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HTUF Gears Up for Regional and National Events HTUF Southern California Regional Fleet Workshop September 20, Santa Monica, CA The HTUF Southern California Regional Fleet Workshop will be held in conjunction with the AltCar Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on September 20. Following on the success of the HTUF Southeast Regional Meeting in Birmingham, the HTUF SoCal Regional Fleet Workshop will provide fleet attendees with a first-hand opportunity to experience numerous high-efficiency trucking technologies in one venue, and will provide information on making the business case for each technology by vocation. Information on event registration is coming soon. Visit Thanks to member companies, Eaton and Freightliner, for their sponsorship of the SoCal Regional Fleet Workshop.


HTUF 2013 National Meeting October 7-9, Chicago, IL Registration is now open for the HTUF 2013 National Meeting to be held at the

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago on October 7-9. HTUF is the action forum for fleets, truck and bus OEMs and suppliers to work together to accelerate the development and commercialization of high-efficiency trucks and buses. HTUF’s national meeting will showcase progress and problems, feature user and industry working groups, provide hands-on experience with the latest products and outline challenges for joint action.

September 20, 2013 Southern California Regional Fleet Workshop Santa Monica, CA

October 7-9, 2013 HTUF National Meeting Chicago, IL

October 22-24, 2013 US-China Clean Truck & Bus Forum Shanghai, China

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In this issue HTUF Gears Up for Two Meetings


CALSTART to Test Advanced Battery


US Hybrid Opens New Facility to Meet Demand P.2

US-China Summit to Build Tech Partnerships P.5

Cal State LA Students in EcoCAR2 Challenge

Federal and California Policy



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US Hybrid Launches New Facility to Meet Increased Demand US Hybrid was founded in 1999 with a commitment to provide clean and efficient medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for commercial, municipal and military applications. Their customized electric and hybrid traction drive systems are deployed around the world powering transit buses, drayage trucks, telecom backup power and various other on-road, off-road and stationary applications.

Jarod Doran of US Hybrid shows John Boesel and Assemblymember Muratsuchi their recently integrated Hydrogen Fuel Cell Shuttle Bus.

On July 17, the President of US Hybrid, Dr. Abas Goodarzi, hosted CALSTART’s John Boesel for the launch of their new 28,000 square foot integration facility in Torrance, California. California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (DTorrance) was alongside Dr. Goodarzi at the event to offer his congratulations to “a company that is doing well by doing good.”

The US Hybrid team provided guests with an exclusive preview of the projects on tap at the new facility, including the integration and demonstration of two plug-in CNG heavy-duty trucks for drayage operation in Southern California. Attendees also got to ride in US Hybrid’s new hydrogen fuel cell shuttle bus, a recently integrated vehicle for the State of Hawaii. A u g u st/ S e pt e m b e r 2 0 1 3 ▪ P a g e 2

The new facility ushers in the commercialization phase of US Hybrid products and enables the streamlined production of electric traction motor systems like those powering monorails in Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai. The facility will also produce twenty-five powertrains for the New York California State Assemblymember Al Department of Muratsuchi , attending the grand opening, offered his congratulations Sanitation’s to “a company that is doing well by start-up fleet of doing good.” hybrid electric street sweepers. The sweepers were validated during a successful two-year demonstration period. Dr. Goodarzi remarked, “US Hybrid’s proven powertrain technology will allow New Yorkers to breathe a little easier, with clean, quiet sweepers that will reduce fuel consumption by 50 percent and provide more than a 60 percent reduction in GHG emissions.” US Hybrid is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company with locations in California, Hawaii and Massachusetts. Their customized products are designed to meet UL, FCC, NEB, SAE and MIL-STD certifications. For more information, visit or call 310-212-1200.

Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit August 27 in Sacramento, CA An educational summit for policymakers – the Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit – will be held August 27 in Sacramento. The summit, hosted by CALSTART, Environmental Entrepreneurs and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition will highlight clean fuels progress and potential, stress the role of policy and discuss statewide benefits from clean fuels. This is a ‘by invitation only’ event. Please contact Jamie Hall at for more information.

Cal State LA Students Winning Awards in the EcoCar2 Race Cal State LA students are participating in the EcoCAR2 competition, sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors, which is a three year, multidisciplinary engineering competition with 15 universities across North America. Teams, consisting of undergrad and graduate students with

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This year’s national meeting agenda highlights HTUF’s expanded focus on all “high-efficiency” technologies, including candid and interactive discussions on technology successes, challenges and how to solve market barriers. Come prepared for an enhanced Ride & Drive at Chicago’s famed Soldier Field, featuring an MPG Driving Challenge and US DOE’s green racing lab. With new fuel economy rules pending, it’s especially timely that Christopher Grundler, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), US EPA, was recently confirmed as a keynote speaker. View the agenda and register now at Sponsorship and vehicle display opportunities are available for both events. Contact Kimberly Taylor at 626-622-6229/ or Megan Maguire at 303-503-2287/

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concentrations in engineering, communication and business, are given a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and are expected to redesign it into a fully functional plug-in hybrid. Cal State LA's EcoCAR2 team is the only university representing California in this competition and is starting year three with the title of 2nd Place Overall. In addition, the team was recognized with the Green Leadership award by the LA County Board of Supervisors for its technical and outreach accomplishments. Cal State LA's team is implementing an E-85 engine in conjunction with a Magna electric motor and a 16 kWh battery pack. The team is currently prepping for year three and is aiming to continue to work hard to keep their award winning title.

The $19 million New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) has just been launched to encourage the purchase of batteryelectric commercial trucks as well as other energyefficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks. For more information, go to California ARB HVIP voucher funds are exhausted. However, there is about $1 million remaining in San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVACPCD) voucher funding. For more information, go to or call 888-457-4847. Information about other funding opportunities are available to CALSTART members at

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CALSTART to Test Advanced Military Battery Technology in Commercial Trucks CALSTART Board of Directors John Boesel CALSTART Michael G. Britt, Sr. United Parcel Service Jack Broadbent Bay Area Air Quality Management District Karen Hamberg Westport Doug Kim Southern California Edison W. Brian Olson Quantum Puon Penn Wells Fargo Jeffrey Reed, Ph.D. Sempra Energy Dipender Saluja Capricorn Investment Group Paul Smith New Flyer George Survant Time Warner Cable Chairperson Steve Trichka BAE Systems Jane Warner American Lung Association in California Vice Chairperson

The US Army has awarded CALSTART a contract to test 12 volt Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries in commercial trucks.

“Lithium-Ion battery technologies promise to hold out better in the field,” said CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel. “In its own testing thus far, the military has found that lithium batteries last longer, resulting in fewer battery replacements and less need for inventory. If these field tests prove successful, the commercial trucking industry may, in the

These tests to integrate large military starter batteries in commercial trucks could yield more efficient, cost-effective power for both military and commercial applications.

future, switch to lithium starter batteries. Higher production volumes would result in lower prices, benefiting both the military and commercial sectors,” Boesel added.

This is the first time the military 6T configuration – a standard military form factor – of Li-Ion batteries will be tested in commercial trucks. CALSTART’s test of three different Li-Ion chemistries by three different manufacturers in multiple geographies will assess if the batteries can deliver better performance and reliability in commercial trucks.

The specific purpose of this effort is to apply recent advances in Lithium-Ion based anode, cathode, electrolyte and separator battery materials to electrode, cell and pack designs in order to develop 12 volt and 24 volt 6T batteries with significantly improved power and energy densities over existing lead acid alternatives. The three battery companies participating in the test led by CALSTART are EaglePicher Technologies (, Navitas Systems LLC ( and Saft (

Understanding the broader uses of batteries in commercial trucks, including hotel loads, idle reduction and other auxiliary power, can lead to improved energy efficiency and reduced dependence on oil.

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CALSTART US-China Summit Builds Clean Tech Partnerships With the growing need for clean technologies and fuels in China, now is the time to build important partnerships to accelerate the use of fuel efficient and cleaner commercial vehicles and buses. The US and China have similarities and contrasts as to the paths they are taking to achieve this objective, so now is the critical time for collaboration.

Many recent developments affect US and China transportation markets and business relationships, including, to name just a few:  Wanxiang Group acquires A123, while ENN purchases CH4 Energy  EV/HEV city bus sales in China are approximately 10 times the US market, while Heavy-duty CNG/ LNG truck and bus sales are more than 10 times the US market

CALSTART’s US-China Clean Truck and Bus Summit, to be held October 22-24 in Shanghai, is uniquely positioned to bridge language, cultural and geographic barriers and make partnerships happen in clean technologies and fuels for trucks and buses. Don’t miss these valuable business opportunities. Plan now to join this gathering of key government and industry leaders. The Summit includes:  A unique forum aimed strictly at commercializing clean transportation technologies and fuels for medium- and heavyduty commercial vehicles and buses  A well-defined focus on natural gas, clean diesel, electric and hybrid technologies  Opportunities for private, pre-arranged meetings to network and begin building relationships  An understanding of the many similarities and differences between US and China policies, technologies and market dynamics and how to capitalize on those opportunities and challenges  Technology tours in and around Shanghai

Register, view the preliminary agenda or check out the valuable sponsorship opportunities with tailored benefits at For more information about the Summit and sponsorship information contact, Susan Romeo at

The North American market for Energy Storage is growing FAST, and California is driving this growth! Fleet managers and other energy users will share their experience, while utilities and large project developers will offer strategies. Join John Boesel, CALSTART President and CEO, as he leads a panel on Stationary Storage Strategies for EVs. Receive a 10% discount by making use of the following code: ESNA2013. To learn more and to register go to A u g u st/ S e pt e m b e r 2 0 1 3 ▪ P a g e 5

Federal Policy

purchase incentives for clean cars and trucks, With the end of the current fiscal year fast manufacturing assistance, infrastructure funds approaching, Congress spent the last month and demonstration grants. Both bills enjoy Mission Statement processing the various appropriations bills that bipartisan support and both have passed out fund the federal agencies. CALSTART of their respective houses. The next scheduled CALSTART is dedicated to the growth of a clean coordinated a national coalition of stakeholders step will take place on August 12 when SB 11 is advocating increased transit research funding transportation heard in the Assembly Natural Resources technologies industry for zero emission bus technology and was Committee. that will: successful in obtaining a funding level in the Senate Transportation appropriations bill CALSTART is working with a broad industry  Clean the air above the President’s budget request, as well coalition to secure additional funding for the  Secure the nation’s as obtaining language supporting zero Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) and the transportation emission bus development and Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus energy future deployment. CALSTART also supported Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Demand for  Create high-quality increased funding for the Department of these vehicles is growing, in large part due to economic Defense Combat and Automotive Advanced the availability of these incentives, and existing opportunities Vehicle Technology program. AB 118 funds are not adequate to meet needs.  Reduce greenhouse The original goal of this coalition was to tap gas emissions Anthony Foxx was confirmed by the Senate to revenues from California’s AB 32 Greenhouse be Secretary of Transportation and was sworn Gas Cap and Trade Program, which are Member benefits in July 2. In a statement to employees, he intended for projects such as these. However, include: indicates he will focus on safety and efficiency. this effort stalled when the Brown  Funding updates and Gina McCarthy was also recently confirmed as Administration opted to borrow $500 million announcements EPA Administrator, ending a long hold on her from this program to cover general fund  Discounts on events nomination. obligations. The coalition continues to seek and webinars additional revenue sources and is committed  Access to complete The Senate Majority Leader announced that to developing a long-term plan for these member contact energy efficiency legislation may be brought to programs. information the Senate Floor for a vote before the August  Standard or Full recess. CALSTART has been active in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which Service members supporting a clean fuel vehicle purchase receive free e-blast calls for a 10% reduction in the carbon intensity to our email list incentive program as part of the bill. of transportation fuels in California by 2020, has been the subject of recent debate. The CALSTART Headquarters House and Senate transportation program policy is intended to drive investment in a wide 48 S Chester Ave authorization committees held their first variety of clean fuels, from natural gas to next Pasadena, CA 91106 hearings on implementation of MAP 21 and on generation biofuels to electricity. Several oil 626-744-5600 the future of the Trust Fund — the funding companies are calling the program unworkable mechanism for infrastructure programs. and want major changes or delays.

Know an industry colleague who would benefit from CALSTART membership? Contact Kimberly Taylor, Member Services Program Director, 626-622-6229 or

California Policy California’s legislature is currently on break until mid-August. CALSTART’s top legislative priority remains the passage of two California bills (SB 11 and AB 8) that would extend the sunset dates on transportation incentive funding programs. Passage would provide an additional $2 billion in incentives, including

Clean, low carbon fuels in California will be the subject of an invitation-only Summit in Sacramento on August 27, hosted by CALSTART in coordination with Environmental Entrepreneurs and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. For more information, please contact CALSTART Policy Director Jamie Hall at A u g u st/ S e pt e m b e r 2 0 1 3 ▪ P a g e 6

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