Great Rainy Ole Day OFF in San Antonio, Happy Friday the 13th Greetings from the "Spirit" plus Info on Saturday Meet-up

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - The "Spirit of DC" is cooling her tires in Downtown, drought-stricken San Antonio, TX on a Happy Friday the 13th Great Rainy Ole DAY OFF. ! and grabbing an opportunity charge at Alamo City EAA VP, Gary Krysztopik's Hanger "EV Conversion" Shop at San Geronimo Airpark Info.ZWheelZ@gmail.com (210) 722-2977. Location: 2nd Hanger at 15474 FM Road 471, Outer Loop 1604, six miles on West side of San Antonio.

Texans Still Love Trucks, But Hybrid Sales Are Growing

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My San Antonio Texans really like their trucks. It's one of life's constants--the sun will always rise, politicians will always lie, Texans will always buy trucks. That doesn't mean Texan car buyers aren't open to new ideas though, and though it may come as a surprise, hybrid sales are actually increasing at quite a rate in the Lone Star State.

SwRI to launch 2nd phase of Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies consortium

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at SwRI’s headquarters in San Antonio and is open to interested automotive industry manufacturers. The completion of the first four-year consortium AC 2 AT PAC meeting is scheduled for 14 November at SwRI in San Antonio, TX. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is launching the Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies II (AC 2 AT-II) consortium focusing on engine emissions solutions and innovative catalyst technologies.

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Nova Bus receives order for 425 CNG buses

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Nova Bus has received an order for 425 40-foot CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses from VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas. The buses will be manufactured in Plattsburgh, New York. In addition, Nova Bus has received an order for 80 Nova LFS model buses, and 20 LFS Artic model articulated buses from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in Houston, Texas.).

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More than 1,000 fuel stations offering E15 in US

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Many of these are in major metropolitan areas including: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the US are offering E15—a fuel with 15% ethanol—more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year. E15 is cleaner and cooler burning fuel that works well for cars model 2001 and newer and typically saves up to 10 cents per gallon.

Houston METRO launches Proterra electric bus demo; Catalyst FC into revenue service for 90 days

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Texas agencies include Dallas Area Rapid Transit, San Antonio VIA, and Port Arthur Transit. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) will deploy a 40-foot Proterra Catalyst FC battery-electric bus for 90 days beginning on December 4, demonstrating the benefits that battery-electric transit technology can bring to the region’s communities.

Clean Energy and UPS sign multi-year LNG fuel agreements to support LNG truck deployment in North America

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Under a separate agreement with UPS, Clean Energy will open three of its America’s Natural Gas Highway (ANGH) stations located in Amarillo, Mesquite and San Antonio, Texas, to support UPS’ over-the-road fleet. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced a multi-year bulk fueling agreement to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to two private UPS stations located in Mesquite and Houston, Texas.

SwRI, UTSA partner on biofuel project

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of the Vice President for Research have selected a new biofuel project to receive $125,000 through the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program.

2015 84

UQM Technologies and Proterra complete new 3-year electric propulsion system supply agreement for electric buses

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Proterra buses have been, or soon will, be in operation in the following cities: Pomona, CA; San Antonio, TX; Tallahassee, FL; Seneca, SC; Reno, NV; Worcester, MA and Stockton, CA. UQM Technologies, Inc. and Proterra, Inc. have reached a long-term supply agreement that continues the role of UQM as the exclusive supplier of electric propulsion systems to the maker of battery-electric buses.

Proterra to provide three battery-electric transit buses to Worcester Regional Transit Authority as part of clean fuels grant

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San Antonio, Texas; Tallahassee, Fla. The Worcester (Mass.) Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) was recently awarded a $4.4-million Federal Transit Authority Clean Fuels grant to purchase buses from Proterra Inc. The transit authority will use the grant money to replace three of its twelve old diesel buses with Proterra’s all-electric BE-35 35-foot transit buses. Earlier post.).

SwRI and USTA researchers to develop a novel catalyst for low-temperature SCR

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) announced funding for a new joint research projects to advance clean emission technologies. Funding through the organizations’ Connecting through Research Partnerships (“Connect”) program has been granted for $125,000 for this project. One of the main groups of pollutants resulting from fuel combustion is the oxides of nitrogen, or NO x.

2014 92

Valeo Cruise4U car sets off on 13,000-mile partially automated drive across US

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Valeo’s Cruise4U partially automated car, previously demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas in January 2016, set off from San Francisco on a 13,000-mile road trip around the US that is scheduled to conclude back in San Francisco on 15 September.

2016 83

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

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VIA Metropolitan Transit (San Antonio, Texas), San Joaquin RTD (Stockton, Calif.), 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.

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UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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San Antonio, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

2016 107

Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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San Antonio, Texas; Tallahassee, Fla.; Proterra Inc. launched its second-generation all-electric bus, The Proterra Solution, at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference. The Proterra Solution, the company’s first 40-foot model, weighs less than any other transit bus available today and offers the highest fuel efficiency on the market.

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Ford Transit Electric sales continue to thrive

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The latter order will include six units through the General Services Administration in San Antonio, Texas; as well as [.]. Sales of the Ford Transit Connect have continued at a rapid pace after Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 45 new sales. It has revealed that it will send 20 units to Europe; and 25 to North America. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect Electric green cars

Arconic announces multi-year aluminum deal with Toyota

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Arconic is a partner to the high-growth automotive industry with operations in Davenport, Iowa, and Alcoa, Tennessee and with technologies such as the Arconic Micromill in San Antonio, Texas.

2017 60

Hino Motors signs as participant in Scuderi Split-Cycle Consortium

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The Consortium work is planned to be conducted primarily at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, a long-time provider of numerous simulation studies for Scuderi (e.g., Hino Motors, Ltd., a Toyota Group company focused on diesel trucks and buses, has signed on as a participant in the Scuderi Group’s Scuderi Split-Cycle (SSC) Engine Consortium.

2014 99

"Transmission Losses:" 5 die in Wash. refinery blast, fire

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San Antonio-based Tesoro Corp. An explosion and fire at a Washington state oil refinery shook homes and shot flames into the night sky early Friday, killing five people and critically injuring two others. The blast was the biggest fatal refinery accident since a 2005 explosion at a BP American refinery in Texas killed 15 people and injured another 170, authorities said.

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Azure Dynamics signs HEV/EV sales/service agreements with 76 additional dealerships

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Azure previously announced dealerships in major markets including Boston, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Toronto. Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed agreements with 76 additional dealerships to represent Azure’s products including the Transit Connect Electric and the Balance Hybrid Electric in key markets across North America. The new agreements bring the total number of dealerships in the Azure program to 103.

First natural gas GM half-ton pickups with 5.3L DI engines delivered in Texas

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The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services. Nat G CNG Solutions has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3-liter direct injection engine. GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado trucks for each fleet were upgraded to run on either natural gas or gasoline using the new DuraDrive DI natural gas system, supplied by Utah-based AGA Systems.

2014 84

Biofuels Industries Form Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

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Announcing the GRFA at the National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio, Spokesperson Bliss Baker said that the Alliance was calling on the World Bank to make investments in developing countries’ biofuels infrastructure a top priority Companies and organizations from 29 countries representing more than 60% of global biofuels production have formed the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA).

DOE awards $20M to 10 hydrogen production and delivery technologies projects

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Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio, Texas will receive $1.8 The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $20 million to ten new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies: six on hydrogen production and four on hydrogen delivery.

2014 87

Atomic cobalt on nitrogen-doped graphene catalyst shows promise to replace platinum for hydrogen production

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The Rice lab of chemist James Tour and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston have developed a robust, solid-state catalyst that shows promise to replace expensive platinum for hydrogen generation.

2015 102

Nuvera to Deliver Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Refueling Station to H-E-B

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Nuvera Fuel Cells has sold 14 PowerEdge fuel cell systems, along with a complete PowerTap Hydrogen Generator and Hydrogen Station, to H-E-B in San Antonio, Texas. The units will be placed in service at the San Antonio Perishables Distribution Center (PDC), and will enable H-E-B to validate lifecycle cost projections, productivity gains, and environmental benefits of the Total Power Solution.

SwRI opens new high-horsepower dynamometer facility to service marine, rail and petroleum industries

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SwRI established a separate locomotive engine facility in 1990 in a San Antonio railyard to facilitate work on engines installed in locomotives.

2014 98

Coulomb Technologies ships more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations in ChargePoint America Program

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Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program provides approximately 4,500 charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States: Austin/San Antonio, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Coulomb Technologies has shipped more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations for electric vehicles through its $37-million ChargePoint America program.

Proterra to deliver 3 electric transit buses and charging station to StarMetro in Florida

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is already operating three EcoRide buses and VIA San Antonio Transit will be deploying its EcoRide buses later this year. Proterra has signed an agreement with StarMetro, the transit provider in Tallahassee, Fla., to deliver three new EcoRide zero-emission transit buses and a charging station. Earlier post.) The contract stems from a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant received by StarMetro to pursue fast-charge, electric transit buses and charging stations.

Azure Dynamics announces 45 Transit Connect Electric sales

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 45 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 20 units in Europe and 25 units in North America, which includes six initial units through the General Services Administration (GSA) via Northside Ford in San Antonio, TX, a four-unit order from Verizon and a four-unit order from an internet company.

SwRI launches new automotive consortium focusing on fuels and lubricants

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The AEF will hold its first meeting on 7 July 2014, at SwRI in San Antonio. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is launching the Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) consortium to better understand fuel and lubricant chemistry and its effects on engine combustion. The AEF consortium will research the impact of fuels and lubricants on engine combustion and the requirements needed for optimizing future engine technologies.

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DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10-MWe (megawatts electrical) supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO 2 ) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX.

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SwRI to launch 7th clean diesel engine consortium

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The kick-off meeting for the four-year, multi-client cooperative research program, which is open to potential new members, will be 5 November at SwRI headquarters in San Antonio. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is launching Clean High-Efficiency Diesel Engine VII (CHEDE-VII), the seventh phase of the industry’s longest-running diesel research consortium.

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Texas awarding up to $5.7M for alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles

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Recipients must agree to operate the grant-funded vehicles for a defined percentage of the annual mileage in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area, Dallas-Fort Worth area, Beaumont-Port Arthur area, Tyler-Longview area, Austin area, San Antonio area, Corpus Christi area, or Victoria area for five years or 400,000 miles, whichever occurs earlier. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will award up to $5.7

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UTSA, SwRI researchers developing low-cost method to treat fracking water using biochar

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Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) are investing $200,000 in new research to develop a low-cost method to treat flow-back water following hydraulic fracturing. Over the next year, the researchers will optimize an inexpensive charcoal product called biochar for the water treatment solution. It will be tested on water samples from the Eagle Ford Shale.

Alcoa unveils major advance in aluminum manufacturing technology; new Micromill targeting future automotive aluminum products

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Alcoa has secured a strategic development customer, and from its pilot Micromill facility in San Antonio, TX, has also conducted successful customer trials.

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Toyota plans to export US-built Sienna to South Korea

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Other export vehicles include the Georgetown, KY-produced Avalon sedan; the Princeton, IN-produced Sequoia SUV; and the San Antonio, TX-produced Tacoma and Tundra pick-up trucks. Toyota announced plans to begin exporting US-built Sienna vehicles to distributors in South Korea. Sienna exports to South Korea are initially forecasted at approximately 600 units annually. The Sienna is produced at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Princeton, IN.

EdeniQ Corn3 Yield Enhancement Program Boosts Ethanol Yield 10%

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EdeniQ , a biotechnology company serving the biofuels industry, unveiled its new Corn 3 Yield Enhancement Program at the 14 th annual National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio, Texas. EdeniQ’s Corn 3 Yield Enhancement Program increases the yield of ethanol from an industry average of 2.69 un-denatured gallons per bushel to more than 3 gallons per bushel.

8 Toyota manufacturing facilities recognized by US EPA for reduction in energy intensity

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (Princeton); Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (San Antonio); and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia (Buffalo). The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight Toyota manufacturing sites in North America for achieving a 10% reduction in energy intensity through its ENERGY STAR Challenge For Industry program. Collectively, these eight sites have reduced energy intensity by nearly 24% from baseline.

Transit Connect Electric receives GSA contract award; estimated value more than $112M

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d/b/a Northside Ford) in San Antonio, TX. Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that the Transit Connect Electric ( earlier post ), the result of a collaborative effort between Azure and Ford Motor Company, has received a GSA Contract Award allowing US government agencies, affiliated companies and military installations to purchase the all-electric van.

ChargePoint completes ARRA-funded ChargePoint America program; 4,600 charging ports

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Ten regions in the United States received EV charging stations: Austin/San Antonio, Texas; Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando/Tampa; Sacramento, Calif.; San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area; Redmond/Bellevue, Wash.; ChargePoint, Inc. has completed the ChargePoint America Program with more than 4600 shipments and installations of its home, public and commercial charging ports for electric vehicles (EVs).

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Skyonic awards $117M construction contract to Toyo-Thai-USA for commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization plant

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Skyonic Corporation, developer of the SkyMine mineralization process which can serve as a potential replacement for existing scrubber technology ( earlier post ), recently awarded the $117M construction contract for the Capitol SkyMine plant in San Antonio, Texas, to Toyo-Thai-USA Corporation (TTUS).

UPS to purchase ~700 LNG trucks, build 4 refueling stations by end of 2014

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With the addition of accessible LNG fueling stations, UPS also will add LNG trucks on routes from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas to further extend territory. UPS plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Once completed, the LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the US.

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Testing of Scuderi Engine at Part Load Shows Consistent Combustion

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Testing of the naturally aspirated, one-liter gasoline engine at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, continues to meet or exceed the initial computer simulations. Independent laboratory test results of the split-cycle Scuderi Engine prototype at part load show a coefficient of variability (COV) of 2.5 - 4%.