Content Category: FYI
Plymouth Public Schools District Introduces New Propane Bus
on 20 Jan 2015
A school district in Massachusetts recently unveiled a new propane-powered school bus. According to a local report, Plymouth Public Schools received approval last year to buy two propane Blue Bird buses to replace older models. The Town of Plymouth has built a refueling facility for the new vehicles, and the district, citing fuel savings and environmental benefits, hopes to someday [read more]
UQM Technologies Secures Patent for Alternative Electric Motor Design
on 20 Jan 2015
Colorado-based UQM Technologies Inc. says it has been granted a U.S. patent for an electric and hybrid electric vehicle motor design using non-rare-earth magnets. The majority of electric and hybrid electric vehicles produced today use permanent-magnet motors with rare-earth magnet materials. However, UQM says its new design provides an alternative technology to reduce exposure to price and supply volatility of [read more]
Oklahoma City School District Buys Three CNG Buses
on 19 Jan 2015
The Oklahoma City Public Schools district has purchased three compressed natural gas (CNG) minibuses. According to an article on, the district is leasing the vehicles from Midwest Bus Sales. The district revealed the new buses at a press conference on Friday, and an official said the CNG buses will not only help the environment, but also allow the school [read more]
Biodiesel Group Blames 2014 Market Slump on Policy Uncertainty
on 16 Jan 2015
The U.S. biodiesel market suffered a small downturn in 2014 compared to a record year in 2013, and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is blaming policy uncertainty for the slump. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data shows that total U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons last year, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013. The NBB, an [read more]
Nissan Helps Quebec Utility Expand Major EV Charging Network
on 16 Jan 2015
Nissan and utility Hydro-Quebec have partnered to expand the Electric Circuit public charging network in Quebec. The automaker has committed to invest in 20 fast-charging sites for electric vehicles (EVs) this year and five more in 2016. According to Hydro-Quebec, the Electric Circuit is Canada's first public EV charging network and has over 360 stations in operation in the province. [read more]
CP Industries Builds CNG, NGV Team with Two New Hires
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CP Industries, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of pressure vessels for alternative-fuel storage and other applications, recently hired Nicole Rebyanski as its senior product manager for alternative fuels. In her new role, Rebyanski focuses on providing customer, product and sales support for CP Industries' ground storage, transportation and on-board vehicle product platforms, such as ASME tanks for compressed natural gas (CNG) stations [read more]
Greyrock Partners with Nerd Gas on Gas-to-Liquids Facilities
on 15 Jan 2015
California-based Greyrock Energy has formed a partnership with Wyoming-based Nerd Gas to deploy gas-to-liquids (GTL) facilities in the U.S. Greyrock says its facilities produce primarily synthetic diesel transportation fuel from natural gas or natural gas liquids using the company's GreyCat catalyst and Distributed GTL solution. Nerd Gas, meanwhile, is an energy investment company whose primary focus is on the exploration [read more]
Kinetics Hybrid System Qualifies for Chicago Voucher Program
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Crosspoint Kinetics, a subsidiary of Cummins Crosspoint LLC, has announced that its flagship electric hybrid system qualifies for voucher funding through the Drive Clean Chicago program. Owners and operators of Class 3-7 bus and light-duty truck fleets that run in the Chicago area can now get up to 80% of the cost of the Kinetics Hybrid system reimbursed as part [read more]
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute Adds Two Locations for Training Course
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The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) has announced two new locations for its "Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training" course. The new three-day, hands-on events will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 17-19 and in High Point, N.C., on April 7-9. According to the NGVi, its course helps technicians to understand the operation, maintenance, diagnosis and repair of heavy-duty [read more]
Quantum Wins Order for CNG Storage Systems from Refuse Company
on 14 Jan 2015
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. says it has received an initial order for both its Q-CabLITE and Q-RailLITE compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel modules from a leading refuse company that is expanding its CNG vehicle fleet. Brian Olson, president and CEO of Quantum, says refuse companies represent an emerging market for its technologies. "Pursuing this established natural gas vehicle [read more]
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