• Charge Ready


    Earlier this week Al Gore had an audience with Ivanka and Donald Trump to discuss climate change. Shortly following that meeting more than 800 Earth scientists and energy experts (almost all PhD’s living in the U.S.) signed on to an open letter to the President-elect urging him to “…take immediate and sustained action against human-caused climate change….recognizing that the science is unequivocal.” The plea is followed by 6 specific actions that can be taken. Trump is getting a lot of mail these days and on Monday New York-based Plug Power penned an appeal asking that an overlooked investment tax credit for fuel cells be included in a package of tax credit extensions.  The tax credit was mistakenly omitted from the December 2015 package resulting in job insecurity for tens of thousands of fuel-cell industry workers. 

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) sends promising news for the future in the form of a recently released draft of their initial plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, calling it the “most ambitious target in North America." The plan includes efforts to put more fuel-efficient cars and zero-emission vehicles on the road and use low-carbon fuels and renewable energy.

    Utility Drive offers an in-depth look at a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) pilot project that will work with both utility- and third party-owned EV chargers as they roll out new charging infrastructure in their territory. Southern California Edison (SCE) has a “Charge Ready” pilot program where hosts own the charging stations and San Diego Gas & Electric is moving ahead with the “Power Your Drive” pilot of utility-owned chargers. The article details the challenges involved in finding consensus on the various utility ownership models. In New Jersey (NJ) the state’s four electric utilities are looking at EV charging, too, and in particular they want to create a pilot program to create a charging infrastructure network to grow the volume of EVs purchased. NJ Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Chuck Feinberg observed that it’s important because “…auto manufacturers are only pushing electric vehicles in states where the infrastructure is being built.”

    John Deere has announced a prototype zero-emission, all-electric tractor that would have an agricultural application. The tractor has stacks of battery packs that provide 130kWh of capacity. They are serious about the electrification of their machinery and have formed a development group to explore what a broader electrified portfolio would look like.   Nikola, the manufacturer of a new Class 8 hydrogen truck has announced that Ryder System will be their exclusive national distributor. The company is offering a 72-month lease package that includes the truck, one million miles of fuel, and a maintenance package.

    The American Journal of Transportation spreads the news that the California Energy Commission is extending their deadline to apply to their $4 million grant solicitation that focuses on R&D of natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty off-road vehicles. The focus is on agriculture, construction, industrial, port and cargo markets. The solicitation also prioritizes projects in the most polluted regions of the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast air basin. The new deadline is Monday, December 19, 2016.

    An Open Letter From Scientists to President-Elect Trump on Climate Change, Clean Technica
    http://bit.ly/2h6DZOm

    Fuel Cell Workers Plead for Their Jobs in Open Letter to Trump, Bloomberg
    http://bloom.bg/2g9HeSV

    CARB: New Emissions Reduction Plan Calls for ZEVs, Low-Carbon Fuels, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2g2OEY6

    How PG&E’s EV Charging Pilot Will Test Utility Ownership Models, Utility Dive
    http://bit.ly/2gCTdJy

    New Jersey Plans for More Electric Vehicle Stations, newsworks
    http://bit.ly/2hhhpoZ

    John Deere Unveils Latest All-Electric Tractor Prototype for Zero-Emission Agriculture, Electrek
    http://bit.ly/2gJKxUC

    Ryder with Nikola for New Class 8 H2 Truck, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2h6OWlh

    Deadline for $4M Off-Road NGV Funding Opportunity Extended, AJOT
    http://bit.ly/2h6PLuk




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  • Kudos Canada


    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is finalizing the 2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) standard following their midterm evaluation which wills double fleet-wide fuel efficiency while cutting GHGs. They have opted not to change the standards and there will now be a 30-day comment period. CALSTART’s recently completed supplier survey indicated that the vast majority of suppliers are in support of maintaining the current standard which would allow for long-term investments to be made.

    Plug In America has been awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote the adoption of electric and plug-in vehicles in four northeast states. Working with Clean Cities Coalitions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, the partners will focus on education and awareness, including Ride-and-Drives. On the other side of the country, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric has released a new report and interactive map with an eye toward supporting and easing the installation of EV fast chargers in their territory. The report identifies 300 areas in Northern and Central California in need of charging installations based on recent forecasts. 

    Elaine Chao was named by President-elect Trump yesterday to be the new head of the Department of Transportation. She formerly served under President George W. Bush as deputy secretary of transportation. CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel recognized that Chao has a “good grasp of how the federal system works and how to manage a major agency.” 

    In San Francisco there are now BART buses that are using a unique underground charging technology provided by Utah-based WAVE. In partnership with OEM Gillig and Contra Costa Transit Agency, the electric buses are using in-route charging at the Bay Area’s Walnut Creek BART station.  Thanks to funding from the California Air Resources Board there will be 15 new Proterra zero-emission, all-electric buses in service in the San Joaquin Valley. The buses will be built in its new manufacturing facility in Burlingame, CA. 

    BYD has been innovating having recently launched the first all-electric, long-range garbage truck.  Trucks.com asks, given a new administration moving into Washington, D.C. if this is a last gasp for electric trucks. CALSTART’s Senior Vice President says to the contrary, the market demand is based on efficiency and operational improvements, not U.S. energy policy. Efficiency gains have been well documented by Massachusetts-based XL Hybrids which will place 21 Ford F-59 trucks using XL Hybrids hybrid electric drive system with AmeriPride Services by the end of the year. AmeriPride is one of the largest textile rental and supply companies in North America. 

    Kudos to Canada!  Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna made the announcement last Friday that the country will develop a low carbon fuel standard which will apply to transportation fuels. The 2030 target aims to reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of removing  7 million cars from the road. In response to McKenna’s announcement, Lux Research outlines the reasons why California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) will become a global phenomenon. Lux observes that a model that isn’t biofuels-centric allows for expanded opportunities to adopt natural gas vehicles (NGV) and electric vehicles (EV). 

    For those interested in learning more about the successes and future opportunities presented by California’s LCFS, you are invited to join CALSTART for the 5th Annual Clean Low Carbon Fuels Summit, taking place in Sacramento on February 27-28. This is the premier meeting for elected officials, staffers and industry representatives to discuss the landscape of advanced fuel technologies and latest policy developments in California and beyond. 

    US EPA to finalize 2025 Vehicle Emissions Rules Without Change, Daily Mail
    http://dailym.ai/2gGjytE

    Survey Shows Suppliers Support for Existing 2025 Federal LDV Regs, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/2gJ5aOQ

    Plug in America to Advance EV Use in New England, Aftermarket News
    http://bit.ly/2gKvdnN

    PG&E Makes Moves to Support EV Charging, Adoption, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2g30Sk6

    Trucking, Auto Industries Praise Elaine Chao’s Nomination, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/2fQk3jC

    CCCTA Adds WAVE Wireless Charging at BART Station, Metro
    http://bit.ly/2gJ3hBU

    Proterra to Provide Buses to San Joaquin Valley, GSA Business Report
    http://bit.ly/2fRjGW1

    BYD Launches New Electric Garbage Truck, But What’s Next?, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/2gCdDqL

    AmeriPride Adds XL Hybrids’ System to their Fleet, Business Wire
    http://bit.ly/2gFeuDe

    Canada to Develop New Clean Fuel Standards: McKenna, iPolitics
    http://bit.ly/2g76Mkx

    California’s LCFS Will Become a Global Phenomenon, Green Car Congress
    http://bit.ly/2gl1xkb

    Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/2fRo3QK


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  • Bolting Ahead

    ChargePoint is among several charging providers that are lauding the recent White House announcement to install 48 electric vehicle (EV) charging corridors on U.S. highways in order to push the use of EVs. The scope is impressive in that it will cover 25,000 miles in 35 states. Right about the same time the state of New Jersey launched a campaign to promote EVs as well. ChargeEVC consists of a coalition of industry, environmental groups, utilities, and New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition. The group plans to publish a New Jersey EV roadmap early next year.

    On the other coast, California can boast 30 models of electric vehicles due to its ZEV mandate and through a combination of factors there are now 250,000 plug-in EVs on the road. Electrek says the Chevy Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 could be big contributors in making those numbers grow. And, bolting to the front of the line in winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year award is none other than the Chevy Bolt.  The 200 plus mile EV was called “…a game changing vehicle….” by Motor Trend Editor Ed Loh.

    Navigant Research is out with a new report inviting advanced vehicle enthusiasts to keep their eye on electric buses.  Their prediction is that global sales will jump with an estimated 181,000 by 2026.

    Subject to Congressional approval, the SuperTruck II funding is expected to be $80 million, with an expected outcome that engine and trailer builders will be able to double the amount a heavy-duty truck can haul on a gallon of fuel. The four teams chosen to participate by the Department of Energy include Cummins Inc. and Peterbilt Motors; Volvo Group, Daimler Trucks and Navistar. Thanks NGT News for spreading the word that Workhorse has an electric pickup truck with a range extender. The Workhorse W-15 light-duty platform targets locally driven trucks and gets an 80-mile battery range. The Duke Energy and City of Orlando fleets have already submitted letters of interest.

    Following Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Long Beach, Carlsbad and other cities, San Diego is the most recent city to convert its 1,125 vehicle fleet to run on renewable diesel. Officials say the cost is competitive with diesel . The state of California has endorsed the fuel and San Diego is now the largest city fleet to be using it.

    Way to go Exxon Mobil for releasing a statement affirming support of the Paris climate agreement (went into effect on November 4). The company has said it will play a “constructive role” in finding solutions to the threat of climate change in the years to come.

    If you have opinions about how to spend $800-million over 10-years on the VW Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Commitment in California, the Air Resources Board would like to hear from you. There will be a workshop held on Friday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon Pacific Time at Cal/EPA Headquarters in Sacramento. There’s also a webcast and details are here.

    Charging Providers Laud White House Plan, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2gdV633

    New Campaign Promoting EVs Launches in NJ, NRDC
    http://on.nrdc.org/2fCC4zJ

    California Hits Milestone of 250,000 Electric Plug-in Cars, electrek
    http://bit.ly/2gdQCcC

    Chevrolet Bolt Wins Motor Trend Car of the Year Award, Inside EVs
    http://bit.ly/2f1jhjg

    Sale of Electric Buses to Increase in Coming Decade, Hydrogen Fuel News
    http://bit.ly/2gcYID2

    Super Truck Program Scores Big, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/2fRPska

    Workhorse Develops PHEV with Range Extender for Fleets, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2fQ1GIH

    San Diego’s Vehicles Switch to Renewable Diesel, The San Diego Union-Tribune
    http://bit.ly/2eMyxOU

    ExxonMobil Statement on Paris Climate Agreement, ExxonMobil
    http://exxonmobil.co/2fgVJoD

    California ARB Holding Public Workshop on How to Spend VW’s $800M
    http://bit.ly/2fUOCFK

    Meeting Notice: VW’s Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Commitment, ARB
    http://bit.ly/2fuIXWc

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  • Lives Per Gallon

    The American Lung Association (ALA) is out with a new report showing the annual health and climate costs attributable to cars is $37 billion, and that’s just in the 10 states that have zero-emission vehicle (ZEVs) sales programs. Costs include 220,000 missed days of work, 109,000 asthma attacks and 2,580 premature deaths per year.  The report also says that if new-car sales are 100% EV by 2050, and 65% of all cars are EVs the costs will decrease by $21 billion to $15.7 billion.

    It must be time for the LA Auto Show as Motor Trend has named the Tesla Model S 60/75 and the Chevrolet Bolt EV as short list contenders for their Car of the Year award. The Audi A4, Chrysler Pacifica, and Volvo S90 also made the list of 9 contenders. The award will be announced at the LA Auto Show on November 14.

    Canadian fuel cell product developer Ballard Power Systems is deploying large numbers of fuel cell buses in China. Last month they deployed 12 in the District of Sanshui, Foshan. Now they’ve placed another 10 fuel cell buses in Yunfu city, China. The Chinese Government is looking at mass transit solutions, like Ballard’s zero-emission fuel cell buses, as a strategy to get ahead of an urbanization drive which will increase populations in urban areas.

    Derichebourg Canada Environment (a major international player in waste collection, recycling and transport) will invest $2 million into greening their Quebec fleet. Montreal company Effenco’s innovative Stop-Start hybrid electric technology will be fitted on 60 trucks which are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%.  In San Francisco, waste-hauling company Ratto Group has taken delivery of its first of 16 garbage trucks that will be driven in Sonoma and western Marin Counties in California. The range-extended, turbine-electric powertrain was developed by Wrightspeed which claims the powertrain can cut annual fuel consumption by 70 percent or more compared to an average diesel refuse truck.

    Renewable Energy Group is moving ahead with plans to expand biodiesel production capacity in Ralston, Iowa from 12 million to 30 million gallons at what had been its original biodiesel plan built in 2001. The company will spend $24 million and they will have a ground breaking ceremony on election day-Tuesday, November 8.

    Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids was honored in a ceremony that took place last week when the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) awarded them the 2016 Cleantech breakout company. Before this they were most recently in the news for placing 50 of their delivery trucks in the Chicago metro area for use by UPS. The vehicles are equipped with Lightning’s hydraulic Energy Recovery System (ERS). 

    UPS isn’t the only one helping meet Chicago’s decarbonization goals. Last week EV bus manufacturer Proterra inked a lease deal with JLL (an a-list real estate company) to replace their fleet of diesel shuttle buses with 10 electric buses making it the first all-electric shuttle fleet to operate in the U.S. Prudential Plaza and the Aon Center have offered the bus service for 20 years. The project receives a $1.5 million subsidy from Drive Clean Chicago. 

    The Texas Clean School Bus Program aims to reduce emissions of diesel exhaust by retrofitting older school buses and they’ve put money behind those aims. There is more than $5.9 million available in grant funds. The deadline had been yesterday but has now been extended to December 15, 2016.

    Health Costs From Vehicle Emissions Add $18 to a Tank of Gas, Autoblog
    http://bit.ly/2eVe6QI

    Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt among 2017 Car of the Year Finalists, Inside EVs
    http://bit.ly/2fdPzpJ

    Ballard’s Power Play in China’s Urban Expansion, Vancouver Sun
    http://bit.ly/2f1ZNJs

    Waste Collection and Transport in Brossard, CNW Company
    http://bit.ly/2fiKc7s

    Wrightspeed Debuts First Fleet of Range-Extended Electric Refuse Trucks, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/2eAe1AI

    REG to Expand Capacity at Ralston Biodiesel Plant, Biodiesel Magazine
    http://bit.ly/2fdLge4

    Lightning Hybrids Recognized for Clean Vehicle Projects, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2dOKjvf

    Prudential Plaza, Aon Center Giving Tenants Greener Shuttle Buses, Chicago Tribune
    http://trib.in/2eMudPS

    Texas Clean School Bus Program Accepting Grant Applications, TCEQ
    http://bit.ly/2fdNmKU

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  • All Things Automated

    It is payback time and yesterday a federal judge approved a nearly $15 billion settlement resulting from Volkswagen having rigged 11 million vehicles worldwide with software to elude emissions standards. The funds will be used for buybacks and environmental mitigation. That’s not all that’s official. Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  published in the Federal Register the Phase 2 rules regulation designed to reduce carbon dioxide and other GHGs from heavy-and medium-duty trucks. December 27, 2016 will be the official start date for the rules to go into effect.

    California continues to do its part to drive the market for advanced, clean vehicle technologies. Last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided definition for how to spend the $360 million from the cap-and-trade program. The plan includes $150 million for heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment as well as a voucher incentive program to deploy hybrid, low-Nox and zero-emission trucks, buses, and engines.

    History was made in Colorado last week as 45,000 cans of Anheuser Busch beer were delivered in a self-driving truck, tooling 120 miles on Interstate 25.  Otto, the self-driving truck subsidiary of Uber, officially delivered the first revenue generating load transported in an autonomous truck.  In another “Look Ma, no hands” story, Engadget reports that two driverless, full-size buses are being tested in Singapore. The electric buses will be tested with 80 passengers each for a one mile trip. This isn’t the first autonomous bus trial but Singapore is becoming known for doing some serious testing on self-driving vehicles.

    Demonstrating that they aren’t messing around when it comes to fuel cell technology, Toyota plans to gear up to bring over 100 fuel cell buses to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic games. Paving the way, the company plans to start selling fixed-route fuel cell buses in 2017. They’ll be made by its Hino subsidiary. Back in the U.S. LA Metro received news this week that the US. Department of Transportation has awarded them $10.5 million for the purchase of 30 low-emission compressed natural gas buses. The buses are expected to reduce emissions by 25% over the 2014 model CNG buses they currently use.

    Derichebourg Canada Environment (a major international player in waste collection, recycling and transport) will invest $2 million in purchasing new trucks. Montreal company Effenco’s innovative Stop-Start hybrid electric technology will be fitted into the trucks which are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. Effenco is also making news in New York City where the Department of Sanitation has been testing their Stop-Start technology and they are seeing impressive fuel savings. Effenco is providing systems for trash trucks and terminal tractors with an expected ROI in close to one year.

    Now that automated trucks and buses are garnering a lot of attention, what will they think of next? Self-flying vehicles? Yep. Airbus Group in Silicon Valley has revealed a self-piloted aircraft that can detect and avoid obstacles. It has room for one passenger or cargo. Airbus has completed the vehicle design and says to look for a prototype by the end of next year.

    US Judge Approves VW Settlement, Fortune
    http://for.tn/2eLKNjs

    EPA, NHTSA Publish Phase 2 Fuel Efficiency Rule, FleetOwner
    http://bit.ly/2evlu6X

    CARB to Spend $363 Million for Clean Vehicles, Trucking Info
    http://bit.ly/2dWR5xz

    Otto Hauls Budweiser in First Commercial Use of Self-Driving Truck, Denver Post
    http://dpo.st/2eqUdop

    Self-driving Buses May Soon Be a Thing, Engadget
    http://engt.co/2eBfgS9

    Toyota to Introduce 100 Fuel Cell Buses Ahead of Tokyo Olympics, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2er2Evf

    LA Metro Receives $10.5M for Near-Zero Emission CNG Buses, Mass Transit
    http://bit.ly/2eRgaaT

    Effenco and Derichebourg Canada Environment Form Partnership, Edmonton Journal
    http://bit.ly/2eCPzlj

    Engine Start-Stop System Saves Fuel for NY’s Trash Trucks, Truckinginfo
    http://bit.ly/2f5qD7o

    Airbus Wants to Build a Self-Flying Taxi, Autoblog
    http://bit.ly/2elNY2F

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  • Shift Into High Gear

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations that would align them with recent developments in the marketplace. The result could mean increased production of cellulosic and other advanced biofuels. Public comment is welcome for 60-days following publication in the Federal Register. 

    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is out with their annual energy outlook which includes promising projections, including that by 2025 6% of national light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales will be full zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and transitional ZEVs. Further, they say that LDVs will account for half a percent of national electricity demand and it will continue to grow through 2040. Henrik Fisker is back and he’s promising a new electric vehicle (EV) sometime toward the end of 2017. Fisker, Inc. (not the old Fisker which is now Karma Automotive). The company joins the legions of those wanting to take on Tesla and looks to deliver better range and overall charge life.

    Exportable power is a centerpiece of the Chevy Colorado ZH-2, unveiled this week at the fall meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. The truck is being developed by the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and General Motors (GM). GM believes it to be “…the most extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle ever.”  At a conference on the other side of the country this week, Otto Founder Anthony Levandowski shared his views on how autonomous vehicle technology will streamline freight movement. “It’s 2016. We now make phone calls that are automatically connected. Why aren’t shipments automatically connected from the shipper to the carrier and vice versa?” said Levandowski. 

    There they go again. UPS has once again added a sizeable order to their sustainable fleet by purchasing 50 hydraulic hybrid trucks from Lightning Hybrids. Funding for the project was made possible in part by Drive Clean Chicago. The trucks will be assigned to delivery routes in the Windy City.

    Kenworth Truck Company announced this week that they will add the Cummins Westport ISL G near zero emissions natural gas engine as an option to their lineup. The engine offers 90% lower emissions and meets EPA’s GHG emission reductions. And, American Power Group (APG) is bringing natural gas fueling options for trucks in the Pacific Northwest. APG has just signed on two Oregon companies as authorized dealers and certified installers of its natural gas, dual fuel technology.

    Viatec is a North Carolina-based company that has developed “Smartload TM,” an electro-hydraulic system for class 5-8 trucks. Recently the South Carolina Research Authority unanimously voted to bring them in as a Client Company through its SC Launch program, designed to foster innovation. They also recently displayed the technology to US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx who toured the International Transportation Innovation Center.

    CALSTART Senior Vice President Bill Van Amburg is part of a distinguished BSR forum called “Future Freight: Defining progress post-Paris” coming up on November 2nd.  Other panelists include EPA’s Cheryl Bynum and BSR’s Angie Farrag-Thibault. Note to CALSTART members-if you are having a tough time keeping track of industry meetings and events, we have a new events page available to members only. You can access it here.

    EPA Proposes Major Updates to RFS Regulations, Biomass Magazine
    http://bit.ly/2dK9pqy

    Electric and Hybrid Vehicles to Make up 6% of Auto Sales by 2025, Utility Dive
    http://bit.ly/2cTrMJ1

    Henrik Fisker Launches New Electric Car Company, Reuters
    http://reut.rs/2cSGLYo

    GM and the U.S. Army Team up for Fuel-Cell Powered Chevrolet Colorado ZH-2, MLive
    http://bit.ly/2dRTNX7

    OTTO, Uber and True ‘no touch freight,’ Fleet Owner
    http://bit.ly/2e2gPKi

    UPS Adds Hydraulic Hybrids to AFV Fleet, Transport Topics
    http://bit.ly/2dEP5e3

    Kenworth to Offer Cummins Near Zero Nox Nat-Gas Engine, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2dEPflF

    APG Dual Fuel for Pacific Northwest, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2dsSmg5

    Viatec Enjoys Market Success, SCRA
    http://bit.ly/2dtPQ8w

    Future Freight: Defining Progress Post-Paris, BSR
    http://bit.ly/2dSvTXS

    CALSTART Industry Events Calendar, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/2cTt3zT

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  • Racing 2 Zero

    Ten years ago this month, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law California’s AB32 which aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to 1990 levels by 2020. The San Francisco Chronicle goes in-depth to assess the positive impact the decarbonization of the economy has had, in spite of oil company attempts to derail it. Electric bus maker Proterra is cited as a California success story having moved its headquarters from South Carolina to California and they’ll open a new factory in LA next year.  The Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority in Boston will be receiving 44 60-foot New Flyer buses with BAE Systems hybrid electric drive technology. Articulated buses are usually used in highly populated cities.

    CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel had buses on his mind in a recent interview with California Transit. In particular he outlines the genesis and details of the U.S. –China Race to Zero Emissions (R2ZE) which is a competition between the U.S. and China to see which country has the most emission free buses by 2025.

    And, China is doing a great job on installing public charging stations. Their aim is to have 5 million charging stations by 2020 and already they’ve increased the number by 65% in the first half of this year with a total of 81,000 locations. The New York City fleet has high ambitions, too, with a target to have close to 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in their fleet by the end of next year. At the end of last year they were half way there with 500 EVs in the city fleet. 

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently signaled a clearer heavy-duty pathway for the reduction of GHGs in the form of their Phase 2 Standards. Tim Reeser with Lightning Hybrids recently got to sit down with Fleet Owner’s Jack Roberts to talk about their electric hybrid drive systems, which is another option in helping OEMs meet GHG regulations. Fuel economy benefits from the system can be 15-35%.

    I couldn’t resist the addictively clickable app CARBONCOUNTER.COM which solves the problem of how to know exactly what the carbon footprint is of a new car you are about to buy.  The app shows more than 100 new car models and their lifetime cost as well as GGE per mile driven. Their results show you don’t have to pay more for a low-carbon emitting vehicle.

    A CALSTART team got to go to Ohio this week for the unveiling of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) $1.6M hydrogen refueling station. Soon, SARTA will have a fleet of 10 zero-emission buses making it the third largest fuel cell fleet in the country. 

    Hydrogen and fuel cell enthusiasts should mark their calendars for October 5-6 as the California Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Summit takes place in Sacramento, CA. Keynote speakers include representatives from Pacific Gas & Electric, American Honda, the California Air Resources Board, and the Office of the Governor.

    Climate Change Legislation Led to Widespread Adoption of Green Tech in CA, Future Structure
    http://bit.ly/2cLdZHB

    New Flyer, BAE Systems to Provide Hybrid-Electric ‘Bendy Buses’ in Boston, Mass Transit
    http://bit.ly/2dkYtzP

    On Board with John Boesel, California Transit
    http://bit.ly/2drwOCu

    China Charged Up, Inside EVs
    http://bit.ly/2d4SIf7

    Getting a Handle on Hydraulic Hybrid Drivetrains, FleetOwner
    http://bit.ly/2cBF0tC

    NYC Clean Fleet Surpasses 500 EVs, Expects to Double by 2017, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2dlevhZ

    An App to Help Save Emissions When Buying a Car, The New York Times
    http://nyti.ms/2dfgrFJ

    Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses Joining SARTA, Cleveland.com
    http://bit.ly/2drxFD4

    California Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Summit, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2cCsb7q



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  • Good Energy

    There’s good energy in California this week. Governor Brown declared war on “super pollutants” by signing into law a 40% reduction in methane and hydrofluorocarbon emissions and a 50% cut in human caused black carbon below 2013 levels. Since the Paris accord there’s renewed energy in Sacramento about making climate change relevant to disadvantaged communities. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the biggest municipal utility in the country and they are poised to continue on a cleaner energy pathway as well. The LA City Council has voted to partner with local experts to study the best pathway towards a 100% clean energy goal. The big winner in this proposal? Kids, says Grist.

    The world of autonomous vehicles has been marked by a hodge-podge of regulations varying from state to state. As of this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is bringing order to the growing activity in this space by laying out standards requesting that automakers share “crash and other relevant data.”  Given that this is guidance vs. a regulation, there’s uncertainty around how compliant industry will be. Uber recently announced they are doing self-driving vehicle testing in Pittsburgh, PA and now the ride-share company is sharing plans that they will open a new facility in Detroit to foster greater collaboration with suppliers and automakers.

    CALSTART is out with a new report that finds that suppliers support U.S. 2025 fuel economy standards. Twenty-three suppliers that are big enough to sell parts directly to automakers were surveyed, with 70% saying the US shouldn’t change the 2025 goal of raising fuel economy from 35.5 MPG to 50.8 MPG.  Eaton’s Mihai Dorobantu echoed the sentiment saying “Suppliers are quite optimistic they can help the automakers achieve these targets.” The Colorado Hydrogen Coalition in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is looking for suppliers devoted to accelerating development of the hydrogen fuel cell technologies market in Colorado and beyond by creating a database of manufacturers and suppliers to the hydrogen fuel cell industry.  To be added, interested parties just have to complete a form.

    Efficient Drivetrains, manufacturer of drivetrains for advanced-plug-in electric and battery electric vehicles has raised just under $8 million in its initial close of its Series C financing round. H&Q Asia Pacific is the new investor. Funding will allow the company to expand  its manufacturing in both the US and China.

    Fleet managers pondering the use of natural gas are invited to check out the latest infographic and white paper from NGV America, the trade association working to advance natural gas vehicles (NGVs). From renewable natural gas (RNG) to the development of near-zero NG engines, the group demonstrates the emissions and environmental benefits of using NG. Cummins Westport and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will work together to develop a 12-liter NG near-zero engine for heavy-duty vehicles. $1 million in project funding was awarded by the California Energy Commission (CEC).  And, American Power Group (APG) is doing business in British Columbia having announced a partnership with Cullen Diesel Power, which will manage their dual fuel conversions. Clark Freightways of Coquitlam, BC will receive the first ten APG dual fuel systems.

    Sacramento Clean Cities expects 200 people to attend their 7th annual Northern California Clean Technology Forum and Equipment Expo, October 19-20. For the first time there will be a medium- and heavy-duty Ride & Drive featuring products from Complete Coach Works, Hino Trucks, Lightning Hybrids, Terex, XL Hybrids, and Zenith Motors. There is no charge for admission.

    California to Get Tough on Black Carbon, San Diego Union-Tribune
    http://bit.ly/2dh9K5m

    Who Wins from LA’s Bid to go 100% Renewable? Grist
    http://bit.ly/2cCOBTR

    NHTSA Standards for Autonomous Vehicles, The Washington Post
    http://wapo.st/2df2XZZ

    Uber Hopes Facilities in Detroit Will Shape Autonomous Future, Autoblog
    http://bit.ly/2cq8PAQ

    Tier 1 Suppliers Back 2025 CAFÉ, CALSTART Survey Says, Wards Auto
    http://bit.ly/2cRue4U

    Calling Suppliers to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industries, Colorado Hydrogen Coalition
    http://bit.ly/2aibxcd

    H&Q Asia Pacific Leads $15M Series C Round in Efficient Drivetrains, China Money Network
    http://bit.ly/2d1VmhQ

    NGV America White Paper Touts NG for Fleets, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2cNAdWt

    California, Cummins to Develop NG HD Engine, Truckinginfo
    http://bit.ly/2coQhT3

    American Power Group Launches with Cullen Diesel Power, Fleets&Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2cQJhxg

    Sacramento CCC Forum Next Month, Fleets&Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2d4rzIc

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  • A Feather and a Chapeau

    Delivery giant UPS has some interesting initiatives underway including a collection on delivery service in Russia. But, the great new feather in their brown chapeau is two new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grants that UPS Automotive Director Mike Britt calls “…a potential game-changer for our EVs.”  As UPS sets out to spur innovation and sustainability, they are also funded to promote more efficient cars and trucks. Innovation is deep-rooted in the 109 year-old company which already surpassed a goal to drive 1 billion alternative fuel and advanced technology miles by 2017. As Britt opined, “the greenest mile is the mile never driven.”

    Plug in America (PIA) is demonstrating what a game-changer EVs have become by presenting National Drive Electric Week with over 200 cities hosting events across the country. PIA has announced a milestone noting that over 500,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been bought in the US.  General Motors expects that number to grow as this week they unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt which is both affordable and delivers 238- miles on a charge. For people who still have EV jitters, Chevy has also launched a website introducing the Bolt and answering questions about range, charging stations, and how much money you can save. For further proof that the market is growing, ChargePoint announced this week that they have built 95 DC fast charging stations on both the east and west coasts, in partnership with BMW and VW.

    Demonstrating that EVs aren’t just for lightweights, Efficient Drivetrains and First Priority GreenFleet have teamed up to produce alternative fuel commercial vehicles. This partnership means commercial fleet operators will have a full line of Class 2 through Class 8 plug-in vehicle solutions.

    Will the Tesla of buses please stand up? Stand up they did when Proterra, earlier in the week, unveiled a new version of their electric bus which can operate for 18 hours on a single charge, the same amount of time as a diesel bus can run, they note.  Its Catalyst E2 Series buses can drive up to 350 miles before having to recharge.

    The White House is all charged up about fleet electrification, too. This Thursday, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. EDT, Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, will call on states, counties and municipalities to join Federal agencies in transitioning to electric vehicles. CALSTART, with Clean Cities coalitions and several other national partners is involved with this transition through a DOE funded EV Smart Fleets project. Interested fleets can sign up to participate here. Anyone who wants to join the White House Kickoff call on Thursday can call 202-395-6392 (conference passcode 414 9458).

    H2@Scale is a DOE concept that a nearly 50% reduction in GHG emissions could be achieved by 2050 via large-scale hydrogen production and use. To advance the concept, the DOE has issued an RFI seeking feedback on the H2@Scale proposal. Black & Veatch knows a thing or two about hydrogen infrastructure for transportation and they have just released a new white paper that looks at hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the U.S. It is free and available here. Anyone attending the VERGE Sustainable Transportation Summit next week in Santa Clara, CA can hear Black & Veatch VP Fred Ellermeier talk about smart transportation options for cities and utilities. 

    Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Northern California Clean Technology Forum & Equipment Expo on October 19-20 in Sacramento, CA. CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg is the keynote speaker for the event hosted by East Bay Clean Cities, Sacramento Clean Cities, CALSTART, MEMA and NAFA. For the first time there will also be a Ride & Drive including vehicles from Hino Trucks, Lightning Hybrids, Terex and Zenith Motors. There is no charge for registration and you can sign up here.

    Sustainability at the Core of UPS Growth Strategy, Brandchannel
    http://bit.ly/2cwyLYz

    U.S. Has More than 500,000 EVs, Autoblog
    http://bit.ly/2cOccPQ

    The Chevy Bolt is Electric, But That’s No the Really Good Part, The Verge
    http://bit.ly/2cTo7jV

    Get Plugged In, Chevrolet Bolt Website
    http://www.chevyevlife.com/

    BMW, VW, ChargePoint Establish Fast-Charging Corridors on Both Coasts, Cnet
    http://cnet.co/2caOv82

    Efficient Drivetrains & First Priority Greenfleet Partnering, CleanTechnica
    http://bit.ly/2cwNO7Z

    The Tesla of Buses Just Made a Big Move to Eliminate Diesel Buses Forever, Business Insider
    http://read.bi/2ceHBwF

    EV Smart Fleets
    http://evsmartfleets.com

    DOE Seeking Input on H2 Scale, Green Car Congress
    http://bit.ly/2cYky86

    Alternative Fuel Sources to Transform Smart Cities, Fleets and Mass Transit, Yahoo! Finance
    http://yhoo.it/2c8UCF0

    Headed for the Fast Lane? Progress of US Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure, Black & Veatch
    http://bit.ly/2cOgRkX

    Northern CA Clean Technology Forum, Eventbrite
    http://bit.ly/2aVD6rO 

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  • Renewable Matters

    The big post-Labor Day news is that Volkswagen (VW) AG has bought a 16.6% stake in Navistar International allowing VW to gain a U.S. market foothold. The partnership is expected to reach combined synergies of $500 million over the next five years.  Navistar CEO Troy Clarke said they were motivated in part by new U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations, which were recently announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. What those rules mean and how they will work is the focus of a free webinar this Friday when CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg talks with Matt Spears, Center Director, HD Diesel Program, US EPA, and Kim Heroy-Rogalski, Chief, Mobile Sources Regulatory Development Branch, California Air Resources Board. 

    While low gas prices have many consumers driving more, companies like UPS and Chicago’s Pace transit agency understand the agony when diesel prices spike. Many fleet managers are taking advantage of voucher programs to buy down the cost of alternatively powered vehicles with some like UPS diversifying by using CNG, propane, LNG, hybrid electric and electric. FedEx, which has expanded their alternative-fuel vehicle fleet to almost 1900, has a strong focus on electric. The New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) is making those vehicle purchases even easier with an announcement that there’s an increase of the maximum incentive amount for the New York State Electric Vehicle-Voucher Incentive Fund (NYSEF-VIF) from $60k to $150k. Eligible class 3-8 EVs can receive up to $150k depending on the GVWR.

    Sacramento County fleet services chief Keith Leech is pleased with the GHG emissions benefits resulting from converting their 60 garbage trucks to renewable liquefied natural gas (RLNG) from liquefied natural gas (LNG).  With the recent addition of renewable diesel as part of their fleet mix, the County now claims that over 50% of their fuel consumption is renewable fuel.

    Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Vouchers Pilot means that small business XL Hybrids will be matched with Argonne National Laboratory to receive testing, validation, and analysis assistance for its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for Reach walk-in commercial vans. The van is a Class 3 delivery van and the company hopes to increase market penetration in the commercial vehicle sector.

    NGT News shares UQM Technologies success in securing their first electric bus customers for the PowerPhaseDT heavy-duty drivetrain pilot program.  Partners include ADOMANI, Pi Innovo and Eaton, among others. BYD and the Canadian province of Alberta are also teaming up. The two have inked an agreement to develop smart infrastructure and electric transportation systems. And, kudos to BYD’s VP Macy Neshati who was recently appointed to the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC) where he’ll advise on future transit investments for federal research programs.

    From the please spread the word department, CALSTART is hiring a Project Manager/Technical Analyst to join our team. The ideal candidate will be able to apply test plan development, data analysis, and modeling capabilities to a range of clean transportation technology initiatives.

    Government Fleet invites interested parties to Save the Date for October 19 and 20 when CALSTART, Sacramento and East Bay Clean Cities Coalitions, NAFA and MEMA present a free Forum focusing on advanced clean technologies and fuels. The event offers cutting edge topics and keynotes by CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg and Government Fleet 2015 Fleet Manager of the Year Bill Griffiths from Montgomery County Maryland. New this year is a medium-and heavy-duty ride and drive featuring Lightning Hybrids, XL Hybrids and Zenith Motors. The event takes place at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento and you can register here.

    Navistar, VW Forge Global Partnership, American Trucker
    http://bit.ly/2cknj5T

    HD Phase 2 Fuel Economy Rules-What They Mean, How They’ll Work, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/2cko27g

    Commercial and Public Fleets Try Alternative Fuels, Chicago Tribune
    http://trib.in/2c4PpPi

    New York State Increases EV Voucher Incentive Amounts, Truck VIP
    http://on.ny.gov/2chMHKR

    Sacramento County Taps Landfill Gas to Power Garbage Trucks, GreenFleet
    http://bit.ly/2coTdN7

    XL Hybrids Awarded DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot, FleetOwner
    http://bit.ly/2cBrBn5

    UQM Secures Commercial Customers for PowerPhaseDT, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2cq00Vs

    BYD & Alberta Team Up On Smarter, Safer Transit Buses, Clean Technica
    http://bit.ly/2chNqf4

    BYD’s Neshati Named to NRC Committee, Metro
    http://bit.ly/2ckmTwi

    CALSTART Hiring: Project Manager/Technical Analyst, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/2bxonT9

    Northern California Fleet Groups Host Clean Tech Event, Government Fleet
    http://bit.ly/2cdjNtC

    Northern California Clean Technology Forum, Eventbrite
    http://bit.ly/2aVD6rO

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  • Trash Talk

    Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) adopted a second round of standards for medium- and heavy-duty on-road vehicles designed to reduce carbon pollution and increase fuel efficiency. Fleet Equipment shares reactions to the rules quoting well known fleets and manufacturers, including Mike Britt from UPS who applauded the work of the agencies and said the targets are “…forward looking and feasible.”  In an effort to help industry stakeholders understand the rules and how they work, as well as look at some of the technologies and approaches that result from the standards, CALSTART is hosting a free webinar on Friday, September 9. The speakers are Matt Spears, Center Director, Heavy-Duty Diesel Program, US EPA, and Kim Heroy-Rogalski, Chief, Mobile Source Regulatory Development Branch, California Air Resources Board. Registration information is available here

    Volvo Group North America has spent years developing the next generation of fuel-efficient trucks and will continue to do so as the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $20 million award to them for their participation in the SuperTruck II program. The intent of the program is to improve freight efficiency by 50% while reducing oil consumption and greenhouse gases. Pittsburgh, PA based Hyliion is developing a hybrid axle concept for long haul semi-trailers which promises to improve fuel economy by over 30%. Tom Berg, the Senior Editor of Heavy-Duty Trucking drove their electric drive tandem for trailers and in reviewing it observed the credibility of their efficiency claims.

    At least one reporter in Toronto is talking trash and points to Chicago as the city that Torontoans should emulate. In particular, the focus is on the first electric garbage truck in North America, developed for the city of Chicago by Motiv Power Systems. Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz says electric garbage trucks make sense because of their route profile, and they can save 2,668 gallons of fuel a year plus achieves emissions reductions of 68 tons. BYD is talking garbage, too, as they have launched a new series of all-electric sanitation trucks, featuring 26 different models, in Beijing. BYD is working with Beijing Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group which will replace 45% of its diesel fleet with pure electric by the end of 2017.

    A long slog and a lot of hard work could be applied to many things but in Kirt Conrad’s world, the Executive Director of the Canton, Ohio Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) is talking about the opening of the largest transit hydrogen pumping station outside of California. The $1.9 million price tag was almost entirely federally funded and if successful could lead to more infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in the state. SARTA is not alone in exploring fuel cell possibilities. General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) have been working on an off-road hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Colorado and they’ve announced plans for the unveiling. There aren’t a lot of details yet but it will be shown at the Association of the U.S. Army’s fall meeting.

    There’s a newly approved California HVIP voucher eligible company and that’s Missouri-based Orange EV. The company’s diesel terminal truck runs on electric motors and purchasers of the new T-Series can receive a voucher amount of at least $95,000. Speaking of California, CALSTART, in partnership with others, is co-hosting  two upcoming events including the October 19 San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit which takes place in Clovis. The next day, October 20, Sacramento is the site for the Northern California Clean Technology Forum & Equipment Expo. Both events feature advanced clean transportation topics and vehicles  AND both events are free, but you do need to register. 

    Fleets, Industry Leaders React to New Fuel Efficiency Standards, Fleet Equipment
    http://bit.ly/2bBnjA7

    CALSTART Webinar-HD Phase 2 Fuel Economy Rules Analysis, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/1L23ich

    Volvo Group Selected to Participate in DOE’s SuperTruck II, Green Car Congress
    http://bit.ly/2bRXjjm

    Test Drive Shows the Hyliion Trailer Hybrid Works, HDT
    http://bit.ly/2bFkhro

    What Toronto Can Learn From Chicago’s Electric Garbage Truck, Torontoist
    http://bit.ly/2bR4Daw

    BYD Launches EV Truck Lineup, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2bcQaux

    SARTA Readying Hydrogen Fueling Station, CantonRep.com
    http://bit.ly/2cc3ATg

    GM, TARDEC Tease Chevy Colorado FCV, The Detroit News
    http://detne.ws/2bBPbTn

    Orange EV Approved for California Incentives, HDT
    http://bit.ly/2bBOkCg

    San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit, Eventbrite
    http://bit.ly/2bC1mzz

    Northern California Clean Technology Forum & Equipment Expo, Eventbrite
    http://bit.ly/2aVD6rO

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  • Extending Hollywood in Hollywood

    CALSTART and many of our member companies who have worked hard to ensure that California’s most important climate legislation would pass were buoyed yesterday by the passage of SB32, eliminating any uncertainty about the state’s ability to act beyond 2020. The measure requires the state to reduce heat-trapping pollution to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a steeper target than the current aim of reaching 1990 levels by 2020. CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel observed, “The State Assembly voted today in favor of job creation, and to make California a leader in the clean transportation technology industry going forward. We expect that passage of this measure will lead to more in-state manufacturing jobs for advanced vehicles and components.” The Los Angeles Times provides the behind the scenes story of how CALSTART and others in the industry have worked tirelessly to ensure that businesses in the clean transportation technology industry continue to thrive. SB32 offers policy certainty that California is a place where businesses can thrive and create jobs.

    Oil interests have been heavily involved in California around clean fuel and transportation initiatives and a recent Lux Research report warns that the days are numbered for the dominance of big oil. Renewable Diesel (RD) is one example of a fuel that could be a game-changer. And, for the first time ever, a Navy ship has operated using 100% drop-in RD fuel (18,000 gallons of it). The test was to show that the fuel could work without modification and that it performs equal to or better than existing petroleum-derived fuels. The results in the twelve-hour test were successful and the data is now being fully analyzed. The Navy’s target is to have 50% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

    The ubiquitous Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a new product announcement which is an upgraded battery that will increase the Model S range to 315 miles and 289 miles for the Model X. Musk observed that the Model S can now accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 2.5 seconds.

    Canadian-based Ballard Power Systems has just signed an agreement with Toyota Tsusho (Japanese trading arm of Toyota) making the latter a distributor of Ballard’s fuel cell systems in Japan. Ballard views this as a positive global market expansion. The agreement is good through 2020, the year that Japan hosts the Olympic Games, which will use fuel cells to provide power for the event. The country has also embraced fuel cells for transportation. 

    Canadian manufacturer New Flyer Industries will deliver the first OEM installation of the near-zero 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G engine in the third quarter of this year to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The compressed natural gas (CNG) engine will power a New Flyer Xcelsior XN40 bus.  American Power Group (APG) has announced that its largest customer, WW Transport, is operating over 100 heavy-haul Class 8 trucks using (APG’s) Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel conversion technology. WW Transit, based in West Burlington, Iowa, has expertise in specialized freight.

    And kudos to Motiv Power Systems a company that exemplifies the success of California’s policies. Motiv, manufacturer of all-electric powertrains, just opened a new headquarters in Foster City, CA that is triple the size of their previous location and will afford them the space needed to hire up to 100 new employees. 

    Ending here with a noteworthy observation made by John Cheney, a San Francisco investor commenting on the value of SB32, who opined that debating whether to continue California’s climate programs is like asking, “Should we vote to extend Hollywood in Hollywood?”

    State Assembly Passes SB32, San Francisco Chronicle
    http://bit.ly/2bgKTMy

    Clean Tech Leaders Put a Business Friendly Spin on Climate Change, LA Times
    http://lat.ms/2bsKV7Q

    Navy Ship Runs on 100% Biodiesel, Environmental Leader
    http://bit.ly/2c77rW2

    Tesla Unveils a Powerful New Battery, The Christian Science Monitor
    http://bit.ly/2bgiWHJ

    Ballard Teams with Toyota Tsusho to Distribute Fuel Cells in Japan, Hydrogen Fuel News
    http://bit.ly/2c77bGe

    New Flyer for ISL G Near Zero Option, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2bntRhs

    American Power Group Customer Reaches Milestone, NGTNews
    http://bit.ly/2bsNJzy

    Motiv Opens Its New HQ, Fleets&Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2bivlaX

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  • A New Phase

    It’s finally here! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation have finalized the new rule that will make trucks and buses much more efficient over the next decade. It gets even better as projections are that the final Phase II regulations will result in carbon pollution being cut by 1.1 billion metric tons by 2027 and will save truckers millions in fuel costs.  To pave the way for these efficiencies, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $137M in awards for SuperTruck II, to develop next generation technologies. Four teams were selected and include Cummins, Inc. and Volvo Technology of America. 

    The automotive supplier base is a big deal player in delivering efficiencies for the medium- and heavy-duty market and CALSTART has issued a new report that maps U.S. suppliers. The effort includes 255 companies operating from 535 facilities in 40 states with products that can help meet the Phase II targets. 

    CALSTART members continue to lead the way in providing products that further increase fuel efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.  Orange EV has announced it is now accepting orders for its new T-Series pure-electric terminal truck. The company cites fuel savings on the Class 8 electric truck in the $200-$400k range, per year, for a fleet of 20 vehicles.  Fuel economy improvements and a 50% Nox emissions reduction have been announced by XL Hybrids as the results from their urban drive cycle testing on Ford Transits using their system. The test results show a 26% mpg improvement. 

    Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids has delivered two of their hydraulic hybrid shuttle buses to Denali National Park in Alaska for use in shuttling visitors around the 14-mile paved section of the road at the entrance to the park. Lightning’s fuel efficiency gains come from regenerating braking energy. And, a new partnership has been announced between Sumitomo and US Hybrid to collaborate on fuel cell stack production capacity, particularly as it applies to public transportation. 

    A coalition including The Department of Energy, Colorado Hydrogen Coalition, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, NREL, Virginia Clean Cities, and others are collaborating on a new project to compile a database of manufacturers and suppliers to the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Companies interested in being included in that database can do so by filling out this form

    CALSTART is out with another new report called California’s Clean Transportation Technology Industry: Time to Shift into High Gear. The findings demonstrate that executives in this industry, which is 300+ companies strong, credit much of their success to California’s forward-looking policies and that with the continuation of those commitments the potential for even greater growth is huge.

    Feds Release New Heavy-Truck Emission Rules, Detroit Free Press
    http://on.freep.com/2aZK3cL

    DOE Announces SuperTruck II Awards, Green Car Congress
    http://bit.ly/2bHjclH

    CALSTART Maps Supplier Base for Fuel Saving Technologies, FleetOwner
    http://bit.ly/2bHiwNa

    Orange EV Launches Class 8 Electric Trucks, GreenFleet
    http://bit.ly/2bsdwYl

    Urban Drive Cycle Testing Shows a 26% MPG Improvement with XL Hybrids, Green Car Congress
    http://bit.ly/2bHiwNi

    New Lightning Hybrids Buses to Transport Denali National Park Visitors, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/2biE9yq

    Sumitomo and US Hybrid Have High Hopes for Hydrogen-Powered Public Transit, Yahoo!Finance
    http://yhoo.it/2bsg2NU

    Hydrogen Supply Chain Form, Colorado Hydrogen Coalition
    http://bit.ly/2aibxcd

    Report Shows Significant Opportunity for California’s Clean Transportation Tech Industry, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/2by0Ak4


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  • Zooming in on Zero

    Thanks to a new Obama administration directive, federal agencies will now need to do a climate change impact analysis that contemplates climate impacts of decisions they make.  The Council on Environmental Quality has finalized the process which is expected to increase public input on decision-making.  And speaking in Traverse City, MI this week, EPA’s Chris Grundler called for more aggressive carbon reduction from the auto industry saying in order to meet established targets set in Paris late last year, we need to see a lot more zero-emission solutions in transportation.

    Utah Transit Authority and New Flyer, in partnership with CALSTART, are heeding the call and thanks to $5.4 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration, they will have five new battery-powered buses in operation early next year serving Salt Lake City and the University of Utah. CALSTART’s Fred Silver’s focus at the upcoming Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Tech Expo in Novi, Michigan is Enabling Mass Adoption of Electric Buses. He’s giving a welcome address and chairing a panel that includes representatives from Proterra, Nova Bus and Yutong Bus Company. 

    There’s buzz around a new truck presence in the market and perhaps even more so now that Nikola Motor Company reports achieving 100% zero emissions on their new hybrid-electric Class 8 truck.  The company says they can get a range of up to 1200 miles and they’ve gotten deposits for more than 7000 “truck reservations.” Their planned unveiling is December 2 in Salt Lake City. UPS’ green street cred continues to grow as they’ve met their goal, one year early, of one billion miles driven using alternative fuel. The delivery giant has invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Motiv, the seven-year old manufacturer of an all-electric powertrain, is growing again and they are pleased to be moving into their own building in Foster City, CA. The company opens their doors on Thursday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. Pacific Time. Anyone interested in attending can register here.

    Automotive News has confirmed that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which debuted as a concept car under two years ago, is set for production beginning in October of this year. The electric vehicle range is expected to be in excess of 215 miles per charge. But if they build it will the electric charging be in place for new owners? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has stepped up to the plate having pledged $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to seed a vision for commercial scale deployment of EV charging throughout the country.  

    One final invitation. CALSTART’s Policy Director Ryan Schuchard is inviting CALSTART members to be part of a California Legislative Briefing webinar tomorrow at 11 a.m. Pacific time. This is the final month of the session and there are several bills under consideration of critical importance to our industry.  Sign up here for updates and to learn what you can do.

    Federal Agencies Directed to Calculate Climate Change Impacts, The Washington Post
    http://wapo.st/2aTvjbL

    EPA Warns Automakers of Even Steeper US Fuel-Economy Goals, Bloomberg
    http://bloom.bg/2b0tGYW

    UTA to Introduce Zero Emission Buses Next Year, KUTV
    http://bit.ly/2aQeQYJ

    Enabling Mass Adoption of Electric Buses, Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo
    http://bit.ly/2b2KJcJ

    Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing, TruckingInfo
    http://bit.ly/2aRzZSE

    UPS Completes 1 Billion Miles in Rolling Lab Green Fleet, Business Green
    http://bit.ly/2aNYDCC

    Motiv Grand Opening
    http://bit.ly/2aA6qQr

    Chevy Bolt EV to Enter Production This October, Transport Evolved
    http://bit.ly/2aluLt1

    DOE to Back Nationwide EV Charging Network with $4.5 Billion, NGT News
    http://ngtnews.com/doe-to-back-nationwide-ev-charging-network-with-4-5-billion/

    California Legislative Briefing Webinar, CALSTART
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  • Quantum Leaps

    If you’ve noticed it’s so hot that your seat belt is feeling like a branding iron, it’s not just you. NASA scientists announced yesterday that global temperatures are about to hit another high temperature benchmark with 2016 marking the third year in a row of record heat. The Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute, Gavin Schmidt, says we’re now dancing with the temperature targets set in last year’s Paris climate treaty. 

    Loveland, Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) keep doing their part to curb transportation emissions. NREL has now purchased two of Lightning’s fuel efficient hydraulic hybrid systems for use on two of their seven shuttles that transport employees and visitors around their 632-acre campus. Last fall Lightning Hybrids was the winner of the “Best Venture” award bestowed by NREL at their Industry Growth Forum.

    Sacramento County gets to add more natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to their fleet thanks to a $600k award from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The county, with 2300 fleet vehicles, continues to move toward environmentally-friendly transportation options. And CEC also gave an assist to Northern California-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), one of the industry partners in a $5.9M grant to develop 10 all electric vehicles (EVs) for operation at the Port of San Diego. EDI will be creating a series of EV trucks and electrifying forklift accessories. Other industry vendors supporting the San Diego Port Tenants Association project include BYD Motors and Transpower.

    Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies is leaping into a new future having just been acquired by a billion-dollar investment firm called Douglas Acquisitions. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, makes NG fuel systems.

    I suspect it wasn’t the finest hour for the City of Chattanooga, TN when Walter Cronkite named it the dirtiest city in America.  That was 1969 and in 1995 the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) launched an emission-free electric shuttle bus service downtown. The bus, which has one million passengers a year, was the driving force behind transforming their transportation system, according to Scott Allen Fiedler of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), located in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, FL area, has finally issued an RFP to buy 3 diesel hybrid and 2 electric buses. The SunCoast Sierra Club actually organized a campaign to give the Board a little push in a zero-emission direction

    Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) wants to save money and decrease emissions by buying 18 electric buses. ART is working with BYD Motors on the project and Mayor Richard Berry says Albuquerque will be the first city in the country to operate a fleet of 60-foot-long electric buses.

    Cards Against Urbanity is the latest spin-off of the popular game Cards Against Humanity. The transportation-themed version of the game was dreamed up by Members of Young Professionals in Transportation as a way to teach players about urban planning. The target is “policy wonks” who are interested in infrastructure. Included among the irreverent cards is “Highways that look like Soviet bread lines,” and “Actually believing bikeshare is a Marxist plot.”

    Global Temps on Course for Another Record, New York Times
    http://nyti.ms/29NaY60

    NREL Adds Fuel Efficient Hydraulic Systems to Its Shuttle Fleet, Denver Post
    http://dpo.st/2a94aBE

    Grants Expand NGV Use in Sacramento County, PUBLICCEO
    http://bit.ly/29VoUgF

    EDI Selected as Drivetrain Provider for $8.2M Electrification Project, NGTNews
    http://bit.ly/2adCeif

    Quantum is Back from Bankruptcy, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/2a0xs6l

    In Former ‘Dirtiest City in America’ Clean Transportation is Thriving, Southeast Energy News
    http://bit.ly/29C6tOZ

    St. Petersburg, FL Goes Shopping for Electric Transit Buses, Charged EVs
    http://bit.ly/29xZWWe

    NM: Electric Buses to be used for Albuquerque Rapid Transit, Mass Transit
    http://bit.ly/29PYezZ

    Cards Against Urbanity-A Dream for Parody Wonks, The Hill
    http://bit.ly/29VBx8X

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  • Rush Hour For Electric


    More details are coming out about how states will be able to spend the $14.7 billion settlement resulting from Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal, where emissions from their vehicles were more than 40 times higher than legal limits. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a checklist with 10 categories of allowable expenditures to make sure emissions mitigation is the driver of the spending. CALSTART’s Senior VP Bill Van Amburg observed “If you clean up just one big truck, you’re offsetting the pollution created by a lot of smaller cars.” 

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just gave a nod to XL Hybrids making their hybrid electric vehicle conversion of newly purchased GM vans eligible for the state’s Heavy Duty Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP). XL has partner installation facilities across the state and makes it easy for purchasers as they handle the voucher paperwork on behalf of customer fleets.

    ‘It’s Rush Hour for Urban Electric Buses’ proclaims the GreenBiz headline and CALSTART CEO John Boesel echoes that sentiment saying “EV technology has made more inroads in city transit than in trucking or other heavy-duty sectors,” and he observes that the truck and bus markets move in parallel as many of the technologies are transferrable. The story points to electric bus manufacturer Proterra’s market success, having deployed buses or orders with 27 cities.

    Plug Power, makers of GenDrive fuel cells used to power forklifts in large warehouses and distribution centers has partnered with France-based FM Logistics, pushing their product into Europe. FM Logistics is a family-run business operating in 13 countries around the world. The hydrogen fuel cell supply chain has just gotten an assist in the form of the launch of a website that will connect hydrogen and fuel cell companies to each other. The U.S. Department of Energy three-year project is managed by Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University and is designed as a resource to grow the industry.

    California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) has proven to drive innovation and investment and a significant number of companies are producing enough fuels to meet the regulations requirements. Almost 60 producers and providers of clean fuels, ranging from electricity to biofuels, recently signed a letter urging state policymakers to sustain the policy which is a tool to lower the state’s GHG emissions and drive in-state investment.

    Driving electric is a new business model twist that General Motors (GM) and Lyft are focusing on. Lyft, the ride-share company that is in partnership with GM announced a new program called “Express Drive.” The concept is that Lyft drivers can rent electric vehicles from GM to drive for hire. Drivers will have access to the 2017 Bolt EV and the 2016 Volt. The program is available in Chicago, Boston, Baltimore and Washington, DC and will launch in San Francisco this month and in LA by the fall. 

    Affordable and profitable electric transportation comes in another form in San Francisco where Scoot is growing its emissions-free scooters on demand program. Hundreds of smart-phone activated scooters are available for lease and due to a new round of funding, hundreds more, no special license required, will be available soon. One million zero-emission miles later, the company has plans to launch in new markets in 2017. 

    VW’s Diesel Cheating Settlement Provides Trucking Windfall, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/29BlXAa

    XL Hybrids Receives CARB Approval, NGT 
    http://bit.ly/29UpEnX

    It’s Rush Hour for Urban Electric Buses, GreenBiz
    http://bit.ly/29RQsCG

    Plug Power Closes on New Order with French Company, Albany Business Review
    http://bit.ly/29ysCtk

    Virginia Clean Cities Announces Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Nexus Website, Augusta Free Press
    http://bit.ly/29J7BQ4

    Renewable Fuels Industry Urges California Lawmakers to Back LCFS, CALSTART
    http://bit.ly/29lwRbc

    Lyft and GM to Rent EVs to Ride-Hailing Drivers, LA Times
    http://lat.ms/29tBYLv

    1,000,000 Zero-Emission Miles to Date, CleanTechnica
    http://bit.ly/29ysHxp



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  • Race To A Greener Future

    The auto industry eagerly awaits a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that will be used to determine if the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards will stay in place. The report kicks off a multiyear review period and could be released any day. The rules require that automakers produce car and truck fleets that average more than 50 MPG by 2025.

    California has aggressively pursued policies and incentives to meet requirements under their 2006 global warming law and a new state finding shows that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) fell in 2014 by less than 1%. There’s optimism that at this rate the state can meet short term targets but given population growth and other factors, meeting longer term goals could be challenging. 

    CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel, along with Foothill Transit’s Executive Director showcase the value of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in a recent editorial in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.  Transportation is responsible for 40% of the state’s GHG emissions, and the LCFS has already played a role in the deployment of over 100 zero-emission buses on the road.  One California company, Complete Coach Works, which refurbishes and repowers buses reports that it has upgraded its Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) battery pack increasing the energy storage capacity. Their electric buses operate in fleets around the country.

    EPA’s efforts to reduce emissions from older heavy-duty diesel vehicles through their Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program just got a boost. As part of Volkswagen’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, VW will pay $2.7 billion into an environmental remediation fund which will be used to replace old polluting vehicles with cleaner operating diesel engines.

    General Motors, BYD and Tesla are among six manufacturers that Lux Research says will dominate the plug-in vehicle battery market by 2020. With battery and vehicle costs on the decrease, as well as increased range, their findings show the market will reach $10 billion in just a few years. 

    Jay Leno’s Garage recently featured Toyota’s i-Road EV concept vehicle which is described as a cross between a motorcycle and a car. The zero-emission vehicle gets 31 miles on a charge and Leno explained the sensation of it by saying, “It feels like I’m driving a car, but it’s almost like I’m on skis.”  

    The 2016 Indianapolis 500 which took place at the end of May was the 100th running of the race.  CALSTART member Auto Research Center, based in Indianapolis, knows a thing or two about racing and vehicles.  Check out the video they produced showing the historic race car aerodynamic  improvements they’ve seen up through today.

    Carmakers Wait to See if MPG Rules Will Stick, The Detroit News
    http://detne.ws/29jtEuS

    California’s GHG Emissions Drop, Barely, San Francisco Chronicle
    http://bit.ly/29rjc4M

    Route to a Greener Future Includes Zero Emission Buses, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    http://bit.ly/29n4blA

    CCW Upgrades the ZAPS Battery Pack, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/29qCIj3

    VW Settlement Includes Funds for Truck Emissions Reduction, Truckinginfo
    http://bit.ly/29kD7Rz

    Plug-In Vehicle Battery Market Expected to Swell to $10B, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/297JV7J

    Jay Leno Drives Toyota i-Road-Video, InsideEvs
    http://bit.ly/29nRgRn

    Indycars: The Role of Aerodynamics in Racing
    http://bit.ly/29qCOXZ

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  • Shifty Paradigms

    Fuel economy regulations have become an important strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the transportation sector, but emissions keep rising, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The sector keeps achieving fuel efficiency gains but Americans are driving more than ever and indulging their appetite for bigger, less fuel-efficient, trucks and SUVs than had been anticipated. The reporter asks if the technology is there. You’ll see many examples showcased below of the great industry strides to develop technology solutions that will reduce GHGs.

    Siemens is in partnership with Volvo testing an electric highway project in California to determine how the configuration of hybrid trucks can connect with the infrastructure of an electric highway in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Sweden, because they are cool, is also testing an electric highway system for trucks with hopes of developing an environmentally friendly transit system down the road.

    Lightning Hybrids makes an Energy Recovery System for medium-and heavy-duty trucks and buses and Massachusetts-based Kiessling Transit has ordered 32 units, which will come close to doubling the number of hydraulic hybrids in their fleet. Kiessling bought 35 of the units last year and the performance tests on the vehicle fleet demonstrated improvements in fuel economy and emission reductions.

    Sharing can certainly aid in the growth of clean technologies. Tesla did it and now Proterra has open-sourced its proprietary “on-route fast-charging technology” on a royalty-free basis. Citing Proterra’s commitment to expanding the electric bus market as a whole, CEO Ryan Popple said, “We hope this decision encourages even more transit agencies to bring clean, quiet, emission-free vehicles to our city streets and community roadways.” Speaking of Tesla, they could be doing that paradigm shifting thing again. Everyone gets that range anxiety is a problem and Tesla is in talks with Sheetz, a major gas station and convenience store chain about expanding their network of charging stations by putting them in their stores. Sheets operates hundreds of outlets in six, mostly mid-Atlantic, states. 

    States with vehicle purchase incentives continue to demonstrate that vouchers and rebates matter. Colorado’s legislature recently passed a tax credit bill that won’t take effect until January but Ford Motor Company says that while the car market has declined 14%, sales of electric vehicles in the state increased 6% for the first quarter of 2016. In addition to light-duty vehicles, there are also credits ranging from $7k to $20k for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks.

    California has led the way in implementing market incentives for vehicle purchases which includes $150 million for clean truck projects and incentives. While the money is still there, it has been deferred until it will be finalized following summer discussions. CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg observed that “These timing gaps can slow momentum and send confusing signals to investors and manufacturers.”  The pace of technology change in the on-road and off-road heavy-duty sector is swift and that will be a focal point of Bill’s opening keynote address at the November Electric & Hybrid Industrial Vehicle Technology Symposium 2016 in Cologne, Germany. CALSTART members receive a 10% discount off of the registration fee. Just use the code 20160614NM10 when you register.

    GHGs are Rising Despite Fuel Economy Standards, E&E Publishing
    http://bit.ly/297TMLd

    The eHighways will Promote a Fossil Fuel Independent Transit System, Tech News Today
    http://bit.ly/299mCvQ

    Lightning Hybrids 32 More for Kiessling, Fleets & Fuels
    http://bit.ly/29lof69

    Proterra Open-Sources Its Fast-Charging Patents, electrek
    http://bit.ly/294mE62

    Tesla’s In Talks That Could Redefine Gas Stations, The Washington Post
    http://wapo.st/2931dUF

    Ford EV Sales Surge as Colorado Named Best Place to Buy a New EV, Real Vail
    http://bit.ly/293FZCw

    $150 Million in Clean Truck Incentive Funds Blocked by Uncertainty, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/29poxst

    Electric and Hybrid Industrial Vehicle Symposium 2016, Cologne, Germany
    http://bit.ly/295yyeI


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  • Zero Tolerance

    The envelope please-and the winner is Columbus, Ohio which defeated half a dozen cities to claim the grand prize in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) smart city competition.  Driverless vehicles and EV charging station access will lend to changing the transportation complexion of the city. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was so excited about it that his office let The Columbus Dispatch in on the news overshadowing the DOT’s planned announcement for tomorrow.

    San Francisco was in the running for the Smart City award and even absent the $50M infusion, the city continues to grow their charging network. The state’s major utilities have plans underway including Pacific Gas & Electric which wants to deploy 7500 chargers in central and northern California. The state of New Jersey is employing a different strategy to get EV charging in place and it’s called It Pays to Plug In.  Phase 1 focuses on employers and provides $725,000 in grants to offset charging infrastructure costs.

    60,000 is the annual sales number expectation for Toyota’s Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Their engineers see longer electric range, clear differentiation from the standard Prius, and easier battery recharging as the variables that will allow them to reach their sales numbers.

    San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and BYD are both winners in a recent $9 million award announcement by the State of California to purchase 27 zero-emission trucks. The project demonstration will last for two years and is expected to reduce 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 3,250 pounds of nitrogen oxide, and 170 pounds of diesel soot. Tesla cofounder Ian Wright is focusing on emission reductions too as he recently teamed up with Mack Truck to develop a new powertrain with four electric motors. The hybrid electric refuse truck is expected to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 65%.

    If you haven’t heard of Nikola Motors that’s understandable as the announcement of its existence was just made last month. This month the company has announced that they’ve already generated $2.3 billion in pre-sales for their hybrid electric semi-truck powered by lithium battery packs and a compressed natural gas generator. CEO Trevor Milton assured questioning minds that the truck does exist and will be unveiled this December.

    UQM Technologies (motor and inverter system), Eaton’s Vehicle Group (2-speed transmission) and PiInnovo (transmission control unit) are the newest trio to partner on an electric powertrain system for the medium-and heavy-duty commercial EV market. UQM CEO Joe Mitchell believes this is the ideal drivetrain solution for electric and range-extended commercial vehicles.

    If you’ve not heard about WAVE systems, you’ll probably want to. Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) is a charging system embedded into the roadway. The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in California has authorized the purchase of the charging systems. The charging infrastructure, plus a recent award for 29 new battery-electric buses means AVTA is on track to be completely zero-emission by 2018.

    School Transportation News takes a look at school buses using a recent CALSTART webinar on renewable diesel (RD) as a springboard. San Jose Unified School District is transitioning its 72-bus fleet to RD. Pat O’Keefe with NexGen Fuel says greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by 65 to 90% when running on RD.

    The operative words are “substance” and “free” when talking about the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) 2016 National Meeting & Technical Interchange, which is put on by CALSTART and the U.S. Army TARDEC National Automotive Center. The focus is on technologies that support commercial and military vehicle capabilities. The meeting is August 1 in Novi, MI, space is limited, and you can register here.  

    Columbus Awarded $50M in Smart City Grants, The Columbus Dispatch
    http://bit.ly/28KHpAk

    Utilities Want to Plug in More Electric Drivers, KQED
    http://bit.ly/1We1TrW

    New Jersey Offers Business Grants for EV Charging Stations, TAPinto
    http://bit.ly/28NDNQB

    Toyota Targets Annual Sales for Prius Plug-In, InsideEVs
    http://bit.ly/28PYUmD

    California Awards Fleets $9M for Zero-Emission Trucks, HDT Truckinginfo
    http://bit.ly/28OG8i2

    Tesla Co-Founder Plays Frankenstein With Hybrid Electric Garbage Truck, Digital Trends
    http://bit.ly/28R5XvQ

    Electric Truck Start Up Nikola Motors Claims $2.3 Billion in Preorders, Jalopnik
    http://bit.ly/1UusAa1

    UQM for a New Full Electric Drive System, Fleets&Fuels
    http://bit.ly/28Ksiet

    AVTA to Purchase WAVE Charging Systems, NGT News
    http://bit.ly/1ZuApMW

    The Next Big School Bus Alternative Fuel Is…Diesel? School Transportation News
    http://bit.ly/28Pf6WP

    HTUF 2016 National Meeting & Technical Interchange, August 1, 2016, Eventbrite
    http://bit.ly/28NGYGR

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  • From Sea to Shining Sea

    There was good news out of Washington D.C. last week where the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee approved a standalone, five-year reauthorization of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). Competitive incentive funding is available to aid in reducing emissions from older diesel powered vehicles and equipment. The demand for the program is high with applications exceeding available funding by a 35-to-1 ratio. 

    Funding programs for advanced technologies offset the higher costs of clean and fuel efficient vehicles which CALSTART has witnessed first-hand through California, New York and Chicago voucher programs we administer. Trucks.com captured not only that but the full range of fuel and technology neutral work CALSTART offers across the commercialization process from policy and technology development to tech validation and helping start-ups grow. 

    Incentives come in many forms and a new, successful one is the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program. Time Warner Cable’s fleet manager George Survant provides insights into the strategies he has employed to become one of the first 10 companies to receive the national accreditation as a sustainable fleet. CALSTART is a partner in the program and CEO John Boesel observed, “It helps fleets measure themselves against each other” and enables potential clients to measure the relative greenness of trucking companies bidding for their business.

    Kudos to Clean Fuels Ohio which played an instrumental role in the Ohio General Assembly approving  legislation allocating $5 million in grants for compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane conversions in vehicles. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the Governor in the next few weeks. Clean Fuels Ohio Director Sam Spofforth believes there is significant demand for the program and will work to expedite funding for vehicle acquisitions and conversions.

    Volvo Trucks is thinking big and in partnership with the Swedish Energy Agency they are shooting to improve long-haul truck efficiency by 50%. They are well on their way with a new concept truck that uses 30% less fuel than a typical long-haul truck. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center is in testing mode, too, and along with the Michigan Department of Transportation, plans are underway for a convoy to test driverless vehicle technology. The test is scheduled to take place late this month on Interstate 69 in Michigan.

    Next stop-Albuquerque, New Mexico. That’s where the CNG from Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally will be today. Through June 10 Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) will make stops in 13 cities to demonstrate that vehicles and fueling infrastructure (911 CNG public stations) are in place across the country.

    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2016 On Way to 2021, Construction Equipment
    http://bit.ly/1TXJjkr

    CALSTART: Easing the Way to Cleaner Trucking, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/24iPgLs

    Time Warner Cable: Forging a Path Toward Fleet Sustainability, UFP
    http://bit.ly/25AZpZY

    A Green Measuring Stick for Truck Fleets, Trucks.com
    http://bit.ly/1spYzNU

    Ohio to Provide $5M in Grants for Alt-Fuel Conversions, GreenFleet
    http://bit.ly/1P5w5xK

    Volvo Concept Truck Slashes Fuel Consumption by 30%, Gizmag.com
    http://bit.ly/1VwqnLQ

    US Army to Test Driverless Vehicle Technology in Michigan, CBS Detroit
    http://cbsloc.al/1RNfPkM

    CNG From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally, NGVAmerica
    http://bit.ly/25yp8Pe


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