May 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Members, Stakeholders and Clean Fuel Enthusiasts:

Summer is almost here! We can feel it already.. The humidity is rising and kids are beginning to day dream about summer vacations (and some adults too!). All of us at LCF are happy for this temporary slow down in events. We love seeing you all, but some times we just need a month or two to slow down and get busy with administrative tasks, general house keeping and planning for the next round of workshops, trainings and stakeholder meetings.

We aren't just about workshops and training. Our organization has also focused significant energy into fleet support, analysis and major programs and initiatives - both state and federal. The US Department of Energy has tasked LCF with many new activities in 2017 including supporting the state's VW Settlement funding efforts and assisting the state with the process of selecting, developing and nominating highways and interstates under the Federal Highway Administration Alternative Fuel Corridors program. 

Other projects that we are currently involved with include a University Outreach program led by our Clean Cities intern, Madeline Hunt, and BETA testing of our new Green Fleet Certification that is due to roll out in 2018. We are also conducting a pilot project with the National Renewable Energy Lab to analyze government / EPAct Mandated fleets to determine which vehicles, if any, would be good candidates to replace with an electric vehicle. From helping public fleets and OEMs navigate the state's procurement process to getting a fleet connected to the right partners and champions to ensure the success of their alternative fuel programs, LCF is here for you.

Thank you for your support!

The 2017 Membership Dues campaign was a huge success. We raised over 20K in membership dues that will go directly to funding programs, projects, outreach and education that benefit our stakeholders in over 56 parishes across the state. Its not too late to join! Show your support by joining our coalition today with a financial contribution to Louisiana Clean Fuels. Email Stephanie at stephanie@louisianacleanfuels.org for more information on how you can join the coalition.

Have a safe and restorative summer!

Regards,

Ann Vail, Executive Director
Louisiana Clean Fuels 

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Industry News

LCF Member: Lightning Hybrids Renames Business, Rolls Out Fleet Efficiency Lineup

Posted by Lauren Tyler
Via NGT News

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids has announced it will change its name to Lightning Systems, effective immediately, and that in the next two years, it will introduce a new lineup of fleet efficiency products to support commercial and government fleets.

To keep up with demand and support manufacturing of new products, Lightning Systems says it also will be moving its corporate headquarters to the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation & Technology in Loveland at Southwest 14th Street and Taft Ave.

As reported, the new space has 45,000 square feet, nearly doubling the size of the company’s existing headquarters

Lightning Systems announced that its current portfolio of product offerings will include the following:

LightningAnalytics: A new cloud-based analytics system that offers precise fuel-efficiency and emissions data and analysis for optimization of fleet vehicle efficiency, drive cycles and routes, driver behavior, and vehicle maintenance. The system is available now with the Lightning Hybrids system and will be available as a stand-alone product for commercial and government fleets that operate diesel, gasoline, hybrid, compressed natural gas and full-electric powertrain systems in fall 2017.

LightningHybrids: A medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle energy recovery system that offers 50% NOx reductions and up to 25% fuel savings for urban drive cycles. Applications include delivery trucks, shuttle and paratransit buses, refuse trucks, and rear-engine transit buses. The system is available now, worldwide, on more than 25 platforms.

According to the company, a variety of new Lightning Systems’ fuel-efficiency and emissions improvements will be introduced over the next two years. All products will leverage the LightningAnalytics system to validate efficiency results for fleets and will be available either as a retrofit for existing vehicles or for new vehicles from Lightning’s network of distributors and upfitters.

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LCF Member: UPS Unveils First Extended Range Fuel Cell Electric Delivery Vehicle

Via UPS Pressroom

  • First-of-its-Kind, Zero Tailpipe Emissions, Class 6 Delivery Truck
  • Uses Fuel Cell to Energize Vehicle Propulsion System
  • Prototype to Start Street Testing Later This Year

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced it will deploy a prototype extended range Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) in its Rolling Laboratory fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. UPS is working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to design a first-of-its-kind, zero tailpipe emissions, Class 6 medium-duty delivery truck that meets the same route and range requirements of UPS’s existing conventional fuel vehicles.

Unlike fuel cell auxiliary power units, this vehicle will use the onboard fuel cell to generate electricity to propel the vehicle. This project is an important step toward demonstrating the commercial viability of zero tailpipe emissions trucks to fleet operators and the developing FCEV supply chain.

The first FCEV prototype will be deployed in Sacramento, Calif., where UPS will validate its design and core performance requirements by testing it on the street starting the third quarter of 2017. Current project plans call for additional UPS trucks to be validated with at least 5,000 hours of in-service operational performance. All of the trucks will be deployed in California due to that state’s ongoing investment in zero tailpipe emissions transportation and installment of hydrogen fueling stations around the state.

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LCF Member: Town of Hornbeck's CNG Station Open for Business

By Rachel Steffan
Via Leesville Daily Leader

Hornbeck’s compressed natural gas station in Leesville is now officially open.

After a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, people loaded up in a CNG Blue Bird bus and went for a ride to experience the difference. This was followed by an informational presentation and luncheon across the street at the Johnson Temple Church of God in Christ.

Back in February, the Hornbeck town council approved $1.55/gallon for the CNG fueling station at 1001 N. Sixth Street in Leesville.

In 2014, the town, which owns a natural gas distribution system, announced its plan to install a fast-fill CNG station in Leesville. Some of the town’s vehicles were switched to dual-fuel systems at that time, to take advantage of the low cost of CNG.

Hornbeck Mayor, Clarence Beebe, said in 2014, that he thinks it makes sense for the community to use this abundant and inexpensive fuel. “It will bring us one step closer to being free from our dependence on foreign oil,” he said.

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Agility’s New Business Unit Acquires LCF Member CleanFUEL USA Propane Assets

Posted by Lauren Tyler
Via NGT News

Business concept image of a businessman clicking Acquisition button on virtual screen over blue backgroundAgility Fuel Solutions announced today that its recently formed Powertrain Systems business unit has acquired the assets of CleanFUEL USA, a provider of liquid-injection propane fuel systems for commercial vehicles, as well as propane autogas dispensers and refueling equipment.

In addition, Agility’s Powertrain Systems business unit is also hiring key employees of CleanFUEL USA and will add business locations in Wixom, Mich., to focus on fuel systems and Georgetown, Texas, to focus on refueling equipment.

According to Agility, the acquisition will enable its Powertrain Systems business unit to immediately offer complete propane fuel systems for commercial vehicles based on patented liquid propane injection technology. Agility will also be able to offer turnkey propane fueling packages for both private fleet and retail locations, enabling a complete propane solution for commercial fleets globally.

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Cummins Westport Unveils New Lineup of Natural Gas Engines

Posted by Joseph Bebon
Via NGT News

At the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) has announced its model-year 2018 dedicated natural gas engines for regional haul truck/tractor, vocational and transit, school bus, and refuse applications. According to CWI, the new lineup comes with a change in names, following Cummins tradition of using B, L and X series letters, followed by engine displacement. The letter “N” denotes engines that are fueled by natural gas.

The new B6.7N, L9N and ISX12N engines continue the evolution of on-highway natural gas products from CWI, featuring U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) optional low NOx certification, onboard diagnostics, closed crankcase ventilation systems, and performance and reliability improvements. The new ISX12N features a redesigned fuel system with fewer parts and improved performance.

Like the L9N that replaces the ISL G Near Zero, the 2018 ISX12N heavy-duty natural gas engine for regional haul truck/tractor, vocational and refuse applications will also be certified to EPA and CARB optional low NOx emissions standards of 0.02 g/bhp-hr.

CWI further claims the ISX12N and L9N will be the lowest-certified NOx emission engines available in North America. NOx exhaust emissions are 90% lower than the current EPA NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr, and the engines also meet or exceed the 2017 EPA greenhouse-gas emission requirements. CWI says its natural gas engines have met the 2010 EPA standard for particulate matter (0.01 g/bhp-hr) since 2001.

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Ryder, Workhorse Enter Electric Truck Partnership

Posted by Joseph Bebon
Via NGT News

Ryder System Inc., a commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company, has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Workhorse Group Inc., an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone manufacturer.

Under the partnership, Ryder will be the exclusive maintenance provider for Workhorse’s entire light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicle fleet in North America and will provide a combination of warranty and maintenance services as part of Ryder’s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio. Ryder will also serve as the primary distributor in North America for Workhorse’s currently available E-100 and E-GEN range-extended medium-duty vehicles, as well as the W-15 electric pickup truck, which will be unveiled during this week’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and is expected to be in production in late 2018.

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Proterra Test Run from Lafayette, LA to Crowley, LA

Last week, the Proterra Zero Emission electric bus rolled into Lafayette. The route this group of city officials took was one that the transportation director is considering putting one of these buses on to serve commuters in Lafayette, Rayne and Crowley.

Both the Sportran transit system in Shreveport and the CATS system in Baton Rouge have won funding for electric transit buses. Look to see more transit systems trying out these zero emission buses in the future.

The Proterra bus currently comes in two sizes, the 35' and the 40' Catalyst. The 40' E2 model Catalyst bus show here has a range of 251-350 miles per charge. Learn more at www.Proterra.com 

 

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Clean Fuels Funding Announcements

DERA Funding Available - Deadline for Proposals is June 20, 2017

2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

The U.S. EPA has announched the availability of $11 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines.  Under this competition, between 20 and 80 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities, with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.  Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

Learn More at: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants

If you have questions, please contact cleandiesel@epa.gov.

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Welcome New Members

Thank you to our newest member: Blue Bird!

Platinum Level

 

About Blue Bird: Blue Bird has been providing alternative fuel solutions since 1991, and have always been on the cutting edge when it comes to alternative fuel solutions. As the number one manufacturer of alternative fuel school buses, Blue Bird has produced six times more alternative fueled buses than all of their competitors combined! Learn more at: https://www.blue-bird.com/blue-bird/Overview.aspx 

Renew your membership by mailing a check payable to Louisiana Clean Fuels at PO Box 1771, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 or online at http://louisianacleanfuels.org/join.php. Not a member yet? Show your support for Clean Cities and JOIN today! Contact Stephanie for more information on the many benefits of being a member!

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

May 22-23 RNG Summit, Federal Fly-in & Mid-Year Networking Event Washington, D.C.
June 7 NGV Road Rally Leesville, LA
June 20-21 EV Roadmap 10 Portland, OR
September 26-27 NGVAmerica Annual Summit Atlanta, GA
November 27-30 RNG 2017  Dana Point, CA

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Upcoming Webinars

Cooperative Purchasing for Fleet & Facility Manager

Tue, Jun 6, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

The Advanced Transportation Center and Long Beach Clean Cities invite you to join us for a webinar on Cooperative Purchasing for Fleet and Facility Managers. Industry experts will discuss factors when considering cooperative purchasing and unexpected cost savings that may be realized as a result. Come ready with all your questions and concerns regarding cooperative purchasing, intergovernmental agreements and more.

Speakers

  • Moderator - Michael Terreri, Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Craig Crowder, City of Beverly Hills Fleet Manager
  • Tom Perttula, National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)
  • Troy Beam and Jason Allen, Scott County (MN) Fleet Management
  • Barry Johnson, AssetWorks


Register here today!

For more information please contact Randy Wilde, randy.wilde@energycenter.org.

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ENERGY.GOV

First of 100 New EV Charging Stations Lights Up Sustainable Travel in America’s National Parks

A photo of an electric BMW plugged in at the new charging station at Thomas Edison National Historical Park.BMW is partnering with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to install 100 electric vehicle charging stations in national parks.

In celebration of a new partnership between BMW of North America, the National Park Foundation, and the National Park Service (NPS), the first of up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in national parks and nearby communities across the country was switched on April 19 at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the site of Edison’s laboratory and home in West Orange, New Jersey.

As part of this partnership, the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program will provide technical assistance to the national parks as NPS works with BMW to install the new charging stations. The integrated team from this public-private partnership will work to identify park locations for additional charging stations by considering factors such as proximity and strength of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) markets, distance from nearby charging locations, and natural and cultural landscape considerations. The availability of this option will help make PEVs a feasible option for travel to national parks and contribute to reducing air pollution in parks and gateway communities. 

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Question of the Month

Question: How can I compare the energy content of alternative fuels and gasoline or diesel? What implications does this have for overall fuel and vehicle comparisons?

Answer: Alternative fuels have varying energy densities and are measured using a number of different units, which can make comparing them tricky. The gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) unit allows drivers to make apples-to-apples comparisons of a given quantity of energy from alternative fuels and assess which fuel best suits their needs. Understanding the energy content of fuels can help inform comparisons of fuel prices and vehicle driving range.

What is a GGE? How about a DGE?

A GGE is a standardized unit used to compare the energy content of all fuels. This unit quantifies the amount of alternative fuel that has the equivalent energy content of one gallon of conventional gasoline. For medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel applications, diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) is often used.

How are GGE and DGE values determined?

Energy content is measured in British thermal units (Btus) per gallon of fuel, and is often referred to as the lower heating value of the fuel. To calculate GGE and DGE, the energy content of one gallon of gasoline or diesel is divided by the energy content of the comparison fuel. For example, conventional gasoline has an energy content of 116,090 Btus per gallon, while propane has an energy content of 84,250 Btus per gallon. As such, 1.38 gallons of propane has the same amount of energy as one gallon of conventional gasoline.

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About LCF

LCF is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. By providing you with objective data, technical resources and the right connections, we can help your fleet find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower your fuel cost

LOUISIANA CLEAN FUEL'S MISSION

The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. 

As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve its goals by employing a variety of strategies which include: promoting and implementing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

225-342-7972  |  www.LouisianaCleanFuels.org  |  info@louisianacleanfuels.org

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