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Clean Fleet Profile: B.C. District Boasts 100% CNG Fleet

Lauren Tyler
Written by Lauren Tyler on February 20, 2017

The Regional District of Nanaimo will operate 49 CNG transit buses in the first fully CNG-powered bus fleet in Canada.

San Diego Doubles Number of EV Charging Stations with $500K Grant

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 17, 2017

San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined together with City Councilmember Lorie Zapf and environmental leaders on Wednesday to announce that San Diego has more than doubled the size of its electric vehicle (EV) charging station program in an effort to [Read More]

Vattenfall Pledges to Switch Entire Car Fleet to EVs in Five Years

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 15, 2017

Vattenfall, one of the largest utility companies in Europe, with operations throughout Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the U.K., has committed to switching its entire car fleet – more than 3,500 passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles – to [Read More]

Ballard Joins Consortium to Deploy 20 FCEV Buses in California

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 14, 2017

The Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District will receive 10 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, and the Orange County Transportation Authority will receive the other 10.

New Flyer Wins Massive Order for 222 Xcelsior Electric Hybrid Buses

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 13, 2017

The transit agency says that the contract with King County DOT in Seattle is valued at approximately $202 million.

Multistate Campaign Launches to Promote EVs in the Midwest

Posted by Joseph Bebon on February 10, 2017

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest has announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles (EVs) in seven Midwest states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. In partnership with eight [Read More]

VIA Metro Transit to Purchase 270 CNG Buses for Fleet Use

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 08, 2017

As part of the agency’s SmartMove five-year capital plan, VIA Metropolitan Transit of San Antonio recently announced the sale of $82 million in MTA contractual obligation bonds to help finance the purchase of 270 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. According to [Read More]

Clean Energy to Fuel Trucks Fitted with Near-Zero NOx Engines

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 07, 2017

In addition to signing new fuel agreements, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has been contracted to build multiple natural gas fueling stations in early 2017.

It’s Electric: DOE Grant to Fund EV Corridors on Interstate Highways

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 06, 2017

The federal grant, which will fund 1,500 miles of electric highway corridors, aims to double the number of EVs in the region to more than 50,000 in the next 10 years.

Cummins Wesport ISL G Near-Zero Engine Exceeds Standards

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 02, 2017

A report released by the University of California Riverside’s (UCR) College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) found that new ultra-low emission natural gas heavy-duty vehicles met and exceeded their certification standards during a full range of duty [Read More]

Are Self-Driving Cars Helping or Hurting Distracted Drivers?

Written by Blaine Kelton on February 01, 2017

We all long for the days when we’ll be able to sit comfortably in cars or trucks and simply lounge about while we move from one place to another. We imagine reading books or fiddling with our smartphones while our [Read More]

Volkswagen to Resolve Outstanding Claims for 3.0 L Diesel Engines

Posted by Lauren Tyler on February 01, 2017

With the 2.0 L TDI program under way and now this proposed 3.0 L TDI program, all those with affected vehicles in the U.S. should have a resolution available to them.

GM, Honda to Mass Produce Hydrogen Fuel Cell System

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 30, 2017

The two automakers are investing $85 million to establish a joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan.

Blue Bird to Use $4.4M DOE Award to Develop Electric School Bus

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 27, 2017

In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it would be awarding $15 million to organizations in an effort to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles. Blue Bird Corp., a bus manufacturer located in [Read More]

Company Purchases 25 CNG Concrete Trucks, Installs Fueling Station

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 24, 2017

In one of the largest air quality investments made by any construction company in the state of Utah, Geneva Rock Products says it has invested over $8 million in a fleet of 25 compressed natural gas (CNG) ready-mix concrete trucks [Read More]

University to Convert Shuttle Buses for All-Electric Fleet

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 24, 2017

The UCI college campus will soon be the first in the nation to completely scrap its traditional diesel-powered buses and deploy an all-electric transit fleet.

California Utilities Push to Expand ZEV Adoption, Infrastructure

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 23, 2017

Three major California utilities submitted applications to the CPUC to increase access to EV charging and help move the state closer to its zero-emission vehicle goals.

All In: Ford Launches Plug-In Hybrid Van Transit Project

Posted by Lauren Tyler on January 20, 2017

Ford Motor Co. is launching a major project designed to help improve air quality as the automaker accelerates its electrification plans with 13 new global electrified vehicles (EVs) scheduled for introduction in the next five years. The project, supported by Transport [Read More]

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]