Getting closer... the March 26, 2012 issue of Fleets & Fuels as of March 22
Santa Ana-based Greenkraft is promoting a range of propane- and natural gas-fueled vehicles, including trucks from JAC, China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Company, in which it installs 6.0-liter GM engines.
'Never before has the case for what we do been clearer,' said Coda Automotive chairman Mac Heller (tall, center) as the first vehicle rolled out of the final assembly facility in Benicia, Calif. on March 12.
Arranged in four lanes, 16 Level II, 30-amp, J1772-compliant WattStation units by GE stand ready to charge production Coda vehicles prior to shipping from Benicia.
Vehicles like this Freightliner-chassis medium duty battery electric truck by California's Electric Vehicles International could get a boost from DoE's ZECT program: Zero Emission Cargo Transport
GM is emphasizing a robust Type III CNG tank installation with the 17-GGE cylinder assembly bolted not to the truck bed, but to the chassis frame itself.
GM has added bi-fuel CNG-gasoline pickups to its natural gas vehicles range. The bi-fuel CNG Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks will be available in both short bed and long bed models. They have 6.0-liter V-8 engines with gaseous-prep hardened valves and seats, and injectors by Bosch. A single Type III (aluminum liner and carbon composite overwrap) CNG cylinder will hold 17 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG, allowing room in the truck bed for a robust protective cabinet. The fuel tank will be mounted to the frame itself, not the truck body. The bi-fuel vehicle will have a 36-gallon gasoline tank. (Photo by James Fassinger for Chevrolet)
The 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado includes a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gas fuel systems. The bi-fuel Silverado will be covered by General Motors' extensive warranty, and will meet all EPA and CARB emission certification requirements. (Photo by James Fassinger for Chevrolet)
The 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado features a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable Vortec 6.0L V8 engine. The bi-fuel Silverado will be covered by General Motors' three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. (Photo by James Fassinger for Chevrolet)
The 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado includes a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gas fuel systems. Combined, the truck offers a range of more than 650 miles. (Photo by James Fassinger for Chevrolet)
Via Motors COO Alan Perriton, PG&E transportation director Dave Meisel, PG&E senior VP Greg Pruett, ex-GM vice chair and Via board member Bob Lutz, and Via CEO Kraig Higginson as the first ‘beta’ version of Via’s full size, range-extended battery electric trucks were handed over to the utility on March 22 in San Francisco
Ex-GM vice chair and 'Father of the Volt' Bob Lutz with Via Motors full-size range-extended electric pickup in San Francisco on March 22
Bob Lutz behind the wheel in San Francisco on March 22
Via Motors familiy of full-size, range-extended GM-chassis electric trucks
Belgium’s 3B and Gastank Sweden are talking up new advanced materials for manufacturing superior CNG fuel cylinders.
Eaton has published a new educational fact sheet on hybrid electric power systems for commercial trucks.
‘Eaton hybrid power systems have collectively accumulated more than 200 million miles of service, reducing fuel consumption by 8 million gallons of diesel fuel and harmful emissions by 80,000 metric tons,’ the company says. ‘More than 5,500 of Eaton’s hybrid systems are in use today on city buses, school buses, package delivery trucks, beverage delivery trucks, refrigerated delivery trucks, refuse and recycling trucks, utility vehicles and other commercial applications.’
Westport CEO David Demers with 12-liter Weichai Westport HPDI engine
Weichai Westport facility occupies a 215,000 square-foot site in Weifang (central Shandong Province), and has an annual production capability of 20,000 engines.
Parker Hannifin reports average fuel use reduction of 43%, with 99% uptime, for Autocar E3 refuse trucks with the Parker RunWise hydraulic hybrid drivetrain after more than a year of service in south Florida.
Existing natural gas engines promoted by Weichai Westport
GE and Chesapeake Energy's Peake Fuel Solutions unit are collaborating to speed adoption of natural gas as transportation fuel, in part by promoting GE's modular 'CNG In A Box' fueling installations -- at least 250 of them, states a release, beginning this autumn.
GE aims to establish itself in the growing market for liquefield natural gas for trucks
GE's CNG In A Box modular compressed natural gas fueling station will be unveiled at the NACS 2012 convenience store comvention in Las Vegas in October, says partner Chesapeake Energy
GE's Micro LNG unit could make product for distribution to vehicle fueling stations
Peake Fuel Solutions is the new Chesapeake Energy affiliate that's to help deploy GE products for natural gas vehicle fueling
Ohio's first LNG truck fueling station, in Seville, west of Akron, will initially support ten Dillon Transport Peterbilt 384 trucks in Owens Corning service, and will be open to other shippers and carriers as well.
AMP20M1HD-A Nanophosphate brand prismatic lithium ion battery cell from A123
A-Z Bus Sales of Colton was the big winner in the latest round of California Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology funding, with $1 million for propane school buses by Blue Bird and Collins, and $584,000 for natural gas buses by Blue Bird and Arboc.
Miami Beach-based Car Charging Group Cites a large number of property owners, technology providers and other partners, and now is branching to Europe.
Expanded view of a complete lithium ion battery pack from A123 Systems similar to what Geely will use for its 2014 PHEV (A123)
Apache Corp opened the first of a planned series of public-access compressed natural gas fueling stations in Tulsa, Okla. last month, and will hold a grand opening ceremony at the facility on Monday, April 2.
LA Metro is looking to buy 550 new CNG buses for 2014 and 2015, and with options perhaps a total of 900.
Calgary-based Ferus, a cryogenics specialist, has deployed the first LNG tractor in Alberta, a Peterbilt 367 with Westport HD fuel system and 15-liter engine. Ferus claims a single-fill range of more than 430 miles.
Eidesvik Offshore's Viking Lady and the West Phoenix deepwater rig in the North Sea off the UK
Molten carbonate methane fuel cell by MTU Onsite Enegy was installed on the Viking Lady in autumn 2009 and became operational on December 3, 2009
Norway’s DNV and Eidesvik Offshore describe the LNG-fueled Viking Lady as the world’s first true hybrid electric marine vessel.
Norway’s Color Line says that its new 525-foot LNG ferry, with capacity for some 2000 people and 500 cars, will be ready for the summer 2014 season on the Norway-Sweden Sandefjord-Strømstad route.
Ryder System chairman and CEO Greg Swienton has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif. on May 17
ACT Expo 2012 will be held May 15-17 in Long Beach, Calif. http://www.actexpo.com/
Gladstein, Neandross & Associates CEO Erik Neandross at ACT Expo 2011 at the Long Beach Convention Center
ACT Expo 2011 in Long Beach, Calif. included one of the first public showings of the new 11.9-liter spark ignition engine from Cummins Westport. It was displayed as a proof-of-concept engine in a Freightliner Cascadia tractor.
Green Bay, Wisc.-based Paper Transport, Inc. is testing the new spark-ignition, 11.9-liter dedicated natural gas engine from Cummins Westport, Inc. in this Kenworth T660 tractor, as well as in a Freightliner Cascadia.
The aerodynamic Kenworth T660 is one of the trucks the Pacccar unit will offer with the new ISX12 G dedicated-natural gas engine from Cummins Westport, Inc.
Kenworth circulated this photo of the Cummins Westport ISX12 G as it announced availability of the dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition engine in several of its heavy duty truck models at MATS in Louisville
We think that the March 26, 2012 issue of Fleets & Fuels is shaping up nicely...
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Saddle Creep Corp has inked a ten-year agreement with Clean Energy Fuels in support of its growing natural gas truck fleet.
Detroit-based EVI sales VP Frank Jenkins with Freightliner chassis EVI-MD flatbed at the 2012 Work Truck Show's Green Truck ride-and-drive in Indianapolis.