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Alt-Fuel Incentives Bill Shows Promise in Ohio
on 20 Jul 2015
Before the Ohio legislature recessed for the summer, a bill to establish tax incentives and grants for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) advanced in the state House of Representatives. With a 19-0 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the measure in late June, and nonprofit Clean Fuels Ohio believes H.B.176, a revamped version of a previous bill, is [read more]
U.S. House Passes Highway Bill with Alt-Fuel Tax Parity Provision
on 16 Jul 2015
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a highway and transportation funding bill that includes a provision meant to help level the playing field for how certain alternative fuels are taxed in relation to conventional fuels. H.R.3038, legislation to fund and extend the authorization for the country's highway and transit programs through the end of 2015, passed the House [read more]
Study: It 'Behooves' PA Fleets to Explore Alt-Fuel Options
on 13 Jul 2015
A new, state-funded report examines the opportunities and bottlenecks for natural gas and propane autogas as a transportation fuel in Pennsylvania. The main conclusion: It is worth a local fleet operator's time to at least consider a switch to the alternative fuels. Using a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Shale Gas Innovation and [read more]
U.S. Navy Mulling Giant Fleet of New EVs in California
on 08 Jul 2015
The U.S. Department of the Navy is planning to lease approximately 300 to 600 passenger-carrying electric vehicles (EVs), with an initial focus on its sedan fleet, to be used at various Navy and Marine Corps installations within California. According to a government notice, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command is holding a forum to facilitate an interactive EV leasing discussion with [read more]
CNG Truck Fire Under Investigation in Virginia
on 06 Jul 2015
Last Thursday morning, a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered recycling truck caught fire in Chesapeake, Va., with the flames destroying the truck and damaging an adjacent house. According to local reports, truck operator TFC Recycling says a preliminary probe suggests a hydraulic leak at the engine was the origin of the fire, but a Chesapeake Fire Department spokesperson tells NGT News [read more]
Virginia Expands Reach of Alt-Fuel Incentives Program
on 01 Jul 2015
Virginia has expanded access to a state-administered alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) incentive program that helps fund the conversion of public-sector fleets in areas with some of the biggest air-quality issues. According to Virginia Clean Cities, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) recently approved allowing municipalities to take advantage of the alt-fuel incentives. Previously, only state agencies were eligible for the program. [read more]
Clean Fuels Program Survives Close Call in Oregon
on 29 Jun 2015
Last week, Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., and Oregon Senate Democrats called it quits on a proposed transportation funding package, which included a compromise to repeal the state's controversial Clean Fuels Program. Originally established in 2009, the Clean Fuels Program seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by cutting the carbon content in state transportation fuels by 10% over a 10-year period. In [read more]
CARB OKs Beefed-Up Budget Plan for Clean Vehicle Programs
on 26 Jun 2015
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a $373 million funding plan that covers all investments in advanced technologies for fiscal-year 2015-16, from zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses to rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles. CARB says the budget for the annual Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program is up by [read more]
Company Introduces 3D-Printed, Bi-Fuel 'Supercar'
on 24 Jun 2015
San Francisco-based Divergent Microfactories has unveiled Blade, a prototype "supercar" equipped with a 700-hp bi-fuel engine that can use either compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline. According to Divergent, Blade goes from 0-60 mph in about two seconds and weighs around 1,400 pounds. Divergent Microfactories says it has created a new approach to auto manufacturing that incorporates 3D printing to [read more]
Most Americans Don't Care How Fuel Economy is Achieved, Says Study
on 24 Jun 2015
Although nearly all American drivers are at least somewhat concerned about fuel economy, a majority don't care how a vehicle saves fuel - just that it does, say University of Michigan researchers. In a new survey of 674 vehicle owners across the U.S., Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute examined several topics related to fuel [read more]
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