Green Fleet Roundup: Cavotec, VW, Boeing, Toyota, Clean Energy Fuels
Cavotec has launched a fuelling element to its E3 Gate integrated aircraft servicing system (pictured). The E3 Gate — which Cavotec says is designed to deliver optimal performance in ergonomics, economy and the environment — supplies parked aircraft with 400Hz power, PCAir, blue and potable water and sewage, and now fuel via underground pit systems.
XL Hybrids, developer of a hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 4 commercial fleet use, is providing hybrid vans to Canadian Linen, a linen and uniform service subsidiary of AmeriPride Services. Canadian Linen initiated a pilot program in August 2013 to test Chevy Express vans fitted with XL Hybrids’ hybrid electric powertrain. Preliminary estimates project a 20 percent fuel and greenhouse gas emissions reduction over conventional cargo vans and a payback in less than half of the vehicle’s lifespan.
Boeing and South African Airways have agreed to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. Flight tests show that biofuel performs as well as or better than petroleum-based jet fuel, Boeing says.
Toyota has reduced by almost $1 million the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car, Reuters reports. This means the automaker’s new hydrogen mid-sized sedan, set to launch in 2015, will have a ticket price below $100,000.
Republic Services has deployed 23 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Each new CNG solid waste and recycling truck reduces ozone-forming emissions by as much as 80 percent when compared to older diesel powered trucks, the waste and recycling company says.
Clean Energy Fuels has signed a multi-year natural gas fueling agreement to support 36 new natural gas trucks deployed by Raven Transport. Clean Energy plans to support this effort by opening two of its America’s Natural Gas Highway stations in Jacksonville, Fla., and Franklin, Ohio.
Green energy company Ecotricity and Volkswagen Group have partnered to create Britain’s first “green motoring” program. Volkswagen will provide a 100 percent green electricity offer to all customers purchasing an electric vehicle from its Volkswagen and Audi brands, allowing the EVs to be charged using renewable energy.
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