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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]
Feds Propose Stricter Rules for Heavy-Duty Trucks
on 22 Jun 2015
After weeks of speculation, the Obama administration has finally revealed its second phase of proposed fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The administration says the new proposal builds on the Phase 1 standards already in place for model-years (MY) 2014-2018. On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's [read more]
Chicago Launches Voucher Program to Spur Adoption of Alt-Fuel Taxis
on 16 Jun 2015
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced plans to help deploy as many as 120 alternative fuel vehicles on city streets through the new Drive Clean Taxi voucher program. The CDOT has partnered with clean-transportation nonprofit CALSTART to launch the initiative, which is open to taxicab owners and other public-passenger vehicle fleets. The department says that unlike grant or [read more]
Honda Scraps the CNG Civic
on 16 Jun 2015
Honda has announced that it will no longer offer its compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Civic, leaving some to wonder what significance this decision might have regarding the overall U.S. natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry. The manufacturer also will discontinue its Civic Hybrid model. John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.'s automobile division, released a statement explaining [read more]
CNG Bus Catches Fire in Illinois
on 10 Jun 2015
On Monday afternoon, a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered bus caught fire in Moline, Ill., but officials from the local fire department and the bus operating company say there is no initial indication that CNG is to blame for the incident. No one was injured. Jennifer Garrity, spokesperson for the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), says the bus [read more]
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