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Green Fleet Roundup: BYD, C40, Modern Transportation, Sainsbury’s, BAE

Modern Transportation has deployed freight service to the Owens Corning roofing plant in Savannah, Ga., using trucks powered solely by 12-liter natural gas-fueled engines. The high volume, dedicated service established between Sanford, NC, and Savannah on April 18 is the first ever built around commercial-order, production-built engines fueled exclusively with liquefied natural gas, the company says.

BYD has delivered six electric buses to the city of Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands, for use in a National Park. Arriva will operate the six vehicles, which can accommodate up to 70 passengers. The buses can travel 250 km (155 miles) on one, overnight charge.

Hybrid and electric bus technologies can perform as well or better than comparable diesel-powered buses, and with a greater economic benefit, according to a report released by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.  The Hybrid and Electric Bus Test Program, designed and implemented by the C40 in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, was announced by New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at the New York Times Building Sustainable Cities conference.

UK grocery chain Sainsbury’s has joined a government-backed program aimed at improving the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles and supporting infrastructure. There are currently 12 industry participants in phase two of UKH2Mobility including Hyundai, ITM Power and Sainsbury’s rival Morrisons.

BAE Systems will provide its hybrid propulsion system on 475 Nova LFS hybrid electric buses (pictured) for the Association du Transport Urbain du Quebec. ATUQ represents the leading public transit authorities of Quebec, and its members serve the province’s nine largest cities, operating in Montréal, Québec, Lévis, Laval, Longueuil, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay and Sherbrooke. Compared with conventional diesel-powered buses, the Nova LFS HEV offers approximately 30 percent lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, BAE says.

Leviton has been awarded a $1 million grant to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state of New York in an effort to support governor Andrew M. Cuomo ‘s Charge NY initiative. Leviton will install the Evr-Green Dual Port Level 2 Charging Stations at various workplaces throughout Upstate New York, New York City and Long Island. Through the Charge NY initiative, Cuomo hopes to create a network of 3,000 public and workplace charging stations across the state over the next five years and encourage more EVs on the road.

Also in New York, Nissan and mayor Michael Bloomberg have launched an EV taxi pilot that puts six Nissan LEAFs on the streets. As part of the pilot, Nissan and partners in New York City will also install several CHAdeMO-based DC quick chargers, which will enable drivers to re-charge their electric taxis quickly during their shift. With quick charging, Nissan LEAF can be recharged to about 80 percent in under 30 minutes.

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