Thursday, December 20, 2012

NAFA Announces Special Sustainability Sessions Provided By CALSTART

(PRINCETON, NJ – DECEMBER 20, 2012) – For years, fleet managers who belong to NAFA Fleet Management Association have been on the forefront of the transportation sustainability movement.  From the use of alternative fuels to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, NAFA members have been greening their fleets for decades.  Fleet managers know that every increase in the number of miles per gallon means less fuel used, huge cost-savings, and is good for the environment – especially when you’re in charge of thousands of vehicles on the road each day as they are.  At NAFA’s 2013 Institute & Expo (I&E), sustainability education will reach a new level thanks to special sessions designed by CALSTART, an organization dedicated to the growth of a clean transportation technologies industry.

“NAFA is proud to partner with CALSTART on these great educational sessions,” said NAFA’s Executive Director, Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “CALSTART is dedicated to expanding and supporting a clean transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs and economic opportunities, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and secures our transportation energy future.  They are recognized as a leader in the sustainability movement, and their expertise will be a tremendous asset for I&E attendees.”

NAFA’s 2013 I&E, which takes place April 23-26 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, will include the following four brand new sessions designed to provide the latest information about advanced fuels and vehicles, and how to make them work for fleet managers:   

Alternative Fuels and High-Efficiency Vehicles – Update for Fleets
The landscape of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles is rapidly changing, capabilities are improving, and it is hard for fleets to keep up.  This session will provide a valuable ten-thousand foot overview of the latest products available today, the technology emerging in the near future, and what these technologies and fuels can mean to fleet operations. 

Myths, Facts, and Misperceptions – The Straight Scoop on New Fuels and Tech
There are many questions, myths, and misperceptions that surround advanced vehicles and fuels, such as: How long does a battery last?  What does it cost to replace?  What costs more, a natural gas engine or its storage tanks?  These are examples of some of the questions that can cripple your business case – and damage your decisions – if you operate from the wrong data. 

Smart Alt Fuel and Tech Choice Workshop -- Making it Work for You
As fleets implement sustainability and fleet greening plans, how do they make the best choice of fuel or technology that fits their operation, geography, and vehicle mix?  This session will not only review new tools that allow fleets to assess performance and payback, but will provide a hands-on training opportunity and an interactive workshop to share the additional functionality needed.

Fleet Sustainability/Greening – The Key Steps to Plan your Path
There are smart actions that fleets can take to put them on the right path, while saving them time and money.  This hands-on session will outline key steps fleets can undertake to outline their strategic objectives, build a business case that matches their fleet operation and vehicle needs, and make the case for investment that can win over the “corner office”.

In addition to these four sessions, NAFA’s 2013 I&E will include more than 60 additional hours of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an expo floor featuring more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services.  For more information or to register online, please visit

Friday, October 12, 2012


WHAT:           As part of its Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles initiative, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is hosting the seventh annual Clean Fleet Technologies Conference:  Fueling the Choice. This year’s event offers interactive panel discussions and learning sessions focused on the latest and greatest in alternative fuels and fleet technologies.

                        Attendees will convene at CFTC to explore a broad range of topics, including but not limited to: funding opportunities for advanced vehicles, fleet maintenance and transportation, alternative fuel infrastructure developments and energy/transportation policy.

Additional CFTC offerings include exhibit hall displays, a vehicle “Ride & Drive” experience, alternative fueled equipment displays and a networking reception. Houston City Councilwoman Melissa Noriega will open the conference, with Jon Coleman, the Ford Motor Company Sustainability & Technology Officer, as the keynote speaker.

WHEN:          Thursday, November 15, 2012
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Reception: 3:45 p.m.
WHERE:         George R. Brown Convention Center (Downtown Houston)
                        1001 Avenida De Las Americas
                        Houston, TX 77010

COST:            $75 per attendee
School district staff and elected officials’ fees are waived.
REGISTER:   To register for CFTC, visit
Sponsorship opportunities available at
For sponsorship information call Claire Quinn at 713-970-2112 or email
MORE:           About Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles
The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles Program serves the Houston-Galveston area, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. The primary goal of the Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles Program is to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and particulate matter (PM) emissions. This program also seeks to maximize the use of clean fuel vehicles (low emissions) operating within the Houston region in order to improve air quality, achieve energy independence and stimulate economic growth.

Florida’s Top Energy Official Touts Facility That Could Lead to Largest CNG Network Outside of California

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s top energy official, Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Commissioner Adam Putnam, today hailed the opening of Nopetro LLC’s state-of-the-art compressed natural gas (CNG) facility, which for the first time offers Florida and the Southeast the prospect of a viable natural gas solution not seen anywhere outside of California. The station is part of a planned regional network that will make CNG a workable cost-saving option for government and commercial fleets as well as individual CNG vehicle owners.

When Nopetro’s first-of-its-kind network of stations is completed, Putnam said, the private fleets of heavy freight vehicles that move Florida’s consumer goods will have a practical way to traverse the state and region fueled by CNG. This will produce tremendous cost savings, which will benefit consumers and the area’s economy, and as individual stations are built local schools and governments will be able to enjoy significant cost savings that will benefit the taxpayers, he said.

Putnam praised Nopetro and the Leon County School District for forging a partnership to produce substantial cost savings for public schools while setting a positive, environmentally friendly example for students.
“This partnership is exactly what our Legislature had in mind when it established natural gas as a key component of the state’s transportation policies,” Putnam said. “A network of natural gas fueling stations in major cities across our state will encourage commercial fleets and individual consumers to make the move into Florida’s energy future.”

The Tallahassee facility – the largest and most expansive CNG fueling operation on the East Coast of the United States – is the product of an innovative partnership between the public and private sectors. The school district is transforming its entire fleet of diesel-powered school buses to CNG, and other public and private consumers may also fuel their CNG vehicles at the station. A portion of each sale will benefit the school district thanks to the partnership with Nopetro.

“This is truly a day worth celebrating – a big step forward in the journey toward independence from expensive foreign fuels,” said Jorge Herrera, co-founder and CEO of Nopetro, which has offices in Tallahassee and Miami. “Nopetro epitomizes the American dream of hard work producing results, and we are proud to be leading the way both here in Tallahassee and across Florida and the Southeast.”

Nopetro identified 18 additional cities it is targeting over the next three years, including Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key Largo, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida, and Atlanta, Macon and Savannah in Georgia.
This network of stations will make it possible for heavy truck traffic, local government vehicles and school buses to convert to natural gas, a fuel source that is domestically abundant and at least 25 percent cheaper and 33 percent cleaner than diesel fuel. At the start of last week (September 17), the nationwide average price of gasoline was 37 percent more expensive than natural gas and diesel was 46 percent more expensive, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

CNG is widely recognized as an ideal fuel alternative to gasoline and diesel. In addition to the fact that it is substantially cheaper and cleaner than petroleum-based fuels, the United States has one of the largest supplies of natural gas in the world.

Nopetro designs, builds, finances, operates and maintains turn-key natural gas fueling stations and supplies its customers with CNG and LNG fuel. The company also helps its customers obtain local, state and federal incentives and grants, and helps customers acquire and finance natural gas vehicles.

For more information, including a downloadable picture of the new Nopetro station, go to

Emerald Automotive Unveils World’s First Electric Delivery Van Designed to Carry 3,000 lbs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –Emerald Automotive recently unveiled its new electric delivery van, the world’s first extended range electric delivery van for fleets that does not compromise payload—allowing companies to haul the same amount of product in electric vehicles that is usually hauled in conventional delivery vans.
Last year, Emerald announced plans to manufacture its custom-built electric delivery vans in Hazelwood. The $175 million plant will bring about 600 jobs to the northwest suburb of St. Louis.

“This vehicle has been specifically designed for fleet customers who drive 100 miles or more each day,” says Andy Tempest, CEO of Emerald. “These customers are spending a lot of money on gas, and they have requested an electric vehicle that won’t compromise on payload.”

With its 3,000 lb capacity, the Emerald t-001 will be similar to a traditional delivery van, but with a 60-mile range in electric mode and a 400-mile range using its seven-gallon gas tank, the van will reduce emissions by up to 80 percent and cut costs for companies with large fleets. And with fewer moving parts than purely gasoline-powered vans, Emerald’s hybrid electric van also will likely save on trips to the mechanic and repair costs.

“A lot of electric delivery vehicles are so heavy they can’t haul much,” says Gary Marble, director of sales and communication at Emerald. “We’re bringing companies what they expect in a delivery vehicle, and it costs far less to operate.”

Though the t-001 prototype unveiled this month was designed, built and tested in the United Kingdom, Emerald will produce the vehicle at its Hazelwood facility within the next two years. The company’s goal is to build 10,000 electric vans a year for fleet customers. The company will also be targeting fleet customers in the European market.

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Idaho awarded over $626,000 in EPA clean air grants to retrofit school buses and construction equipment

(Seattle—Oct. 11, 2012) The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality was awarded grants totaling up to $626,000 to retrofit school bus engines and construction equipment with the goal of reducing harmful toxic pollutants from diesel emissions. The funds were awarded in two grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reductions Program.

The funds will be used to retrofit over 40 school buses and construction equipment with technology that will reduce diesel emissions. The projects will reduce the exposure of school-age children to diesel emissions from school buses. The program area includes areas of medium and high population density, as well as small towns in rural areas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $30 million nationwide for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths.

The Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses.

Diesel engines are durable, fuel-efficient workhorses in the American economy. However, older diesel engines that predate newer, cleaner standards emit large amounts of air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are linked to health problems, including asthma, lung and heart disease and premature death. The clean diesel projects funded through these grants will work to address the more than 11 million older diesel engines that continue to emit higher levels of pollution.

In this year’s competition, winners were selected based on a proposal’s potential for maximizing health and environmental benefits by targeting areas that have significant air quality issues. Reduced air pollution from diesel engines in these areas can have a direct and significant impact on community health.

DERA was enacted in 2005 and since it was first funded in FY 2008, EPA has awarded over 500 grants nationwide. These projects have reduced hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saved millions of gallons of fuel.

More on the grants and the National Clean Diesel Campaign: