This month we interviewed Kris Bailey, the Chief Operating Officer of Electric Cab of North America. Kris joined Electric Cab of Austin in 2011 as the COO. He is the COO and co-founder of Electric Cab of North America which began operating in 2016 as a first/last mile solution company.
What service does Electric Cab of North America provide?
We focus on an industry known as Micro-Transit. We use electric vehicles to solve the first/last mile problem with public transportation. We firmly believe that the way to increase ridership on rail lines and bus systems is by making public transportation more accessible.
What locations work best for your first/mile last mile service?
We look to provide service that complements public transportation. Transit agencies and cities are our target customers. Large developments or areas with poor connectivity to public transportation are also where we focus. Our aim is to eliminate food and transit deserts one area at a time.
How is this product important to businesses and individuals? How will they benefit from using it?
Increased mobility in an area goes hand in hand with economic development. When people can move around easily, they can easily visit more places. This increases visits to businesses, creating more jobs and making an area more attractive to visit. All of this travel in our electric cabs – keeping Austin’s air clean and reducing traffic!
Where is Electric Cab of North America Operating?
We operate an on-demand urban mobility solution in downtown Austin 7 nights per week. People can easily move among all of the downtown districts (West 6th, Warehouse District, East 6th and Rainey Street, West Campus, SoCo, etc…). Instead of having to choose which district, you can visit all of them! We have also partnered with the Domain Northside to provide free shuttles through their development. We can connect the department stores to the condos to the restaurants. Again, with increased mobility, people frequent more businesses.
Where else do you operate – or plan to?
We are looking to connect this district to the Kramer Lane light rail stop as well. There is no public parking around that rail station, and it is in an industrial area. Within a 1mile radius, there are a lot of appealing destinations, such as the Domain Northside, with Whole Foods and all of the stores in addition to housing. There is also an Austin Community College Campus within a mile of that rail station. Can we increase ridership on the public transit system by providing accessibility to a rail stop? I think so.
We have been working in the St. Louis area for several years and launched Kirkwood, Missouri in late October. We have created a model that can be replicated and scaled to any city in the United States and are actively growing our company.
Our partnerships are what make us strong. We have partnered with Polaris, the manufacturer of our electric vehicles. They are firmly committed to providing high quality and reliable vehicles.
We have also partnered with United Rentals, which has given us the ability to launch a city from any of their 900+ branch locations throughout North America. For future projects we have partnered with 5D Robotics, a company focused on precise positioning that will enable autonomous vehicles to function better in the future. And we’ve partnered with Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance to develop project ideas to submit to potential funders.
Contact Kris Bailey at:
Nissan has participating dealers on the Texas Buy Board (Gunn Nissan in San Antonio) and Houston Galveston Area Council Cooperative Buy Contract (Mossy Nissan in Houston). Orders are currently being accepted for LEAF fleet orders now for those wanting to secure delivery in March, April 2018. Nissan is also offering a purchase option which combines corporate Nissan’s LEAF fleet incentive with a portion of the federal EV tax credit for commercial and government fleets.
We interviewed Andrew Lewis, Renewable Energy Group (REG)’s new Regional Sales Representative for Texas. He brings to his customers many years of experience in the fleet and fuel industry.
REG is headquartered in Ames, Iowa, with a significant presence throughout Texas. In addition to production facilities in Houston and New Boston, REG can distribute fuel from terminal locations in the Houston, Caddo Mills and Ft. Worth areas.
What does REG produce?
REG is North America’s largest producer of biodiesel, a renewable fuel that can directly replace diesel fuel with no engine modifications. REG has 14 active bio-refineries nationwide, including over 50 million gallons of biodiesel production in Houston and New Boston, Texas. REG is one of the only producers of renewable hydrocarbon diesel, a renewable fuel with the same specifications as diesel fuel. In 2016 alone, REG produced over 550 million gallons of biomass-based diesel.
How do Fleets benefit from using biodiesel?
Fleets using biodiesel see a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, biodiesel increases lubricity, with a 2% inclusion of biodiesel doubling the amount of lubricity in the finished fuel blend. Biodiesel has higher cetane which improves engine performance. In Texas, biodiesel is exempt from state fuel tax and can reduce fleets’ overall fuel costs.
Petroleum Wholesale of Houston, owns Sun Mart Convenience Stores and has been selling biodiesel blended fuel since 2013, with 95% of their locations now offering biodiesel. They started by offering B10 and gradually increased to offering B20 blends. The Texas state incentive and price advantage of biodiesel over traditional diesel has helped them improve fuel margins. Their biggest concern in switching to biodiesel was availability of product. With its strong network, REG provides a stable supply and steady pricing. “It’s about economics, and there are some very good incentives out there to utilize biodiesel,” said John Cook, President and CEO of Petroleum Wholesale. “Basically, all of our competitors started bringing it in. So, it didn’t take us long to realize we needed to get into it to stay competitive. There’s no downside to biodiesel and a lot of advantages to it.”
For more information about biodiesel or REG:
Andrew Lewis | Regional Sales Representative
REG-Renewable Energy Group | Houston, TX
(M) 515-509-3708 (O) 888-734-8686
andrew.lewis@REGI.com | www.REGI.com
At the National Coordinator Training, Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance received a certificate for “Greatest Improvement in Petroleum Displacement – CNG in 2016”. We give a shout-out to all of our fleets using CNG with an especial acknowledgment to longtime LSCFA member, Wayne Snead of Texas Gas Service for his dedicated work with CNG4America (CNG4America.com) and Sunrise Mini Mart to bring a CNG station to the Sunrise Mini Mart location at 907 E. St. Johns Avenue in Austin. Specifically designed with a wide turning radius, this station easily accommodates medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The additional CNG usage from this station gave the significant boost to the Coalition’s usage numbers that resulted in our certificate.
In addition to supporting station development, Texas Gas Service offers rebates to qualified TGS customers with certain rate codes for CNG vehicles and refueling units. More information can be found on the Texas Gas Service website.
Wayne has also served as the Coalition’s Board president. Thank you, Wayne and Texas Gas Service!
LSCFA is proud to call Renewable Energy Group one of our new members, we look forward to forging new paths for renewable fuels in central Texas together.
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and are North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuel and chemicals. Visit regi.com for more information.
Chester, NJ May 3, 2016 – Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. (ANGP) announced today that it has successfully installed the industry’s first ANSI NGV2 certified adsorbed natural gas (ANG) active storage system. The system, which ANGP calls its first generation (GEN 1) ANG System, is comprised of six activated carbon monolith-filled seamless aluminum cylinders, fully ANSI NGV2 certified for an operating pressure of 900 psig, and ANGP’s low-pressure fuel management system. The first system was successfully installed on ANGP’s 2014 Ford F-150 pick-up truck equipped with Ford’s CNG/LPG-ready 3.7 liter V6 bi-fuel engine for gasoline or natural gas operation.
“Today we have met the challenge of producing a fully ANSI NGV2-certified low-pressure ANG storage system for motor vehicles,” said Bob Bonelli, co-founder and CEO of ANGP. “Our GEN 1 system proves that low-pressure storage for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) is not only a possibility, but a commercial reality complying with the most demanding certification standards in the industry.”
Bonelli added, “Low pressure ANG technology has been the subject of credible research over the past three decades. It took the past four years of dedicated effort by ANGP and our manufacturing coalition of major corporations (Ingevity Corporation, Worthington Industries and Aspen Compressor), to develop a commercially viable ANG fuel system successfully passing the many strict tests comprising the ANSI NGV2 certification process.”
The ANGP GEN 1 ANG system includes several industry firsts:
This first production system is configured on the floor of the cargo box of the F-150. This system configuration allows for the full length and width of the cargo box to be utilized by installing a floor above the cylinders (ANGP’s truck is equipped with a clear floor above the system to allow for visual inspection of the configuration). Alternative configurations, that can be achieved by working with up-fitting companies and OEMs, include horizontal stacking in the front of the cargo box (similar to current CNG configurations) or “sunk” into a well below the cargo box of the truck to allow maximum depth to be utilized while leaving the length and width of the cargo box available for use.
“While we are extremely proud of this great milestone in NGV technology; the industry; and our company, we remain on schedule for the early 2017 release of our second generation (GEN 2) system – the ANGP conformable tank,” Bonelli said.
He added, “Our GEN 2 system will be developed through ANGP’s exclusive license with United Technologies Research Center to use its innovative Type IV conformable tank design. GEN 2 can be configured for optimal space utilization and will enable commercially viable application in the broad light duty vehicle market, including passenger cars and SUVs.”