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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CEC Approves Funds for Greenkraft-EDI CNG-PHEV Class-4 Truck

| USA, Santa Ana CA
CNG-Powered Greenkraft Truck

CNG-Powered Greenkraft Truck

Greenkraft Inc., a California based manufacturer of alternative fuel trucks and alternative fuel systems, has received approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for Greenkraft’s and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.’s (EDI) joint application for a grant to develop a compressed natural gas (CNG)-hybrid electric vehicle. Read more »

Christened LNG Hybrid Barge to Power Docked Cruise Ships

| Germany, Hamburg
Becker Marine LNG Hybrid barget2014 (2 cropped)

LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL and AIDAsol

Hamburg now has an environmentally friendly alternative for supplying power to cruise ships lying at port. The LNG Hybrid Barge, Becker Marine Systems’ floating liquefied gas power plant christened at Hafencity, a quarter in the district of Hamburg-Mitte, on Saturday, is a world premiere. The barge is not self-propelled, instead being steered to locations by a natural gas fuelled tug. Read more »

CNG-Hybrid Ferry Adds Corvus Energy Storage

| Canada, Spain, Netherlands

CNG Hybrid 'Texelstroom' Ferry The new CNG-hybrid ferry being built for Dutch ferry operator TESO has taken another step toward completion with the awarding of the energy storage contract to Canadian company Corvus Energy. The Texelstroom, being built by LaNaval in Spain, will run between Texel, the largest and most visited of the Wadden Sea islands, and the Netherlands mainland. Read more »

Seoul Metro Plans 2,100 CNG Hybrids

| Republic of Korea, Seoul
Hyundai 'Blue City' CNG hybrid

Hyundai ‘Blue City’ CNG hybrid

The city government of Seoul is to expand its fleet of clean buses with compressed natural gas-electric hybrid buses, planning to add 2,100 low-floor vehicles to its fleet by 2018. The acquisition will commence with 20 buses before end of 2014. Furthermore, Seoul Metropolitan Government will soon have a 100% CNG fleet of Inter-city/village/tour buses and garbage trucks, replacing the last 13 diesel buses by the end of this year. Read more »

Californian Partnership to Develop CNG-PHEV Class 4 Vehicle

| USA, San Jose CA
CNG-Powered Greenkraft Truck with EDI PHEV Technology

CNG-powered Greenkraft Truck with EDI PHEV Technology

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a high-efficiency plugin hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) solutions provider, has partnered with Greenkraft Inc., a manufacturer of alternative fuel automotive products, CALSTART and the California Energy Commission to develop a first-of-its-kind, Class-4 vehicle that combines the benefits of compressed natural gas (CNG) and PHEV technology. Read more »

Fushun City Launches 800 Gas Buses with China Yuchai Engines

| Singapore and China

New-energy buses running on engines supplied by China Yuchai International Limited (China Yuchai)’s main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), have been launched in Fushun City, Liaoning Province located in Northeast China. Read more »

Van Hool Delivers First Gas Hybrid “tram-bus” to Malmö

| Belgium, Koningshooikt (Lier)

Van Hool exquicity "tram-bus"Van Hool, a Belgian independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, has delivered a first Exqui.City to the city of Malmö, Sweden. In the coming weeks, 15 of these 24-metre hybrid (biomethane-electric) tram-buses will be shipped to Malmö via the port of Zeebrugge. Read more »

ETH Zurich Researchers Develop Natural Gas-Diesel ICE

| Switzerland, Zurich

ETHZ erdgas-diesel hybridmotorConventional diesel engine of a VW Golf run on 90% natural gas

Researchers at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) have developed an internal combustion engine that emits less than half the CO2 compared to a regular engine without compromising performance. This corresponds to fuel consumption of less than 2.4l per 100km. This natural gas-diesel hybrid engine is based on a system of sophisticated control engineering. Read more »

Swiss Researchers Propose Dual-Fuel Hybrid

| Swtizerland | Source: MIT Technology Review

Combining Compressed Natural gas (CNG) with a battery and electric motor can could result in an 80 miles per gallon car, reports MIT Technology Review, which has covered the work of senior scientist Christopher Onder and the research team at the Swiss Federal Institute. Onder says the new design could provide “a bridge to when electric vehicles are really affordable.” Read more »