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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