3/29/2017 10:31:19 AM
A new report from the SierraClub shows not only that clean energy creates more American jobs than thefossil fuel industry, but it also finds that the trend will continue. Currentlyclean energy leads in jobs creation over fossil fuels by a ratio of 2.5 to 1and the report concludes that investment in clean energy employment couldcreate millions of new jobs across the country.
The California Air ResourcesBoard voted unanimously last week to continue with stricter vehicle emissionsstandards for 2022 to 2025. The standards require new cars and trucks toaverage 36 miles per gallon by 2025. The Board also voted in support ofpolicies to have 4 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the state by 2030. ChargePoint’sColleen Quinn writes in an editorial for The Hill that innovation is behindtremendous electric vehicle (EV) and EV charging market growth “…supported by adynamic marketplace and sound public policy….” resulting in a 70%year-over-year increase in EV sales compared with the previous year. Quinnencourages policymakers to continue to endorse policy solutions that willfoster even great innovation and market competition.
Tesla gets to keep on innovatingand this time it is with Asia’s second highest valued tech firm, Tencent whichhas bought a five percent share in the company. The timing gives Tesla a strongally as it prepares to launch the mass-market Model 3. Toyota’s play withautonomous vehicles includes a new partner-Microsoft. Toyota is the first partner in the launch ofMicrosoft’s new auto licensing program. Included in Microsoft’s vehicletechnology offerings is an operating system, voice recognition, gesturecontrol, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity tools.
Like Tesla and Toyota, Fordcontinues its focus on mobility services and connected vehicles. They’ve justannounced a $200 million investment for a new data center on their Flat Rock,Michigan campus. Earlier, Ford said the plant would launch three new vehiclesincluding a fully autonomous hybrid for ride-sharing fleets.
American Power Group is movingahead with the initial production development phase of a low Nox solution for13L to 16L Class 8 diesel engines model year 2010 and newer. Having justreceived funding approval from its Board, CEO Lyle Jensen observed “Currently,no alternative low Nox solution exists for this class of engines withoutcompromising their critical heavy-haul power and torque capabilities.”
Los Angeles InternationalAirport passengers who park in Wally Park’s lots will now be able to benefitfrom a new fleet of Phoenix Motorcars Zero Emissions Utility Shuttle (ZEUS)buses. There are now 16, 14-passenger buses available to travelers atoff-airport parking.
Fleets and transit propertiesare increasingly adopting advanced technology and alternatively powered buses. How they are performing is part of whatwill be assessed at the upcoming Public Transit Fuel Management & RiskSymposium where they’ll learn about emerging trends and the performance ofthese advanced technologies. Speakers, including CALSTART’s Fred Silver, willlook at measurable performance results of zero-emission, clean diesel, naturalgas, propane and hydrogen. The Symposium takes place in Chicago on May 18.
Clean Energy Creates More Than Twice as Many Jobs as Fossil fuels, ZMEScience
CARB Reaffirms State Emission, Electric-car Rules for 2025, Green CarReports
Innovation is Driving Change for EVs, The Hill
Tesla Deal Boosts Chinese Presence in US Auto Tech, Reuters
Toyota Turns to Microsoft for Connected Vehicle Technology,AutoGuide.com
Ford Invests $200 M in Data Center for Autonomous Vehicles, The Stack
APG Nets Funding to Develop Low Nox Dual-Fuel/Exhaust System, NGT News
LAX Has Zero-Emission Utility Shuttle Buses From WallyPark Lots, CleanTechnica
Public Transit Fuel Management & Risk Symposium, Ameresco
3/22/2017 10:26:06 AM
In the past 36 years vehicle horsepower has increased by 120% while acceleration improvements increased by 47% and in spite of that new vehicle fuel economy has increased 33%. Those results are reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Don Anair with the Union of Concerned Scientists has the success of automakers to meet fuel economy standards on his mind, particularly as it relates to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) meeting this Friday to review the state’s Advanced Clean Cars program. In spite of the Trump administration’s desire to loosen federal standards, Anair articulates the success of California’s standards, believes they should be reaffirmed and that work should begin right away on setting the next round of standards.
A coalition of cities is reacting to the Trump Administration’s focus on weakening Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards by possibly collaborating on a $10 billion purchase of plug-in vehicles. Los Angeles and New York City are leading the group of 30 cities which could purchase 114,000 vehicles. Governor Cuomo punctuated New York’s commitment to electric vehicles (EV) by launching a $70 million EV rebate available to all New York residents who buy eligible vehicles from participating dealers. The Drive Clean Rebate initiative is one of several actions the state is engaged in to motivate residents to go electric.
Green Commuter has launched the first all-electric vanpool service in the U.S. Operating in Los Angeles, their fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles is available for vanpoolers to lease during rush hour and then for car- share users or businesses during off hours. Green Commuter anticipates their fleet size will grow to 50-80 vehicles by the end of the year.
Truck fleets interested in taking advantage of ARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) have yet another purchasing option. Peterbilt’s work truck models, equipped with a near-zero emissions natural gas engine from Cummins, are now eligible for vouchers ranging from $8,400 to $8,695. NGV’s seem to be all the rage in Texas too. This FY tax collections for CNG and LNG fuels have seen a 15% increase over the same time last year. That translates to $2.8 million from the sale of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). UPS and Frito-Lay are among the big users in the state.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America introduced their eCanter battery-powered Class 4 electric work truck last week in Indianapolis at the Work Truck Show. The truck has a 100-mile range and is available for a two-year lease in the U.S., Japan and Europe. They will offer the first 50 units to select customers by the end of the year. The truck design is for dense population centers like Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to Fuso’s Otto Schmid.
AxleTech International, a global designer, manufacturer and supplier of drivetrain systems has been around for more than 100 years, and signaling their commitment to EVs, they recently joined CALSTART. In seventy-five years CALSTART will be 100, but in 2017 we’re celebrating our quarter century anniversary. You heard it here first and today we launch our 25th Anniversary Symposium website and invite you to block off October 24th and 25th as days you will join regulators, elected officials and industry leaders in Pasadena to stimulate thinking toward a 2030 vision. Many thanks to our early sponsors which include UPS, Toyota, Thor Trucks, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), BAE Systems, BYD, and GENTHERM. See you there!
DOE: New Vehicle Fuel Economy Improved 33% From 1980-2016, Green Car Congress
Opinion: California Clean Car Rules Have Cleaned the Air, Saved Money, The Mercury News
Cities Plan to Spend $10B on EVs, Autoblog
Governor Cuomo Launches $70M Electric Car Rebate, Outreach Program, NGT News
Green Commuter Successfully Launches All-Electric Vanpool Service, The Auto Channel
Peterbilt Near-Zero Emissions Trucks Get California Incentive Approval, FleetOwner
Tax Collections Hint at Wider Adoption of NGVs, Bizjournals
Mitsubishi Fuso Brings Electric ‘Urban’ Work Truck to U.S. Market, Trucks.com
AxleTech Joins CALSTART and EDTA, AxleTech
CALSTART’s 25th Anniversary Symposium, CALSTART
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