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Interested in Saving Even More Fuel? Check Out These Hybrids That Teach Drivers Even More About Saving Fuel

Gasoline–electric hybrids have always led the market with fuel-saving technology: start/stop engine systems, Atkinson-cycle-engine configurations, low-rolling-resistance tires, and slippery aerodynamics. Now these cars feature driver aids to help you bump up your mpg even more.

To see the complete list of vehicles, click here.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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FREE CNG Infrastructure Webinar Sept. 16th from 3-4:30 ET

Interested in Learning More About CNG Infrastructure Costs? Tune into This FREE Webinar Sept. 16th from 3-4:30 ET. 

Mark Smith from the US Department of Energy and John Gonzales from the National Renewable Energy Lab will present an overview of the key components of a CNG station, how a CNG station works, and factors that affect the cost.  Jeremy Talbot from Phoenix Energy will describe the design and costs of a CNG station on the smaller end of the design range.  Graham Barker from ANGI Energy Systems will describe the design and costs of a larger CNG station example.  During this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presentations as well as the content of the related CNG infrastructure document.

Webinar login details are as follows:

Audio

888-807-9760

Participant passcode: 3693493

Web

URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/

Conference number: PW8410847

Audience passcode: 3693493

Participants can join the event directly at:https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW8410847&p=3693493&t=c

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EERE announces $17 mill. to advance efficient, environmentally-friendly highway transportation technologies

The Energy Department announced today $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States.

The funding is for projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

The projects selected will support innovative technologies and solutions in the areas of energy storage, power electronics and electric motors, advanced combustion engines, materials technologies, and fuels and lubricant technologies. 

Some awardees include:

  • Miltec UV International, LLC of Stevensville, Maryland will receive $1.5 million to develop the next generation of safer lithium ion PEV batteries by combining high speed precision printing and UV curing to instantly fixture ceramics on separator film.
  • University of Colorado Boulder of Boulder, Colorado will receive $2 million to develop a new modular power conversion approach that utilizes both silicon and wide band gap devices to address the fundamental power conversion, loss, and component stress mechanisms.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of Champaign, Illinois will receive $672,000 to develop and test a micro-jet enhanced fuel injection and combustion system.
  • RMX Technologies of Knoxville, Tennessee will receive $2 million to scale up a carbon fiber oxidation technology that reduces energy consumption and oxidation time.
  • The Regents of the University of Michigan of Ann Arbor, Michigan will receive $874,024 to use alternative fuel ignition to improve engine efficiency.


Read the announcement. Read the full list of awardees.

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Electric Bus Webinar

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

The NC PEV Taskforce presents a free webinar on the latest information about electric buses from industry leaders.  Presenters include: Dale Hill, Founder of Proterra, Michael Austin, Vice President of BYD America, and Ward Thomas, Transportation Operations at Stanford University. 

- To register for the webinar, please click here. -

 

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What fuel-specific information is available through the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) Station Locator website?

Question of the Month: What fuel-specific information is available through the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) Station Locator website? 

Answer: Most Clean Cities coordinators and stakeholders are familiar with the AFDC Station Locator website (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/) and the general station information listed there, such as the address, phone number, hours of operation, payments accepted, and who can access the station. You may not be aware of the fuel-specific information available. Below is a complete list.

Biodiesel

  • Blends available: The blends of biodiesel available at the station, including whether different blends are available seasonally and whether customers may select customized blends. Note that the Station Locator only lists stations that carry blends of B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel) and higher.

 

E85

  • Mid-level blends: Whether or not the station carries mid-level blends (e.g., 30% ethanol blend, or E30) of ethanol via a blender pump or otherwise. Note that stations that carry mid-level blends, but not E85, are not included in the Station Locator.

 

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)

  • Electric charging network: The relevant charging network, if applicable. Examples of charging networks include ChargePoint, Blink, and SemaConnect.
  • Port level and count: A list of the number of each level of EVSE charging equipment available. Levels include Level 1, Level 2, or DC Fast Charge.
  • Connector types: The type of connector available, including:
    • Level 1: NEMA 5-15, NEMA 5-20, NEMA 14-50, and J1772
    • Level 2: J1772
    • DC Fast Charge: CHAdeMO, SAE J1772 Combo, and Tesla
  • Legacy chargers: The number and type of legacy chargers available.

 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) also collects information on the EVSE manufacturer, power sources, pricing, and whether the equipment provides wireless charging. This data will be available in the Station Locator in the future. NREL is also coordinating with EVSE networks to provide real-time status availability in the Station Locator.

Hydrogen

  • Station status: A website link for detailed information regarding the status of the station. 

 

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas

  • Fill type (CNG only): Whether the station has fast- or time-fill capabilities, or both.
  • Compression (CNG only): The compression pressure in pounds per square inch (psi). The compression can be 2400, 3000, or 3600 psi. 
  • Vehicle accessibility: The vehicle sizes that can physically access the fueling station.                                                                                                                            

 

NREL also collects information on the total compression and compressor types (CNG only), gas provider, and whether the station has a generator to operate equipment during a power outage. Some of this data will be available in the Station Locator in the future. 

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Propane)

  • Services: The type of propane services available. Each propane station is designated as a "primary" or "secondary" service type. Both types are able to fuel vehicles, but locations with a "primary" designation offer fuel priced specifically for use in vehicles.

 

Using the AFDC Station Locator Data Download feature (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/data_download/), users can obtain a detailed spreadsheet with the above fuel-specific station information for stations currently in the database. We encourage you to stay tuned as NREL is working to add new fuel-specific data and search options to the Station Locator database in the near future. 

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The Paccar Company’s flagship vocational truck, the T880, has added natural gas as an option for fueling the vehicle.

The day cab and 52-inch mid-roof sleeper variations of the T880 may now have factory installed 400-horsepower Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine with 1,450 foot pounds of torque. 

The Cummins Westport ISX12 G can run on either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas fuel.  The engine uses a maintenance-free, three-way catalyst, and does not require a diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank, diesel particulate filter (DPF) or selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. 

Kenworth stated the company works with such companies as Agility Fuel Systems, Trilogy Engineered Solutions, and McNeilus to provide natural gas tanks and fueling systems.

“The new, natural-gas powered Kenworth T880 especially appeals to vocational fleets and truck operators interested in the T880’s excellent durability, reliability and driver comfort combined with cost-efficient natural gas.”

The Kenworth T880 entered full production at late 2013.

ISX12 G-powered T880s are available with manual, automatic and Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission options, including the 10-speed LAS and 13-speed MHP series

To read the full article, click here

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2014 School Bus Rebate Program

EPA announced that funding will again be available for school bus replacements this fall. This is the second time EPA will open the DERA School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity. In 2012, EPA launched a pilot rebate program with $2 million in funding and gave rebates to 28 recipients to help replace more than 80 school buses.

EPA anticipates awarding $3 million in rebate funds to public and private school bus fleet owners. Recipients will be chosen by a lottery system. EPA will begin accepting applications for rebate program in the fall of 2014. Please check the EPA website for updates and more information:  http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm

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FY 2014 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Funding Opportunity TBA in Fall for Port and Marine Projects

Projects to Improve Air Quality at Ports

This fall, EPA's Office of Transportation & Air Quality will announce the availability of an estimated $5 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding for projects to reduce diesel emissions at marine and inland water ports in areas of poor air quality.

Port authorities and state & local government agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are eligible to apply.  Community groups, terminal operators, shipping carriers, and other related entities are encouraged to participate through partnerships with eligible applicants. 

EPA plans to request proposals for projects that reduce emissions from drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and cargo handling equipment used in port operations. There is an expected $2 million cap per project.

EPA anticipates making awards under this RFP in early 2015. 

LCF would like to encourage interested applicants and project partners to start considering and planning proposals for this RFP. Contact Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director of LCF, at ashaneyfelt@louisianacleanfuels.org for more information on how to utilize Clean Cities contacts and resources. 

For updated information about this funding opportunity, please visit http://epa.gov/otaq/ports/ports-dera-rfp.htm

Low air quality areas in Louisiana:
This is a list of parishes that are considered priority poor air quality areas in Louisiana for FY 2014. Only applications for projects that take place in the following areas of poor air quality will be considered for funding under the FY14 DERA Ports RFP. 

  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • Bossier
  • Breton Wilderness Area
  • Caddo
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • DeSoto
  • East Baton Rouge
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Lafourche
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. Tammany
  • Terrebonne
  • West Baton Rouge

 

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U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales Up 96%, According to the EDTA Report

The number of plug-in vehicles on the road has increased significantly since this time last year.  According to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) report, electric vehicle sales have increased by 96%

“The number of plug-in electric vehicles sold from late 2010 thru July 2013 was 119,404,” EDTA said. “Since then, 114,619 plug-in vehicles have been sold, bringing the total number to 234,023.”

“11,433 plug-in electric vehicles were sold last month, including 5,740 plug-in hybrids and 5,693 battery electric vehicles, EDTA adds, while plug-in sales for July 2014 reflect a 54% increase over July 2013.

To read the full article, click here

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