Biweekly Business Intelligence on Alternative-Technology Vehicles and the Fuels that Drive Them
September 12, 2011 Volume XVIII, Number 18
World’s Largest Natural Gas Fleet
It’s Japan’s Sagawa Express, with a whopping 4,347 CNG
vehicles from seven manufacturers fueling at 28 companyowned
stations, NGV Global News reports. Page 5
more on page 2
Shell Ups the Ante in LNG
Plans Production in Alberta from 2013 for Transportation Uses:
New Westport Tie for Trucks and Buses, Others for Ships and Rail
Shell Oil made waves last week by announcing its first-ever foray into liquefied
natural gas for transportation applications. Shell pledged to
build a new LNG facility at its Jumping Pound gas processing
facility in Alberta for 2013, and said it would supply the
cryogenic fuel, as early as next year from third-party sources,
at Shell Flying J truck stops in Alberta.
‘An Important First Step,’ Says Demers
Shell’s LNG commitment “signals a very important step
for a significant North American resource,” Shell Oil president
Marvin Odum said in a release.
Shell has a co-marketing agreement for LNG with Westport
Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT). For marine and rail applications,
it has new pacts with Wartsila North America and GE.
“As a result of this initiative, we believe the use of natural
gas as a fuel for transportation will accelerate,” Westport CEO David Demers said
in a release. “The North American launch is an important first step with Shell and
we look forward to the continued proliferation of our advanced technology
products and integration services,” he said. Westport said it will collaborate with
Shell “to develop industry standards for LNG as a new transportation fuel.” Shell
Chart LNG
Minnesota’s Chart supplies fuel
tanks for liquefied natural gas
vehicles, and has an expanding line
of options for small-scale LNG
fueling. These range from increasingly
efficient truck-in (and onsite
storage) systems to a developmental
unit, dubbed Tango, that takes
advantage of pressure differentials
to liquefy pipeline gas.
See Page 10
Integrys Buys Trillium USA and Pinnacle CNG
Claiming now ‘CNG engineering, manufacturing and operating services
expertise unmatched in the industry,’ Chicago’s Integrys Energy Group has
acquired Trillium USA and Pinnacle CNG for an undisclosed cash sum from
Wagner & Brown. ‘We will be more aggressive in the marketplace,’ promises
Trillium VP Bill Zobel. Trillium has meanwhile taken over CNG operations for
The T, in Fort Worth, as Pinnacle CNG has built a new CNG fueling station
outside Pittsburgh for U.S. Steel. Page 3
Shell says it will begin
LNG truck fueling
through Shell Flying J
stations in Alberta
$100 Million More from the CEC...
Page 4
LNG for Pacer in California...
Page 5
Ryder CNG Trucks for Staples...
Page 5
Lazard Capital Bullish on NGVs...
Page 5
JCI and Saft Part Company...
Page 6
Johnson Controls for Odyne...
Page 6
Zytek New KERS Racing Drive...
Page 6
Volvo’s Plug-In Hybrid Buses...
Page 7
Copper Group Likes Induction...
Page 7
FP&L Cashes In – on RIN...
Page 8
APEC 2011 in San Francisco...
Page 9
Iveco-Eaton Hybrid Shown in UK
Iveco’s Eurocargo hybrid electric truck with Eaton parallel
drive makes its UK debut at the Low Carbon Vehicle show at
England’s Rockingham Motor Speedway. Page 7
LNG and gas monetization VP José-Alberto Lima termed
LNG “a destination solution in the transportation fuels
space” in the Westport release.
“LNG can provide great advantages for our commercial
customers,” said Shell’s Odum. “LNG will be a welcome
addition to Shell’s portfolio of
quality transportation fuels.”
Shell said it wants to substitute
LNG for diesel and propane in
mining and oil and gas drilling
applications, too.
James Edward Burns is general
manager for LNG in the Americas with Shell Oil.
Steve Anderson is business development VP at
Westport Innovations.
Shell Flying J is a joint venture that pre-dated Flying J’s
merger with Pilot. It operates seven travel centers in Canada.
Pilot Flying J is hosting a Transportation Forum at the Gaylord
Opryland complex in Nashville October 3-5 with Clean Energy Fuels
founder Boone Pickens, Schneider National president and CEO Chris
Lofgren, Knight Transportation chairman and CEO Kevin Knight, and
Terry Bradshaw among the featured speakers.
Shell, James Burns, 832-337-2409;
Westport, VP Jonathan Burke, 604-718-2016;;
Flying J, VP Bill Mulligan, 865-588-7488, ext 2689;;
Shell Leaps into LNG (continued)
Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
Jumping Pound, Alberta
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Note LNG tank between
the exhaust stacks
Clean Energy Fuels for Blue Diamond
Clean Energy Fuels reports a contract with New Jersey’s
Blue Diamond Disposal for the first public access compressed
natural gas fueling station in Morris County.
Blue Diamond has purchased 17 CNG trucks and
expects to eventually convert its entire fleet of 60 collection
vehicles, Clean Energy says, with partial funding from a
New Jersey Clean Cities grant.
“We have already built and are operating natural gas
fueling stations in Trenton, Egg Harbor Township and
Camden, as well as at Newark International Airport,” Clean
Energy senior VP for finance Peter Grace said in a release.
Building is underway in Atlantic City and Newark.
Clean Energy, Mike Cecere, 917-583-4087;;
Blue Diamond, president John Shortino, 973-598-9800; or;
New Jersey Clean Cities, Chuck Feinberg, 973-886-1655;;
Go Natural CNG Hose Assemblies
Utah’s Go Natural CNG is promoting a new line of custom
compressed natural gas hose assemblies, for vehicles and
fueling, using hoses and fitting from Parker Hannifin.
“Each hose is constructed with an electrically conductive
nylon core that is designed to dissipate static build-up,”
explains Steve Roll of Go Natural. “These hoses also include
fiber reinforcement that helps maximize pressure capabilities
while remaining flexible. The outside of the hoses are
covered with a red polyurethane jacket that provides
abrasion resistance and protection from outdoor elements,
including ultraviolet light.” Each hose assembly is conductivity-
tested and pressure-tested to 10,000 psi prior to
shipment, Roll says, promising that “custom hose orders
are typically shipped within 48 hours.”
Go Natural CNG, Steve Roll, 801-281-4766, ext 1177;
mobile 801-230-9099; fax 801-292-0467;;
We mis-identified Washington State Ferries’ candidate for
liquefied natural gas operation in the August 29 newsletter
issue. The Glosten Associates, of Seattle, has completed a
study for WSF on operating a new class of two-engine, 144-car,
362-foot ferries on LNG. F&F regrets the error.
The Glosten Associates, Sean Caughlin, 206-624-7850;;
3 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
Natural Gas Vehicles
Trillium & Pinnacle to Integrys
Compressed Natural Gas, Says Utility Parent,
‘Makes More Sense than Ever,’ and ‘Fits Well’
Claiming now to have “CNG engineering, manufacturing
and operating services expertise unmatched in
the industry,” Chicago’s Integrys Energy Group has
purchased Trillium USA and Pinnacle CNG, effective
September 1, from Wagner & Brown.
[Trillium almost immediately gave word that it’s
taking over operation of a CNG station for The T
(Fort Worth Transportation Authority), and Pinnacle
confirmed that it’s responsible for a new CNG station
for U.S. Steel outside Pittsburgh.]
“Our decision to enter this market is in response
to customer needs, and this is complementary to our
existing skill sets,” Integrys chairman, president and
CEO Charlie Schrock said in a release.
‘Bigger and More Robust’
“Together, Integrys Energy Group, Trillium and
Pinnacle have the natural gas industry, CNG engineering,
manufacturing and operating services expertise
unmatched in the industry,” Schrock said.
“It couldn’t happen at a better time,” says Drew
Diggins of Pinnacle. “We’re looking at tremendous
synergies between the three companies.”
“CNG makes a ton of sense,” says Mark Radtke,
executive VP and chief strategy officer for Integrys
Energy – “more sense than ever.” He told F&F that
“CNG is not a natural monopoly product,” and that
Integrys sees no problem with issues of regulated
utility-vs-non-regulated businesses.
The two CNG entities will operate more closely as
they form the start of an Integrys Transportation Fuels
business unit, says Trillium VP Bill Zobel. The Integrys
purchase, he says, “brings
another, very serious
competitor to the CNG
marketplace, with considerable
resources to deploy
CNG infrastructure
“It’ll be a bigger and
more robust organization,”
Zobel told F&F.
“We will be more aggressive
in the marketplace.”
Midland, Texas-based Pinnacle was founded by
Wagner & Brown in 1991. Pinnacle has compression
packaging expertise, including design, fabrication,
construction and operation of complete CNG fueling
stations. Pinnacle also offers a “hydraulic intensifier”
to more completely and efficiently fuel CNG vehicles.
Salt Lake City-based Trillium USA Trillium USA
was founded in 1994 and acquired by Wagner &
Brown in 2002. Core services include CNG fueling
facility design, equipment selection and procurement,
facility construction and installation, and CNG station
service and maintenance.
Trillium for The T, Pinnacle for U.S. Steel
Trillium and Pinnacle each own and/or operate
some 20 CNG stations. Trillium’s latest operations
contract, for The T in Fort Worth, covers five compressors
and associated equipment producing 4,000
SCFM-standard cubic feet of CNG per minute – equal
to 29 DGEs-diesel gallon equivalents.
Like SoCalGas parent Sempra, Integrys Energy is
a holding company with regulated utility operations
and other businesses. Integrys has six subsidiaries:
Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas Light and
Coke, North Shore Gas, Upper Peninsula Power,
Michigan Gas Utilities, and Minnesota Energy
Resources. Non-regulated operations are run through
Integrys Energy Services.
Integrys Energy, VP Mark Radtke, 920-617-6053;;
Trillium, VP Bill Zobel, 801-531-5536;
Trillium, Jennifer de Tapia, 801-531-1166
or toll-free 800-920-1166; mobile 801-243-2240;;
Pinnacle CNG, Drew Diggins, 432-686-7002;;
The T (Fort Worth), Rod Ford (fueling),
The T (Fort Worth), Ron Anderson (vehicles),
U.S. Steel info, Courtney Boone, 412-433-6791;
mobile 412-427-0793;;
CNG-fueled New Flyer bus operated by
the Fort Worth Transportation
Authority, aka The T.
Trillium USA has taken over operation
of The T’s CNG fueling station, which
supports about 180 NGVs.
Chesapeake Energy chairman and CEO Aubrey McClendon (left)
and United States Steel chairman and CEO John Surma fill a Ford F-350
compressed natural gas vehicle during commissioning of the steelmaker’s new
CNG station, by Pinnacle CNG, in West Mifflin, Pa. on September 7.
vehicle technologies.”
The 2011-2012 plan allocates
• $8 million to increase charging infrastructure and support for
full electric and plug-in electric vehicles, which are expected to
surpass 20,000 sales in California by 2012.
• $8.5 million to support hydrogen fueling stations and to demonstrate
fuel cell technology. Fuel cell vehicles are expected to
number in the tens of thousands in California after 2015.
• $24.5 million to boost the number of natural gas- and propanepowered
vehicles in the state and the fueling stations that
support them. Natural gas- and propane-powered vehicles help
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality;
natural gas and propane prices are also less volatile than
petroleum prices, CEC says.
• $24 million to help develop and produce biofuels such as
gasoline and diesel substitutes and renewable natural gas.
California possesses a significant volume of waste suitable for
creating low-carbon fuels – from ethanol and biodiesel to biomethane
made from anaerobically digested biomass.
• $5 million to expand the number of dispensers and retail outlets
selling E85 –fuel made up of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.
• $8 million to develop and demonstrate technology that will
improve the efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Battery electric applications, hybrid hydraulics, fuel cells and
other advanced technology can make these on- and off-road
vehicles cleaner and more efficient.
Although medium- and heavy-duty vehicles make up only
4% of the state’s transportation mix, they account for 16% of
the state’s petroleum consumption and its greenhouse gas
emissions from transportation, CEC says.
• $10 million to fund projects that establish commercial-scale
clean transportation manufacturing facilities in California.
Attracting new manufacturing plants that produce alternative
fuel vehicles and components providing California with longterm
jobs, environmental benefits, and increased tax revenue.
• $3 million to encourage developing innovative technologies and
advanced fuels, and to take advantage of federal cost sharing
opportunities. Examples of the types of projects that could be
funded include ways to improve engine efficiencies, to develop
new lightweight construction materials for vehicles, or to create
biofuels from new high-productivity feedstocks such as algae.
• $9 million to establish training programs to create a skilled
workforce able to manufacture low-emissions vehicles and components,
produce alternative fuels, build fueling infrastructure,
service and maintain fleets and equipment, and explain the
newly emerging transportation market.
In addition to training, the program will fund sustainability
research, public education and technical assistance programs.
California is working to reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, decrease
petroleum fuel use to 15% below 2003 levels by 2020, and
increase alternative fuel use to 20% by 2020.
Projects leveraged with California investment of
$36.5 million under previous plans attracted nearly
$105.3 million in federal ARRA funds and $113.3 million
in private funding, CEC says.
CEC, Peter Ward, 916-654-4639;;
4 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
$100 Million More
The California Energy Commission Has Refined
AB 118-Based Green Transportation Energy Plan
Watch for new clean and efficient fuel and vehicle
opportunities as the California Energy Commission
board has unanimously approved the third annual
CEC transportation energy Investment Plan “to help
change the types of vehicles Californians drive and the
fuels they use.”
The Plan sets priorities for $100 million in state
funds, under the state’s AB 118 statute, “to leverage
funding and investments from federal agencies,
research institutions, private investors, auto manufacturers
and other stakeholders.”
“The funding plan,” CEC vice chair Jim Boyd said
in a release, “builds on two earlier versions, finetuning
California’s seven-year program to increase
alternative and renewable fuels and to test innovative
Government Opportunities
SwRI Launches Alt Fuels Center
San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute has launched
an International Alternative Fuel Technology Center,
drawing on the expertise of three of its divisions in a “collaborative
effort to assist our clients to reduce dependence
on fossil fuels and to address governmental mandates for
alternative fuel production and
tightened emissions standards.”
SwRI is striving via its new IAFTC
“to offer all alternative fuels capabilities
under one umbrella.” The Center will
“maximize the Institute’s decades-long
expertise in fuels and fluids.”
The emphasis is on biofuels.
“Many companies offer one or two aspects of alternative
fuels research and development. But there are few
companies that can offer the full spectrum of services that
we can,” Robert Fanick of the Institute’s engine, emissions
and vehicle research division says in a release.
“Through the IAFTC, Southwest Research Institute
can do everything for the client from the initial concepts
and development testing at the bench scale, through operational
evaluation, commercialization and registration
with the Environmental Protection Agency,” Fanick said.
“We have the research support, engineering, equipment
and facilities to support clients, whether they are start-ups
or established international companies, in all facets of
alternative fuels development and research.”
In addition to his emissions unit, the new IAFTC
draws on SwRI’s petroleum products and chemistry and
chemical engineering divisions, Fanick told F&F.
SwRI, Robert Fanick, 210-522-2653;
SwRI, Bob Burrahm, 210-522-3064;;
5 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
The World’s Largest Natural Gas Fleet
NGV Global has recognized Japan’s Sagawa Express for
operating the world’s largest natural gas vehicle truck fleet.
And, in connection with the Green
Highways 2011 initiative, the Japan Gas
Association and Asia Pacific Natural Gas
Vehicles Association have sent a CNGfueled
Isuzu ELF operated by Sagawa to
next month’s ANGVA meeting in China.
JGA reports via NGV Global News that Sagawa has
4,347 NGVs, fueling from 28 company-owned stations.
Sagawa has NGVs by Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Hino, UD trucks
(formerly Nissan Diesel), Toyota, Nissan and Daihatsu.
ANGVA’s 4th Biennial is being held October 18-20 at
the China National Convention Center in Beijing. (For
planners ahead, ANGVA 2013, the organization’s 5th
biennial meeting, has been slated for October 29-31, 2013
at the India Expo Centre in New Delhi.)
Japan Gas Association, Hirase Yusuke, +81-3-3502-0215;
fax +81-3-3502-3676;
ANGVA, executive director Mr. Lee Giok Seng (Malaysia),
+60-3-8926-1798; fax +60-3-8926-1834;;;
NGV Global News, David Perry, +64-9-523-3567;;
A Contract for Quantum, and a New Tank
Quantum (NASDAQ:QTWW) reports a new purchase
contract for its Type IV compressed natural gas cylinders
from Agility Fuel Systems for an undisclosed CNG truck
build. And, Quantum is launching a new CNG tank size,
25 inches by 60 inches, with capacity for about 29 DGEdiesel
gallon equivalents, COO Dave Mazaika told F&F.
Quantum, Hernan Henriquez,
Agility Fuel Systems, president Ron Eickelman, 615-301-5322;;
Lazard Is Bullish on NGVs
Lazard Capital’s Boston office, in a new bulletin dubbed
NGVExpress, says the U.S. market for natural gas vehicles is
“nearing an inflection point in its growth curve, even without
the passage of the NAT GAS Act.” Lazar recently made
several “buy” recommendations for NGV-heavy stocks.
Lazard Capital, Graham Mattison, 617-478-1893;;
Pacer to Try LNG
Pacer Cartage is to take delivery of four liquefied natural
gas-fueled Kenworth T440 trucks next month, the first of
an expected 40 of the ISL G-engined vehicles to be tested in
the Los Angeles area.
If the trial succeeds – fuel and other costs, and drivers’
impressions will be evaluated – Pacer’s next test of natural
gas will be in the Chicago area.
The trials could lead to far more.
Pacer Cartage is a unit of
Dublin, Ohio-headquartered Pacer International
(NASDAQ:PACR), which had sales of $1.5 billion in 2010.
The firm offers “a broad array of services to facilitate
the movement of freight from origin to destination through
its intermodal and logistics operating segments.”
Pacer recently purchased about 400 2010-compliant
diesel vehicles, according to Val Noel, the Florida-based
president of Pacer Cartage and executive VP of intermodal
operations with Pacer International.
‘WeWant to See How LNGWorks’
“We believe that the use of clean tractor technologies
for our cartage operations is the right decision for our
customers, the environment, and our company,” Noel said
in a release last week.
“We want to see how LNG works and how it holds
up,” he told F&F. “Hopefully the economics work out.”
Pacer also last week announced the expansion of its
Mexico Direct intermodal/double stack service between
Chihuahua and key markets in the U.S. and Canada.
Pacer (Ohio), Ken Kish,
Kenworth, Andy Douglas, 425-828-5250;;
Ten CNG Ryder Trucks for Staples
Staples, said to be the world’s largest office products
company and a Dedicated Contract Carriage customer with
Ryder System for 19 years, has agreed that ten heavy duty
compressed natural gas tractors will be added to the Ryder
fleet supporting its stores. They will replace ten diesels.
“The CNG tractors will be used to transport inventory
to Staples stores in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego,
and the Inland Empire, and will be serviced out of Ryder’s
network of natural gas compliant maintenance facilities in
Southern California,” Ryder said.
Ryder (Southern California), VP Alex Madrinkian,
Staples, Mike Payette, 508-253-1453;;
Natural Gas Vehicles
Scope of activity of Pacer International's
intermodal activity. The firm said Thursday
that its Pacer Cartage unit would test LNG
trucks in Los Angeles.
Pacer announced Friday that it's expanding
its intermodal service to Chihuahua, Mexico.
Ford Talks Up Transit Connect Taxis
Ford has begun talking up its
Crown Victoria-replacing Transit
Connect as a taxi in New York,
where compressed natural gasfueled
vehicles are expected
soon, and in Los Angeles, where
CNG Transit Connect taxis are
being deployed (F&F, May 30).
Ford, Gerry Koss, 313-248-8280; mobile 313-622-3950;;
CNG soon for Transit Connect
taxis in New York City
6 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
Hybrid & Electric Vehicles
Zytek Trumpets New KERS Drive
The UK’s Zytek – which supplied the drivetrains for
the first generations of battery electric Navistar eStar
(né Modec) trucks and Daimler-Mercedes Smart Fortwo
cars, is talking up a new drivetrain, just for racing, with
KERS: kinetic energy recovery system, i.e. regenerative
braking. “Zytek’s earlier hybrid
system met the then regulations
that stipulated the use of automotive
production-based parts,” the company says.
GV Racing’s 09SH will be the first car “to take full
advantage of being able to use a pure race system.”
An accident during practice kept the car from the
UK’s “Six Hours of Silverstone” race on September 11.
Zytek racing info, Ian Wagstaff, +44-1844-353025;
mobile +44-7792-146044;;
Zytek automotive sales, Steve Tremble, +44-1543-412789;;
...JCI Batteries for Odyne Plug-Ins
Wisconsin’s Odyne Systems has both an investment
agreement and “a long-term hybrid master supply
agreement” with Johnson Controls, Inc.
“Under the new agreements,” Odyne says, “Johnson
Controls has made a strategic investment in Odyne to fund
expansion and to accelerate wide-scale commercialization
of Odyne’s hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty
work trucks, and Odyne designates JCI
as a “preferred supplier” of lithium ion
battery systems for its plug-in hybrids.
“The strategic investment and
supply agreements between Johnson
Controls, the world’s leading battery
producer, and Odyne, the leading plugin
hybrid system supplier for large
trucks, will help us continue to grow
our business and advance hybrid technology
for medium and heavy duty
trucks to greater levels of efficiency,”
Odyne president and CEO Joe Dalum
said in a release.
“This is the first phase of a multistage
investment,” he said, “and is in
line with a broader investment and growth strategy at Odyne.”
Odyne’s plug-in hybrid drive enables large trucks to
obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% or
greater, compared to traditional diesels, the company says.
Odyne also reports new funding for deployment of its
drive in seven bucket and underground utility trucks.
Odyne said it plans “to work closely with one of its
largest distributors, Terex Utilities, and its supply partner
Remy Motors on the project.”
Odyne, Matt Jarmuz, 262-442-8401;;
JCI, Michael Moran, 734-254-5664;;
Johnson Controls and Saft Part Company...
Johnson Controls, Inc. and France’s Saft said early this
month that they’ve reached an agreement to end the JCISaft
joint venture formed in 2006 to develop and manufacture
lithium ion vehicle batteries. JCI will acquire Saft’s
share of the company for $145 million
in cash. The deal includes an up-front
royalty payment by JCI for an expanded
license use certain Saft technology, and a
halt to all legal proceedings.
The transaction, which is subject
to regulatory clearances, could close as
early as September 30, JCI said.
Saft to Get Nersac Back
“We appreciate the relationship we
have had with Saft and are pleased that
we have been able to resolve this matter
in a mutually beneficial way,” JCI power
solutions president Alex Molinaroli said
in a release.
“This agreement further reflects our
strategic commitment to the advanced battery industry,”
Molinaroli said. “We will continue to leverage the progress
we’ve made in this space, and can also now expand our full
range of strategic capabilities around technology, systems,
applications and business models.”
All assets of the joint venture will be retained by
Johnson Controls, with the exception of a facility in Nersac,
France, which will be transferred to Saft at the end of 2012.
JCI plant manager Shelly Maciejewski gets in a
word with President Obama at the resuscitated
Meadowbrook lithium ion battery facility in
Holland, Mich. on August 11. Odyne Systems
president Joe Dalum looks on. Photo by Cory Morse
of the Grand Rapids Press supplied by Odyne.
7 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Vanner HBA for Gillig Hybrids
Hayward, Calif.-based Gillig is offering the HBA (hybrid
beltless alternator) from Ohio’s Vanner as factory option
on its Allison parallel drive hybrid buses.
The Vanner HBA adds about $4,500 to the price of the
vehicle, says Gillig national sales director Sam Enochian.
It lasts longer than conventional
alternators and reduces maintenance
requirements, says Vanner bus and
hybrid markets VP Chris Collet.
“We anticipate that transit fleets
will only need one HBA for every five alternators
and associated parts,” Collet says in a release.
“The HBA significantly increases vehicle readiness in
the yard and cost savings over the life of the bus could be
$25,000 or more.”
SunTran, in Tucson, Ariz., was
the pilot customer for the HBA,
Collet told F&F. Transit agencies in
Miami, St. Paul, Salt Lake City,
Stockton, Calif. and Columbus, Ohio
have deployed it too.
The roof-mounted Vanner HBA
delivers stable DC power at all temperatures and speeds,
the manufacturer says, while eliminating V-belts, pulleys,
voltage regulator, pulleys, idle tensioners, hydraulic lines
and fittings, and other moving parts.
Vanner, VP Chris Collet, 614-329-1642; mobile 317-409-0463;;
Gillig, Sam Enochian, 510-264-5013 or toll-free 800-735-1500;;
SunTran, Jeff Rock,
Hot weather testing was
conducted in Death Valley
Induction ‘Best and Most Practical’
“The copper rotor induction motor is the best and most
practical way to power electrical vehicles,” says the Copper
Development Association. CDA is spreading the word about
a new high-volume process for casting copper rotors,
“making their use a practical reality.”
Another advantage? No need for
rare earth elements like neodymium
and dysprosium.
“Copper has always been recognized
as the preferred material for conducting
electricity, which is why it’s used universally in
motor windings,” CDA VP for OEMs Bob Weed says in a
release. EV controllers can be made more simple, too, he
told F&F. “The copper industry is now providing assistance
to engineers and designers to bring this improved technology
to the hybrid and electric vehicle industry,” the group says.
CDA notes that Tesla Motors uses induction motors –
developed in league with AC Propulsion (F&F, January 31).
CDA, VP Bob Weed, 248-310-6884;;
AC Propulsion, president Tom Gage, 909-592-5399;;
Iveco’s Eurocargo with Eaton Drive
Iveco’s hybrid electric Eurocargo truck, which was unveiled
in Germany last year, made its UK debut at the Low Carbon
Vehicle show at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in central
England last week. “The 12-tonner joins a comprehensive
line-up of low-carbon Ivecos available in the UK, encompassing
electric-traction, hybrid, natural gas and ultra-clean
EEV diesel-powered technologies,”
Iveco said.
The vehicle has a parallel hybrid
electric drivetrain by Eaton and
lithium ion batteries from Hitachi,
says Iveco UK product director
Martin Flach.
The drive enables multi-drop
distribution in towns and cities
without sacrificing high-speed performance on motorways,
Iveco says. The Eurocargo hybrid has a 16-valve, fourcylinder
diesel engine with maximum rated power of 180
horsepower – and a 60-hp electric motor-generator.
The battery pack has capacity of 1.9 kilowatt-hours.
Iveco NGVs on Show Too
“We have managed to engineer all of the hybrid technology
into the Eurocargo with only a 250-kilogram
payload deficit over a conventional diesel-engined model,”
Flach said in a release.
Iveco also showed two natural gas-powered EcoDaily
trucks: a 7-ton (70C14G) model which is preparing to enter
operation with the Tesco retail giant’s home
delivery service and a 3.5-ton (35C14G) company demonstrator.
“Both vehicles are designed to operate in the UK on
compressed biomethane (CBM),” Iveco said.
Iveco UK, Martin Flach, +44-1923-259640;;
Eaton (Rastaat, Germany), Thomas Fritz,
Volvo Testing Plug-In Hybrid Buses
Three plug-in hybrid electric buses based on Volvo’s 7700
hybrid are to be tested in Gothenburg with some 2 million
euros worth of support from the
European Union’s Life+ initiative.
Details are being withheld, but
Volvo has told F&F that lithium ion
power batteries in existing hybrid buses
are being replaced with energy batteries “in the range of 30
to 35 kilowatt-hours” for the plug-in.
The field test project will be implemented in cooperation
with Business Region Goteborg, the Traffic Office in
Gothenburg City, Vasttrafik, and Goteborgs Energi, which
will be responsible for the charging stations, Volvo says.
Volvo info, Per-Martin Johansson,
Volvo info, Ulf Gustafsson, +46-31-322-6764;;
Coca-Cola is an
important customer for
Iveco alt fuel vehicles in
the UK (F&F, August 1)
8 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
Compelling Case in Oakland Sept. 22
The East Bay Clean Cities organization is inviting fleet
operators to learn how they can reduce their fuel costs as
they help clean the air at an NGVAmerica-Clean Vehicle
Education Forum Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles
workshop at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel in Oakland,
Calif. on September 22. The registration fee of $65 is discounted
to just $55 through September 19.
CVEF, Stephe Yborra, 301-829-2520;;
EBCC (at UC Davis), Richard Battersby, 530-752-9666;;;
Biodiesel Registration Open
Online registration has opened for
NBB 2012, the National Biodiesel
Conference and Expo, being held
February 5-8 at the Gaylord Palms
Resort & Convention Center in
Kissimmee ( Orlando), Fla.
The biodiesel annual is being managed for the National
Biodiesel Board by Denver’s Kinsley Meetings.
at Kinsley, Andrea Brennan, 303-798-3664;;
The Battery Show Next Month
Organizers of The Battery Show expect upwards of 3,000
people from 35 countries as 160 exhibitors participate in
The Battery Show late next month in Novi, Mich.
The Battery Show, which is organized by the UK’s
Smarter Shows, will be held October 25-27 at Novi’s
Suburban Collection Showplace.
The conference and free trade show encompass automotive/
electric vehicle batteries as well as batteries for stationary
applications for utilities, for wind power, and
batteries for personal, healthcare and military applications,
among others.
The event is co-located with Automotive Testing Expo
North America 2011, and with Engine Expo 2011 North
America – which includes an Electric and Hybrid Pavilion.
Automotive Testing and Engine Expo are organized by
Britain’s UKIP Media & Events.
Smarter Shows (London), Steve Bryan,
UKIP Media & Events (Dorking), +44-1306-743744;
fax +44-1306-742525;;;
Green Fleet 2011 in Texas
October 3-4, Green Fleet Conference 2011. Gaylord Texan
Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
Organized by Bobit Business Media.
Bobit, Irene Gruen, 310-533-2561;;
Cashing In, on RIN
Florida Power & Light is making the U.S. EPA’s complicated
Renewable Fuel Standard pay, selling the credits it earns
on biodiesel to slash its operating costs.
U.S. EPA RIN credits, based on 38-digit Renewable
Identification Numbers, are daunting.
But the reward potential of Renewable
Fuel Standard accounting can substantially
lower an operator’s fuel bills.
FP&L recently purchased approximately
250,000 gallons of soy-based
biodiesel in Iowa for about $5.00 per gallon, fleet chief
George Survant reports. Each gallon of B100 earns 1.5 RIN
credits, he says, each worth about $1.70 at auction, yielding
an effective $2.55 per gallon.
Plus, there is a federal tax credit of $1.00 per gallon
blenders excise tax credit that was reinstated for 2011. But
even without the credit, “Our price per gallon delivered for
biodiesel is far better than the best price I can get for ultra
low-sulfur diesel,” Survant told F&F. Why doesn’t everybody
do it? “Everybody doesn’t work as hard at this as we do,”
Survant says. He says that to his knowledge, FP&L is the
only utility taking full advantage of EPA RIN credits.
FP&L deals its RIN credits through Iowa’s RINAlliance.
The Florida utility is a pioneer in hybrid vehicles too,
and will soon make news in wireless charging for battery
electrics. Hint: it’s not inductive. Stay tuned!
FP&L, George Survant, 561-845-4845;;
RINAlliance, VP Jeff Hove, 515-224-7545;;
September 30 for EVS-26 Abstracts
The Electric Drive Transportation Association is accepting
technical paper abstracts for EVS-26, the world electric
vehicles meeting, until September 30.
EVS-26 is being held May 6-9 in Los Angeles.
EDTA, Amy Babcock, 585-479-6700; mobile 585-233-3683;;
NGVTF Set for San Francisco Next Month
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Natural Gas
Vehicle Technology Forum will take place at Fort Mason in
San Francisco October 25-26.
NREL, Carol Darrow, 303-275-4358;;
Plug-In 2012 Set for San Antonio
The Electric Power Research Institute has slated Plug-In
2012 for July 23-26, 2012 at the San Antonio Convention
Center in San Antonio, Texas.
for EPRI, Mindy Berman, 818-849-5968;
fax 888-355-0103;; (2012 website in preparation)
biodiesel by the carload
9 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
FedEx Hosting APEC 2011 Expo
Some two dozen clean transportation equipment and
technology providers will show their wares to Pacific Rim
policymakers at a FedEx-hosted event at the Oakland International
Airport tomorrow.
The September 13 display is part of the APEC 2011
USA meetings running through September 26. APEC
stands for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. A key goal
“is to advance the U.S. business agenda in the
Asia Pacific region by creating high quality
opportunities for private sector engagement.”
Clean Transportation exhibitors at the
solar-powered FedEx center in Oakland
include AC Transit (which will provide
hydrogen fuel cell bus transportation for the
event), Ballard Power Systems, BMW, Ecotality, Ford,
General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan,
Siemens, Toyota and Zero Motorcycles.
Better Place Likes Charging Too
Better Place spokesman John Proctor points out that
founder Shai Agassi is to be but one of several keynoters at
APEC 2011 USA – the U.S. Secretaries of Energy and Transportation
Steven Chu and Ray LaHood are also to be there,
as will California Governor Jerry Brown. Proctor advises
too that Better Place supports battery switching not in lieu
of charging for EVs, but as complementary to it.
APEC 2011 USA, Angela Franta, 206-256-0045;;
Better Place, Ms. Vandana Bali, 415-350-3729;;
BusCon This Week, and Next September
September 13-14, BusCon 2011, Festival Hall A at Navy Pier,
Chicago. Organized by Bobit Business Media.
Bobit, Courtney Silbiger, 310-533-2445;;
AltCar Expo in Santa Monica
September 30-October 1, 2011 AltCar Expo – the 6th
Annual. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica,
Calif. Focus on Fleets conference on Friday, September 30.
Organized by Platia Productions.
Platia, Christine Dzilvelis, 310-390-2930; fax 310-390-2830;;
October 15 for ACT Expo Abstracts
Abstracts for papers for the Second Alternative Clean
Transportation Expo are due to organizer Gladstein,
Neandross and Associates by October 15.
ACT Expo 2012 is being held May 15-17 at the Long
Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
GNA, VP Anne Hellwig,
NTEA Next Week in Dearborn
The National Truck Equipment Association will hold its
Business and Market Planning Summit on September 19
at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Mich., to be followed
by the NTEA New Model Truck Product Conference
September 20–22.
Global Insight’s Kenneth Kremar, GM chief economist
G. Mustafa Mohatarem, and NTEA’s Steve Latin-Kasper
are among the speakers at the September 19 Summit.
There, NTEA says, “experts from some of the world’s
most respected companies… present industry projections,
sales trend insights and economic forecasts on national and
regional growth.”
Insider Access to Leading OEMs
NTEA’s New Model Truck Product Conference will
include information on specifications and design and
critical industry issues, with direct access to OEM people,
and proprietary information and schematics for upfitters.
Scheduled OEM participants include Chrysler/Ram,
Ford, Freightliner, General Motors, Hino, International,
Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Peterbilt, Toyota Fleet
and Western Star.
Next year’s 48th Annual NTEA Convention will be held
in Indianapolis March 5-8, to be preceded by Calstart’s
Green Truck Summit March 5-6, 2012.
NTEA, Rob Gutierrez, 248-489-7090, ext 136;
or Kathy Swartzentrover, 248-489-7090, ext 108;; toll-free 800-441-6832;
fax 248-489-8590;
Click here for instant access to a
complete listing of upcoming meetings
and conferences courtesy Fleets & Fuels
Advanced Clean Vehicles This Month...
Calstart will present its Advanced Clean Vehicles: Working
to Ensure Sustainability workshop as part of its Emerging
Technologies and Fuels workshop series on September 27.
The workshop will be hosted by the South Coast Air
Quality Management District in Diamond Bar, Calif.
Calstart, Susan Romeo, 626-744-5686 or 626-744-5600;;
...and HTUF 2011 in October
October 10-13, HTUF 2011, the
Hybrid Truck User Forum, now in
its 11th year. Baltimore Convention
Center and Inner Harbor Marriott
at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md.
Fleets & Fuels ShowTimes will
serve as the conference program at
HTUF 2011.
There is still time to advertise!
Calstart, Kimberly Taylor, 626-622-6229;;
Fleets & Fuels ShowTimes,
Nancy O’Brien, 530-241-3534; fax 530-241-3058;;
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10 Fleets & Fuels September 12, 2011
vacuum insulated pipe, and advanced pumps and vessels
for such plants, and meanwhile offers fleets a range of
truck-in LNG (and onsite storage) options.
Chart’s business model is not the fuel itself, but the
equipment to produce and deliver it – and to carry it on a
truck or bus. “We are not a fuel supplier,” Haukoos says:
“We don’t sell molecules. We just manufacture equipment.”
Chart’s capabilities in
LNG production equipment
far outstrip what’s needed
for the modest number of LNG vehicles on the road today.
Thus the firm has adopted a strategy of providing trucks
that can haul fuel and dispense it – the Orca line of trailerized
fuelers – as well as the equipment to make it.
‘A Seamless Experience’
A customer can start with Orca for his vehicles, then
move up. Once he has committed to production, he can
“start small and add trains later,” Haukoos says.
“We view it as a system,” he told F&F. “We want the
fleet customer to get a seamless experience.”
Chart offers LCNG hardware for converting LNG for
CNG vehicles too. “We’re bullish on LCNG,” Haukoos says.
Chart is developing an onsite LNG production unit,
dubbed Tango, that takes advantage of pressure differentials
to liquefy pipeline gas onsite (F&F, January 31).
“The challenge is the gas cleanup and doing it in a costeffective
manner,” Haukoos says. He also says that smallscale
units like Tango will become obsolete when LNG
becomes prevalent in the United States. But for five years
or so he sees a market for multiple fleet-size solutions.
Chart said last week that its Energy & Chemicals group
will sponsor the Zeus Modular & Mid-Scale LNG conference,
which kicks off September 14 in Lafayette, La.
LNG Specialist Has Tanks for Ground & Road,
Is Expanding in Scalable Fleet Fueling Options
“Any piece of equipment that’s burning diesel is a candidate
for replacement with LNG,” says Chart business
manager Bill Haukoos.
His Minnesota-based operation is riding the NGV
wave with an expanding line of equipment to produce
and deliver the energy-dense cryogenic fuel. Chart is the
clear leader in liquefied natural gas vehicle fuel tanks, too.
LNG activities constitute a small fraction of parent
Chart Industries (NYSE:GTLS), a $555 million, 3,200-
employee company headquartered outside Cleveland.
“Product sales for LNG vehicle fueling are relatively
small today,” Haukoos concedes. “But this area has tremendous
growth potential.”
‘We Don’t Sell Molecules’
“The combination of
increased refueling infrastructure,
compelling natural gas
prices and additional heavyduty
vehicle engine options
should promote increased fleet
adoption of LNG-powered
vehicles,” he says.
“Liquid will be more
available from small- and midscale
plants to serve vehicle
refueling centers,” Haukoos
predicts. Chart supplies critical
Key Contacts for Chart LNG
Bill Haukoos, LNG business manager, 770-720-6703;
Peter Murray, engineering manager, 678-467-5484;
Bobby Cushman, U.S. sales, 310-254-7880;
Tomas Cermak, Europe sales, +420 412 507 390;
Claus Emmer, international sales, 612-387-4235;
Bruce Keneagy, service and support, 770-720-6780;
mobile 678-570-2023;
Paul Sjogren, global marketing manager, 952-212-9213;
mobile 952-758-4484;
Chart LNG
407 Seventh Street NW
New Prague, MN 56071 USA
952-758-4484 or toll-free 800-400-4683; fax 952-758-8285
Chart at a glance
Headquarters (for LNG): New Prague, Minnesota
Employees: approximately 3,200 worldwide
for parent Chart Industries
Facilities: 237,000 square feet at New Prague for production
of LNG fueling station equipment (bulk tanks, dispensers,
pump skids) and mobile equipment (LNG transports and
Orca mobile fuelers); 154,000 square feet at Canton, Ga.
for onboard LNG fuel systems.
Products: a wide range of basic equipment ʻused throughout
the global liquid gas supply chain,ʼ including fueling and
onboard vehicle gear for emerging liquefied natural gasfueled
vehicles, and LCNG hardware.
Key Customers: Air Liquide, Air Products, Bechtel, BP,
ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Jacobs Engineering, Linde,
Praxair, Saudi Aramco and others for heavy cryogenic
processing gear; operators of LNG fueling facilities and
vehicles for a total customer count exceeding 2,000.
Sales & Earnings: Chart Industries (Garfield Heights, Ohio;
NYSE:GTLS) had sales exceeding $555 million in 2010.
More than $269 million, or 48%, was for Distribution &
Storage, which includes LNG transportation.
Chart makes LNG fuel tanks and
equipment for fueling stations –
Chart ‘Orca’ mobile fueling unit
at the Port of Long Beach, below