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News Archive - May 2008

City of Fresno to Demonstrate World's First CNG Powered Plug-In Hybrid Refuse Vehicle
May 20, 2008 - The world's first operational CNG powered plug-in hybrid refuse truck is being debuted and demonstrated by the City of Fresno. The truck is believed to be the first refuse truck in the world to combine a natural gas engine with a rechargeable electric hybrid drive system. The trash truck is driven by an electric motor, and the natural gas engine is only required to power the hydraulic system for collection. For more information, please click here.

Renewable Natural Gas and NGVs to Revitalize the Auto Industry in Flint, Michigan
May 16, 2008 - The city of Flint, Michigan and an alternative energy company, Swedish Biogas International, announced a joint plan to build a plant to convert waste from the city's wastewater facility into biomethane for fuel. Swedish Biogas hopes to build other similar plants in the U.S. and spur further development and popularity of biomethane vehicles. A 2007 report estimated that 12,000 vehicles are being fueled with biomethane worldwide, with 70,000 biomethane-fueled vehicles predicted by 2010. Europe has most of these vehicles. The biomethane plant in Flint is expected to initially fuel Flint's fleet of municipal vehicles. For more information, please click here.

UPS Expands Largest U.S. Green Fleet
May 13, 2008 - UPS is again expanding its U.S. Green Fleet, this time with an order of 300 CNG trucks and 200 hybrid electric trucks. This is the largest commercial order of such hybrid trucks by any company. The company's fleet of green vehicles will reach 2,218 by 2009 (this includes 1,100 CNG and 250 electric vehicles) and make it the largest private alternative fuel fleet in the U.S. The company expects the hybrid fleet to save 176,000 gallons of fuel annually and reduce CO2 emissions by 1,786 metric tons each year. That is the equivalent of taking around 100 conventional UPS trucks off the road for one year. The CNG vehicles are expected to yield a 20 percent reduction in emissions over the cleanest diesel engines available today. For more information, please click here.

SCAQMD Funds 130 NGV Drayage Trucks for Ports
May 9, 2008 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SQAQMD) in Southern California has approved $11.7 million in funding for 130 natural gas-powered trucks to be deployed in the ports of LA and Long Beach in Cal Cartage's drayage operation. The trucks will be powered by Cummins Westport's ISL G natural gas engine and manufactured by Sterling Trucks (see CNGVP May 12, 2008 Press Release). Funding in the amount of $90,000 per truck was provided by the South Coast AQMD and this includes Proposition 1B funds. Velocity Vehicle Group (VVG) and their Southbay Sterling Division lead the development of this project. Gladstein, Neandross & Associates procured the funding on behalf of VVG and Cal Cartage. With funding now approved, these trucks will be built and placed into Cal Cartage's operation in late 2008. The commercial availability of these trucks has also sparked strong interest from other trucking companies.

City of Fresno LNG Fueling Contract Awarded
May 6, 2008 – The City of Fresno has awarded a contract to Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to supply LNG for the city's municipal refuse fleet for up to five years, thus expanding a fueling relationship begun in 2004. The City will soon operate over 100 natural gas refuse vehicles, making it the largest municipal LNG refuse fleet operator in California's Central Valley and second largest in California.

Baytech's Announces New Heavy Duty CNG Engine and Vehicle Certifications
May 5, 2008 – Baytech Corporation's CNG and Propane fueled GM 8.1L and 6.0L heavy-duty engines have received 2008 EPA and CARB certification. The heavy-duty engines are now available for new 2008 and 2009 model year vehicles in all 50 U.S. states. They are offered in both dedicated CNG or propane and dual fuel (CNG or gasoline and propane or gasoline) configurations. Baytech expects to have CNG systems available for light duty GM, Isuzu, and Workhorse vehicles with the 6.0L engine for the 2009 model year. For more information, please click here.

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