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Huge Alt-Fuel Industry Merger: Westport and Fuel Systems Solutions to Tie the Knot
on 01 Sep 2015
Westport Innovations Inc. and Fuel Systems Solutions Inc., parent company of IMPCO Automotive and other clean-transportation technology firms, have entered into a merger agreement. The companies say the merger will create a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company. The proposed deal is subject to several approvals. Under the terms of the agreement, Westport will acquire all of the outstanding [read more]
Clean Fleet Incentive Program Hits Milestone in California
on 31 Aug 2015
On Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), elected officials and the clean-transportation industry celebrated the 2,000th voucher awarded under the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Redwood Products, a small business based in Chino, Calif., received the milestone voucher for investing in a hybrid delivery truck. According to a CARB announcement, the incentive program has [read more]
City 'Hits a Home Run' with Renewable Natural Gas Project
on 26 Aug 2015 email the content item print the content item
As communities across the U.S. convert their fleets to cleaner-burning, domestically produced alternative fuels, the next logical step is to power those fleets with fuel that's already produced by the community. Digester gas is a natural byproduct of landfills and wastewater treatment plants. Until recently, digester gas, or biogas, was considered an unavoidable nuisance. The challenge was finding a method [read more]
Anheuser-Busch Switches Entire St. Louis Fleet to CNG
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Anheuser-Busch has announced it replaced all 97 diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled tractors. By transitioning to the CNG technology, the brewing company says it expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year. The St. Louis announcement marks Anheuser-Busch's second full brewery fleet transition, following last year's successful replacement of [read more]
Alt-Fuel Tech and Challenges Highlighted at Colo. Conference
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The price of a barrel of crude oil may be hovering just above $40.00 with no sign of a rebound, but interest and enthusiasm about alternative fuel transportation was anything but depressed last week at the Green Transportation Summit & Expo in Denver. Attendees of the two-day conference test drove alternative fuel vehicles and heard about the latest developments and [read more]
Logistics Firm Files Lawsuit After CNG Truck Fire
on 19 Aug 2015
Kane Is Able Inc., a national third-party logistics company headquartered in Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit against Volvo Group North America alleging the truck manufacturer will not honor its warranty obligations following a compressed natural gas (CNG) tractor fire that occurred earlier this year. Avery Vise, a Volvo spokesperson, tells NGT News the claims against the company "are without merit." [read more]
Would Proposed Heavy-Duty Truck Rules Help or Hurt a Fleet's Bottom Line?
on 18 Aug 2015
Fleet operators in the U.S. will ultimately save money if higher federal fuel-efficiency requirements for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are put in place, according to a new report from the clean transportation organization CALSTART. The study comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hold a public hearing today in Long Beach, Calif., [read more]
U.S. Surpasses 'Major Milestone' for Alternative Fueling Stations
on 12 Aug 2015
With little fanfare, the U.S. reached the 20,000 mark for the number of alternative fueling stations operating throughout the nation back in May, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The agency soon after posted a blog dubbing the benchmark a "major milestone," and the network of alt-fuel infrastructure has only continued to grow ever since. In [read more]
New NGV Incentives Up for Grabs in California
on 10 Aug 2015
California's Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP), which is meant to provide funding to help reduce the purchase price of new on-road natural gas vehicles (NGVs), has begun accepting reservation applications. The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Irvine is administering the project on behalf of the California Energy Commission (CEC). The project is part of the CEC's ongoing [read more]
Hey, Fleet Managers: Alt-Fuel Incentives Are No Waiting Game
on 05 Aug 2015
When it comes to alternative fuel incentives, one of the biggest mistakes a fleet manager can make is waiting for a better deal to come along. Incentives are vital to increasing the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road. However, ensuring that fleets take advantage of such subsidies is equally as important. State legislators feel pressure to enact policies [read more]
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