Scania Cuts Emissions for McDonalds Supply Chain

| Sweden, Södertälje

Scania P340 at McDonaldsHAVI, a global supply chain specialist and Swedish truck manufacturer Scania are actively addressing global climate goals by collaborating on sustainable transport and logistics solution. They are implementing a five year roadmap aimed at making a significant carbon footprint reduction in transport operations to and from McDonald’s restaurants in several European countries. Read more »

COGES LNG Boxship Design Validated and Ready

| Norway, Lillestrøm
PERFECt II, a (computer-gernerated model) - COGES system

PERFECt II, a (computer-generated model)

The Nor-Shipping event in Oslo this week has highlighted Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)’s continued emergence as a viable, cleaner marine fuel. In this instance, project partners ABB (Switzerland), OMT (Denmark), GTT (France), Caterpillar’s Solar Turbines (USA), CMA CGM (France), its subsidiary CMA Ships, and DNV GL (Norway), presented the results of phase II of the PERFECt joint industry project (JIP). Phase II looked to validate the phase I results and develop the concept to a “ready to order” stage. Read more »

Kenworth Explores Hybrid-Electric Trucking with CWI ISL G Near Zero Engine

| USA, Kirkland WA

Kenworth_T680 day-cab hybrid-electric-CNG prototype illustration 2017 Kenworth Truck Company is developing a prototype series hybrid-electric T680 day cab designed to produce near-zero-emissions. The truck will use the currently available Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx engine fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) to generate electrical power. Initial track and road testing is expected to start in the fourth quarter. Four more hybrid day cab prototypes will follow in 2018. Read more »

Quiet M-B Buses for IAA Duties in Hannover

| Germany, Stuttgart / Hannover

Mercedes-Benz Citaro CNgVisitor shuttle service at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover this year will be provided by two quiet, low-emission Mercedes-Benz buses. A Citaro NGT and a Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid will be in operation to transfer visitors around the exhibition site. Read more »

China Yuchai Introduces CNG Hybrid Powertrain for Trucks

| China and Singapore
Dongfeng CNG Hybrid Bus

Dongfeng CNG Hybrid Bus

China Yuchai International Limited (China Yuchai), through its main operating subsidiary Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), has introduced China’s first compressed natural gas (CNG)-electric hybrid powertrain system. Following country-wide success with the CNG hybrid bus, the engine manufacturer for on- and off-road applications joined with vehicle manufacturer Dongfeng Motor Corporation to debut China’s first gas-electric hybrid truck. Read more »

Kenworth to Develop Proof-of-Concept CNG Hybrid

| USA, Kirkland WA
Kenworth T680 CNG Day-cab

Kenworth T680 CNG Day-cab

Kenworth, a medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer based in Kirkland, Washington, is the recipient of U.S. government grants for low emissions projects that will include a proof-of-concept CNG hybrid Kenworth T680 Day Cab, targeted for use as a drayage tractor in Southern California ports.  Read more »

Nikola Electric-CNG Hybrid Semi-Truck Unveiled for North American Market

| USA, Salt Lake City UT

Nikola Class 8 Semi-truck CNG-EV HybridU.S. vehicle manufacturer Nikola Motor Company (NMC), says it has engineered, developed and is finalizing assembly of the first-ever electric driven class 8 semi-truck, dubbed Nikola One, which is capable of pulling a total gross weight of 80,000 pounds. The battery bank is charged by a turbine, which needs fuel. There are 150 gallons of natural gas on board, enough to power this truck up to 1,200 miles without stopping to fill up. Read more »

Wartsilä Launches Hybrid Shuttle Ferry Concept

| Finland, Helsinki

A complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries, featuring zero or low emissions, is being launched by Wärtsilä. The concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government’s new environmental regulations for ferries emphasising the elimination of harmful emissions. This trend is also evident in a number of other countries. The concept has been developed through cooperation between Wärtsilä’s Ship Design and Electrical & Automation offices. The single solution offering provides customers with an optimised design and a single point of contact, thereby streamlining the engineering, integration, and follow-up procedures throughout the project phase. The design characteristic focuses on high energy efficiency with low resistance, both above and below the water line. The ferries are designed to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biofuel. In plug-in operation, the fuel consumption is reduced by 100 percent compared to conventional installations, and all local emissions are completely eliminated. With the plug-in hybrid configuration, emissions are reduced by up to 50 percent. “Wärtsilä is fully committed to producing ship designs, marine products, and integrated solutions that make a significant contribution towards lowering the environmental footprint of shipping. This new concept is one more example of this focus. By making it possible for ferries to eliminate exhaust emissions entirely, we feel that we are again acting proactively to protect the marine environment,” says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. The concept features Wärtsilä’s new wireless inductive charging system, which for typical shuttle ferry operations involving 20,000 or more departures a year, is considered a notable benefit because of its time and energy savings. The system eliminates physical cable connections, thus reducing wear and tear and enabling charging to begin immediately when the vessel arrives at quay. The design also encompasses a complete electrical and automation package based on the company’s battery/hybrid solution. It also includes Wärtsilä azimuth propulsion units and a complete bridge control system. The ferry series can accommodate 60 to 120 cars on a single car deck for quick and easy loading and unloading. In addition to this design concept for newbuilds, Wärtsilä can also provide battery and hybrid solutions for retrofitting existing ferry propulsion units in order to meet the new regulations.Wärtsilä has launched a complete concept for a series of shuttle ferries. The concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government’s new environmental regulations for ferries emphasising the elimination of harmful emissions. This trend is also evident in a number of other countries. The ferries are designed to run in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biofuel, or entirely on batteries. Read more »

First PHEV-RNG Armored Truck A Californian Breakthrough

| USA, Oceanside / Milpitas CA

Efficient Drivetrains near-zero CNG hybrid armored security vehicle A Class-5 armored vehicle incorporating Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and zero emission Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) technology has been developed and manufactured by North American Repower and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., in California. Emissions are said to be reduced by 99.9%. Read more »

First CNG-powered Ferry to Sail in 2016

| The Netherlands, Nieuwegein

Texelstroom (CNG-powered)The Royal Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO) has signed a contract with CNG Net, supplier of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), resulting in the Texelstroom being the first European ferry to sail on CNG. CNG Net is building and will later exploit the CNG Bunker Station on the Wadden island of Texel, thereby ensuring this clean fuel for the ferry.

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