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News Archive - October 2007

Accolades for San Jose International Airport As They Look Toward Additional Advancements in Air Quality
October 10, 2007 - It's a win-win situation for the Mineta San Jose International Airport as they are honored for saving money and the environment. The airport is being presented with the Natural Gas Vehicle Achievement Award in recognition of a program they instituted four years ago to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and curb the fuel costs of its ground transportation operations. In August of 2003, the Mineta San Jose International Airport opened its compressed natural gas (CNG) station and converted its shuttle bus fleet from diesel fuel to CNG. As a result, they abolished the need for 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel, reduced their vehicle exhaust emissions by over 70 tons annually and saved over $2.6 million dollars. With its CNG station open to the public as well, the airport asserts that the CNG-fueled taxis serving the travelers at San Jose International Airport now account for more than 40 percent of all taxi trips from the airport, compared to six percent in 2005. The California airport, however, is not ready to rest on its laurels quite yet. This fall they are set to launch an Alternative Fuel Grant Program to promote the conversion of even more vehicles serving the airport. For more information, please click here.

Executives Find Sustainable Luxury in LimoGreen
October 8, 2007 – One of the first in its field, LimoGreen is a New York City start-up targeting executive-level passengers increasingly interested in finding environmentally-friendly business solutions. Paving the way for sustainable luxury, LimoGreen tapped BAF Technologies to convert Lincoln Town Cars to dedicated natural gas operation, to ultimately be offered via lease to limousine operators. LimoGreen presents an exciting new service to an industry it says is "currently ill-equipped to embrace alternative fuels." LimoGreen named Clean Energy and KeySpan as strategic partners in their effort to promote an alternatively-fueled fleet for executive travel. With such progress being made by LimoGreen in New York, Executive Travelers on the West Coast eagerly anticipate EcoLimo of Los Angeles to follow suit. For more information on LimoGreen, please click here. For more information on EcoLimo, please click here.

UPS Expands Fleet of NGVs
October 8, 2007 – What can Brown do for the environment? UPS announced this week that they are adding 167 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) delivery trucks to their fleet, part of a 306 alternative fuel vehicle order. The trucks are slated for deployment in four California cities – Los Angeles, Ontario, San Ramon and Fresno along with Dallas and Atlanta in early 2008. UPS currently utilizes 800 such vehicles that were converted from gasoline and diesel vehicles in the 1980s. These new trucks, however, are being manufactured specifically for alternative fuel use. The chassis for the CNG trucks are being purchased in two sizes from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. The trucks will feature engines from Cummins Westport that are expected to yield a 20 percent emissions reduction and 10 percent improvement in fuel economy over the cleanest diesel engines available in the market today. The truck bodies will be identical externally to the signature brown trucks that now make up the UPS fleet and will be marked as CNG vehicles. For more information, please click here.

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