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The Texas Clean School Bus (TCSB) Program is offering grants to replace or retrofit school buses in Texas

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is currently accepting applications for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) TCSB. Approximately $6.2 million in grants is available state-wide for school districts, charter schools, and transportation systems provided by countywide school districts, to replace or retrofit school buses operating on a regular daily route to and from school.

Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to reimburse up to 80% of the cost to replace a school bus with a newer, cleaner model, and up to 100% of the cost to retrofit a school bus.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on December 17, 2020 or until all funding is awarded.

For more information on the grant program and to access up-to-date information on the application criteria and process, or to receive copies of the application forms, visit www.terpgrants.org 

Electric Cab of North America at SXSW

Chris Nielsen, CEO of Electric Cab of North America, hints that there are big doings involving electric cabs, Door Dash and other as-yet-unnamed vendors starting on Day One of SXSW.  Watch for their announcements on social media.

Chris says “Electric Cab is preparing to hit the streets of Austin with the world’s largest deployment of EVs during SXSW.” Watch their video by going HERE.  And stay tuned for further developments…

Fleet Shout Out

Which Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance stakeholder fleet this year
reached 81% of their fleet operating on
an alternative fuel?

Answer:

……. the City of Austin Fleet Services Department!   Doing their best to stay on the cutting edge and keep pushing forward towards zero emissions.
In 2018:

– 4,642 out of 5,716 units were alternatively fueled-

– 98% of the new vehicles purchased were alternative fuel or hybrid

– 67% of the fuel purchased this year is alternative fuel

City of Austin Fleet Vehicles are fueled by  E85 flex fuel, B20, propane, cng, hybrid, & electric.

Member Spotlight: ICOM North America

Dudley Westlake
Autogas Fleet Development Specialist
This month we asked Dudley Westlake of ICOM North America to tell us a bit about himself, how he became interested in alternative fuels and ultimately why he joined ICOM North America. They are our newest coalition members.
How did you get involved in alternative fuels? 
I have always enjoyed the business challenges associated with creating and expanding markets.  The opportunity to expand the market for alternative fuels in the United States by offering both significant reductions in emissions leading to cleaner, healthier air AND helping public and private fleets reduce their operating expenses is truly a win/win.  When the opportunity to join ICOM surfaced,  I was excited about it for just those reasons.
Which of your alt fuel products are most popular in Texas? Why?
ICOM has historically focused on Propane Autogas products while also recognizing that in Texas, both Propane Liquid Injection Autogas and CNG fuels are already meeting the needs of fleets that must reduce their emissions or “carbon footprint” and simultaneously reduce operating expenses.  We are introducing a dual fuel Natural Gas (CNG-LNG-RNG)/Diesel system this year that has already been well accepted in Canada, Mexico and Europe for larger class 7/8 vehicles. We have partnered with NAT G, based in Houston, as our exclusive dealer in Texas since they already have an established CNG business in the state.  According to Dennis Foose, NAT G CEO, “ICOM’s patented liquid injection systems are a perfect complement to our CNG system offerings, and we can now offer our fleet customers both alternative fuels since each has a specific niche.”  Texas, as an alternative fuels producing state, also offers grants and subsidies through TCEQ/TERP that can significantly offset the costs for installing systems and get more cleaner running vehicles on the road.
What are other advantages of using ICOM’s products?
Another very important feature for fleets that provide essential community services or cover large territories is the extended range available when vehicles are equipped with both gas and alternative fuel systems.  During hurricanes and other natural disasters, gas and/or diesel fuel distribution may be compromised. Running what we call “bifuel” systems can double the range of a vehicle.  According to Alex Hinojosa, Jr, Vice President of Hinogas.  “I selected ICOM for two reasons, first, their liquid injection systems offer better overall vehicle performance and their fuel pump is not located in the tank with the propane.  I don’t have to evacuate the tank to service the propane pump.”  
We know you live in California and service New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas.  Can we count on being your favorite state?
Yes! Texas has a special place in my heart because my daughter and her family live in Austin, and the more time I spend in Texas, the more time I get to spend with my 20 month old grandson!

Agility Fuel Solutions Gains New ISO Compliance

COSTA MESA, CA – July 17, 2018 – – Agility Fuel Solutions is now certified compliant with the ISO 14001:2015 standard at its manufacturing facilities in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA and in Raufoss, Norway. These certifications were awarded by DNV GL for Agility’s implementation of a program to promote and practice environmental sustainability while ensuring the health and safety of its workforce. Read the full article on Agility’s website.

100 Best Fleets Workshops Held in Three Texas Cities

Tom Johnson of the 100 Best Fleets accompanied some of the 2018 contest winners on a Texas tour last month to share their experiences and advice with fleets from the Dallas, Central Texas and San Antonio areas. The Director of Dekalb County, Georgia’s fleet,  winner of the top U.S. fleet this year, visited all three cities and shared suggestions.  Several vendor representatives also attended. Our Finance Director, Judy, outlined the Clean Cities program and updated the attendees on activities of Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance and Clean Cities.  The Austin program was hosted by The University of Texas fleet, also a 100 Best winner, at the Pickle Center.