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Clean Fleet Profile: San Diego MTS Continues Alt-Fuel Transition

Lauren Tyler
Written by Lauren Tyler on January 18, 2017

Once the last few diesel buses are retired, the MTS will boast a 100% alt-fuel fleet with CNG and propane vehicles.

NGVi Certifies 100 CNG Fuel System Inspectors

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 17, 2017

The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) has announced that 100 CNG fuel system inspectors have been certified since the company’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification program was launched in September 2016. According to NGVi, this significant industry milestone means these [Read More]

Gov. Baker Signs Legislation to Boost Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 16, 2017

In a bipartisan effort to promote the sale and use of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the commonwealth, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed S.B.2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption. The bill was passed by the legislature on Jan. 3, [Read More]

Dieselgate 2.0: EPA Notifies Fiat Chrysler of Clean Air Act Violations

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 12, 2017

Following an investigation spurred by Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, the EPA and CARB now accuse Fiat Chrysler of using emissions-cheating software.

City Mayors Push for Major Increase in EV Production

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 11, 2017

Challenging manufacturers to meet demand, the mayors of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle say they could purchase up to 24,000 EVs for their municipal fleets.

King County Metro Pledges a Fleet of 120 Electric Buses by 2020

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 11, 2017

King County Executive Dow Constantine has announced that King County Metro Transit in Washington will purchase up to 73 all-electric battery buses from Proterra at a cost of up to $55 million, starting with 20 buses totaling $15.12 million. As reported, [Read More]

New Flyer Wins Two Big Contracts for Alt-Fuel Bus Fleets

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 09, 2017

The transit company says it will deliver up to 73 Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses in New York and 100 Xcelsior clean diesel buses in Texas.

More Rebates: EPA Funds School Bus Fleets to Ditch Dirty Diesel

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 05, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses with newer, more efficient technology. According to the EPA, the funds are going to 88 school bus fleets in 27 states, [Read More]

Ford Scraps $1.6B Mexico Plant, Details New Electrified Vehicles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 04, 2017

Instead of building the Mexico facility, the automaker will invest $700 million to expand its Flat Rock plant in Michigan for EV, hybrid and autonomous vehicle production.

DOE Announces Funds for Sustainable Fuels, Engine Development

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 30, 2016

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) has announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, [Read More]

FTA Hands Over $39 Million for Electric Bus Transit Line

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 28, 2016

The award will fund a Bus Rapid Transit Project in Nevada utilizing four electric buses and a fast-charge station.

Energy Department Invests Millions to Speed Alt-Fuel Development

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $18 million in support of five projects for research, development and demonstration of new plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct-injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of [Read More]

Doubling Operations: ANG Acquires Two CNG Fueling Companies

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 21, 2016

With the two transactions, ANG has added a total of 18 CNG fueling stations to its portfolio, now owning and operating approximately 40 fueling stations across 13 states.

SDG&E to Upgrade Fleet with 110 Plug-In, Electric-Hybrid Trucks

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 21, 2016

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), an energy company that encourages the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and supports energy-efficiency programs, says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with XL Hybrids, a developer of hybrid truck solutions, to purchase up to [Read More]

New Year, New Rules: CalNGV to Propose AFV Legislation

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 14, 2016

The board recently approved the coalition’s legislative agenda and priorities for 2017, which aim to improve the cost-competitiveness of NGVs.

CTE Hosts International Zero-Emission Bus Conference

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 13, 2016

Several zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) stakeholder groups recently joined together at the International Zero Emission Bus Conference and Fuel Cell Bus Workshop (IFCBW) at London City Hall, held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, hosted by Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). [Read More]

MOR-EV: State Gov. Furthers Funding for EV Rebate Program

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 12, 2016

Consumers can qualify for rebates ranging from $750-$2,500 on more than 25 new EVs, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.

San Diego Welcomes Autogas Bus Fleet with ROUSH CleanTech Systems

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 08, 2016

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has rolled out its new fleet of 77 buses fueled by propane autogas, helping the agency reduce its operating costs and reducing emissions by 2 million pounds per year. “This is a great [Read More]

Bimbo Bakeries Rolls Out Propane Autogas Fleet Vehicles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 07, 2016

The Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) facility in Elkridge, Md., has deployed a new fleet of delivery vehicles fueled by propane autogas – made possible, in part, by a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). According to MEA, the new Ford F-59 [Read More]

Clean Energy Grabs New CNG Fueling Station Contracts

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 06, 2016

In addition to building CNG fueling stations in Coachella, Calif., and Franklin Township, N.J., the nat-gas fuel provider will also complete facilities modifications work for Cummins.

CARB: New Emissions Reduction Plan Calls for ZEVs, Low-Carbon Fuels

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 05, 2016

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released its initial draft plan to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 – the most ambitious target in North America, the board states. According to CARB, the plan builds on [Read More]

Cities Pledge to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025, Incentivize Alt-Fuels

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 02, 2016

Four major cities have signed a global petition calling on vehicle manufacturers to lead an air quality transformation, promoting electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles.

NYC Grows Clean Fleet with 50 New All-Electric Chevy Bolts

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 30, 2016

This move will help the city reach its goal of acquiring 1,000 EVs by the end of 2017, building the largest municipal EV fleet in the nation.

Fuel Supplier Reports ‘Tremendous Growth’ in Demand for CNG

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 30, 2016

Highlighting its new fleet contracts, Piedmont Natural Gas is expanding CNG adoption in its three-state service area.

Cleaning Up: California’s New Plan Encourages Clean Vehicle Adoption

Lauren Tyler
Written by Lauren Tyler on November 23, 2016

CARB has approved the $363 million funding plan to deploy more clean vehicles in highly polluted communities.

Major Auto Companies Expand Alt-Fuel Options with CNG, LPG Lineup

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 22, 2016

Chevrolet and GMC have announced that they are partnering with Power Solutions International Inc. (PSI) to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans powered by 6.0-liter, V8 compressed natural gas (CNG)- and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-capable engines starting in the first [Read More]

Order Complete: LA Metro Receives 900th New Flyer CNG Bus

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 18, 2016

With this last delivery, the agency has completed a $508 million contract, solidifying its position as the largest CNG bus fleet in the U.S. at approximately 2,500 vehicles.

School District Grows Fleet with 71 New Natural Gas Buses

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 17, 2016

Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified), the second-largest school district in the country, has purchased 71 Saf-T-Liner C2 compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses from Thomas Built Buses. With the purchase of these new buses, LA Unified becomes the [Read More]

COP22: Nations Pledge EV Rollout for Government Fleets

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 16, 2016

Eight major nations signed an agreement to increase the share of EVs in their government fleets and encourage a global shift toward low-emission vehicles.

U.S. Charter School Deploys All-Propane School Bus Fleet

Posted by Lauren Tyler on November 15, 2016

KIPP Jacksonville Schools, located in Jacksonville, Fla., has deployed an all-propane fleet of Blue Bird Vision school buses to transport students to and from the area campus. According to Blue Bird, this deployment marks the first-ever 100% propane-fueled school bus fleet for [Read More]