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.

2016 195

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.

2013 185
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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.

2013 179

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. Big Blue Bus will use the grant approved by the MSRC partially to fund the purchase of 58 new Cummins-Westport 8.9L Operating ISL G NZ engines on RNG offers a significant GHG emissions benefit compared to fossil fuels. million from the Federal Transit Administration, to purchase nine new CNG buses.

2016 249

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 transit authority has committed to purchasing four new natural gas-powered 45-foot coach buses and six 30-foot buses.

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).

2009 204

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

2009 150

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.

2011 224

7 airlines sign letters of intent to negotiate purchase of biomass-derived jet fuel from Solena Fuels; up to 16M gallons of fuel per year

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A core group of airlines has signed letters of intent with Solena Fuels, LLC for a future supply of jet fuel derived exclusively from biomass to be produced in northern California. The project will divert approximately 550,000 metric tons of waste that otherwise would go to a landfill while producing jet fuel with lower emissions of greenhouse gases and local pollutants than petroleum-based fuels. The third step upgrades the FT products into jet fuel.

2011 161

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

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Under this program, purchasers of new all-electric transit buses are eligible to have 100% of the incremental vehicle cost covered on the condition that these buses are housed at bus depots or operate on routes located within a half-mile of a disadvantaged community. million is also now available through the NYTVIP to school bus operators statewide to support the purchase of cleaner, less polluting buses.

2020 275

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.

2020 280

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

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Purchase and investment incentives should be based on similar criteria across Europe, drawing on both national and EU funding. 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.

2020 184

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.

2019 240

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. Require use of renewable fuels and the cleanest available engines as soon as feasible.

2015 192

CCSE to continue for 4th year as admin of California clean vehicle rebate program; $59.55M for current fiscal year

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The California Air Resources Board has selected the California Center for Sustainable Energy™(CCSE) to continue for a fourth year as administrators of the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) that promotes the purchase or lease of new plug-in hybrid and zero-emission vehicles. The program incentives are available for electric, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell vehicles and electric motorcycles, ranging from $900 to $2,500.

2013 199

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.

2013 246

California Energy Commission awards $500K to advance green transportation-

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The California Energy Commission approved funding of $505,329 for alternative-fuel vehicles and the installation of fueling stations that dispense alternative and renewable fuels. The awards are provided through the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. Buy-down incentives, totaling $122,000, will be awarded for 15 alternative-fuel vehicles.

2012 200

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.

2017 150

Toyota Transport begins operating first CNG-fueled car hauler

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Initially, the placement of alternate fuel tanks presented a challenge for car haulers utilizing a 9-car trailer with an over-the-cab head rack. However, working with Toyota’s specifications, Peterbilt and Cottrell were able to develop a tractor/trailer combination that accommodated the alternate fuel tanks, without compromising the extra vehicle hauling space of the head rack. is proud to help Toyota become the first domestic carrier to employ a CNG fueled car hauler.

2015 150

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.

2017 150

California Air Resources Board Launches $20M in Funding Assistance for Heavy-Duty Hybrid Trucks and Buses

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The California Air Resources Board launched a $20 million funding assistance program designed to spur the purchase of hybrid trucks and buses that reduce smog-forming pollution and address climate change. Funding incentives range from $10,000 to $45,000 and each vehicle purchaser, regardless of the size of their fleet, is limited to a maximum of 100 vouchers. Hybrid vehicles also reduce smog-forming emissions while saving vehicle owners money in reduced fuel costs.

2010 179

US EPA rates Nissan LEAF fuel economy as 99 mpg-equivalent (combined); 73-mile range

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The new fuel economy label also notes consumption of 34 kWh per 100 miles. EPA fuel economy label for the LEAF. The label also puts the LEAF as best in the mid-size car class in terms of fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions of criteria pollutants. The label provides consumers with a tool to compare alternative-fuel vehicles to those with a traditional internal combustion engine and allows them to make an informed purchase decision.

2010 191

Plug-in readiness reports show wide difference between California regions

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Funding comes from DOE’s Clean Cities Program, designed to assist the development of alternative fuel technologies, leading to decreased greenhouse gas emissions and reduced petroleum use in the transportation sector. A distinct benefit of PEV ownership in the Central Valley is the availability of incentives from the San Jose Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD).

2013 200

Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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Two separate reports highlight the ongoing improvement in vehicle technologies and the growing trend toward consumers purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles in the US and in Europe. MPG: A Progress Report on Achievability ”—of the response of consumers and automakers as both begin to experience the effects of the newly adopted federal fuel economy standard. l/100 km) and who intend to purchase a vehicle in the future, expect a seven mpg increase, or to get 31 mpg (7.6

2013 234

MTI report finds consumers receptive to alt-fuel vehicles, but still prefer gasoline; quantifying the trade-offs

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A new survey of consumer preferences among four different types of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) by Hilary Nixon and Jean-Daniel. Saphores of The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) finds that while consumers in general still prefer gasoline-fueled vehicles over AFVs, there is strong interest in AFVs. AFV characteristics, including vehicle cost, fuel cost, vehicle range, and refueling time. to gasoline-fueled vehicles.

2011 170

UC report to CalEPA outlines policy options to decarbonize California transportation by 2045

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A team of transportation and policy experts from the University of California released a report to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) outlining policy options to significantly reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions. The studies are designed to identify paths to slash transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions while also managing a strategic, responsible decline in transportation-related fossil fuel supply.

Pennsylvania DEP awards nearly $517,000 in clean diesel grants

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Each of the four recipients will match a percentage of the grant amount with their own funds to purchase compressed natural gas-powered vehicles; retrofit diesel engines with cleaner technology; replace older, more polluting diesel buses with cleaner diesel buses; or purchase hybrid electric-powered buses. The CNG buses would be fueled at the new Bucks County Public Access CNG station under development in Fairless Hills.

California Energy Commission awards more than $2.5M for clean transportation projects

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The approved awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program is slated to invest approximately $90 million during this fiscal year to encourage the development and use of new technologies and alternative and renewable fuels, with the goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil and improving the environment.

2012 191

California Energy Commission awards $3.27M to 6 clean transportation projects

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The approved awards were made through the Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program is slated to invest approximately $90 million during this fiscal year to develop new transportation technologies, as well as alternative and renewable fuels. Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, Inc., Alternative Energy Systems Consulting is based in Carlsbad (San Diego County).

2013 191

OECD paper presents and analyzes policies and programs to foster market growth of green cars

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While alternative fuel vehicles can potentially provide an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and threats to air quality and human health; enhancing the energy security of countries; and providing governments with new sources of economic growth and competitiveness, there are a number of specific barriers retarding the development of the market, according to a detailed policy paper newly published by the OECD as part of its “Green Growth” series.

2012 287

NRC report finds Federal analysis to set LD CAFE and GHG standards generally of high quality; some technologies and issues should be re-examined

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The analysis used by federal agencies to set standards for fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions for new US light-duty vehicles from 2017 to 2025 was thorough and of high caliber overall, according to a new report from the National Research Council. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require that vehicles offered for sale in the US attain an average fuel economy of 40.3 UMTRI Survey: US drivers want better fuel economy, don’t care how.

2015 199

California Energy Commission approves more than $20M for clean transportation projects; Tesla, Quallion, other EV, battery and alt-fuel vehicles projects

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These awards, totaling $20,093,718, are made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. For the current fiscal year, 2012-2013, the program is slated to invest approximately $90 million to encourage the development and use of new technologies and alternative and renewable fuels, with the goals of reducing petroleum dependence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving air quality.

2012 216

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.

2012 214

US Utilities Pledge to Ramp Up Efforts To Make Electricity a Crucial Transportation Fuel

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Declaring an urgent imperative to prepare for the use of electricity as a crucial transportation fuel in the future, the US’ electric utilities collectively pledged to move forward aggressively to create the infrastructure to support the full-scale commercialization and deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

2009 185

EIA Energy Outlook 2013 reference case sees drop in fossil fuel consumption as use of petroleum-based liquid fuels falls; projects 20% higher sales of hybrids and PHEVs than AEO2012

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Further, the fossil fuel share of primary energy consumption falls from 82% in 2011 to 78% in 2040 as consumption of petroleum-based liquid fuels falls, largely because of the incorporation of new fuel efficiency standards for light-duty vehicles. quadrillion Btu in 2035, as a result of fuel economy improvements achieved through stock turnover as older, less efficient vehicles are replaced by newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

2012 196

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

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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. In converting the standard delivery vehicles, the powertrain equipment, including the engine, transmission, fuel tank and drive shaft, were replaced with a Cummins 6.7L FedEx Corp.

2009 163

As Electric Car Makers Ante Up Billions, Software Is Ace in the Hole

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These numbers above exclude all the existing hybrid electric and other alternative fuel models available or in the works, which number at least another 265 models. Furthermore, BMW does not believe customers will purchase an EV based on its underlying EV platform alone.

DOT, EPA unveil joint proposal for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: 49.6 mpg CAFE, 163 g/mile GHG in 2025; flexibilities and incentives

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks. L/100km), if the vehicles were to meet this CO 2 level all through fuel economy. reductions in air conditioning leakage, which would not contribute to fuel economy. corresponding vehicle fuel economy target.

2011 273

Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. In 2011, the Obama Administration finalized the first fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014-2018 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Fuels Heavy-duty Policy

2013 212

Report argues advanced HD natural gas vehicles foundational for California to hit air and climate goals; near zero-emission potential

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Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a consulting firm specializing in market development for low emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure, and fuels for both on- and off-road applications, released a report examining the critical role that ultra-low-emission heavy-duty (HD) natural gas engines can play in helping California achieve its air quality, climate protection and petroleum-displacement goals. Fuels, Storage, and Infrastructure.

2014 218

California Energy Commission Adopts $176M Green Transportation Plan

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The Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program’s Investment Plan allocates $176 million over the next two years to stimulate green transportation projects and encourage innovation to help meet the state’s aggressive climate change policies. The Alternative and Renewable Fuels Vehicle Technology Program was established by Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) and is an essential element of the California's climate change and energy policies.

2009 150

Governor Pataki On Board

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Bruno today announced a new $10 million State program to convert vehicles in the State fleet to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art alternative fuel research laboratory at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP). The $10 million PHEV program will encourage the development and deployment of these vehicles, which can achieve a fuel economy of up to 100 miles per gallon. In most cases, these brands do not include renewable 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