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The Hubcap: December 2019

EPA releases 2020 National DERA Request for Applications, $44 million available

This week EPA released its...

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Request for Annual Reporting Numbers

As 2020 begins, Palmetto Clean Fuels is preparing to compile the 2019 Alternative Fuel and Petroleum Reduction Report for the US Department of Energy.

This report covers efforts undertaken in the 2019 calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2019).

Palmetto Clean Fuels collects data on the...

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Charleston Tri-county Area Inches Closer to All-Electric Bus System

The greater Charleston area’s public transportation system is one step closer to being quieter and much more efficient.

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority said that due to an $8.3 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant, it will be able to buy 13 to 15 additional new electric buses and...

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Is Your Fleet Ready for Quick-Connect Refueling?

Big changes are coming to autogas refueling in 2020. For decades, there have been a variety of valves available, such as the ACME, which have been utilized for refueling propane vehicles. The new NFPA 58 2020 guidelines, however, specify that the propane industry will adopt the K15 connection for all future autogas...

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For Volvo’s SC Plant, Small Will be Big in Age of Electric Cars

Volvo Cars boss Hakan Samuelsson thinks the sedan, declared dead on arrival by most automakers, still has plenty to offer in the post-gasoline era.

“I wouldn’t be surprised as we move toward electric cars if market forces cause a comeback for smaller sedans, especially if you don’t need the size of an SUV,”...

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Dennis Eagle Inc. Launching Dorchester County Operations

Dennis Eagle Inc., a subsidiary of U.K.-based manufacturer Dennis Eagle Ltd., today announced plans to establish operations in Dorchester County. The company is expected to create 21 new jobs.

Part of the multinational Terberg RosRoca Group, which employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, Dennis Eagle Inc. is a...

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Truck Platooning: Paving the Way for Autonomous Trucks

An emerging vehicle trend would help trucking companies save money on fuel and may be paving the way for automated trucks.

The technology, called platooning, digitally tethers convoys of two or more trucks, enabling them to travel closely together and reducing drag and fuel expenditure. Similar to a group of...

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CARTA Unveils New Electric Buses

CARTA, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, unveiled new electric buses to their fleet.

Six buses will go into full service in the first quarter of 2020. The buses are made and manufactured in Greenville, South Carolina. They run about 100 miles on one charge.

CARTA officials said, after...

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Save the date!

The 4th annual Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo will be August 26 & 27, 2020 at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC.

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo showcases the latest and greatest opportunities for biofuel, electric, natural gas, and propane fuels and fueling...

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States Spurring Adoption of Electric Vehicles, but Barriers Remain, NGA Report Concludes

Governors are supporting a variety of policies to encourage greater use of electric vehicles, but many barriers to adoption remain, the National Governors Association (NGA) concluded in a white paper that summarized discussions from four regional workshops.

Motivations for taking action include potential...

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All-Electric Vehicles Have the Lowest Estimated Annual Fuel Cost of All Light-Duty Vehicles

The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2019 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the different vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $900 per year. The annual fuel costs for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, which can fuel with gasoline and electricity, are next...

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Alternative Fuels Corridor Applied Research Funding Opportunity Awardees

The Federal Highway Administration announced an...

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2020 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have just released the 2020 Fuel Economy Guide. The Guide provides detailed fuel economy estimates for model year 2020 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers.

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