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Ford, MIT to Roll Out Electric Shuttle Fleet for Mobility Project

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NGT Staff on Jul 27, 2016

The initiative is launching a fleet of EVs equipped with LiDAR sensors and cameras to improve transport services.

Blue Bird Offers Ride-and-Drive Event with Propane, CNG Buses at STN Expo

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NGT Staff on Jul 26, 2016

Blue Bird Corp., a school bus designer and manufacturer that offers alternative fuel applications, including propane-powered and compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles, says that attendees at this year’s STN Expo in Reno, Nev., will have the opportunity to experience Blue [Read More]

Electrifying Politics: Free EV Bus Rides at 2016 Dem Convention

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NGT Staff on Jul 25, 2016

In addition to hosting an EV ride and demo at the DNC, SEPTA plans to purchase 25 Proterra Catalyst buses and five overhead chargers in 2017.

DOE to Back Nationwide EV Charging Network with $4.5 Billion

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NGT Staff on Jul 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has pledged $4.5 billion in loan guarantees in order to build out a coast-to-coast network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), as intended by the Obama administration, according to a Bloomberg report and a [Read More]

San Diego Nonprofit Wins $5.9M Grant for Trucking Electrification

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NGT Staff on Jul 20, 2016

The California Energy Commission grant will fund the construction of 10 electric freight vehicles and support the Port of San Diego’s emissions reduction goals.

Boreas Natural Gas Launches Operations with CNG, LNG Offerings

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NGT Staff on Jul 20, 2016

Westlake Village, Calif.-based Boreas Natural Gas says it has officially commenced operations, providing products, services and customized turnkey solutions for the natural gas fuels market, including compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). “We will initially focus on [Read More]

Another NREL Shuttle Bus Gets Fitted with Lightning Hybrids’ ERS

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NGT Staff on Jul 18, 2016

NREL has installed Lightning Hybrids’ hydraulic unit on a second fleet vehicle to serve its Golden, Colo., campus.

Indianapolis Public Schools Refreshes Fleet with 100 New Propane Buses

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NGT Staff on Jul 18, 2016

Lisle, Ill.-based IC Bus, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar Inc., says it will fulfill an order by Indianapolis Public Schools for 100 CE Series school buses powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter LP propane engine. IC Bus [Read More]

Calif. Companies Push to Stay the Course on Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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NGT Staff on Jul 13, 2016

Nearly 60 producers and providers of clean fuels – ranging from electricity to renewable diesel – have signed a joint letter urging California policymakers to sustain the state’s low carbon fuel policy. According to a release from CALSTART, a national [Read More]

DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office to Achieve Goals with Alt Fuels

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NGT Staff on Jul 13, 2016

The VTO plans to use natural gas and propane fuels to reduce U.S. transportation petroleum use by 2.5 billion gallons a year in 2025.

Los Angeles DOT Shells Out $6.8M to Expand CNG Coach Fleet

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NGT Staff on Jul 11, 2016

With the addition of nine more commuter coaches, the LADOT fleet now has 104 CNG-powered MCI coaches serving its Commuter Express system.

DOE Announces Funding to Advance Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Storage Tech

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NGT Staff on Jul 07, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $13 million in funding for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to leverage industry, university and laboratory expertise in advanced hydrogen storage and fuel cell performance and durability. [Read More]

Alt-Fuel Fleet Event Headed for California Raceway

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NGT Staff on Jul 06, 2016

The event will include educational presentations, networking opportunities, and a ride-and-drive with AFVs.

State Announces $445,000 Clean Diesel Grant for Bus Fleets

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NGT Staff on Jul 05, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has announced an approximately $445,000 clean diesel funding opportunity to help finance aging school bus replacement projects from both public and private school bus fleets in the state. According to the WDNR, this [Read More]

Plug-In Vehicle Battery Market Expected to Swell to $10 Billion

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NGT Staff on Jun 29, 2016

A Lux Research report says that six carmakers, including Tesla and Volkswagen, will account for 90% of battery demand, with EVs emerging as the drivetrain of choice.

Proterra Releases EV Fast-Charging Patents to Mass Transit Industry

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NGT Staff on Jun 28, 2016

In a move intended to accelerate widespread electric vehicle (EV) technology adoption and infrastructure development, Proterra, a developer and manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles, has opened its on-route EV fast-charging technology to the transit industry on a royalty-free basis. Proterra says [Read More]

Volkswagen Settles Dieselgate with $15 Billion, EV Ramp-Up

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Lauren Tyler on Jun 28, 2016

The automaker has agreed to provide billions to settle its emissions scandal in what is being called the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.

Smart City Challenge Winner to Deploy Electric Shuttles, Push EVs

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NGT Staff on Jun 23, 2016

As the winner of the Smart City Challenge, Columbus, Ohio, now intends to use the $40 million award to enhance its transportation methods and go electric.

Colorado Gov. Signs Legislation to Simplify Tax Credits for AFVs

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NGT Staff on Jun 21, 2016

The bill will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017, helping to accelerate the transition to cleaner, low-cost, alternative fuels for Colorado fleets and consumers.

EV Rally Sets Off to Travel the World in 80 Days or Less

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NGT Staff on Jun 20, 2016

Teams will cross three continents, 20 countries and more than 40 major cities, aiming to beat the 127-day record.

Volkswagen Group to Launch More Than 30 BEVs Over Next 10 Years

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NGT Staff on Jun 17, 2016

Volkswagen Group has presented its new strategic business plan, entitled “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025,” which emphasizes e-mobility and introduces a major electrification initiative. According to the company, it intends to launch more than 30 battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) over the [Read More]

Daimler to Invest a Whopping $7.9 Billion in FCEV, BEV Technologies

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NGT Staff on Jun 15, 2016

With a massive investment in electromobility, the automaker pledges to electrify all Mercedes-Benz model series.

Agility Fuel Systems, Hexagon Composites Announce Merger

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NGT Staff on Jun 14, 2016

Hexagon Composites, a Norway-based provider of composite cylinders for natural gas vehicles, and Agility Fuel Systems, the Santa Ana, Calif.-based provider of natural gas fuel system solutions for commercial vehicles, have announced that Hexagon Composites’ compressed natural gas (CNG) automotive [Read More]

LAPD Goes Electric with 100 BMW i3 Vehicles for Transport Fleet

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NGT Staff on Jun 10, 2016

Through a three-year, $1.4 million lease deal, the LAPD will acquire and use the EVs for transport and outreach.

Dover to Acquire Wayne Fueling Systems for $780 Million

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NGT Staff on Jun 09, 2016

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Dover says it has entered into a definitive agreement under which the company will acquire Wayne Fueling Systems Ltd., which is owned by Riverstone Holdings LLC, for $780 million in cash. Upon close of the transaction, Dover’s [Read More]

BMW i3 REx Owners Sue Automaker for Range Extender Defect

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NGT Staff on Jun 08, 2016

Plaintiffs claim their EVs go into “limp mode” – dropping to dangerously low speeds and failing to accelerate.

Report Finds EV Supply Equipment Will Reach 2.5M Units by 2025

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NGT Staff on Jun 08, 2016

Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) supply equipment is expected to reach 2.5 million units globally in 2025 – a significant increase from around 425,000 units in 2016, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. The report, which examines the world [Read More]

DOE Pledges $22M to Develop Sustainable Transportation Tech

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NGT Staff on Jun 06, 2016

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has invested in three initiatives to catalyze alternative-fuel use nationwide.

Indiana School District Celebrates Purchase of Two Autogas Buses

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Lauren Tyler on Jun 03, 2016

The Blue Bird autogas buses will reduce pollution, provide a quieter ride, and slash gas and maintenance costs.

Alliance AutoGas’ Converted F-150 Returns Home from Clean Air Ride

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NGT Staff on Jun 01, 2016

After traveling 5,700 miles, the bi-fuel F-150 has finally returned home – and boasts a 25% emissions reduction.