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. The latest version includes, for the first time: gaseous hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; state-based (rather than national-based) fuel pricing, private station fuel pricing and fueling infrastructure costs.

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

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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. The program annually invests in a variety of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. 300,000-grant to the San Diego Association of Governments to develop an Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan.

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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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Study finds isopropanol-n-butanol-ethanol and gasoline blend viable as alternative fuel

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Researchers from the University of Illinois and colleagues in China investigating the performance, combustion and emission characteristics of a port fuel-injection SI engine fueled with isopropanol-n-butanol-ethanol (IBE)-gasoline blends have concluded that an IBE30 blend could be a good alternative to gasoline. It also has been reported that isopropanol can be used as a fuel additive for the preparation of high-octane gasoline. Biomass Emissions Fuel Efficiency Fuel

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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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California Energy Commission awards more than $17M to support alternative fuel and infrastructure projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $17,223,593 for eight projects including alternative fuel production, plug-in truck demonstrations, EV charging station deployment, and infrastructure planning. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. Pipeline transport of fuel and waterless processing will result in near-zero production emissions at the facility.

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EPA updates rules to ease commercialization of alternative fuel conversion systems

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated rules making it easier for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems—i.e., systems that alter a conventionally-fueled vehicle or engine to enable it to run on an alternative fuel. The updated final rule covers alternative fuel conversion of light-duty vehicles and heavy-duty highway vehicles and engines. Conversions Fuels

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Alternative Fuel Systems Providing Natural Gas Engine Controllers to Mahindra and Mahindra

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Canada-based Alternative Fuel Systems (AFS) is providing that it is providing natural gas engine controllers to Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. In this Mahindra project, AFS and Advantek Fuel Systems Pvt. Perry said that AFS has also seen that government agencies in India are vigorously supporting the change from diesel vehicles to natural gas fuelled vehicles in order to combat pollution

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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.

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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Los Angeles Harbor Commission Launches 2009 Alternative Fuel Truck Incentive Program with $44.2M

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Since the launch of the Clean Truck Program on 1 October 2008, pollution at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has been reduced by more than 23%, according to the Commission. Our goal is to put 1,000 alternative fuel trucks into service through our 2009 Clean Truck Incentive Program, and the funding our board just approved is a major step in that direction. The Los Angeles Harbor Commission recently approved up to $44.2

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Alternative fuels lose company car discounts

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Discounts on company car taxation for hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles will be scrapped under new tax terms revealed as part of yesterday’s Budget. The new regime will come into force April 6, 2011 and will see discounts on company car tax currently available for Euro 4-standard diesel cars registered before 1 January 2006, higher-emitting hybrid cars and alternative fuel company cars, such as those powered by bi-fuels, road fuel gas and bioethanol, being scrapped.

EPA proposes more smog-contributing ethanol in summer gasoline

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Ethanol is known as an alternative fuel, and is even renewable. The Environmental Protection Agency, after proposing watered down emissions and fuel economy standards for cars, has now released a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol blended into pump gas year-round, including selling E15 in the summer. EPA ethanol smog air pollutionBut that doesn't always make it clean.

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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

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Jatropha Biodiesel-FT Blends Reduce Most Criteria Pollutants Compared to Neat FT; Higher NOx

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Blending jatropha biodiesel (JBD) with Fischer-Tropsch synthetic diesel (FT) results in lower CO, THC, smoke and PM emissions compared to neat FT, according to a study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. The authors tested JBD blended with FT fuel in volumetric ratios of 0:100, 25:75, 50:50, 75:25, and 100:0 (B0, B25, B50, B75, and B100).

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Report: Traffic pollution still affecting health in Europe

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There is no doubt that the automotive sector is cleaning up its act by exploring new technologies and alternative fuels: however, traffic pollution continues to cause problems in many areas of Europe. According to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), transport in the continent is responsible for damaging levels of pollutants and around [.].

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Sandia Labs Researcher Says Electric Makes More Sense

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Sandia Labs Researcher Ben Cipiti has penned a short piece entitled An Unbiased Approach to Evaluating Transportation Fuels in which he extols the virtues of plug-in cars to meet our environmental and national security goals. Yet with so much varying information about energy alternatives, it has become difficult to choose which technologies really make sense and which will be a waste of research dollars.

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Study Finds Damage, Pollution from Western Wildfires Could Surge With Moderate Global Warming

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This potential leap in destructiveness and pollution—mainly from an increase in wildfire frequency—is forecast by computer models calculating impacts of moderate global warming on western US wildfire patterns and atmospheric chemistry. This scenario, one of several devised by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, describes a future world with rapid economic growth and balanced energy generation from fossil and alternative fuels.

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EPA eases rules on fuel conversion systems

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In a move that should make life easier for those considering alternative fuel technologies, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its rules to make it simpler for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems. There were concerns that poorly designed systems could lead to much more pollution and previous EPA regulations required vehicle and [.]. Green cars Latest news alternative fuel cars Environmental Protection Agency EPA fuel conversion systems

Hydrogen Hyped: BMW Does Pogue

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Why are even the smartest journalists unable to get beyond the hype when it comes to automobiles and alternative fuels? His blog only once before (in my quick search) discussed alternative fuels for cars. One altfuel epiphany Pogue blogged in May, 2006 came watching The Amazing Race 9 (CBS) in Brazil, where sugar cane-based ethanol has eliminated petroleum imports and reduced pollution. The bamboozlement surrounding alternative fuels continues apace.

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Congressional Letter for Plug-ins

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Specifically we hope the President will request at least $90 million of funding for PHEVs including $45 million for advanced batteries, $20 million in PHEV analysis, system modeling and component study, $20 milliion in support of a pending executive order for demonstration vehicles (light- and medium-duty), and $5 million under the joint flex-fuel/hybrid vehicle commercialization initiative(section 706 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005).

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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Low-cost ceramics enable temperatures beyond the limitations of metals to deliver fuel efficiencies of power plants in small-scale distributed power. Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

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MARAD to award up to $1.5M for projects for emission reductions from marine vessels

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million in funding for projects that demonstrate criteria pollutant emissions or carbon emissions reductions from marine vessels through repowering, re-engining or installation of other pollution reduction technologies, or the use of alternative fuel/energy. Several MARAD efforts are underway to address emissions reductions, specifically through development of planning and modeling tools and in-situ testing of alternative fuels.

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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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Why green cars are good for your health. The Green Piece.

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Amid all the technological advancements, the political posturing and the environmental campaigning it’s easy to lose track of just why there is a need to replace the internal combustion engine with alternative fuels in the first place. Green credentials The Green Piece air pollution breathe carbon dioxide disease Green cars health nitrogen

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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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US MARAD to award up to $900K for project converting vessel to natural gas

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The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) Office of Environment has issued a request for proposals (RFP) ( DTMA91R1500009 ) for projects that focus on converting a vessel to natural gas in an effort to measure in situ change in criteria pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions before and after the conversion.

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Toyota to debut 2 BEVs, 1 PHEV for US this year; says research shows BEVs & PHEVs have similar environmental benefits

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Toyota currently has more than 40% share of the total alternative fuel vehicle market, which includes a 75% share of the fuel cell market and a 64% share of hybrids and plug-ins. The research found: GHG of a currently available BEV model and PHEV model are roughly the same in on-road performance when factoring in pollutants created by electricity production for the average US energy grid used to charge batteries.

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Prototype Mack heavy-duty plug-in hybrid truck part of e-Highway demo near Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

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The goal of the project is to reduce air pollution at freight-intensive locations, such as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest ports in the US. Mack has investigated several other solutions for reducing greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions including a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain and the use of alternative fuels such as dimethyl ether (DME).

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.

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

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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. The response to COVID-19 is having a major impact on the economy, with retail and manufacturing activity crippled without precedence and concerns mounting on consumer sentiment.

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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. The report also examines the key technologies surrounding charging infrastructure, competitive alternative fuels, as well as key market participants. Navigant Research forecasts that e-buses will make up nearly one-third of all buses on the road worldwide by 2030.

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Dana to provide e-propulsion system for Class 8 truck hydrogen fuel development project in Alberta, Canada

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The trucks are part of a three-year, $11.2-million (C$15-million) Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project, which involves the design and manufacture of heavy-duty, extended-range, hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid trucks. The system’s compact design reduces weight and allows for more hydrogen fuel storage, while high-speed helical gearing provides greater overall efficiency. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen Motors Transmissions

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

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DEC considers PEJAs to be communities of color or low-income communities that experience a disproportionate share of environmental harms such as vehicle emissions and pollution.

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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. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas (RNG).

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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.

$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. The projects fund clean diesel technology such as emissions and idle control devices, aerodynamic equipment, engine and vehicle replacements and alternative fuel options. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $13.5

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EU launches clean fuel strategy; EU-wide standards of equipment and binding targets for infrastructure

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The European Commission announced a package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. A consistent long-term strategy on alternative fuels has to meet the energy needs of all transport modes and be consistent with the EU 2020 strategy, including decarbonization.

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Argonne updates GREET and AFLEET tools for transportation technologies analysis

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have released updates to two key tools for the analysis of advanced transportation technologies: GREET , used to assess greenhouse gases, regulated emissions and energy use in transportation; and AFLEET , used to calculate and compare the costs and environmental benefits of a broad range of alternative fuel technologies. Implemented new pathways for fuel cell electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gaseous hydrogen.

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California Energy Commission approves almost $700K for alt fuel projects

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The California Energy Commission approved $678,889 to projects that will boost the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the state’s roadways. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The award recipients are: Upland Unified School District was awarded $278,889 to update its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

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