Senator Israel has introduced a bill intended to track information about the number of alternatively-fueled vehicles registered in Texas. H.B. 735, Subchapter A, Chapter 504 of the Transportation Code is being amended by adding Sec. 502.004. This bill will require TxDOT to collect info on alternative fueled vehicles registered in the state.
Annual guide helps you compare and evaluate alternative fuel vehicles to make sound purchasing decisions
The Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available online and for order at no charge through the EERE Publication and Product Library. Consumers and fleet managers have relied on the annual guide for years as a comprehensive and unbiased source of information for evaluating alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) options. The 2015 version promises to meet, if not exceed, that tradition.
From Fleets & Fuels
The unexpectedly persistent low price of oil punctuates every conversation in the world of alternative fuels in these early days of 2015 – but alternative fuels march on, as exemplified by busy times for propane autogas at CleanFuel USA, says CEO Curtis Donaldson.
CleanFuel USA provides both vehicle upfit services and fueling station equipment installations, and has been a key participant in the development of new medium duty propane autogas vehicles.
The current low price of oil is a “small blip,” Donaldson says: “Fleets are smart enough to know that what goes down is going to come back up, because it always does.”
CleanFuel USA is a supporting member of LSCFA.
By Joe Thompson, president, ROUSH CleanTech
Folks are often quick to offer their opinion about the use of alternative fuels in fleet vehicles. Here’s a breakdown of the top five worst pieces of advice I’ve heard when it comes to considering alternative fuels.
So here’s your fuel for thought: There’s a lot of information out there, and nothing beats experience. Listen to opinions, but heed advice with caution. And the best advice? Pick the right fuel and the right technology partners to ensure you make a smart fuel decision based on your fleet’s operation.
When it comes to the world of alternative fuel deployment, it’s a common mantra that no single technology will be the “silver bullet” for reducing the consumption of conventional fuels like diesel and gasoline. Instead, a combination of all viable fuels and vehicle technologies is necessary to improve the nation’s energy security and reduce environmental impacts.
A new report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States, examines the potential to successfully deploy the five most commonly used alternative fuels: electricity (used by plug-in electric vehicles), biodiesel (blends of B20 and higher), E85 ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), and propane.
To evaluate existing and potential regional market strength, the report’s authors studied six market indicators (in order of importance) for each state: the availability of existing fueling infrastructure, the current density of the area’s light-duty alternative vehicles (AFVs), gasoline and diesel prices, the availability of state incentives for AFVs, and the proximity to domestic resources such as biodiesel and ethanol. The report’s conclusion found that while markets varied among states, every state showed promise for being able to deploy at least one alternative fuel.
Other major report findings were:
From the Alternative Fuels Data Center: Use this interactive animation to learn more about how the outside temperature and fill speeds affect the final fill volume in compressed natural gas vehicle tanks. Learn more about filling CNG vehicle tanks.