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Natural Gas? Hybrid Drive? Both cost money up front, and ultimately save it. But in different ways. Organizations including Calstart and National Grid are bankrolling an inservice New York City face-off of nearly half a dozen clean truck types including natural gas (methane) and a variety of hybrids. —Page 7

Italian Shootout Italy-based world leaders in gaseous fuel systems have topped a series of acquisitions in recent years with nearly $30 million worth of new buys in the past weeks alone. A key prize? General Motors customers as GM re-enters the natural gas (and propane) vehicles business. “If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em,” says one man close to it all. —Page 6

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The natural gas vehicles industr y is here: with his ISL G engine powering East Rockaway’s new Clean Cities-suppor ted Crane Carrier truck is Cummins Westpor t VP Gord Exel. To his left are some of the new and emerging Big Guns in NGVs: Chr ysler’s Mar y Jaye, GNA’s Erik Neandross, Bill Zobel of Trillium USA, Tim Boyle of ANGI, National Grid’s Ron Gulmi, Impco’s Tim Standke, Matt Weiss of Landi Renzo, consultant Alex Lawson, Bill Hoffman of Arkansas Oklahoma Gas, NGV Global executive director Brett Jarman, Tom Sewell of Tulsa Gas Technologies, NGVAmerica president Rich Kolodziej, Castlen Kennedy of ‘Austin-to-Boston,’ BRC FuelMaker’s Mario Pirraglia, Dave Myers of Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Fleets & Fuels editor Rich Piellisch, Leo Thomason of AFVi, Lyle Jensen of GreenMan Technologies, John Mitton of Natural Drive, GreenMan’s Bob Natkin, Bradley Trembath of NatGasCar, Gerry Esper of Chrysler, Bill Calvert of BAF Technologies, Ron Eickelman of Fab-AFV Fleet Service, Elizabeth Munger of Honda, Freightliner’s Bob Carrick, Yukari Tanimoto of Lincoln Composites, Long Island Freightliner dealer Peter Nettesheim, Clean Energy’s Greg Roche, John Coursen of Wor thington-SCI (his Type III fuel cylinders are on the truck), and John Gilbrook of National Grid.

Methane Makes Its Case, Hybrids Here Too A more potent natural gas vehicles industry is offering clean methane fuel — in some cases biomethane — for refuse and public works vehicles. NGVAmerica held its annual meeting last week, right here. Nearly 30 natural gas exploration and

New York City Sanitation is testing a new hybrid from Hino. SAE releases a broad new testing standard. —Page 12

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production companies joined the association this year. With the emergence of shale gas, the E&Ps are seeking new markets for methane. The U.S. NGV industry has new investors from overseas, jockeying for work in light duty

vehicles, while Freightliner, Mack, Navistar and Paccar all have natural gas offerings for heavy duty customers. They’ve all got hybrid trucks too, and hybrids are well represented at WasteCon and APWA as well. Much More Inside, NGVAmerica on Page 11

‘It Works Very Very Well’

Half a dozen WasteCon exhibitors had a hand in this Crane Carrier truck, operated by Seattle’s Cleanscapes and fueled by Clean Energy. Crane is at WasteCon 2705, Cleanscapes is at 3522, and Clean Energy is at 3155. Crane’s got a truck in the NGV Zone, too — in the heart of the WasteCon show, where 41 natural gas vehicle suppliers may be found.

“The technology works and it works very very well,” Clean Energy Fuels VP Ray Burke says of natural gas — methane — fueled refuse trucks. “The reason this is growing the way it is, is that people have tested it and they know that it works.” Burke, a longtime veteran of Waste Management, says that some 10% of replacement refuse vehicles are now natural gas-fueled. “That percentage,” he says, “will continue to grow rapidly.” —Clean Energy on Page 14


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NGVAmerica Courts the Refuse Truck Market

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Natural Gas Vehicles for America is proud to welcome attendees to WasteCon/APWA combined exposition. And we look forward to seeing you at our 12,500 square foot NGV Zone because we know you have been hearing about the money that fleets are savings by switching to clean-burning natural gas. Waste collection and transfer vehicles account for about 11 percent of total vehicular natural gas use and are the fastest growing NGV segment. And municipalities are a rapidly growing buyer of NGVs. Reports of new NGV deployments are coming in from all over the country: Waste Management counts more than 900 NGVs in its fleet. Republic Services, Inc., this year added 226 natural gas vehicles at its 10 facilities from California to Washington. Choice Environmental Services became the first natural gas refuse fleet in Florida. Smithtown, N.Y., continues its commitment to cleaning up the air with 37 vehicles in its fleet operating on natural gas, including dump

trucks and a street sweeper, plus 22 refuse vehicles under contract. Kansas City, Missouri, fuels more than 200 compressed cars, trucks and vans at the city’s CNG station. Why? NGVs save money on fuel. The favorable cost differential between diesel fuel and natural gas significant and probably will grow. The differential between the pump prices of diesel fuel and natural gas, which ranges between 20 and 45 percent, is projected to grow as oil prices rise and natural gas price remain steady, making natural gas very economically attractive for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. NGVs run cleaner and quieter. Natural gas vehicles provide the greatest emission reductions and related environmental benefits of all available alternatives — including diesel hybrid technology. When used as transportation fuel, natural gas can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20-23 percent and 26–29 percent compared with diesel and gasoline fueled vehicles, respectively, according to studies by the California Air Resources Board.

Six NGVAmerica Awards Three individuals and three organizations went home with 2010 National NGV Achievement Awards from the NGVAmerica (and affiliate Clean Vehicle Education Foundation) National NGV Summit here last week: • Republic Services VP Joseph Noorlag, “for his efforts this year in deploying 226 refuse vehicles at 10 facilities from California to Washington.” Republic is at WasteCon 3137. • Choice Environmental Services of Fort Lauderdale “for its efforts as a small independent company to implement the first natural gas vehicle refuse fleet of 11 trucks in Florida.”

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NGVs will equal — if not exceed to fuel 300 of its LNG-powered — diesel vehicles in terms of dura- refuse trucks with fuel it produces from its Altamont Landfill near bility, performance and reliability. Today’s natural gas engines use Livermore, California. And more adstate-of-the-art fuel management and vances are coming: CNG-hydraulic combustion control technology. Cur- and CNG-electric hybrid technolorent 2010-compliant heavy-duty gies are being field tested today and engines deliver torque and horse- soon be ready for market soon. power similar or better than diesel Learn more During this year’s conference, we and use maintenance-free 3-way catinvite you to take a alyst exhaust systems road trip through the without maintenanceNGV Zone on the intensive particulate filWasteCon side of the ters and DEF systems. show floor, where 41 Natural gas’ low carbon of the world’s leading content translates into natural gas vehicle, longer oil change interequipment and servvals, less engine wear ice suppliers will be on and longer engine life. hand to show you the NGVs reduce this latest technology and country’s reliance on answer all your quesforeign oil in favor of Rich Kolodziej tions. abundant domestic Rich Kolodziej natural gas. T. Boone Pickens is right. This President NGVAmerica country can reduce its dependence on foreign oil by fueling heavy-duty Clean Energy Fuels president vehicles with natural gas. We are and CEO Andrew Littlefair is NGVAmerica chairman spending $365 billion a year in foreign oil. Meanwhile, about 98 percent of all natural gas consumed in the US comes from North America, and there is at least a 100 year supply of natural gas. That’s good for jobs, for the economy and for the Publisher environment. Kirk Fetzer 415-385-0987 What’s next? Kirk@CTNPublishing.com There may be “biomethane” in Editor your future. Biomethane, or renewRich Piellisch 415-305-9050 able natural gas, can be produced Rich@CTNPublishing.com from any organic waste material. It’s Writer & Photographer occurs naturally in landfills and it can John Morris reduce greenhouse gases by over 90 News Coverage by: percent. Waste Management expects

• Ron Gulmi, transportation product manager for National Grid (3188 in the NGV Zone), “for his long-time commitment to advancing the growth of natural gas vehicles throughout the Northeast.” • The telcom Verizon, which will add 501 CNG cargo vans to its fleet of vehicles this year. • The Los Angeles Unified School District in California for greening of its school bus fleet. • Oklahoma Speaker of the House Chris Benge, for advancing NGVs and helping pass the Oklahoma Energy Security Act with the goal of having at least one public CNG station every 100 miles by 2015.

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FSYS Buys PCI, Gets GM Upfit Work

Diesel-Metano – Landi Renzo took dual fuel to the light duty segment this year, exhibiting a Fiat Doblo van outfitted for diesel-natural gas operation at the NGV2010Roma world natural gas vehicles meeting in Italy.

Landi Buys Baytech, Gets GM Certifications Landi Renzo USA (WasteCon 3083), the American arm of Italy’s world-leading supplier of gaseous fuel systems, has acquired California’s Baytech, immediately gaining a raft of U.S. EPA- and, especially, California-certified natural gas systems for General Motors and GM affiliate vehicles. The purchase price is $15 million. “Baytech’s CARB certifications are considered par ticularly relevant, as they are only obtainable through a ver y long, complex and expensive process,” Landi Renzo said. The buy “allows us to quickly capture market oppor tunities through certified platforms already in Baytech’s portfolio” (emphasis added), said Landi Renzo USA president Andrea Andrea Landi Landi. “Baytech knowhow will also be ver y useful in developing and certifying gaseous fuel injection systems for platforms other than General Motors.” Baytech had a cash position of $412,000 at the end of 2009, Landi says, and total assets of $711,000. Baytech’s 2009 revenues were $2.5 million, with a corrected before-tax profit of $928,000. Landi Renzo USA was established last year and has a conversion and development facility in Torrance, Calif. — grand opening September 9. Parent Landi Renzo this summer acquired the automotive electronics specialist AEB. In addition to its efforts in gaseous fuels, where Landi Renzo holds a world-leading passenger vehicle market share of 32%, the company recently publicized work on a hybrid electric drive retrofit product, with individual wheel motors, under the rubric SIER, for Sistema Ibrido Elettrico Retrofit.

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“If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.” Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSYS) said this month that it’s buying Indiana’s Productive Concepts International for $11.1 million, just weeks after General Motors said it had tapped PCI to outfit GM vans for natural gas operation. GM said in May that it was re-entering NGVs, and would employ “a single-invoice, second-stage manufacturing process” to do so. Propane vans are promised for early 2011, and additional vehicle models are expected. FSYS has been on an expansion drive, recently acquiring Canada’s bankrupt FuelMaker, the GFI gaseous vehicles line, and the Argentinean NGV outfitter Tomasetto Achille. FSYS has a strong market position in Europe with MTM-BRC (which supplies Ford NGVs and propane vehicles), and its U.S. subsidiary Impco has returned to transportation markets with a raft of GM qualifications and U.S. EPA certifications of bi-fuel vehicle systems. Impco is believed to have sought the GM upfit

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Industries (APWA 350), which supplies aerial lifts for the socalled HTUF Navistar vehicles.

Calstart’s next HTUF meeting is slated for September 28-30 in Dearborn, Mich. Crane Carrier, by the way, is supplying 20 CNG-fueled LET 2 trucks to New York. Ten entered service last year.

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New York City’s CNG-fueled Crane LET 2 with hydraulic hybrid drive by Bosch Rexroth. National Grid helped buy it.

Bosch Rexroth Hybrids: 15-Plus

New York City Face-Off Is it better to go with hybrid trucks, which use straight diesel fuel (or biodiesel) but can cost more than twice as much as conventional vehicles? Or opt for natural gas trucks, which have a more modest purchase premium but require access to — or investment in — fueling infrastructure and such facility enhancements as methane detection systems? A test in New York may help settle the issue. There, different types of 72,000-lb GVW refuse truck, including a compressed natural gas hydraulic hybrid, will be evaluated in regular New York City Department of Sanitation route operation. The hybrids “represent the first of their kind in that weight class,” says NYC’s Spiro Kattan. The test, supported by organizations as far-flung as National Grid (WasteCon 3188; the gas utility here on Boston) and Pasadena, Calif.-based Calstart, which runs Hybrid Truck Users Forum programs and the annual HTUF conference with U.S. Army National Automotive Center support, are backing the study. The study will compare performance, emissions, fuel economy, and noise. It will constitute “an apples-to-apples, in-service comparison,” says Ron Gulmi of National Grid. The trucks to be tested share the LET 2 platform by Crane Carrier (WasteCon 3282). A straight diesel LET 2 will be compared with a diesel with a hydraulic hybrid drivetrain by Bosch Rexroth, and with another fueled by CNG. Also in the trial is a Crane LET 2 with a series hybrid electric drivetrains by San Diego-based ISE (with ultracapacitors in lieu of batteries). National Grid hopes to add a non-hybrid CNGfueled truck to the trial. “We think we have the money,” Gulmi said here Thursday. Data will be complied by New West Technologies. Greg Wilcox is project manager there. “NYC is our shining example,” says Richard Parish of Calstart. His Hybrid Refuse Truck Working Group (one of more than half a dozen under the HTUF umbrella), has developed a common hybrid refuse chassis specification as it collects duty cycle and refuse market data — like the data from New York — to support business case develop-

ment. Once in hand, the group will redouble its efforts to get a group sanitation fleets to pool their purchase funds and thereby establish an early economy of scale. A similar HTUF initiative in utility bucket trucks led to commercialization of Navistar International vehicles with hybrid drivetrains by Eaton. Also profiting was Altec

New York City has three refuse trucks in service with hydraulic hybrid drivetrains by Bosch Rexroth. At least two more are expected to be placed in service, in Texas and Virginia, in the coming months, and there are ten in trials in Europe (mostly in Germany). The hydraulic hybrid by Bosch Rexroth employs gas compressed in an accumulator instead of electricity in a battery (or ultracapacitor) to effect regenerative braking. The technology, which totally eliminates battery life issues, is especially suitable for heavy vehicles with a start-stop duty cycle — i.e. garbage trucks. The hydraulic accumulators used for such vehicles are packaged in CNG tank-like shells, and represent a new market oppor tunity for CNG tank manufacturers, too. Lincoln Composites, exhibiting at WasteCon 3171, is among the CNG cylinder suppliers that supplied such shell to major OEMs.

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Clean Cities for Clean Trucks The U.S. Department of Energy designated 25 winners of some $300 million worth of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards under its Clean Cities program last year, and a good proportion of the money is funding cleaner refuse trucks, especially natural gas-fueled vehicles. “This year is the year of natural gas,” Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition coordinator Lee Grannis said here Thursday at the NGV Summit. Among the various pending contracts, Connecticut is to see deployment of 18 heavy-duty LNG refuse trucks with Clean Cities support, as well as seven new CNG stations, including the first LCNG facility on the East Coast (in Bridgeport), plus an upgrade to an existing CNG station in Norwich. DoE estimates that the initiative will help displace 1.4 million gallons of petroleum annually. The New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition is coordinating deployment of 277 CNG garbage trucks and four new fueling stations throughout Newark, Camden, Trenton, Atlantic City, and Egg Harbor. DoE estimates that the project will help displace 1.8 million gallons of petroleum annually. Chicago’s Department of Environment, with participants including the Gas Technology Institute, Dennis Smith is getting help deploying more than is national Clean Cities 550 alternative fuel and hybrid elecdirector. tric vehicles. Groot Industries is to get $500,000 to help offset the cost of its 20 new Mack TerraPro CNG trucks, and expand an existing Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. (WasteCon 3079 in the NGV Zone) CNG fueling station. Waste Management is in line for 11 CNG trucks by Autocar (WasteCon 3631). DoE estimates that the project will help displace 3 million gallons of petroleum per year. The Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition’s project involves five new public-access CNG stations and deployment of 87 heavy-duty trucks throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties: 44 CNG refuse trucks, 40 heavy-duty CNG dump trucks, and three heavy-duty CNG trucks. Oyster Bay is to get 45 heavy duty and refuse trucks with ARRA funding, reports Rita Ebert of GLICCC. Nassau County is retrofitting 15 heavy duty International trucks and purchasing 39 Ford F150 pickups and 8 International sweepers, she says. Ten Autocar trucks

have been ordered (five received, for V. Garofalo Carting). East Rockaway is getting two Crane trucks (one is pictured below at the NGV Summit). DoE estimates that the project will help displace 351,000 gallons of petroleum annually. In Idaho, The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition is working to replace 28 heavyduty diesel refuse trucks with Getting the message out: Early example of an expected 272 Clean CNG trucks, with fueling at Cities-backed CNG trucks for New Jersey. ACUA is the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. two Allied Waste locations. DoE estimates that the initiative will help displace 255,000 DoE estimates that the project will help displace 490,000 gallons of petroleum annually. gallons of petroleum annually. A new Clean Cities solicitation for $35 milAtlanta Clean Cities is coordinating a DeKalb County project to convert local landfill gas to lion is expected by year-end, Marcy Rood Werpy CNG and develop five CNG fueling stations. of DoE’s Argonne National Lab said here Bids are expected to be invited shortly. The proj- Thursday. As proposed, however, $20 million is ect also includes a B20 biodiesel station. Part- for electric vehicle work. ners will purchase a total of 191 commercially Southern California’s Gladstein, Neandross & available light- to heavy-duty alternative-fuel Associates helped write 11 of the 25 winning and advanced-technology vehicles, DoE says. Clean Cities proposals.

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ESI Brings In Navistar McKinney, Texas-based Emission Solutions, Inc. (WasteCon 3283 in the NGV Zone) has persevered with development of Navistar engines that run solely on natural gas, and can claim much of the credit for bringing a perennially skeptical Navistar International into the NGV fold. Standout customers include the City of Dallas for 24 ESI-powered refuse and dump trucks with ten more on the way. Beginning this year, the company says, dedicated-natural gas Navistar trucks with ESI-powered Navistar for City of Dallas. ESI engines, now available through selected dealers, will become direct-factory products, with installation in 7000-series WorkStar trucks beginning next month at Navistar’s plant in Garland, Texas. By year-end or early 2011, ESI-powered versions of series-4000 DuraStar trucks will be available from Navistar’s plant in Springfield, Ohio, says ESI president and co-founder Jim Moore. “Everything we’re doing on new trucks through dealers is temporary,” he says. ESI’s bread-and-butter product is the stoichiometric and turbocharged Phoenix NG 7.6L, based on 1995-and-later DT 466 diesel engines (now updated and sold as the Maxxforce DT), fully certified for methane operation. ESI hopes by year-end to have won U.S. EPA and California certification of the 9.3-liter Maxxforce 10, a more powerful (350-horsepower) engine which will boost ESI-powered Navistar trucks in sectors including waste collection. Both the 7.6- and 9.3-liter engine are in-line 6-cylinder products. Next on ESI’s short list is a natural gas version of  Vehicle/Engine Emissions and Certifications a NavistarV-8, Moore says, being developed with the  Comparative Power and Performance Data

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Enviromech and Luxfer Show How It’s Done

Joe Pike of Enviromech and Dave Myers of Luxfer

CNG fuel system supplier Enviromech and lightweight cylinder manufacturer Luxfer are showing a tank assembly in a plexiglas cabinet in the NGV Zone. The 75 diesel gallon equivalent CNG rig is on a cabover LET 2 chassis by Crane Carrier. It employs five carbon fiberon-aluminum (Type III) Luxfer cylinders. “We wanted to show people that there’s something behind the box,” says Enviromech president Joe Pike.

“There’s a fine engineering excellence at work here.” The display shows how the cylinders are connected using Swagelok fittings and valves by Emer, of Italy (where Enviromech and Luxfer have a joint venture). It also shows structural fittings engineered by Enviromech and manufactured in Kelowna, B.C.

National Fleet Services president Tim LaRiviere with sales director Ken Baranski

Direct from Ford (Almost) National Fleet Services of Ohio was at ThursdayFriday’s National NGV Summit showing a Ford Transit Connect van outfitted for dedicated-CNG operation using equipment from Florida’s EvoTek (WasteCon 3175 in the NGV Zone). National Fleet is based next to the Ford assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio and boasts full ship-through capability. The firm offers E-150 through -450 series vans, which it upfits prior to delivery to customers’ Ford dealers. Vehicles must be ordered with sales code 91G indicating a gaseous fuel (CNG or propane) prep engine.

Honda Is Going National with Dedicated-CNG Civic GX “We’re taking the car national,” Honda alt fuels sales manager Eric Rosenberg says of the firm’s Civic GX, still the only dedicatedcompressed natural gas passenger vehicle offered by an OEM in the U.S. All interested dealers will be able to handle the CNG car, Rosenberg says — approximately 1,000 will be offered the opportunity later this month. “Currently we have 137 dealers,” Rosenberg told F&F ShowTimes Friday, “and expect to grow the network by another 50 to 65.” Retail sales had been limited to California, New York and Utah, with Oklahoma added this past spring. Honda is at WasteCon 3186.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Revolutionizing Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is in place, and that revolution is really taking place,â&#x20AC;? NGVA America president Rich Kolodziej said as the association, its ranks and coffers swollen this year by 29 new natural gas exploration and production members companies, held its 2010 National ConferenceSummit to precede WasteCon and the American Public Works Association meetings here. The E&P companies, seeking markets for their shale gas-engorged reserves, have come to view natural gas vehicle as the answer. U.S. automakers, sensing a sea-change, are now promoting natural gas vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;North America is the Middle East for natural gas,â&#x20AC;? said Gerry Esper, of Chrysler, which

The Fuel, The Fuel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest all over America in natural gas now,â&#x20AC;? Freightliner sales chief Bob Carrick said at the NGV Summit here Friday. But, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fueling infrastructure is a travesty.â&#x20AC;? For far too many customers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no fuel.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is the biggest impediment we face. Without the fueling infrastructure you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell them. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give them away. If we had the fuel, this thing would take off like you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe. All you need is fuel. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that simple. It really is.â&#x20AC;? The special characteristics of CNG and CNG fueling make the problem worse, said Long Island Freightliner president Peter Nettesheim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the biggest challenges we have is fuel capacity,â&#x20AC;? he said. A system rated at 75 diesel equivalent gallons only holds that 75 DGE if full pressure of 3,600 psi is attained â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and often it is not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In ideal conditions itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75 DGE,â&#x20AC;? Nettesheim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is, we can never get ideal conditions.â&#x20AC;? CNG fueling provider Tim Boyle of ANGI (WasteCon 3275 in the NGV Zone) said the pressure problem has been solved. Freightliner at 3067, also in the Zone.

under Fiat ownership has been hinting at plans for NGVs in the U.S. Fiat sold 130,000 CNGgasoline cars in Italy alone last year, Esper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to see [government] incentives for bi-fuel vehicles,â&#x20AC;? Esper said. Ford offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;gaseous-prepâ&#x20AC;? engine with hardened valves, and calibration advice to converters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natural gas is very important to us. It is part of our strategy,â&#x20AC;? said commercial vehicles program manager Milton Wong. GM is offering complete CNG vans, beginning later this year, tapping an Indiana upfitter (which was quickly acquired by a gaseous fuels specialist, see page 6) to complete the vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the first time, everything seems to be in place,â&#x20AC;? said Nick Stavropolous, gas operation VP with National Grid, the host utility here ion Boston. Attendees, many of them long-time advocates, said they sense that things are different during this current industry surge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to work this time,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Strickland, clean transportation manager at Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alagasco. Revolutionizing Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation was the official NGVAmerica conference theme.

NGV Globalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brett Jarman fills up in Zurich.

America, Get on Board â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is probably the most exciting market in the world and is growing into the most important market in the world,â&#x20AC;? says Brett Jarman, executive director of NGV Global, the world trade association. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here from Australia, jubilant that the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest economy appears to be embracing NGVs for real. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Replacing oil use in transport with natural gas on a large scale in the U.S.â&#x20AC;? Jarman says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;will have resounding ef fects around the world including immediate reductions in greenhouse emissions and addressing the economic instability of relying on crude oil, a fuel which so few countries have in surplus.â&#x20AC;?

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Hino Is Bringing on the Hybrids “We’re targeting a five-year payback without government subsidies,” says Glenn Ellis, sales and marketing VP with Toyota’s Hino Motors Sales U.S.A. Hino resumed ef for ts to bring its hybrid electric vehicles to America this year, showing a light-duty diesel hybrid cab-over-engine model with 16-foot van body and 14,500-lb GVW in New York. The parallel drive prototype vehicle with nickel metal hydride batteries is entering parts deliver y trials with the 5,500-vehicle New York City Department of Sanitation. “We’re star ting to see penetration in the different markets,” observes New York’s Spiro Kattan. He operates some 2,200 refuse trucks, including a recently delivered

Crane Carrier LET 2 truck with hydraulic hybrid drive by Bosch Rexroth — CNGfueled (page 7). Hino hybrid on show “Hino expects in Flushing Meadows, to offer its next New York City generation hybrid Class 4 and 5 COE trucks in the U.S. in the near future,” states a company release. The firm says it’s already produced more than 9,800 hybrid buses and trucks, and “is looking for ward to its milestone 10,000th hybrid vehicle by the end of 2010.” Hino Trucks is at APWA 165.

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CWI Plans Natural Gas ISX11.9 It won’t be available until at least 2013, but the Cummins Westport joint venture ( WasteCon 3077 ) is planning a dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition version of the new ISX11.9 diesel engine from Cummins. Cummins reported U.S. EPA and California certification of the diesel engine to 2010 limits on July 20, and said Cummins’ new it will commence full production in August. 11.9-liter diesel “The ISX11.9 is designed for rigorous duty cycles, including those for work trucks such as dump and mixer trucks, and refuse applications,” Cummins said, noting technology draw from the 15-liter ISX15, which is offered as a natural gas-diesel engine by Westport Innovations. Cummins promises horsepower ratings of 310-450 and torque ranging from 1150-1650 lb-ft for the ISX11.9, depending on vehicle application, for the new diesel engine. Cummins Westport has California Energy Commission and Gas Technology Institute support for development of the natural gas spark-ignition variant. Fleets & Fuels, July 26 & June 28

SAE Hybrid Testing Standard SAE International has published a new standard for measuring the exhaust emissions and fuel economy of hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. “Until now, the fuel economy claims for plug-in hybrids were not calculated according to similar procedures,” Michael Duoba, an automotive engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, says in an SAE release. Duoba chaired the SAE panel that developed the new standard, which is designated J1711. J1711, SAE says, “provides procedures to more consistently evaluate these vehicles under a wider range of evaluation cycles, and offers a technology-neutral way allowing potential fuel savings.” J1711 establishes uniform chassis dynamometer test procedures for hybridelectric vehicles. It is formally known as the Recommended Practice for Measuring the Exhaust Emissions and Fuel Economy of Hybrid Electric Vehicles, including Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles. Fleets & Fuels, July 12 12

LNG for the U.S. Southeast As part of a growing trend of big-name companies embracing alternative fuels, the natural gas providers El Paso Corp and AGL Resources (Atlanta Gas Light) have teamed to form Southeast LNG. “We plan to develop infrastructure to fuel and service this market segment with LNG,” said Bruce Hughes, who is to preside over the new venture. He most recently headed El Paso’s Southern Natural Gas unit. Federal approvals and local permits are the priority now. Fleets & Fuels, August 9

Mayors Like Natural Gas Vehicles “The diversification of transportation fuel sources would help the United States meet rapidly growing domestic and global energy demands, reduce the United States’ dependency on oil imported from foreign countries, stabilize the cost and availability of energy in America, safeguard the economy and security of the United States, and facilitate the future growth of hydrogen vehicle transportation foundation by building out natural gas fueling corridors,” the U.S. Conference of Mayors said. Fleets & Fuels, June 28

Capstone Turbines for Truck OEMs California’s Capstone is talking up a test of its fuel-versatile turbine-based hybrid electric drive with a big-name builder of heavy duty trucks. The drives include mobile-hardened versions of Parker Hannifin industrial motors. Separately, as part of a $3 million project backed by the California Energy Commission, Capstone will develop a larger turbine to be tested in a natural gas-fueled Kenworth hybrid truck in 2012. Fleets & Fuels, August 9

Volvo Taps Dual Fuel Specialists Volvo (patent of Mack Truck) has tightened ties to Westport Innovations and Clean Air Power, as it evaluates duel fuel technology for running diesel engines mostly on natural gas, preserving the efficient sparkless diesel cycle. Fleets & Fuels, July 26

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vehicle refueling appliances and the Phill home fueler last year, and is applying the FuelMaker name to its existing large compressor line. GESI is now the exclusive distributor and packager of the high capacity compressors for all of the U.S. The oil-free compressors are three-stage, mechanical piston units with an optional hydraulic booster. Direct drive electric motor power capacity varies from 75 to 270 horsepower. The W-shape design allows for slow rotation speeds and enhanced durability. “In the USA we see a market with great potential for BRC FuelMaker’s high capacity compressors,” said sales and marketing director Mario Pirraglia (a FuelMaker veteran). The pact with GESI, he said, allows the parent company to “consolidate our product offering… Our expectation with this partnership is to become a leader in this marketplace.” In addition to BRC, GESI handles Gardner Denver and Ingersoll-Rand compressor packages. The company has built or serviced more than 150 CNG locations during the past 12 years. GESI provides a range of CNG fueling station services including methane BRC’s W-shape compressor will help enable fast fills detection system upgrades for natural

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GESI Is Now Handling Larger BRC Compressors Southern California’s Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. (WasteCon 3079 in the NGV Zone) continues to grow, having this year broadened its product line by adding BRC FuelMaker compressors with capacities up to 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute, allowing for faster fill for refuse industry fleets. BRC is a unit of Fuel System Solutions, Inc. which also owns Impco ( 2981 ), a provider of bi-fuel vehicle conversion systems, primarily

GESI time-fill CNG installation fuels vehicles for Groot Industries in Illinois.

for General Motors vehicles. Among several recent acquisitions (see page 6), BRC bought the FuelMaker line of small

Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. president Larry Ozier with BRC GM Max Fissore (right) at NGV2010Roma, June’s world natural gas vehicles meeting in Italy.

gas vehicle maintenance garages. Most of GESI’s installations are in California, including Burrtec Waste Industries in the Palm Springs area. But the firm is branching out. GESI provided a CNG fueling installation for Groot Industries in Illinois (the lead customer for Mack’s new ProTerra natural gas trucks), as well as an installation for factory fills at the Dodge Center, Minn. factory of McNeilus Trucks. McNeilus (WasteCon 3166), a unit of Oshkosh Corp, offers factory CNG refuse trucks and, more recently, concrete mixers.

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‘A Sweet Spot for Refuse Fleets’

Autocar operator Central Jersey Waste and Recycling (Trenton, N.J.) is a Clean Energy customer.

Clean Energy Likes the Refuse Sector “The solid waste sector is probably our fastest growing sector,” says Ray Burke, VP at Clean Energy Fuels of Seal Beach, Calif. Clean Energy (WasteCon 3155), founded by Boone Pickens and now a public company, is the volume leader in natural gas vehicle fueling, and according to Burke Ray Burke is gathering momentum in the refuse sector, especially for compressed natural gas. From 1997 to 2009, Clean Energy built 15 refuse sector fueling stations, Burke told F&F ShowTimes, in California, New York and Texas. So far in 2010, there are 15 on the books to be built, “and the year is not even done.” Put another way, Clean Energy built one refuse sector station in 2007 (when Burke joined the company), two in 2008, and eight in 2009. “We’re in 12 states now,” he says. “It’s obviously taking off.” The reason? Once fleets make the commitment to methane, their fuel is cheaper by the gallon than diesel. “On average we’re saving a dollar in today’s market,” Burke says. “It’s more than that in certain regions,” he adds. “It gets as low as 70¢ in some areas and a buckfifty in others. But one dollar is a good average.” Clean Energy recently won out as the natural

gas supplier to Phoenix-based Republic Services (WasteCon 3137), which said in April that it will add 226 natural gas-powered trucks, representing some 20% of its orders this year, at ten sites in California, Washington and Idaho. Clean Energy will build CNG stations at Gardena, Sun Valley and Chula Vista, Calif., and in Bellevue, Wash. It already fuels Republic in Boise. The 20% rate of methane trash truck buys will likely continue in 2010, or slightly increase, said Republic fleet chief Roy Svehla. “We’re seeing demand for natural gas vehicles in nontraditional parts of the country,” he told F&F, naming the Northeast, Florida, and Houston. In June, Clean Energy said it would supply Republic in Southern California, Consolidated Disposal in Los Angeles, and Solano Garbage (Fairfield, Calif.) through April 2015, supporting waste collection and recycling in 55 California cities and communities. The annual LNG requirement “is expected to exceed 3.5 million LNG gallons,” Clean Energy said. For future growth, “Long Island is very similar to Southern California, says Burke. “Most of the cities franchise and contract out their services, and they require natural gas.” Smithtown, Huntington and Brook Haven, L.I. are expected to be followed by Babylon and Oyster Bay.

Sales & Volumes Up Markedly Deliveries increased 31% during the second quar ter just ended, and revenue rose nearly 58%, Clean Energy said Monday. For the first six months of 2010, deliveries of CNG, LNG, biomethane and fuel for operations and maintenance services increased 42% to 59.7 million gasoline gallon equivalents, the

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company said, up from 42.0 million gallons in the first six months of 2009. “We remain encouraged with the direction of our business and our industr y overall,” said Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair. He cited the refuse sector as an area of “continued growth.”

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“Their skid packages are a sweet spot for refuse fleets,” says Clean Energy Fuels VP Ray Burke, noting that his firm’s recent acquisition of Canada’s IMW Industries brings greater integration and a fuller Clean Energy product offering for refuse truck fueling. “It’s strategic for us,” Burke told F&F Show Times. “We are teaming up with the best in the business to drive global NGV expansion,” Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said as his hard-charging firm disclosed a deal to acquire IMW (WasteCon 3083 in the NGV Zone) for $125 million plus a cash earn-out. “During the economic slowdown of the last couple of years, while other companies were retrenching, IMW aggressively expanded its sales and service organization,” Littlefair said in the acquisition announcement. “This acquisition transforms Clean Energy both in terms of capability and geographic reach.” IMW has provided equipment for more than 1,000 CNG installations in 20-plus countries, Clean Energy says. Clean Energy also now owns BAF Technologies (WasteCon 3167 in the NGV Zone), which converts Ford vehicles to dedicatednatural gas operation for high-volume customers including AT&T. BAF is working on duel fuel applications, and is otherwise expanding.

“The Chicago market is starting to heat up,” with Waste Management and Republic coming in, Burke says, noting that Groot Industries (a Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. customer) is already using CNG. CleanScapes (WasteCon 3522) in Seattle may be followed by Bellevue and Kent, while Alpine Waste & Recycling in Denver may be followed by Western Disposal in Boulder. In a given region, “As soon as you have one on board, others join in,” Burke says. Newark & Philadelphia are looking at CNG for their garbage too, he adds. Clean Energy is increasing its work in biomethane too. It produces 40,000 gallons per day from the McComma’s Bluff landfill in Dallas.

Cleanscapes vehicles slow fill in Seattle.



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