Governors from eight states announced an initiative to put 3. 3 million
zero-emissions vehicles on the road
by 2025. The governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode
Island and Vermont have signed a
cooperative agreement to identify specific actions they can take within their
states and cooperatively to build the
market for zero-emissions vehicles.
Zero-emissions vehicles include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel
cell electric vehicles. These technologies can be used in passenger cars,
trucks and transit buses.
The governors said they would look
at harmonizing building codes to make
it easier to construct new electric car
charging stations, include zero-emissions
vehicles in their public fleets and evaluate financial and other incentives to promote zero-emissions vehicles.
GE Capital’s Transportation Finance
business and Clean Energy Fuels
Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel for
transportation in North America, have
entered into an alliance to accelerate the
conversion of heavy-duty trucking fleets
from diesel to natural gas.
Under the plan, truck fleet operators
would first work with Clean Energy to de-
velop natural gas fueling contracts and
then apply for loans and leases from GE
Capital to acquire trucks from manufac-
turers that produce commercial natural
gas vehicles (NGVs). Clean Energy will
then help offset the monthly cost of newly
acquired NGVs to make it consistent with
the cost of a diesel truck, if the customer
makes a fuel commitment. The com-
panies said that one goal is to achieve
a one-year payback on the incremental
cost of natural gas heavy-duty trucks.
Starting next July, Minnesota will
require that most diesel fuel sold in
the warm-weather months be a blend
containing 10% biodiesel under regulations finalized in October. Minnesota
was the first state to mandate the use
of biodiesel in 2005. The 10% requirement was originally scheduled to take
effect last year, but it took longer than
expected to ensure adequate supplies
statewide and set up regulatory protocols for tracking its use.
Thomas Built Buses is expanding
its alternative-powered product offerings with the pilot production of a Minotour school bus fueled by compressed
natural gas (CNG). Pilot production has
commenced, with the official production
start set for early 2014.
The new Type A CNG Minotour, which
will be converted by Impco Automotive,
will utilize a GM 6.0 L engine on the 4500
series cutaway chassis. The 30-pas-
senger bus will incorporate Type 1 CNG
tanks with a 26 gal. gasoline equivalent
fuel capacity. It will be CARB certified
and exceed EPA 2010 emissions requirements, the company said.
Thomas Built’s vehicle lineup also
includes the propane-fueled Minotour
and HDX CNG models. A propane-fueled
offering of the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner
C2 bus will be available in early 2014,
the company said.
Westport Innovations Inc. announc-
ed that Universal LNG Solutions Inc.
has placed a blanket purchase order for
900 Westport iCE Pack LNG tank sys-
tems to be delivered over the next two
years. The Westport iCE Pack is an on-
board LNG tank system customized for
spark-ignited engines designed to pro-
vide increased range, longer hold times
and faster fueling times.
Westport said it expects to begin ship-
ping in the fourth quarter of 2013. For
competitive reasons, the selling price per
unit and related total contract value has
not been disclosed, the company said.
Nett Technologies Inc., Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada, has won the bid to de-
sign, manufacture and install 19 diesel
oxidation catalysts (DOC) onto several
large container cranes, generators, fork-
lifts and trucks owned and operated by
the Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport).
The Jaxport emissions retrofit project was made possible by a $570,000
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection grant and funded by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). This grant was established to
assist the port’s efforts to voluntarily reduce diesel emissions at its Talleyrand
and Blount Island Marine terminals.
The installation of these retrofit catalysts was completed within 90 days and
is designed to reduce overall emissions
by 10 tons per year. dp
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