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Our Annual Report

The Department of Energy annually requests our help in determining the types of alternative fuels and technology deployed in our region, along with other efficiency measures being undertaken to reduce miles traveled or reduce idling time. The information gathered is then combined into the Transportation Technology Deployment Report.  We have sent the spreadsheets to our stakeholders to assist them in organizing their data.  If you have not received a request from us or know of someone who needs one, please contact us.

Elizabeth Munger, as the Central Texas area’s coordinator, will begin collecting data in January regarding sales of alternative fuels, deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, idle-reduction initiatives, fuel economy activities, and programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Our data will then be combined with national data to produce the 2017 Transportation Technology Deployment Report.

If you need to download the spreadsheet, you can find it HERE.

Don’t Kill the Electric Car, EV Rebate Program is Safe

Finally, we can declare with 100% certainty that the $7,500 federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit is SAFE, and was not cut in the combined tax package legislation that Congress released on Friday.

Watch this short 30 second video from Plug In America:

Best Practices for Fleets

The Fleets for the Future team has put together four best practice guides to help fleets prepare to successfully deploy alternative fuel vehicles. These best practices build upon both the extensive information provided by the U.S. DOE and a number of recent successful case studies. The specific goal of these best practice guides is to educate procurement officers, fleet managers, and other interested stakeholders to plan for a large scale deployment of AFVs.

Take a look!

Partners Break Ground on Public ampCNG Station in Texas

On the heels of being awarded a carbon intensity (CI) score of -254.94 gCO2e/MJ by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), AMP Americas has broken ground on a new public-access ampCNG fueling station in Buda, Texas, with US Foods serving as the station’s anchor fleet.

Located at 1529 Turnersville Rd., adjacent to the US Foods distribution center in Buda, the ampCNG fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station will have two dual-hose dispensers serving two lanes. The station is expected to open by February 2018 and will fuel US Foods’ Buda-based fleet of 50 CNG trucks.

“We are proud to partner with one of the country’s largest foodservice distributors and to help US Foods improve air quality with a much cleaner, more cost-effective, domestic fuel,” says Grant Zimmerman, CEO at AMP Americas. “Support from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been instrumental in helping us bring this station to Buda.”

 

 

 

 

“We’re committed to continually improving the efficiency of our fleet,” says Dario Skocir, vice president of operational excellence at US Foods. “These vehicles allow us to reduce emissions during our daily deliveries to our customers, while also reducing our fuel costs.”

“Supporting clean, domestic natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel that significantly reduces emissions is an important environmental commitment,” says Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. “ampCNG’s efforts and investment in the state of Texas to help businesses transition to clean, Texas-produced natural gas have been a critical part of our plan to improve air quality for Texans and grow our state’s economy.”

The new station marks ampCNG’s eighth in Texas, bringing its total station network to 20. The company’s other stations in Texas are located in Amarillo, Harrold, Waco, Brock, Rosenberg, Sweetwater and Kerrville.

AMP Americas says it continues to expand its national footprint and to invest heavily in dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) projects across the country to bring more ultra-low CI gas to market. Construction is currently underway for the company’s second RNG project using dairy digester gas. The company plans to more than double its dairy gas output by mid-2018 and aims to deliver ampRenew, its 100% RNG, to all 20 of its fueling stations as it brings on future projects.

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4 Tips to Improve Electric Vehicle Battery Range this Winter

Dec. 13, 2017

Electric vehicle (EV) batteries charge by moving ions through a liquid electrolyte. As the temperatures outside drop, the electrolyte in lithium ion EV batteries thickens and it becomes more difficult for ions to move through (much like the challenge of walking through snow versus dry pavement). This increased resistance results in less EV battery range as more energy is needed for each ion to move. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stay warm and improve your EV range.

Follow these four tips to get the most out of your EV battery this winter:

  1. Warm the battery/cabin while your vehicle is still plugged in. By leaving your vehicle plugged in, you use electricity from the grid to get it warmed up, rather than drawing energy from your battery. Once you hit the road, there’s more battery charge left available for driving.
  2. Use your vehicle’s heated accessories. Heated accessories (steering wheel, seats, etc.) use less energy than heating the entire cabin. In addition, the warmth on your backside and fingers can minimize the amount of cabin heat needed to make you and your passengers feel comfortable.
  3. Practice eco-driving. Using eco-driving techniques can help get the most out of your range all year round. Some eco-driving tips include watching your speed, minimizing hard starts, and maximizing your regenerative braking by coasting when possible and depressing the brake pedal gradually, when needed. Visit FuelEconomy.gov for more EV eco-driving tips.
  4. Be sure to brush off your car before driving. Snow or ice on your vehicle adds extra weight that your battery has to drag along and increases aerodynamic drag by changing your vehicle’s profile. Since EVs don’t produce waste heat from the engine, snow on your hood will stay put if you don’t brush it off before your start your trip.

Use these simple tips to stretch your EV range this winter. To learn more about electric vehicle, visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicles section.

This post originally appeared on Energy.gov.

Fort Worth Transit Authority Taps Trillium CNG for Station Upgrades

November 17, 2017

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) has selected Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s family of companies, to provide a series of upgrades to its existing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility.

Learn more.

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