Up Front

D.C. Area Transit Agency Grows with 100 New Flyer CNG Buses

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 28, 2016

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority exercised 100 options, valued at approximately $56 million, to add the heavy-duty, 40-foot Xcelsior CNG buses to its fleet.

EVgo Completes EV Charging Corridor for State Network

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 27, 2016

Following National Drive Electric Week, EVgo has announced the completion of a segment of its Colorado electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network, currently one of the longest continuous corridors in the country, adding five new stations in the Colorado Springs area. [Read More]

NYC Clean Fleet Surpasses 500 EVs, Expects to Double by 2017

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 26, 2016

Mayor de Blasio says that the city’s fleet now operates more than 500 EVs and expects to reach 1,000 EVs by next year, working to cut vehicle emissions 80% by 2035.

USPS Announces $37M in Contracts to Build Next-Gen Delivery Vehicles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 26, 2016

After a rigorous evaluation process, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) says it has awarded contracts to six prime suppliers that will produce 50 prototype vehicles as part of the next phase of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs) acquisition process. According to the [Read More]

CARB to Host Clean Vehicle, EV Tech Symposium at SCAQMD Facility

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 21, 2016

The event will feature sessions on PEV and FCEV tech; electric charging and hydrogen infrastructure; and clean engine advancements.

EDI Announces $15M Financing to Fuel Hybrid, EV Market Expansion

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 21, 2016

Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), a global provider of advanced, high-efficiency hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, says that it has closed initial funds in its Series C financing round, highlighted by an initial infusion of $7.85 million in new capital, led [Read More]

NGVAmerica White Paper Touts Natural-Gas Benefits for Fleets

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 19, 2016

The association released new documents as a resource for its members and the industry when discussing the benefits of using NGVs, including CNG, LNG and RNG vehicles.

Energy Commission Funds Nat-Gas Development, CNG Infrastructure

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 15, 2016

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a $1 million grant to develop a 12-liter natural gas engine suitable for heavy-duty vehicles that produces near-zero nitrogen oxide tailpipe emissions. According to the CEC, the South Coast Air Quality Management District [Read More]

UPS Wins DOE Funding for Emissions Reduction, EV Charging Research

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 14, 2016

UPS says it has received two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grants intended to enable the transport company and a team of engineers to conduct research aimed at reducing emissions and revolutionizing the charging process for electric trucks. The grants are part [Read More]

FedEx Freight Invests Big with 100 CNG Vehicles, Fueling Station

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 14, 2016

The company contracted with Clean Energy Fuels to design, build and maintain the CNG station, which will fuel the natural gas fleet at its Oklahoma City Service Center.

California Sets Ambitious GHG Emissions Reduction Targets

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 12, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., has strengthened California’s commitment to reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, having signed S.B.32 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and A.B.197 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, which require the state to cut emissions at least 40% below 1990 levels [Read More]

DOT Funds Nat-Gas Projects Through $211M Bus Program

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 09, 2016

Several CNG projects have been chosen for the DOT’s Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program, which is designed to provide more reliable transit service across the U.S.

Clean Energy Wins CNG Contract, Touts Calif. Clean Air Laws

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 02, 2016

Adding to its extensive natural gas portfolio, the company says its latest contract will enable fueling for over 580 CNG transit vehicles.

Cummins, Peterbilt Partner on Fuel-Efficient Tech for SuperTruck II

Posted by Lauren Tyler on September 02, 2016

Cummins Inc., which designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, says that it will partner with Peterbilt Motors Co., a division of PACCAR, to develop and demonstrate technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy [Read More]

How New Fuel-Efficiency Standards Could Affect Fleets

Lauren Tyler
Written by Lauren Tyler on August 31, 2016

The new EPA and NHTSA standards are designed to be technology- and fuel-neutral, giving the industry a lot of flexibility in how to achieve them.

Peterbilt Introduces Cummins Near-Zero Engine for Select Models

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 30, 2016

Peterbilt Motors Co., located in Denton, Texas, says it is now introducing the Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Models 567, 520 and 320. According to Peterbilt, the company made the move because ISL-G [Read More]

IC Bus Provides Propane-Powered Rides for Connecticut Students

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 25, 2016

To date, this order represents the single largest deployment of propane-powered school buses in the state of Connecticut.

BYD Launches EV Truck Lineup, Aims for Full Fleet Conversion

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 23, 2016

The Beijing Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group intends to be completely electric-powered within 2017.

Q&A with Plug In America: National Drive Electric Week 2016

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Written by Lauren Tyler on August 22, 2016

The sixth annual National Drive Electric Week will be held Sept. 10-18, encouraging U.S. adoption of plug-in EVs.

New Flyer Offers Near-Zero Option with Cummins Westport ISL G Engine

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 19, 2016

New Flyer of America Inc. has announced that it will now offer the “Near Zero” version of Cummins Westport’s 8.9-liter ISL G engine for natural gas-fueled transit vehicles. According to New Flyer, this move makes it the first transit manufacturer to offer the [Read More]

It’s Final: Fuel-Efficiency Standards Finalized for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 16, 2016

The EPA and DOT have issued a final Phase 2 GHG and fuel-efficiency rulemaking, encouraging a generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles and advanced fuel technology.

True Zero Boasts 1 Million ZEV Miles Driven with Fuel Cell Cars

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 16, 2016

True Zero, operating a large network of retail hydrogen-charging stations, says it has reached a major milestone last week of powering more than 1 million zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) miles by fuel cell cars. According to the company, this achievement marks [Read More]

WW Transport Exceeds Milestone with Over 100 CNG/Diesel Conversions

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 15, 2016

American Power Group Corp. (APG) has announced that its largest customer, WW Transport Inc., is now operating over 100 heavy-haul Class 8 trucks converted to compressed natural gas (CNG)-diesel dual fuel via APG’s turbocharged engine equipment. According to APG, WW Transport’s three-year [Read More]

Clean Energy Releases Spate of Natural Gas Achievements

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 12, 2016

Selected as a preferred vendor for Cummins’ facility modifications, Clean Energy has announced several nat-gas fueling station openings and contract extensions.

Yet Another NGV Milestone: Ryder Surpasses 100 Million Miles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 09, 2016

Following NGV announcements from UPS and then Frito-Lay, Ryder now claims to be the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this landmark achievement.

City of New Bedford Converts More Than 25% of Fleet to EVs

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 04, 2016

City Mayor Jon Mitchell, state officials and other leaders recently announced that the City of New Bedford, Mass., has converted more than 25% of its general use fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) as part of an initiative to replace more of [Read More]

New York Extends Tax Exemptions for Alternative Fuels

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 03, 2016

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued a memorandum announcing the extension of current tax exemptions for alternative fuels. Specifically, the memorandum offers guidance on the five-year extension for the alternative fuels E85, compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen [Read More]

UPS Shatters Goal: Alt-Fuel Fleet Drives 1 Billion Miles

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 02, 2016

By the end of 2016, the delivery company will have invested $750 million in alt-fuel and advanced technology vehicles and stations worldwide.

NCWM Approves Adoption of DGE Standard for Natural Gas Fuel Sales

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 01, 2016

At its annual meeting last week, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) finally voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas sold as motor fuel. According to NGVAmerica, [Read More]

Eaton Welcomes CNG Station with New GE Technology for NGVs

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 01, 2016

Located along Highway 85’s “CNG Corridor,” the station is the first to feature GE’s modular CNG In A Box technology.