Argonne rolls out updated version of AFLEET alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

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The US Department of Energy (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory is releasing an updated version of its AFLEET tool to reflect the latest advances in alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies and updated emissions data. Although anyone can download and use the tool, AFLEET was designed for managers that purchase and maintain a fleet of vehicles. There really isn’t a tool out there to look at alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in this way.

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California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. The approved 2014-2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for about 40% of California''s carbon emissions.

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Alternative Fuel Systems Working on CNG 3-Wheeler with Baja

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Canada-based Alternative Fuel Systems Inc., together with Indian partner Advantek Fuel Systems Pvt. This vehicle is designed for use within major cities in India, where air pollution is a very serious problem. By running on CNG using latest generation AFS technology, these goods carriers are expected to produce significantly less harmful emissions while offering better performance and fuel efficiency. Ltd.,

Lux: China, India lead Asian alternative fuels; targets likely will not be met

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Driven by aggressive mandates, government support and cost advantages, China and India—the world’s two most populous countries—dominate Asia’s alternative fuels landscape, according to Lux Research. billion gallons per year for 2020—but as total fuel demand explodes as well, ethanol will creep up to only 4% of gasoline in 2017, placing that target in doubt, according to Lux. of its diesel fuel and 0.3% Cost, pollution are catalysts for NGVs.

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GSA proposes assessing package delivery vendors on environmental and alternative fuel benchmarks

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The US General Services Administration (GSA), the government’s purchasing arm, has proposed that vendors competing for a $1.5-billion government-wide contract for package delivery services beginning in 2014 (Domestic Delivery Services Generation 3, DDS3), be assessed on their ability to meet annual targets for fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas intensity and alternative fuel use as well as delivery prices.

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DNV GL paper suggests near-term success for LNG in shipping; alternative fuel mix to diversify over time

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Well-to-Propeller GHG emissions results for marine alternative fuels. DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. According to DNV GL, the main drivers for the use of alternative fuels in shipping in the future can be classified in two broad categories: (a) Regulatory requirements and environmental concerns, and (b) availability of fossil fuels, cost and energy security.

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Lux: alternative fuels in China could replace up to 483B GGE in 2020; coal-to-ethanol conversion offers near-term potential

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China’s shift toward alternative fuels in order to cut its reliance on imported oil is creating large opportunities, notably in natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and in the conversion of coal to ethanol, according to a new report from Lux Research. Further, its plans to limit coal-fired power plants due to pollution problems, means that oversupplied coal is available for conversion to alternative fuels.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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These projects put more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy-efficient light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles on the road, and establish 542 refueling locations across the country. The project will deploy 502 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through 119 public and private fleets throughout the state. The program includes the installation of 10 alternative fuel refueling sites (two B20, one Electric Recharging, and seven CNG).

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Pennsylvania DEP awards more than $4.4M in alternative fuels grants to 12 projects; bulk for natural gas

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million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to 12 projects across the state. The grants, funded by a portion of the state’s annual utilities gross receipts tax, are intended to encourage new markets for alternative fuels, fleets and technologies across Pennsylvania. The project is expected to displace 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel and eliminate nearly 369 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Study suggests high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected

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A study by researchers from the University of Denver and the University of Puget Sound indicates that high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected based on their actual numbers in the fleet. In their paper, published in the ACS Journal Environmental Science & Technology , they estimate that these small fleets, which represent less than 1% of the total, may be overlooked as a significant emission source (>2−5% of fleet emissions).

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New US National Clean Fleets Partnership; ATT, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon charter members

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On Friday, President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership, with AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon as charter members. This public-private partnership is intended to help large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations. Electric (Battery) Fleets Hybrids Policy

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EPA to award up to $4M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from port fleets

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EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is soliciting proposals ( EPA-OAR-OTAQ-14-02 ) that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, from fleets operating at marine and inland water ports. Clean Alternative Fuel Conversions: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible clean alternative fuel conversion.

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EEA: Traffic pollution still harmful to health in many parts of Europe

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Trend in emissions of air pollutants from transport in EEA-32: PM 2.5 , CO, SO x , NMVOC, NO x. Transport in Europe is still responsible for damaging levels of air pollutants and a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions, despite some progress in reducing the impacts from transport. In spite of the increase in sales of electric vehicles in 2010 and 2011, alternatively?fueled fueled vehicles still only accounted for 4% of all vehicles in the on?road road fleet in 2010.

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Efficient Drivetrains and First Priority Greenfleet partner to produce commercial plug-in vehicles for fleets

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EDI) and First Priority GreenFleet, Ltd (FP GreenFleet), a division of First Priority Global, Ltd (FPG) are collaborating to provide public and private commercial fleet operators access to a suite of plug-in vehicle solutions, spanning Class 2 through Class 8. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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New US National Clean Fleets Partnership; ATT, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon charter members

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On Friday, President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership, with AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon as charter members. This public-private partnership is intended to help large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations. Electric (Battery) Fleets Hybrids Policy

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Study: natural gas heavy-duty trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

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Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the US heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a new white paper released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Rice University. The cost advantage of natural gas over diesel fuel is particularly appealing for vehicles with a high intensity of travel and thus fuel use.

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Frito-Lay boosts electric fleet; 275 electric trucks by the end of 2012

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Frito-Lay is growing its electric truck fleet in California. By the end of this year, Frito-Lay will have more than 275 electric trucks deployed in the US, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in the country. It’s these private and public partnerships that create the momentum that alternative fuel vehicles need to become even more competitive.

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Navigant expects global share of electric buses to grow to nearly 33% by 2030

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However, Navigant says, the adoption of electric buses (e-buses) will continue to rise as battery prices decline and a greater importance is placed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Fleets can take advantage of increasing government support to help surmount the high upfront costs associated with e-buses. Transit, coach, shuttle, and school fleets can use e-buses to achieve their emissions and air quality targets, while improving their bottom line.

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CMU study concludes alt fuel vehicle incentives for OEMs result in increased fleet gasoline consumption and emissions

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A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has concluded that regulatory incentives for OEMs for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) intended to encourage a technology transition in the transportation fleet result in increased fleet-wide gasoline consumption and emissions. EPA/NHTSA policy includes incentives that encourage automakers to produce AFVs by allowing automakers that sell AFVs to meet less-stringent fleet standards.

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FedEx Converts 92 Delivery Trucks to Hybrids, Expanding Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50%

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has added 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its delivery fleet by converting standard FedEx delivery trucks to hybrid-electric systems. The addition of the 92 trucks increases the FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles by more than 50%, from 172 to 264. An added benefit of the conversion program is that it not only reduces pollution but also extends the life of the vehicles, helping to eliminate waste production and creating a reduce-and-reuse program. FedEx Corp.

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Big Blue Bus receives nearly $900K to purchase 58 new Cummins-Westport Near-Zero NOx engines

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In California, Big Blue Bus (BBB) will receive $870,000 from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s (MSRC) Near Zero Engine Incentive Program. Operating ISL G NZ engines on RNG offers a significant GHG emissions benefit compared to fossil fuels. Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of almost 200 vehicles transporting more than 61,000 passengers daily across a 51-square mile service area.

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New study of emissions and health impacts from EVs in China, including massive e-bike fleet

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The massive upsurge in e-bikes in the country marks “ the single largest adoption of alternative fuel vehicles in history, with over 100 million vehicles purchased in the past decade, more than all other countries combined. ”. In China, 85% of electricity production is from fossil fuels, of which ?90% Most electricity generating units (EGUs) in China lack advanced pollution controls. 1 ), for four pollutants.

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Small-displacement two-stroke H2 engine could address performance and emissions cost-effectively for recreational market; potential for Asian motor vehicle fleet

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Comparison of brake thermal efficiency and specific fuel consumption at rated power (ICOMIA Mode 5), hydrogen vs. gasoline engines. It, or a scaled-up version, could also provide a solution for the Asian motor vehicle fleet, in which two-stroke engine vehicles constitute a major share—and contribute significantly to air pollution. The lost available energy also results in poor off-design point fuel efficiency. fuel consumption penalty.

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California ARB posts discussion document for developing Advanced Clean Transit (ACT) regulation

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The proposed Advanced Clean Transit regulation will consider strategies to achieve additional criteria pollutant emissions reductions from transit fleets and to accelerate purchases of zero emission buses as part of an overall strategy to transform all heavy duty vehicles to zero emission or near zero emission vehicles to meet air quality and efficiency improvement goals. Minimize Emissions from Conventional Fleet.

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Obama sets goal of reducing US oil imports by 1/3 by 2025; domestic and Western Hemisphere production, natural gas, biofuels, electric vehicles, fleet purchases

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Meeting the goal of cutting US oil dependence depends largely on two things, Obama said: finding and producing more oil at home, and reducing dependence on oil with cleaner alternative fuels and greater efficiency. Obama noted that last year, US oil production reached its highest level since 2003 and that for the first time in more than a decade, imported oil accounted for less than half the liquid fuel consumed. If anyone doubts the potential of these fuels, consider Brazil.

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IEA: improving efficiency of road-freight transport critical to reduce oil-demand growth; three areas of focus

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Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is critical to reducing the growth in oil demand, carbon emissions and air pollution over the next decades, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest report, The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment. Although trucks are a major contributor to the growth in transport-fuel consumption and emissions, the sector receives far less attention and policy focus than passenger vehicles, the IEA noted.

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SunLine orders five New Flyer fuel cell buses

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SunLine Transit Agency in California has awarded New Flyer of America—the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries—with a contract for five Xcelsior fuel cell-electric forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. Sunline already has five fuel cell buses in its operations. SunLine will also beupgrading its on-site hydrogen generation fuel infrastructure as part of this new project. Fleets Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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California’s Advanced Clean Cars program: transforming the light-duty fleet to zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles with an eye on 2050

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The cumulative on-road passenger vehicle fleet mix for one scenario developed by ARB staff that achieves the 2050 GHG emission reduction goal. ZEV sales must constitute nearly 100% of new vehicles in 2040 for ZEVs to constitute approximately 87% of the on-road fleet by 2050. This rulemaking is an opportunity for the Board to commit to the transformation of California’s light-duty vehicle fleet. Average cost per vehicle across the entire fleet would be $86.

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California Energy Commission publishes investment plan for alt and renewable fuel and vehicle technology, 2014-2015

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2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program”. Through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, established by Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), the Energy Commission provides up to $100 million per year toward the development and deployment of low?carbon carbon alternative fuels, fueling infrastructure, and advanced vehicle technologies.

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SunLine Transit receives $12.5M for five H2-powered buses, H2 generating station in Coachella Valley

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California Climate Investments is awarding a $12.5-million grant to SunLine Transit Agency for five new zero-emission New Flyer hydrogen fuel cell buses. The grant also supports the development of the largest hydrogen fueling station in the US of its kind, from Hydrogenics, using electricity and renewable energy to generate clean hydrogen. The project will collect 12 months of performance data to be used to help further commercialization of fuel cell technology.

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MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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areas of inquiry: The potential impact of climate change policies on global fleet composition, fuel consumption, fuel prices, and economic output. Characteristics of alternative vehicle powertrains and fuels that could affect their future market share.

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Efficient Drivetrains introduces CNG PHEV for agriculture work truck applications

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The vehicle combines the benefits of a CNG Fuel system and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) technology and is geared to help agriculture fleets switch from petroleum-based liquid fuels to domestically available, cleaner burning natural gas and electricity. The truck will be operated in San Joaquin Valley, a 250-mile-long region susceptible to air pollution due to its bordering mountain ranges. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (

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California Energy Commission approves $95M plan for clean transportation investments; zero-emission infrastructure

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The -2020 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) allocates $85.2 The investment plan also allocates $10 million for production of zero- and near-zero-carbon fuels. The program has invested nearly $830 million to more than 600 projects covering a broad spectrum of alternative fuels and technologies.

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California Air Resources Board releases proposed Advanced Clean Car package: LEV III, GHG and ZEV rules to transform the California fleet; ZEVs and TZEVs to be 15+% of new vehicle sales by 2025

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The Advanced Clean Cars program combines the control of soot, smog-causing pollutants (LEV III) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into a single coordinated package of requirements for model years 2017 through 2025. The ZEV regulation—along with new LEV III criteria pollutant and GHG standards—can be the catalyst to the process of transforming the California light-duty fleet, ARB staff suggests. Certification fuels. Clean Fuels Outlet.

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NY to award $18.9M to increase number of electric buses in state

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million of Volkswagen settlement funding is being made available to five of the largest public transit operators in the state—the Capital District Transportation Authority, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Rochester-Genesee Regional Transit Authority, Suffolk County Transportation and Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System—to facilitate their fleets’ transition towards 100 percent zero-emissions fleets by 2035.

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$13.5M in EPA clean diesel grant funding available

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Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or if their principal purpose is promoting clean transportation or air quality. Priority is given to fleets operating at goods-movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality, projects that engage and benefit local communities, and applicants that demonstrate an ability continue their emission-reduction efforts after the project has ended.

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European automotive sector calls for vehicle renewal incentives to kickstart economic recovery after COVID-19; 25-point action plan

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This is intended to boost private and business demand, support economic recovery across the board as well as accelerate the rejuvenation of the vehicle fleet on Europe’s roads. Start the announced pilot for charging and alternative fuels infrastructure without further delay. Propose ambitious Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive amendments already in Q3 2020. Speed up legislative proposals to support uptake of low-carbon and low-pollutant fuels.

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Review: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with bi-fuel CNG option

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View of the CNG tank in the bed of a Silverado 2500HD with bi-fuel option. In the case of the 2500HD bi-fuel, the two main trade-offs are a reduction in power and torque in CNG mode compared to gasoline mode, and the loss of a portion of the bed of the truck to the 3,600 psi CNG tank and its box-like enclosure. (It LNG dual fuel. Vortec 6.0L (bi-fuel). Fuel delivery. sequential fuel injection. The separate CNG fuel tank—66.6L, 17.6

DEC and NYSERDA announce $24M in Volkswagen Settlement Funds to support electric transit buses in environmental justice communities

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Transit bus replacements are targeted at New York State government entity-owned bus fleets that have bus depots located within Potential Environmental Justice Areas (PEJAs), or operate routes that serve PEJA areas.

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Clean Cities Autogas Vehicle Conversion Program Rolls Out First of 1,189 LPG Cars in Virginia

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Administered by Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University, the program will deploy nearly 1,200 propane Autogas vehicles, reducing air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, soot and smog-causing emissions when compared to traditional gasoline vehicles. The founding partners of Alliance AutoGas—a national propane Autogas vehicle conversion and fueling network—are closely involved with the program.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium. In line with COP 21, the Walloon strategy envisages that 50% of its public fleet vehicles, in need of replacement, will run on alternative fuels starting from 1 January 2017, and the percentage will rise to 100% starting from 1 January 2030.

T&E finds city e-truck charging could cut road freight emissions by 22% in 10 years; requires €28B for charging infrastructure

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The EU could slash truck carbon pollution by more than a fifth (22%) in a decade by requiring its main cities to have electric truck charging infrastructure, according to a new study released by European environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E).

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California Energy Commission adopts $100M investment plan for 2013-2014 for green vehicles and fuels

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The California Energy Commission unanimously adopted the 2013-2014 Investment Plan Update to support the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The update sets funding priorities for the approximately $100 million in annual state funds under the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. 20 million for hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

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