trucker orders 180 LNG tractors.

A huge coal mining truck is converted to LNG-diesel dual fuel and partners say that over-the-road coal-haulers represent an even bigger natural gas opportunity

we I.D. engine supplier for Volvo’s first dual fuel bus order

propane for yet another well known maintenance fleet

LA Auto Show preview

Operation UpCycle for CNG School Buses

supplier gains CNG contract for all of LA Metro

new CNG refuse trucks for Culver City

TerraPro Cabover methane from Mack

The Work Truck Show (and Green Truck Summit) in Indianapolis in March. ACT Expo 2011 in Long Beach in April.

Aluminum Association • Argonne National Laboratory • ASME International • Autocar • Azure Dynamics • Better Place • Calstart • Chart-NexGen • Clean Air Power • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fleet Report • Clean Fuels Ohio • Culver City • Diesel 2 Gas • Eaton • Fab Industries • Ford • Freightliner • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association • GFS-Gaseous Fuel Systems • Gaz Metro • GE Capital Fleet Services • General Physics • GNA-Gladstein Neandross & Associates • GTA-Green Truck Association • LA Freightliner • LA Metro • Mack Trucks • NAPT-National Association for Pupil Transportation • NGV Global • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • NGV Fleet Partners • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • OTS-Operating Tax Systems • Prometheus Energy • Propel Fuels • Robert Transport • Peterbilt • Roush Cleantech • San Francisco Yellow Cab Cooperative • Volvo Bus • Volvo Truck • Walmart • Westport Innovations • World of Concrete

October 25, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Natural gas fueling to a new market (truck stops) and natural gas vehicles to a new region (greater Omaha).

Federal mileage/fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses to be proposed soon (we were right, the proposal came out today, October 25).

California Energy Commission doles out $12 million and leverages $16 million from industry, mostly for EVs but also for critical biodiesel terminals in the state.

major battery maker explains why lead is more important than lithium

Italy’s world gaseous fuels systems leader in the U.S.

better battery pack cooling

Scottish lithium ion specialist and world-renowned engineering outfit have a new OEM customer for a plug-in hybrid

lightweight CNG cylinders in India

more LNG yard goats

more from HTUF 2010 in Dearborn

We profile Thomas Built Buses.

A-1 United (Omaha) • Altech-Eco • Axeon • Cal Cartage • CARB-California Air Resources Board • CEC- California Energy Commission • Calstart • Clean Energy Fuels • Coulomb Technologies • Delphi • Dow Kokam • Dynetek • EVI-Electric Vehicles International • EMD-ElectroMotive Designs • GPC-Green Power Conferences • Green Vehicles, Inc. • Happy Cab (Omaha) • Kollmorgen • Landi Renzo USA • Influent • Johnson Controls • MCC-Metropolitan Community College • MUD- Metropolitan Utilities District • NAFA Fleet Management Association • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • NaturalDrive • New Eagle • Pearson Fuels (RTC) • Pilot Flying J • Quantum Fuel Systems • Ricardo • Telogis • Thomas Built Buses • UCS-Union of Concerned Scientists • U.S. EPA • Volvo Trucks • Zeus Development

October 4, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

October 4 issue of Fleets & Fuels featured unbeatable coverage of lare September’s HTUF 2010 meeting in Michigan (don’t forget to check out Fleets &Fuels ShowTimes online).

Also in the October 4 newsletter issue:

a round-up of electric vehicles news,

a round-up of natural gas vehicles news,

a round-up of biofuels news,

a brief item on how even tax-exempt fuel providers worry about the IRS.

We present a company profile of U.S. ultracapacitor manufacturer Ioxus.

A123 Systems • APTA-American Public Transportation Association • ATA-American Trucking Associations • Autocar • Azure Dynamics • Baytech-Landi Renzo USA • CEC-California Energy Commission • CalMotors-Artisan Vehicle Systems • Calstart • Capstone Turbine • Chesterfield • Clean Fuels Consulting • Crane Carrier • Cygnus Business Media • Delphi • Dow Kokam • Eaton • Fiamm FZSonick (Zebra sodium nickel batteries) • FCCC-Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp • GTA-Green Truck Association • Hardstaff • Hydac USA • Ioxus • Kettering University • Mercedes UK • NAFA Fleet Management Association • NREL-National Renewable Energy Laboratory • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • Navistar International • Parker Hannifin • Platts • Qteros • RFA-Renewable Fuels Association • City of Sheffield (UK) • Smarter Shows • TLPA-Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association • UQM Technologies • U.S. Army TARDEC National Automotive Center • Valence Technology • Veolia UK

September 20, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

California DGS report seriously irks alt fuel advocates.

Landi Renzo USA opens its Torrance facility and names its first product. Rival Fuel System Solutions makes another buy: Florida’s Evotek.

leading series hybrid bus drive maker notches its first placements on new bus platform

Thomas Built-Eaton hybrids for Kentucky schools

176 Smith battery trucks for PepsiCo/Frito-Lay

AeroVironment gets key UL listing


Newly certified natural gas engine may find use on Chinese-chassis bus that’s just entered Altoona trials.

CNG, again, for Atlanta

Wisconsin biomethane

more LNG for Europe

Maxwell ultracaps on 2,400 buses

Big sneak preview of this month’s HTUF 2010 meeting in Dearborn.

AC Propulsion • AeroVironment • Allison Transmission • ALTe • ANGI International • AGL-Atlanta Gas Light • BAE Systems • Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation • Bosch Rexroth • Calstart-HTUF 2010 • Cesky Plynarensky Svaz-Czech Gas Association • Clean Energy Fuels • CVEF-Clean Vehicle education Foundation • Community Transit • Cornerstone Environmental Group • Crane Carrier • Doosan Infracore • EMP-Engineered Machine Products • EvoTek • Foton America • Frito-Lay • New Eagle • New Flyer • Optare • DGS-California Department of General Services • Landi Renzo USA • Impco-Fuel System Solutions, Inc. • Kentucky Department of Education • LA Metro • Maxwell Technologies • MARTA-Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority • Mitsubishi Fuso • Motiv Power Systems • Oshkosh Truck • Rolande LNG • Seeo • Siemens • Smith Electric Vehicles • Daimler-Thomas Built • UC Davis • U.S. Army-National Automotive Center • Vos Logistics • Whayne Supply

September 6, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Leading natural gas engine manufacturer is to start cutting checks under the Global Carbon Finance program it initiated earlier this year, awarding operators of the natural gas trucks it powers with money for the carbon emissions they save.

Indiana company will use a single motor and lithium batteries as it draws on vast experience with buses to design a new parallel hybrid electric drivetrain for trucks.

biomethane helps spark Atlanta-area CNG revival

package delivery giant is testing a battery electric walk-in van

U.S. OEMs talk up natural gas vehicles, again

a new California network of E85 and biodiesel fueling stations

Florida gets first coordinated-effort CNG school buses

shared-ride service re-evaluates CNG and propane conversions.

We profile Better Place, which continues to promote battery switching as the most competitive option for powering all-electric vehicles.

Allison Transmission • American Honda • Argonne National Laboratory • Autocar • BAT Technologies • Better Place • Bobit Business Media • Calib • Calstart-CalHeat • CARB-California Air Resources Board • CFS-California Fleet Services • China Natural Gas Chrysler • DeKalb County Sanitation • Ener1-EnerDel • Electric Vehicles International • FleetAnswers • Ford • Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp • GM-General Motors • Green Power Conferences • Heil • Hexagon Composites-Lincoln Composites • Landi Renzo USA • Matthews Buses • U.S. Army NAC-National Automotive Center • Michelin • Parker Hannifin • Phoenix Energy • Propel Fuels • Remy International • Roush • San Francisco Ford • SuperShuttle • UPS • UQM Technologies • U.S. EPA • U.S. Postal Service • Valence Technology • Westport Innovations • Worthington-SCI

August 23, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Allison parallel drives for Daimler’s Orion buses — as Allison targets trucks too, using power-dense “hairpin” motors.

A major manufacturer of refuse trucks commits to a CNG-fueled hydraulic hybrid. We I.D. the players.

Details on those developments and much much more, including a summary of natural gas and hybrid refuse truck action from this month’s big meetings in Boston: WasteCon 2010 and the American Public Works Association’s expo. Hybrids,

CNG, biomethane, and more people interested in alt fuels.

We include a rundown of fuel-slashing transportation projects backed by the California Energy Commission. It’s all in the August 23 issue of Fleets & Fuels.

A-Z Bus • Allison Transmission • AltCar Expo/Platia Productions • APWA-American Public Works Association • AMP • Autocar Truck • Aviation Week & Space Technology • AVSG • BioEnergie Evénements et Services (France) • Blue Bird Bus • Bosch Rexroth • California Energy Commission • Calstart • Clean Cities • CVEF-Clean Vehicle Education Foundation • Crane Carrier • Creative Bus Sales • Daimler Orion • Dueco • Eaton • Fontaine Modifications • Freightliner • City of Fresno • Fresno Unified School District • Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. • G-S Products/GSP Marketing • GESI-Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • Green Drive Expo • Heil • Impco • ISE • Landi Renzo USA • Lincoln Composites • Linde • MGE-Madison Gas & Electric NatGasCar • National Grid • NaturalDrive • New West Technologies • New York City Department of Sanitation • New York City Transit • NGVAmerica • New Flyer • Odyne • Parker Hannifin • Pinnacle CNG • PCI-Progressive Concepts, Inc. • Platts • Remy International • Schwarze Industries • SWANA-Solid Waste Association of North America • UTA-Utah Transit Authority • Waste Management • Worthington-SCI-Structural Composites Industries

August 9, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Big names are signing on.

Lear and Leviton and Eaton (think Westinghouse) for electric vehicle charging,

El Paso Corp and AGL Resources (think Atlanta Gas & Light) are promising to bring LNG to the U.S. Southeast.

Landi Renzo has bought Baytech.

Questar, with ALT, is eyeing LNG for Utah

Autocar hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks, 11 of them, are to be deployed next month in south Florida (we name names)

Four Eaton HLA-drive hydraulic hybrid Peterbilts for Ann Arbor recycling collection

The first Eaton HLA for a rival truckmaker will be unveiled in Boston next week

Calstart is helping bring Taiwanese EV knowhow to the U.S.

AFVi is exiting the conference business (no AF&V 2011 in Fort Worth, alas) as GNA steps in with ACT Expo 2011 in Long Beach.

AC Propulsion • AeroVironment • AGL Resources (Southeast LNG) • Aker-Wade • Allianz Sweeper • ALT-Applied LNG Technologies • City of Ann Arbor • Autocar • Baytech • CPUC-California Energy Commission • Calstart • Capstone Turbine • Chademo • Coulomb Technologies • DuPont • Eaton • El Paso Corp (Southeast LNG) • EVI-Electric Vehicles International • Foothill Transit • GM-General Motors • GNA-Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • Heil Environmental • City of Hialeah • ITRI International • Landi Renzo USA • Lear Corp • Leviton • Miami • Miami-Dade • Mitsubishi • NAFA Fleet Management Association • New York City Department of Sanitation • NGV Motori • NCTCOG-North Central Texas Council of Governments • PG&E-Pacific Gas & Electric • Parker Hannifin • Peterbilt • Proterra • Questar • SAE International • Sunbelt Hydraulics • Tepco-Tokyo Electric Power Company • University of California, Davis • UQM Technologies • US Hybrid • Xebec

July 26, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

General Motors taps Indiana’s Productive Concepts, Inc. for its CNG vans (we report on the calibration contribution)

Leading heavy duty natural gas engine supplier plans a larger offering (11.9 liters)

Daimler details a battery electric Mercedes AMG sports car

Collins Type A school bus with CleanFuel USA liquid propane injection enters production

Two dual fuel system suppliers tighten their ties to Volvo

Leading truck lessor gears up for alt fuels

AT&T claims 2,000th AFV

Norway’s Fjord1 orders world’s largest LNG ferry

Five-year payback, sans subsidies, targeted for new hybrid truck from leading Japanese manufacturer

E-drives at the Farnborough Airshow

We profile Emission Solutions, Inc., which has brought Navistar International into the natural gas vehicles business.

ADL-Alexander Dennis Ltd. • ANGVA- Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicles Association • AT&T • BAE Systems • BAF-Clean Energy Fuels • Bladon Jets • CleanFuel USA • Collins Bus • Cummins Westport • Ecotality • ESI-Emission Solutions, Inc. • Fjord1 • GM-General Motors • Hino USA • Mercedes • Natural Drive • NGVAmerica • NGV Global • PG&E-Pacific Gas & Electric • PCI-Productive Concepts, Inc. • Ryder Fuel Services • Terex

July 12, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Hard-charging Clean Energy is buying IMW, giving it basic capability in compressors and an increased international presence.

Westport Innovations steps up its small-engine capability and Landi Renzo boosts its electronics prowess — also via acquisitions.

We reveal how the Post Office will induct five battery electric vehicle candidates in a program that could lead to thousands of electric delivery LLVs.

More biomethane in England (for a household name retailer’s Internet delivery arm, fielding 25 vehicles)

Illinois firm with 300 school district clients makes its biggest move yet in CNG

European energy leaders speak out on NGVs

Roush liquid injection propane for Blue Bird affiliate

Toyota is placing its PHEV Prius cars

serious money for Electrovaya and, separately, Coulomb

more hybrid buses for TARC

better supercap materials from the UK

7,000-hour bus fuel cell mark

We profile Ecotality, which unabashedly claims the lead in EV infrastructure development, and continues to gather momentum. All this and more is in the July 12 issue of Fleets & Fuels.

AABC • AC Transit • American Business Conferences • APWA-American Public Works Association • Argonne National Laboratory • A-S-K Associates (FedFleet) AutoPort • Bright Automotive • CCSE-Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fuels Consulting • CleanFuel USA • Coulomb Technologies • CTN Publishing • Dufresne Singapore • Durham School Services • Dynetek • Ecotality • Edag • EDTA-Electric Drive Transportation Association • Electrovaya • Gas Container Services • Gasrec • Gillig • IMW • INL-Idaho National Laboratory • Iveco UK • Landi Renzo • Nanotecture • NGVAmerica • Plug-In 2010 • Quantum Technologies • Republic Services • Roush • SAE International • SBCUSD-San Bernardino City Unified School District • Swana-Solid Waste Management Association of North America • SLVG-Silicon Valley Leadership Group • SDTC-Sustainable Development Technology Canada • • Thais (Lima) • Thomas Built • Toyota • TARC-Transit Authority of River City • UL-Underwriters Laboratories • U.S. Postal Service • UTC Power • Westport Innovations • Wheego • Zap

June 28, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Is electricity a fuel? The CPUC grapples with the question and its big implications.

Los Angeles schools are getting 320 CNG buses (260 already ordered). Plus:

100,000 NGVs in India

Californians team on new series drive for trucks

San Diego and Los Angeles CNG upfits

Organizations to test 11.9-liter ISX engine modified for methane

Scandinavian EVs (for Switzerland), German EVs (for the USA)

Dow Kokam and Toshiba

More from NGV2010Roma

We attempt an editorial.

All Events Group • Altairnano • A-Z Bus Sales • Better Place • Blossman Gas • Blue Bird Bus • BusWest • California Energy Commission • California Public Utilities Commission • California Yellow Cab • CalMotors • Capstone • Chalybs-Faber • China Automotive Technology & Research Center-CATARC • Clean Energy-BAF • Clean Fuels Consulting • CleanFuel USA • Coca-Cola Enterprises • Collins Bus • Coulomb Technologies • Cummins Westport • Daimler-Smart USA • Daimler-Thomas Built • Diesel Gas • Doreen’s Gourmet Pizza • Dow Kokam • Dufresne Singapore • Dynetek • Ecotality • Energy Futures • Eni • Everest Kanto • FedFleet 2010 • Ford • Gas Container Services • Gasrec • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • Global Powertrain Congress-GPC • Honda • IDTechEx • Inflex • International Energy Agency-IEA • Iveco • Kioshi • Los Angeles Unified Scholl District-LAUSD • Malaysian Gas Association • Maruti-Suzuki • Migros • NGV2012 • NGVA Europe • NGV Communications-The GVR • NGV Global-IANGV • Parker Hannifin • Prins Autogassytemen • Proterra • Quantum Technologies • Roush • South Bay Ford • South Coast Air Quality Management District-SCAQMD • Swagelok • Think • Toshiba • Trillium USA • U.S. Conference of Mayors • US 1 Industries • Vehicle Production Group-VPG • Velocity Vehicle • Worthington-SCI

June 14, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Fleets & Fuels had the privilege of publishing three special issues at the world natural gas vehicles meeting in Italy early in June, titled Fleets & Fuels NGV2010Roma News.

The three were compiled with several addenda and contact information as the June 14 issue of Fleets & Fuels.

Companies and organizations covered included

3B Fibreglass • Beijing Tianhai Industry Company • Bosch Brazil • BRC FuelMaker • Chart Ferox • Clean Fuels Consulting-CFC • Clean Air Power • Clean Energy Fuels • Czech Gas Association-Český Plynárenský Svaz • Daimler-Mercedes • Diesel Gas • Eni • Everest Kanto Cylinder-EKC • Fab-AFV • Faber-Chalybs • Fiat-Iveco • Galileo • Gilbarco • Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. • Gasrec • Idro Meccanica • Inflex • Kioshi • Landi Renzo • Landi Renzo USA • Lincoln Composites • Luxfer • MAT Incendio • Melchers Singapore • Navistar International • NGV2012 Conference & Exhibition Task Force • NGV Communications Group-The GVR • NGV Global/IANGV-International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles • Nitin Cylinders • Oasis Engineering • OES CNG SmartGas • OMVL • Oragas (Finland) • Prins Autogassytemen • Quantum Technologies • Ragasgo/Hexagon • Rolande LNG • Sinoma Science & Technology • Stako • Swagelok • Tartarini • Tenaris Dalmine • Versus Gas • Vitkovice Cylinders • Volvo • Xebec • Xperion Alpha • Zhejiang Jindun

May 31, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Electricity for cars is a motor fuel, says a preliminary decision by the California PUC. It’s a big boost for builders of the nascent EV charging infrastructure – if the ruling stands, electricity for EVs won’t be regulated as a utility product.

As most of the alt fuel world knows, GM is getting back into NGVs, and then propane (we deliver some new detail).

Japanese OEM U.S. shows off a parallel hybrid electric cabover truck

a major Oklahoma E&P firm is fielding another 1,000 NGVs

assembly contractor announced for battery electric Ford Transit Connects with Azure Dynamics drivetrains

more LNG for Los Angeles port trucks

Ohio organizations gear up ‘gridSmart’ study

biomethane in Britain

We profile battery vehicle manufacturer Think, and we bring news of:

AEP • Air Products • AM General • ALT-Applied LNG Technologies • Azure Dynamics • Battelle • Bosch Rexroth • CaFCP-California Fuel Cell Partnership • CPUC-California Public Utilities Commission • Carter Chevrolet-OEM Systems • Chesapeake Energy • Clean Energy-BAF • Chesterfield BioGas • Coda • Compac • Coulomb Technologies • Crane Carrier • Dufresne Singapore • EDTA-Electric Drive Transportation Association • EVI-Electric Vehicles International • Elsevier (Grove) • EnCana • Enova Systems • Ford • General Motors • Hino • Mercedes-Benz UK • NHA-National Hydrogen Association • Navistar-Modec • NGVAmerica • Newcom • Nissan • NorthStar, Inc. • Plug Power • Propel Fuels • Sheffield City Council • Speedy Fuel • Think • UQM Technologies • Valence Technology • Volkswagen UK • Wegmans

May 17, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Clarification of EPA’s proposed changes to aftermarket conversion rules and much much more from AF&V 2010 in Las Vegas.

Two CNG hybrids in the works: a transit bus and an SUV

Italian gaseous fuel systems leader prepares to enter the market for fuel-saving hybrid retrofits

Deloitte analysis quantifies worldwide government support for alt fuel and advanced technology vehicles (it amounts to $44 billion).

The retail NGV market widens as Honda opens Oklahoma to sales of the dedicated-CNG Civic GX.

The UK’s Zytek has a new EV drivetrain.

Stepping it up in dual fuel – CAP and CFC.

123 Systems • AeroVironment • American CNG • American Honda • Calstart • Carter Chevrolet-CargoMax • CAP-Clean Air Power • CEC-California Energy Commission • Clean Fuels Consulting • ClipperCreek • CNG Cylinders International • Coulomb Technologies • Creative Bus Sales • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu • EDF-Electricite de France • Electric Auto Association • GESI-Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. • Impco Technologies • IANGV-International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles • ISE • Kioshi • Landi Renzo • NAFA Fleet Management Association • NatGasCar • Navistar-Modec EV Alliance • NBB-National Biodiesel Board • NGV Global • NGV Motori • Quantum Technologies • SVLG-Silicon Valley Leadership Group • Think • Toyota • TGT-Tulsa Gas Technologies • U.S. EPA • UAPC-Universal Air Products Corp • Zytek Automotive

April 26, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Hybrid Kinetic Motors comes to the U.S. with a spectacular record in China and plans for an annual million hybrid cars, natural gas-fueled, to be built in Alabama, by 2017.

Current world leader details its small-battery philosophy for plug-ins in a broad societal context.

methane trucks in Canada,

more propane,

biodiesel for Amtrak,

hybrid truck trial in the UK,

a CNG fire truck,

methane for New York City,

Delphi for EVs and NGVs.

Air Products • Alliance-Autogas-Blossman • American Alternative Fuel (Prins) • AmeriGas Propane • Amtrak • Associate Cylinder • BAF • Baytech • CNGVA-Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance • Clean Energy Fuels • ClipperCreek • Coda Automotive • Creative Bus Sales • Daimler-Freightliner • Delphi • Direct Fuels • Dueco • ESI-Emission Solutions, Inc. • Enbridge Gas • Enviromech Kelowna • U.S. EPA • FEV • Gaz Metro • Goshen Coach • Harper Truck Center • HME-Ahrens-Fox • Hybrid Kinetic Motors • Kemptville Truck Centre • Landi Renzo USA • Luxfer • Mitsubishi Fuso • NBB-National Biodiesel Board • National Grid • NHA-National Hydrogen Association • NAEU-North American Equipment Upfitters • Quick Fuel • Roush Performance • Steelweld • Swagelok • Toyota • Urban Age • Verizon • Virginia Clean Cities • Westport Innovations

April 12, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Final federal rules on carbon emissions from cars and trucks reflect a victory for the NGV lobby while the EV side is thrown a curve.

In an industry first, leasing leader is to deploy 225 methane trucks as DoE and California Energy Commission put up half of the estimated $38.5 million cost for the vehicles and new public-access fueling (RFPs are due out in July).

Another telcom (it ain’t AT&T) slips us some early information on a big alt fuel and advanced drive vehicles announcement expected as early as this week.

Elsewhere for April 12…

refuse firm is will field 226 NGVs this year, some 20% of its new-truck total

another Italian gaseous fuels outfit is tackling the U.S.

German giant reports its millionth CNG injector and details progress on dual-fuel diesel-methane vehicles

a much-needed update on VRA firm that was bought out, and which is fast getting back in action (CNG for small fleets)

package delivery outfit is deploying a pair of Navistar-Modec battery electric trucks, we report the likely other supplier

the Denver Mall is to get two new hybrids – with diesel-fueled turbines

Ann Arbor outfit helps EV firms design their drives and own the rights to them

two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs eye the just-closed Toyota-GM Nummi plant in Fremont, Calif. as a new manufacturing center for electric cars and chargers.

ALT-Applied LNG Technologies • American CNG • American Honda • AT&T • Aurica Motors • Autocar • Biodiesel Industries • Bosch • BRC FuelMaker • BRTRC • Calstart • CARB-California Air Resources Board • CEC-California Energy Commission • Clean Energy Fuels • CleanFuel USA • Collins Bus • Denver Regional Transportion Board • DesignLine • Dixie Chopper • EV Power Systems • FedEx Express • Fortune • GSA-U.S. General Services Administration • GNA-Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • Gruetter Consulting • Impco • Knapheide Manufacturing • Lincoln Composites • Montreux Energy • Motive Industries • Navistar-Modec EV Alliance • NHA-National Hydrogen Association • NGV Motori USA • New Eagle • NTEA- National Truck Equipment Association • GESI-Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. • RFA- Renewable Fuels Association • Rinehart Motion • Roush Performance • Sanbag-San Bernardino Associated Governments • TGT-Tulsa Gas Technologies • Republic Services • Ryder System • Westport Innovations

March 29, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Coverage of GNA’s National NGV Fleet Summit and the MATS 2010 Mid-America Trucking Show in St. Louis dominates the March 29 issue of Fleets & Fuels: natural gas vehicles and electric vehicles both.

From Louisville and beyond:

Freightliner shows new methane trucks (four models now available in CNG or LNG)

Kenworth shows new methane trucks (four models now available in CNG or LNG)

fleets sound off

OEMs sound off

Boone Pickens sounds off (the man can SPEAK)

California busbuilder that’s finally entering CNG picks a fuel system supplier (we report who’s picked whom)

European EV is being shown in the U.S., first 500 units will come in on a NHTSA waiver

biodiesel backers celebrate as two OEMs okay B20 and a car rental giant commits to B5 and B20 and then all B20

Azure outlines its ‘lead customer’ strategy for battery electric for Transit Connect trucks (it’s simple: want one this year? commit to buying ten – AT&T did)

British battery truck that’s fast becoming American will get a new name (and maybe a new drivetrain

NGVs will dominate coming alt fuel vehicle markets, says world association

Landi Renzo reveals a bit more of its strategy

Ford’s gaseous vehicles in Europe, who supplies the hardware and where it’s installed

BAE delivers drivetrains for buses in England (as huge New York City orders are completed) publicizes new hydrogen fuel cell bus work

A123 • Advance Fuel Systems Corp • AFVi-Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute • Alexander Dennis Ltd • ALT-Applied LNG Technologies • ALTe • Azure Dynamics • BAE Systems • Baytech • BorgWarner • Bosch Rexroth • Cal Cartage • Calstart • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fuels Consulting • CNG-Technik • Daimler Buses • Daimler Buses North America • Daimler Trucks • Eaton • Electrovaya • EnerDel • Enviromech • FedFleet 2010 • Freightliner • Gillig • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • GTA-Green Truck Association • Hydac • IANGV-International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles • ISE Corp • Kenworth • Landi Renzo USA • MTM-BRC • National Biodiesel Board • National Grid • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • Navistar-Modec • Peterbilt • Remy International • Siemens • SunLine Transit • Terex • Think • Trillium USA • TGT-Tulsa Gas Technologies • UPS • Westport Innovations

March 15, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

National National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit in St. Louis:

Freightliner shows CNG truck (we I.D. fuel system and cylinder suppliers)

AT&T is lead customer for Azure-drive battery-electric Ford Transit Connect

Roush makes a splash with propane

Bosch Rexroth-drive Crane hydraulic hybrid in the WTS10 ride-and-drive (we detail a delivery)

Tesla for FCCC’s battery walk-in van

hybrid vehicles both hydraulic and electric

Details emerge about natural gas vehicle association augmentation.

Beyond WTS10:

CNG buses for Birmingham

ClipperCreek claims first UL-listed and J1772-conformant EV charger

Eaton notches 30 million hybrid miles

California busbuilder embraces CNG at last

Volvo biomethane in Sweden and coalbed methane in Russia

Maxwell ultracaps for new Voith drive hybrid buses

50 diesel hybrids are about to enter BRT service in Las Vegas

Gasoline-fuel hybrid transit buses beyond California (and more for California too)

Fleets & Fuels reports on Ballard PEM fuel cell power modules for new hydrogen bus types with no fewer than 16 contacts in North America and Europe.

A123 • Acrion • Altec • America’s Natural Gas Alliance • Air Products (Germany) • Amsterdam GVB • APTS-VDL • Arrow Engine • AT&T • Azure Dynamics • BAE Systems • Baker Equipment • Ballard Power Systems • BC Transit • The Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica) • Big Valley Ford • Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority-BJCTA-Max • Bosch Rexroth • Calstart • Central Contra Costa County Transit Authority • Chesapeake Energy • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fuels Consulting • Clean Fuels Ohio • ClipperCreek • Crane Carrier • Creative Bus Sales • Dallas Area Rapid Transit-DART • Eaton • ElDorado-National Bus Sales • Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference-EUFMC • Electric Vehicles International-EVI • Enova Systems • Enviromech • EvoTek • FedEx • Florida Department of Transportation-FDoT • Florida Power & Light • Freightliner • Freightliner Custom Chassis Crop-FCCC • Gazprom-NGVRus • Gillig • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates-GNA • Goshen Bus • Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition-GBRCCC • HNZ Media (Beijing) • HyCologne • Hydraulic Hybrid Systems-Lightning Hybrids • ISE Limited • Kamps Propane • Kenworth • Landi Renzo USA • LeeTran • London Business Conferences • Luxfer • Material Handling Industry of America-MHIA • Maxwell Technologies • National Truck Equipment Association-NTEA • New Flyer Industries • New York City Department of Sanitation • NGVAmerica • Nordvästra Skånes Renhållningsbolag-NSR • Ohio State University-OSU College of Engineering • Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada-RTC • Roush • Siemens • Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. • SunLine Transit • Swagelok • Terracastus • Tesla Motors • Think • Transport for London • Trillium USA • Valence Technology • Voith Turbo • Volvo • Volvo Technology Transfer • Vossloh-Kiepe • Worthington-SCI • Wrightbus • Xebec

March 1, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Dual fuel designs get alt fuels like methane and propane into the diesel world as one natural gas-skeptical truckmaker said it would work with a dual fuel specialist, and Ford itself is now broadly promoting a gas-prep engine.

Corridors are back in vogue, with methane and propane getting a push by separate organizations, both beginning in Texas.

A leading natural gas fuel vendor says it will add eight new LNG stations in Southern California as a prelude to an even more extensive network in the Southwest U.S..

Another trend? Aftermarket conversions. At least three firms trumpet certifications for 2010 vehicles as the EPA says a proposal to amend the certification process will appear soon.

Virginia firm will build a Japanese utility-spec fast-charger

Mitsubishi Fuso reports its largest order for hybrid trucks outside Japan

San Diego supplier improves its ultracapacitors

Virginia promotes hands-free EV charging

gas detection specialist targets transportation

East Coast port authority is looking to buy new airport alt fuel buses

Gas-rich Canada may finally be getting serious about NGVs

DoE Clean Cities money is starting to flow.

We detail Clean Fuels Ohio’s plans.


Aker Wade • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition • Alliance AutoGas • Altech-Eco • America’s Natural Gas Alliance • American Alternative Fuel • Amsterdam RAI • Azure Dynamics • Ballard Power Systems • Baytech • BC Transit • Buehler Motor • Calstart • Canada Post • Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance • Chesapeake Energy • Clean Air Power • Clean Energy Fuels • Clean Fuels Consulting • Clean Fuels Ohio • CleanFuel USA • Coda Automotive • ElectroMotive Designs • Eunomia Research & Consulting • Evatran • Ferrellgas • Ford • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates • ISE Limited • Landi Renzo UA • Lund University • Massport • MATS 2010 • Maxwell Technologies • Metroplex Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium • NGVAmerica • Mitsubishi Fuso • National Truck Equipment Association • Natural Resources Canada • NaturalDrive • Navistar International • Pike Research • Propane Education & Research Council • Quantum Technologies • Quicksilver Resources • Rel-Tek • SAE • Scott Health & Safety • Singapore Energy Market Authority • Star Track Express • Texas Christian University Energy Institute • Tepco • Trinkle Mansion • UQM Technologies • U.S. EPA

February 8, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Federal tax credits and incentives are on all alt fuels minds in Washington, where lobbyists are backing (and tracking) a plethora of bills that would extend expired tax credits and bolster incentives.

A California ZeroTruck with drivetrain from Colorado is on the GSA list and new hybrids, some with turbines and some CNG-fueled, are promoted and proposed.

A major motor-maker sets a new business unit for e-drive vehicles.

The firm which last year built the world’s largest CNG fueling station, in Singapore, is converting 1,000 taxis there for a single customer using all-composite Type IV tanks. Across town, a competitor has a different philosophy on compression. Singapore is getting started on an EV charging infrastructure too, and a Singapore company has a new emulsion product for increasing the non-petroleum content of biodiesel.

We profile the Electric Drive Transportation Association, which took the occasion of its annual meeting in Washington to float a new Action Plan for Congress and the Obama administration.


ABI Research • California Air Resources Board • University of California, San Diego • Calstart • Capstone Turbine • Central Truck Center • Clean Energy • Cycle & Carriage (Singapore) • DesignLine • Eaton • Electric Drive Transportation Association • Galileo • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates-GNA • Globe Foundation • IDTechEx • IGVision • Landi Renzo • C. Melchers • National Truck Equipment Association • NGVAmerica • National Academy of Sciences • National Biodiesel Board• Omnitek • OMVL • Orgexpo Foundation • Propane Education & Research Council • Remy International • Singapore Emulsion Fuel • Smart Energy • U.S. Army TARDEC • TransCab • UQM • Velozzi Vehicles • Xperion • ZeroTruck

January 25, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

European claiming world lead in gaseous fuel vehicle equipment establishes U.S. subsidiary

propane backers eye California

BIG-name telcom tests battery aerial lifts

five firms vie for postal electrification

MTTA seeks CNG buses

duel fuel workshop in Brussels

Remy motors for Mercedes hybrid (plus we reveal the battery supplier)

A123 for Fisker Karma EnerDel shows Volvo EV in Indiana, where it’s moving ahead with lithium ion battery factory

new gaseous fuel regulators and a developmental CNG injector

renewable hydrogen for Oakland

‘Q Microbe’ company seeks cellulosic ethanol partners

SAE releases J1772 standard CNG in the Morongo Basin

We profile Quantum Technologies a supplier of advanced drivetrains and gaseous fuel hardware (among other things) that looks to be moving into the big time as a key client’s plug-in hybrid gets funded.


ABI Research • California Air Resources Board • University of California, San Diego • Calstart • Capstone Turbine • Central Truck Center • Clean Energy • Cycle & Carriage (Singapore) • DesignLine • Eaton • Electric Drive Transportation Association • Galileo • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates-GNA • Globe Foundation • IDTechEx • IGVision • Landi Renzo • C. Melchers • National Truck Equipment Association • NGVAmerica • National Academy of Sciences • National Biodiesel Board• Omnitek • OMVL • Orgexpo Foundation • Propane Education & Research Council • Remy International • Singapore Emulsion Fuel • Smart Energy • U.S. Army TARDEC • TransCab • UQM • Velozzi Vehicles • Xperion • ZeroTruck

January 11, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Norway’s Think decides on Indiana for building Think City battery electric cars in the United States

international LNG vehicles strategy takes shape

battery shortage keeps hybrids expensive

a major American institution likes Brazilian ethanol

a major lithium battery manufacturer sees 2010 as a ‘breakaway’ year (even though this company did NOT get U.S. funding for a new factory) as it expands product lines and market reach

more airport CNG

more CNG buses for a major airport

deadline for $46 million worth of clean transportation funding extended

California transit agency claims first-ever in-route fast-charge system for battery electric buses

We profile Florida Power & Light, a leader in both hybrid vehicle deployment and biodiesel use.


Apex-Brasil • City of Austin, Aviation • Azure Dynamics • BAF • Baytech • Bobit • Calstart • Cesky Plynarensky Svaz-Czech Gas Association • Clean Energy Fuels • California Energy Commission • Clean Fuels Consulting (Brussels) • ClearFuels Technology • Daimler • DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol • Eaton • Electric Drive Transportation Association-EDTA • Electric Mobility Canada-Mobilité Électrique Canada • Electronic Transportation Development Center-ETDC • Electrovaya • EnerDel • U.S. EPA-LMOP • Florida Power & Light • Foothill Transit • Gas Advisers (Hong Kong) • Genera Energy-University of Tennessee • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates-GNA • Hocking College • Hitachi • Indy Racing League • LG Chem-CPI • Los Angeles World Airports-LAX • Mid-America Trucking Show-MATS • Mitsubishi • National Biodiesel Board-NBB • NGVAmerica • NTEA-National Truck Equipment Association • Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research-CAR • Pacific Gas & Electric • The Parking Spot • U.S. Postal Service • Proterra • Quantum • Rentech • Renewable Fuels Association-RFA • Think • Transportation Research Board-TRB • Valence Technology • Unica •

January 1, 2010 issue of Fleets & Fuels

Electric vehicles have dominated the auto news in the context of Copenhagen but we’re finding that natural gas – call it methane – is going great guns too. We detail

another world’s largest LNG-LCNG fueling facility for Los Angeles (and plans to buy 250 new LNG garbage trucks),

European truck builders – BIG names – embracing NGVs behind growing recognition of biomethane,

the first natural gas version of a new Ford minivan,
plans by the sole OEM provider of a dedicated-CNG passenger car to manufacture plenty,

four refuse fleet contracts (and one for buses) for a prominent methane provider (with large ongoing orders for its new subsidiary),

a biomethane-bolstered, sail-powered cargo ship (!), and

much more, including a Fleets & Fuels Strategies company profile of a lightweight CNG cylinder manufacturer that’s increasing its global reach.

On the electric side, we detail

new promise for flywheels as an ECONOMIC solution for electricity storage on hybrid vehicles,

a leading supplier of series electric drivetrains for buses branches to Europe,

a Norwegian EV company gets going in Finland as it looks to the U.S.,

the J1772 connector design is finalized, and

California’s $20.4 million HVIP program for fast placement of hybrid trucks and buses (key deadlines loom).
Propane (dedicated vans are coming!) and hydrogen too.


A123 Systems • Azure Dynamics • B9 Energy-B9 Shipping • BAE Systems • California Air Resources Board • California DMS • California Fuel Cell Partnership-CaFCP • Calstart • Car2Go • Chart-NexGen Fueling • Clean Energy Fuels • Clipper Creek • Coca-Cola Bottling • Competitive Lawn Service • Cummins Crosspoint • Cryostar • Daimler-Mercedes • DeKalb County Sanitation • Duke Energy • Electric Drive Transportation Association • Emerson • EnerDel • Energy Systems Group • Enviromech • Environmental Developers, Inc. • FirmGreen • Freightliner • Gas Technology Institute • General Physics • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates-GNA • Gordon Murray Design • Irisbus Iveco • Leroy-Somer • City of Los Angeles • Los Angeles World Airports-LAX • Luxfer Gas Cylinders • National Biodiesel Board • NGVAmerica • NGV Global • Nissan • Optare • Paccar-Kenworth • Propane Education & Research Council • Purolator Courier • Ricardo • Roush Industries • Quantum • SAE • Schmack • Shell Hydrogen • Sita • Stockholm Vatten • Think Global • Torotrak • Tulsa Gas Technologies-TGT • U.S. EPA-LMOP • Valmet • Variable Torque Motors-VTM • Ventech-Pneuscan • Veolia • Volvo Trucks • Williams Hybrid Power • Yazaki • Zytek Automotive

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