NGVAmerica News Week in Review: November 14, 2016
- ampCNG Signs Fueling Agreement with US Foods to Build 20th CNG Station
- Florida Transit Authority Adds 13 Wheelchair Accessible CNG-Powered MV-1 Vehicles
- SPATCO Energy Solutions Becomes Distributor for Galileo North America
- CNG Station Set to Open in Southwestern Ohio
- Iveco to Supply 109 Natural Gas Vehicles to Madrid
- Chart Opens Second LNG/LCNG Fueling Station in Finland
- Scania Offers Opticruise Automated Transmission for 9-Liter Gas Engine
ampCNG Signs Fueling Agreement with US Foods to Build 20th CNG Station
November 10, 2016
ampCNG announced a fueling and station agreement with US Foods, one of the country’s largest foodservice distributors, that includes building a public-access fueling station in Buda, Texas to serve the food distributor, the station’s anchor tenant.
Located adjacent to the US Foods’ distribution center, the ampCNG fast-fill station will have two dual-hose dispensers serving two lanes. ampCNG expects to break ground in early 2017 and will open the station in Summer 2017.
“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as we bring our eighth station online in Texas,” said Grant Zimmerman, CEO at ampCNG. “We share in TCEQ’s commitment to reducing emissions and improving air quality.”
US Foods recently won a Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) grant for 40 new CNG trucks bringing its Buda, Texas-based CNG fleet to a total of fifty trucks.
“US Foods continues to make improvements across the company to reduce our environmental footprint and allow us to serve our customers in an energy efficient way,” said Dario Skocir, vice president of transportation, US Foods. “Increasing the number of CNG vehicles in our fleet allows us to continue to reduce our annual fuel costs while reducing the amount of emissions emitted during our daily deliveries to customers.”
The new station marks ampCNG’s eighth in Texas, bringing its total station network to 20. New station projects are under development to further expand ampCNG’s footprint in Texas, as well as in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and California.
Florida Transit Authority Adds 13 Wheelchair Accessible CNG-Powered MV-1 Vehicles
November 10, 2016
Mobility Ventures announced that the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority (HART) of Hillsborough County, Florida is purchasing 13 wheelchair-accessible MV-1s off the Florida State Contract in an effort to increase accessible transportation for area residents. These purchases are being made through Creative Bus, an MV-1 dealer with locations nationwide.
HART provides public transit services in Hillsborough County and surrounding areas, covering approximately 1,000 square miles. The decision to purchase CNG MV-1s reflects the transit authority’s commitment to clean energy.
“Adding these CNG MV-1s in Hillsborough County will improve the quality of life for many people with disabilities,” said Pat Kemp, executive vice president, Mobility Ventures. “Convenient, affordable, safe and reliable transportation is a critical need for these individuals.”
MV-1, the first and only American-made wheelchair-accessible vehicle, comes standard with a built-in side-entry ramp, ample head room and seating for up to five.
SPATCO Energy Solutions Becomes Distributor for Galileo North America
November 9, 2016
Galileo Global Technologies announced that SPATCO Energy Solutions has acquired the rights to become the North America Distribution Manager for Galileo Technologies natural gas conversion equipment. In addition to its new role in managing distribution, SPATCO Energy Solutions will continue as the nationwide service and installation provider for Galileo Technologies.
“With Galileo Technology Inc.’s North America headquarters in Arcadia, California, this announcement increases Galileo’s support staff for engineering, service technicians and salesmen by over 300 people,” says Osvaldo De Campo, CEO of Galileo Global.
Jeff Dailey, President and CEO of SPATCO Energy Solutions, along with his current duties, has been named Distribution General Manager for Galileo across the US and Canada. Steve Childers has been named Director of Distribution for Galileo with responsibility for sales, site planning, and installation.
CNG Station Set to Open in Southwestern Ohio
November 14, 2016
Kentuckiana Cleanfuel, a Louisville-based company, is set to open their new CNG station in Sharonville, Ohio on November 18. The station, designed and built by TruStar Energy, is located in a transportation-based industrial park with easy access to the I-75 and I-71 corridors and will also operate as a depot for M&M Cartage Class 8 Freightliner trucks.
The station will be powered by four 250 horsepower ANGI NG300E packages featuring Ohio-made Ariel JGQ/2 natural gas compressors, three dual-pump nozzles and a maximum fast-fill flow of up to fifteen gallons per minute. The station will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is key in expanding CNG fleet deployment in Southwestern Ohio as it is the first public station in Cincinnati.
“The location of the station will help M&M Cartage to further serve our customer base,” said Don Hayden, President of M&M Cartage. “We’re proud that our commitment to CNG provides valuable economic and environmental benefits to their shareholders.”
Iveco to Supply 109 Natural Gas Vehicles to Madrid
November 10, 2016
Iveco has been chosen as the truck manufacturer in a state procurement selection conducted in Madrid, Spain. The procurement is for the supply of 109 new urban waste collection vehicles powered by CNG for the City of Madrid.
The 109 vehicles to be delivered are Iveco Stralis models, which feature Cursor 8 CNG engines and are fitted with specially-designed collectors to gather and haul waste. The trucks are manufactured at Iveco’s Madrid plant, the very city where the trucks will be put to work. Iveco says the plant is a Silver World Class Manufacturing facility that houses both manufacturing and R&D.
There are currently 43 public CNG stations and 19 LNG stations in Spain, making it the largest provider of LNG stations in Europe. A further nine mixed CNG/LNG stations are currently under development in the country.
Chart Opens Second LNG/LCNG Fueling Station in Finland
November 8, 2016
Chart Ferox (Chart) has opened a public natural gas fueling station in Finland, located in the port city of Turku. The Chart designed and built LNG station is supplemented with a Sarlin high pressure system to offer natural gas fueling service for both LNG and CNG vehicles.
The station features the “Dynaflow” LNG dispenser engineered to operate to an ambient temperature of -40°F. Installation was carried out by Chart’s partner Sarlin Oy Ab, and station commissioning was completed by Chart engineers.
Natural gas fueling can be a major contributor to Finland’s environmental objectives of reducing greenhouse gases and other tailpipe emissions. Chart is currently constructing two additional natural gas stations that are expected to open next year.
Scania Offers Opticruise Automated Transmission for 9-Liter Gas Engine
November 8, 2016
Scania has introduced the ability to combine its Opticruise automated transmission system with its 9-liter gas engine, giving more European customers the opportunity to choose CNG or LNG fuel. Prior to this offering, customers only had the options of selecting manual gearboxes or fully automatic gearboxes. Scania’s 9-liter, five-cylinder gas engine is available in two power ratings, which combine drivability with low noise levels and reduced environmental impact.
“Our 340 hp gas engine is fully comparable in performance to our diesel with the same power rate and actually generates slightly higher maximum torque,” says Magnus Höglund, Director, Sustainable Solutions. “The fact that we now combine our 9-litre engine with Scania Opticruise, enables long-haulage drivers to take advantage of good performance, relaxed driving and a low noise volume.”