AT&T Green Fleet

Laura McNamara

More than 100 new alternative-fuel vehicles will be on the road for AT&T. The nationwide communications company is launching a new fleet of Compressed Natural Gas vans, 65 electric hybrid cars and 15 electric hybrid conversion work trucks in 30 cities across the U.S. Start looking for them in June. The vehicles will be embedded into AT&T’s workforce as operational …

Energy, Environment, transportation

Ethanol to Fuel New Road Fleet for U.S. Air Force

Laura McNamara

A new fleet of off road vehicles in the U.S. Air Force will operate on E85 fuel. MAG International Inc., the newest distributor of Flextek Flex Fuel Conversion technology, will help the Air Force meet its goal of reducing its exhaust emissions. The U.S. Air Force recently accepted MAG’s bid to provide a new fleet of off road vehicles designed …

E85, Environment, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Government, News, transportation

First E85 Conversion Kit Approved by EPA

Michelle Kautz

The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition reports that Flex Fuel U.S., a member of the coalition, has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved an E85 conversion kit which fits the 2006 Dodge Charger 5.7 liter Hemi. The system is the first and only E85 conversion unit certified by the EPA for passenger and fleet vehicles. A copy of …

E85, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, News, transportation

Biofuels Flying High with Algae

Laura McNamara

Airbus and JetBlue Airways are just two of a handful of airlines exploring the use of biofuels made from algae to power their planes. The Green Tech Blog reports that a joint biofuel effort – which also includes international airlines Aero Engines, Honeywell Aerospace and UOP, a second Honeywell company – was announced Thursday. The group plans to study ways …

Biodiesel, transportation

Clean Diesel Hot Topic at Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Expo

Laura McNamara

The Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Expo in Las Vegas that I mentioned in an earlier post is wrapping up and participants have expressed excitement about sustainable fuel choices. Supporters of clean diesel for example, say the fuel offers more power, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Gale Banks, chief executive officer of Gale Banks Engineering, says clean diesel turns conventional …

Biodiesel, Car Makers, Energy, Production, transportation

Brown Gets Even Greener

Laura McNamara

Back in March John posted info that the shipping giant UPS was ramping up its efforts to do business the GREEN way when it added 167 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered delivery trucks to its fleet. Now, old brown is outdoing itself. UPS has placed an order with DTNA’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation for the largest order of alternative-fuel and …

Distribution, Energy, Production, transportation

NorthStar Fleet Goes Biodiesel

Laura McNamara

NorthStar Moving says its trucks might be red on the outside, but they’re now green on the inside. The moving and storage company is operating its truck fleet on biodiesel fuel. NorthStar Moving Corporation has announced that they have converted all of their trucks to biodiesel fuel. NorthStar Moving continues to find new ways to lighten its carbon footprint, now …

Biodiesel, Distribution, Environment, transportation

BASF Podcast Tackles Clean Diesel

Laura McNamara

This week’s Chemical of Innovations podcast from BASF explores how consumers can make exhaust fumes of their diesel vehicles cleaner through catalysts technology. In terms of design a diesel is much more efficient: It uses less fuel and emits less CO2. To purify diesel exhaust fumes is a challenge and only possible because manufacturers of catalytic converters like BASF Catalysts …

Agribusiness, Energy, transportation

Safely Moving Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Several ethanol producers are among the winners of the 14th annual CSXT Chemical Safety Excellence Award which reflects commitment to rail car maintenance and safety as well as continuous safe tank car loading. To be eligible for the award, companies must ship 600 or more railcars per year on CSXT and have zero non-accidental releases during the year. Among the …

Ethanol, News, transportation