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TARC rolls out six new Proterra battery-electric buses; fleet total of 15

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Louisville Metro contributed $500,000. The buses, a $4.65 million investment, were funded primarily with a $3.3 Regular fare ($1.75

ConMet and Protean Electric partner to develop electric in-wheel drive system for the commercial vehicle market

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ConMet will feature the new electrified hub in its booth at the MidAmerica Trucking Show 23-25 March 23-25 2017 in Louisville, KY. The ConMet/Protean in-wheel electric drive system is intended to deliver a robust and efficient hybrid propulsion system designed for commercial trucks, tractors, and trailers. Heavy-duty Hybrids Motors

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UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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Louisville, Ky.; UPS plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. million gallons of renewable natural gas. Orlando, Fla.; Salina, Kan.; Greensboro, N.C;

2013 Ford Escape With EcoBoost: On Its Way To Dealers Now

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Fitted with Ford’s latest green engine technology, the 2013 Ford Escape has started to roll off the production line at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Starting at $22,470, the compact crossover SUV has undergone a complete redesign for this year, giving it a strong family resemblance to the smaller 2012 Ford Focus

SABIC introduces novel thermoplastic roof fairing concept for 3% improvement in heavy-duty truck fuel economy

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SABIC has introduced a thermoplastic roof fairing concept that can potentially reduce annual fuel consumption of a heavy-duty truck by at least 3%.

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PM2.5 pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young non-smoking adults

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co-author, University of Louisville. Fine particulate matter air pollution (PM 2.5 ) may be associated with blood vessel damage and inflammation among young, healthy adults, according to new research in Circulation Research , an American Heart Association journal. —C. Arden Pope, Ph.D., lead author, Brigham Young University. levels.

Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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The launches come on the heels of several other recent successes for Proterra, including recently setting the record for the most miles traveled by a battery-electric bus in a day (710 miles (1,142 km) in 24 hours), key contract wins in Nashville and Louisville and the purchase of additional Proterra buses by existing customers. Proterra Inc.

Ford’s EcoBoost engines rocket to 500,000

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The 500,000th engine was fitted into a 2013 Ford Escape that rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant. Ford ecoboost

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the transit agency for Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana, will receive funding to deploy five Proterra battery-electric buses and a fast charging station. Funding is provided through FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). Earlier post.). Project sponsor. Funding. TOTAL.

Honeywell to support development of AliphaJet process for renewable jet fuel

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The development of the AliphaJet process was led by Dr. Ravi Randhava in collaboration with Dr. Paul Ratnasamy at the University of Louisville. Earlier post.). AliphaJet says that its process offers significant CAPEX and OPEX advantages including those obtained by deploying processing plants close to the feedstock sources. Brief

Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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Louisville Assembly Plant (US): Recently replaced parking lot asphalt with pervious paving blocks to manage stormwater runoff, helping protect nearby bodies of freshwater. Ford has reduced the average amount of water used to make each of its vehicles by 8.5% billion gallons, or about 62%. Brief

ORNL, Solid Power sign exclusive license for lithium-sulfur battery technology

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of Louisville, Colo., The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries. The license was negotiated by ORNL commercialization manager Eugene Cochran. Earlier post.). Batteries Li-Sulfur

Walmart showcases WAVE tractor-trailer at MATS; micro-turbine range extended electric vehicle with 45.5 kWh Li-ion pack

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Walmart showcased its Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky. Click to enlarge.

Westport and GM in 2nd agreement for advanced engineering development of natural gas LDVs

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To support OEM programs that will enable personal and commercial vehicles to run on natural gas, Westport Light Duty has recently established The Michigan Technical Center in Plymouth, and has opened an assembly centre in Louisville, Kentucky. Westport Innovations Inc. The first cooperative technology project was announced in June 2011.

Westport WiNG bi-fuel CNG systems for Ford F-250 and 350 Series

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Engineered at the new Westport technical center in Plymouth Michigan, WiNG Power Systems will be installed at the Westport manufacturing facility adjacent to the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, in Louisville. Westport launched its new Westport WiNG Power System at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show. Brief

New 4-cylinder 2.3L EcoBoost on Lincoln MKC small SUV; future EcoBoost prospects

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Production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC will begin in the second quarter of 2014 at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Ky.

New catalytic decarboxylation process for converting fatty acids to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels; initial focus on biojet

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The development of the AliphaJet process was led by Dr. Ravi Randhava in collaboration with Dr. Paul Ratnasamy at the University of Louisville.

Pioneer Natural Resources adding 225 bi-fuel Westport WiNG natural gas F250s to fleet

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Westport LD recently officially opened the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC) in Louisville where the natural gas WiNG power systems are installed on Ford F250 and F350 bi-fuel pickup trucks. Earlier post.) Brief

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Kenworth and Peterbilt to add heavy-duty Cummins Westport ISX12 G to line of natural gas engines

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Kenworth is showing a T660 equipped with a CNG-powered ISX12 G engine at its booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. This new engine requires a single fuel source and can run on either compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) natural gas. —Michelle Harry, Kenworth natural gas vehicle marketing manager. g/bhp-hr NO x and 0.01

HEI ACES study of lifetime animal exposure to New Technology Diesel Engine exhaust finds no lung cancer

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Other ancillary studies were led by Dr. Jeffrey Bemis, of Litron Laboratories, Rochester, New York; Dr. Lance Hallberg, of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas; and Dr. Daniel Conklin, of the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier post.) —ACES report. —Dan Greenbaum, President of HEI.

ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

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For example, Solid Power located in Louisville, CO will receive approximately $3.5 When the agency originally issued the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in February, it was anticipating about $20 million in awards to 8-12 projects. For example, the University of California, San Diego will receive approximately $3.5 Aqueous. Funding.

Maxwell Technologies introduces ultracapacitor-based engine start module for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles

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The new product, designed to complement batteries, was first displayed in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is introducing a 12-volt ultracapacitor module that ensures reliable engine starting for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles. Batteries Heavy-duty

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. The collaboration, forged by the White House in partnership with DOE and the Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Air Force and US Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency, is centered on a set of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. Nissan.

EV bus manufacturer Proterra reaches 1,000,000th mile in revenue service

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TARC (Louisville, Ky.), EV bus manufacturer Proterra Inc. congratulated its customers on logging one million miles in revenue service. The company celebrated this achievement with an event at its plant in Greenville, S.C. honoring its transit agency partners for their leadership as EV pioneers. WRTA (Worcester, Mass.), Brief

Ford to expand 3-Wet Paint capacity by 50% globally in 2013

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and Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, Ky. Ford Motor Company is expanding its 3-Wet paint ( earlier post ) capacity by 50% this year, adding the more environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. The actions will reduce CO 2 emissions by an estimated 15-25% at those facilities. Jiangling Motors Co.

Ford hits 5-million mark with EcoBoost engines

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The 2-millionth EcoBoost engine rolled off the line at Louisville in October 2013. Late last week, the 5-millionth vehicle with a Ford EcoBoost engine rolled off the assembly line at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford had celebrated the production of its 500,000 th EcoBoost-equipped vehicle les than three years ago. Brief

Venchurs CNG aggressively prices 6.2L CNG conversions

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Vehicles can be ordered using Venchurs’ ship-thru in Louisville, KY, or its remote ship-thru in Adrian, MI. Venchurs Vehicle Systems, a Qualified Vehicle Modifier of CNG conversions for Ford Motor Company, will offer 6.2L The company says this is the industry leading price point for such as system. —Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. Brief

Ford advancing 3D sand printing

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Escape: EcoBoost four-cylinder engines in the 2013 Escape built at Louisville Assembly Plant. Ford is embracing the use of “3D printing”—additive manufacturing—in its design work. Explorer: Brake rotors for the 2011 Explorer built in Chicago. F-150: Exhaust manifolds for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost built in Cleveland and used in F-150.

NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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The Kentucky Multi-scale Manufacturing and Nano Integration Node, University of Louisville with partner University of Kentucky, PI: Kevin Walsh. The awards are up to five years and range from $500,000 to $1.6 million each per year. Nine of the sites have at least one regional partner institution. Brief

Ford to invest $400M in Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of a new vehicle

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Ford Motor Company will build a new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after Ford Escape production moves to Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant and retooling of the Kansas City facility is complete. Ford will invest $400 million in the Kansas City plant to install a new body shop, new tooling and other upgrades. Brief

ZEON to introduce new anode and cathode binders for Li-Ion batteries

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ZEON CORPORATION is one of the top producers of polymers, with plants in Asia, North America and Europe, and Research and Development laboratories in Kawasaki (Japan), Louisville (KY, USA) and Barry (UK). ZEON Corporation and its North American subsidiary, Zeon Chemicals, L.P., Zeon Chemicals L.P. Brief

UPS Deploys 200 More Hybrid Delivery Trucks

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Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville. UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in eight US cities. Earlier post.). Before this latest deployment, UPS was operating 50 hybrid electrics in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. Earlier post.).

EPA Awards $20M in Recovery Act Funding for Clean Diesel Finance Program

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Louisville Jefferson Metro County Government: $2 million for a revolving loan program to replace, repower or retrofit older construction, agricultural and other nonroad diesel equipment. These recovery act grants will fund the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment.

Construction begins on DOE-sponsored carbon-capture project at Kentucky Power Plant

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The Carbon Management Research Group comprises government agencies, electric utilities, and research organizations; current members include LG&E and KU Energy (Louisville, Ky), Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC), American Electric Power, and the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. The Energy Department is contributing $14.5

Cummins Emission Solutions introduces next-gen aftertreatment system EcoFit Single Module

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EcoFit Single Module. Click to enlarge. Cummins Emission Solutions, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc., EcoFit Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems.

Honda-Led Research Team Devises Method to Control Growth of Nanotubes with Metallic Conductivity

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Carbon nanotubes are preferentially grown by controlling the shape and size of the catalyst. Source: Honda RI. Click to enlarge. Harutyunyan et al.

Westport acquires Clean Energy’s BAF natural gas vehicle business for $25M

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Currently, Westport exclusively installs the natural gas Westport WiNG Power System on the Ford F-250 through F-550 series at its assembly center in Louisville, KY. Natural gas engine company Westport Innovations Inc. has acquired BAF Technologies, Inc. BAF) and its subsidiary, ServoTech Engineering, Inc. for $25 million in Westport stock.

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Study finds unprecedented urbanization and urban expansion in East-Southeast Asia from 2000 to 2010

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The published findings were a result of collaboration between researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Southampton, National Institutes of Health, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Boston University, University of Florida-Gainesville and the University of Louisville. annually. —Professor Schneider. Resources.

UPS Adopts Plan to Cut Its Airline Carbon Emissions An Additional 20% by 2020; Biofuels Part of the Plan

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The company’s air system includes international air hubs in Cologne, Germany; Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai; Miami (to serve Latin America), an intra-Asia hub in the Philippines; and UPS Worldport, the Louisville, Ky., UPS Airlines CO 2 emissions per Available Ton Mile, historical and targeted. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

First Three Conditional Loan Commitments Under DOEs ATVM Program go to Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motors and Tesla Motors

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The facilities that will be affected by the funding include: Chicago Assembly, Louisville Assembly, Dearborn Assembly, Dearborn Engine, Livonia Transmission, Michigan Assembly, Van Dyke Transmission, Kansas City Assembly, Cleveland Engine, Lima Engine, and Sharonville Transmission. billion for Ford Motor Company; $1.6 Nissan will receive $1.6