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.

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.

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Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

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Proving grounds offer controlled environments on research campuses where the complete life-cycle development of AVs can be assessed and include the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus, which includes Texas A&M’s Proving Grounds, University of Texas at Austin Campus, and the SwRI Campus in San Antonio. San Antonio Area — Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive corridor and bus rapid transit system.

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

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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.

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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.

SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Clean Energy wins $10M, multi-year transit deal with New Jersey Transit

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SP+, a provider of professional parking management, has signed a 5-year fueling agreement with Clean Energy to fuel 16 CNG buses for a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility located at the San Diego International Airport. The buses, owned by the San Diego Airport Authority, are anticipated to consume approximately 27,000 GGEs per month and will fuel with Redeem, Clean Energy’s renewable natural gas (RNG) derived from biomethane.

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.

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

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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These groupings by common vehicle platform follow Toyota’s consolidated truck production at its San Antonio, Texas and Baja California, Mexico plants, which has helped streamline Tacoma and Tundra assembly while better leveraging the supply chain.

OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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Demonstrations are taking place this week at the 2012 DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio. Concept of the service and mobile app for renewable charging. Click to enlarge.

GM Ventures invests in battery-electric bus company Proterra

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with additional buses to be added, and new buses and charging stations are also headed to San Antonio and Tallahassee, Fla., Comparing fuel costs and fuel efficiency. Source: GM. Click to enlarge. General Motors Ventures LLC will invest $6 million in Proterra Inc.,

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.

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.

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.).

NuStar, EOG Resources to build rail offloading facility in Louisiana for expanded transportation and storage of shale play crudes

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is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in San Antonio, with 8,417 miles of pipeline; 90 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; and two asphalt refineries and a fuels refinery with a combined throughput capacity of 118,500 barrels per day. NuStar Logistics, EOG Resources Rail Yard (Louisiana) LLC and EOG Resources Marketing, Inc. both subsidiaries of EOG Resources, Inc.)

Juniper GTL to invest $100M to retrofit plant to new small-scale GTL facility in Louisiana

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013: 8:35 AM Bonham B (Grand Hyatt San Antonio) Juan Inga and Lindsay Hernandez (2013) Successful Operation of a 1 BPD Fischer-Tropsch Pilot Plant (Paper Nº 293251, 2013 AIChE Spring Meeting).

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.

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.

Scuderi Group Unveils Cutaway Model of First Production Prototype of Split Cycle Engine

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The engine cutaway is an exact duplicate of the prototype undergoing testing and analysis by SwRI in San Antonio, Texas. Model of the working prototype. The engine is packaged as a research engine, with easy access for instrumentation, a balancer shaft, etc., not as a production unit.

SwRI launches Particle Sensor Performance and Durability consortium

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The kick-off meeting is being held today in San Antonio. PSPD logo. Click to enlarge.

Clean Energy unveils LNG backbone network for America’s Natural Gas Highway; 150 LNG stations by end of 2013

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Major highway segments planned for early opening include, among others, those linking San Diego-Los Angeles-Riverside-Las Vegas; the Texas Triangle (Houston-San Antonio-Dallas/Ft. ANGH Route map shows initial phase of America‘s Natural Gas Highway. Click to enlarge.

BMW Group Technology Office USA and Tendril to demonstrate electric vehicle and smart energy home integration

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Tendril will demonstrate how its cloud platform integrates the BMW ActiveE with the home area network to provide orchestrated and prioritized charging at DistribuTECH taking place 24-26 January in San Antonio, Texas.). Tendril Connect consists of an integrated suite of utility and consumer applications and APIs. Click to enlarge.

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.

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.

Texas study finds PHEV use could increase ozone at night, decrease ozone during the day

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The team modeled the air quality impacts of replacing approximately 20% of the gasoline-powered light duty vehicle miles traveled (VMT) with electric VMT by the year 2018 for four major cities in Texas: Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. For all charging scenarios in San Antonio and Austin, potential exposure is reduced.

APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Ithaca, NY; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Olympia, WA; San Diego, CA; and Tampa, FL). Five commuter rail systems in the following cities saw double digit increases in the first quarter: Anchorage, AK (43.8%); Oceanside, CA (19.2%); San Carlos, CA (15.0%); Portland, OR (11.1%); and Seattle, WA (10.8%). Lauderdale, FL (8.7%); Newark, NJ (8.0%); San Antonio, TX (8.0%); Washington, DC (7.9%).

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, 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.

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.

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).

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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