Waterford School District Debuts Propane Buses

Joanna Schroeder

Waterford School District (WSD), in Michigan, has debuted 10 new school buses powered by propane autogas. The school district joins nearly 30 others in the state who are also fueling their bus fleets with propane. Each Blue Bird Vision Propane bus is retrofitted with propane fuel systems manufactured by Michigan-based ROUSH CleanTech. “Prior to joining WSD, I had a very …

Alternative Vehicles, Propane

Van Unen Miersma Propane Partners with Semper Fi Fund

Joanna Schroeder

Van Unen Miersma Propane has forged a partnership with the Semper Fi Fund, a non profit organization that assists injured and ill service members and their families. Van Unen has purchased three propane delivery trucks and for every gallon of propane these trucks use, the company will donate one cent to the Semper Fi Fund. The propane company anticipates pumping …

Alternative Vehicles, Propane

Fed-Ex, Clean Energy Open Okie CNG Station

Joanna Schroeder

Fed-Ex along with Clean Energy Fuels Corporation have opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Oklahoma. Armed with cutting edge technology, the CNG station will enable Fed-Ex to fuel more than 100 of its Freight Class 8 trucks with fast fueling technology. During a ribbon cutting ceremony, Clean Energy also announced plans to supply the station with …

Alternative Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Natural Gas

Senator Brown Introduces EV Transportation Bill

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced new legislation, the Electric Vehicle Credit Act, to give employers the opportunity to provide employees with electric cars access to the same pre-tax transportation benefits many workers receive for traditional forms of transportation including public transportation allowances, parking fees and public transit passes. “As more Ohioans choose to drive electric to save on …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

Michigan Mass Rolls Out Propane

Joanna Schroeder

Flint, Michigan Mass Transportation Agency (Flint MTA) has rolled-out 16 new propane buses. According to Blue Bird, this is the largest one-time Propane Vision bus purchase to date for commercial use. Flint MTA estimates that when compared to the replaced diesel buses, each propane bus will reduce 800 pounds of nitrogen oxide and 35 pounds of particulate matter per year. …

Alternative Vehicles, Propane

Interest in EVs Growing Finds Survey

Joanna Schroeder

The second annual survey on electric vehicles (EVs) has found that consumer interest in purchasing EVs, led by young adults, has increased over the past year from 31 percent in 2015 to 36 percent in 2016 while 50 percent of young adults (18-34) saying they would consider purchasing. The survey found that the more consumers know about EVs, the greater …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

DTC Opens #Propane Fuel Station, Increases Fleet

Joanna Schroeder

The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has opened a new propane fuel station in New Castle. The station goes along with the agency’s plans to increase its fleet of propane-powered paratransit buses. By FY18 the agency will operate 130 propane buses within it’s DART paratransit service. The decision was made following a two-year pilot program that tested five buses. DTC then …

Alternative Vehicles, Propane

UPS Drives 1 Billion Miles with Alternative Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

One year earlier than expected, UPS has driven over 1 billion miles using its various alternative fueled fleet. It’s “Rolling Laboratory” included more than 7,200 vehicles ranging from pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles, to electric and hybrid vehicles to natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane and renewable diesel. The “fuel” option is tailored for the geography from dense urban areas …

Alternative Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Electric Vehicles, Natural Gas, Propane, renewable diesel

High Octane, Low Carb #Biofuels Better for Fuel Economy

Joanna Schroeder

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, is leading an effort to ensure that high octane, low carbon fuels are part of EPA’s midterm evaluation of the progress of federal fuel economy standards. Daschle was the author of the reformulated and oxygenated fuel provisions of the Clean Air Act, and also the lead sponsor of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), …

Alternative Vehicles, automotive, biofuels, Car Makers, Carbon Dioxide, EPA, Ethanol, Legislation

Clariant-Scania Ethanol Trucks Project Successful

Joanna Schroeder

Last year, Clariant and Scania partnered to test ethanol fueled heavy-duty trucks. Clariant acquired three Scania P270 model 4×2 trucks, or Ecotrucks, that run on ethanol, and are the first of its kind to be sold by Scania in Latin America. The Ecotrucks transport ISO tanks with a 25,000-liter (6,604 gallon) capacity for chemical products from Clariant’s facility located in …

advance biofuels, Alternative Vehicles, biomass, Brazil, Ethanol