PERC Launches Propane.com Website

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has launched a new website, Propane.com, to serve as a source for information about propane safety and newly developed propane-powered technology across the fuel’s top markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, industrial, on-road fleets, and residential.

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

Worthington Introduces 'Spare Tire' Propane Tank

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Worthington Industries' propane-autogas fuel tank has been approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The doughnut-shaped, or toroidal, tank fits in the spare tire space of a car or pickup truck, and will be available for order in August.

Plug-In Manufacturers, Utilities Working Together on 'Smart Grid'

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Eight global automakers and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop and put into effect a standardized “Smart Grid” that will help manage demand as plug-in vehicles gain in popularity.

Plug Power Bringing Fuel Cell Technology to Seventh Wal-Mart Center

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Plug Power Inc. has received an order from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to add its hydrogen fuel cell power solution to a seventh location, in addition to the original six-site contract with the retailer it announced in February. The additional site will be in Sterling, Ill.

BMW Develops Fast Charging System

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BMW has developed a new fast charging system that can restore the battery in its i3 all-electric vehicle to 80 percent in 30 minutes, the automaker announced.

Porsche Introduces Plug-In Hybrid Cayenne for 2015

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Porsche will bring a third plug-in hybrid vehicle to the U.S. later this year when it introduces the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid luxury SUV, the German automaker announced on July 23.

Cruze CNG Conversion Arriving This Fall

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Fleet managers looking for more choice of compact cars powered by natural gas should be able to purchase a dedicated CNG Chevrolet Cruze in the fall.

Weights and Measures Conference Fails to OK LNG Standard

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After regulators failed to agree to a nationally recognized, gallon-equivalent measure for sales of liquefied natural gas, fleets that rely on LNG-fueled vehicles will continue to face a state-by-state patchwork of standards for at least one more year.

Nissan to Offer Free Charging for LEAF Customers in Los Angeles

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Nissan will begin offering free public charging to new LEAF customers in the Los Angeles area next month, including access to fast chargers that can restore a battery pack from zero to 80 percent in under a half hour.

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