The Transportation Technologies and Fuels Forum

The TTFF provides an important information exchange mechanism for transportation energy research in the U.S. and Canada that supports both governments' goals for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions.

"This is a well-established government platform that brings together Energy Sector Professionals."

Robert Dysiewicz

The Transportation Technologies and Fuels Forum (TTFF), descendant of the Windsor Workshop, is a well-established Canadian-U.S. government platform that brings together leading minds from industry, government and academia to address issues surrounding transportation technologies.

For over twenty years, this event has been co-hosted by the Transportation Energy Technology group of Canada's Department of Natural Resources Canada and the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technology Group. TTFF 2013 will be hosted by Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday February 5 and Wednesday February 6, 2013. The forum program will cover policies, programs, and technical implementation challenges related to end use, engine performance and emissions, and fuel supply. There will be half day dedicated to Natural Gas opportunities and challenges.


Kane is Able adds Volvo CNG trucks

Third-party logistics provider Kane is Able is adding seven compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks from Volvo Trucks.

"Kane has a long-standing commitment to sustainable operations," said Pete Westermann, president and CEO of Kane. "Volvo Trucks is an acknowledged industry leader in natural gas-powered vehicle technology. Adding these natural gas trucks to our fleet makes good fiscal and environmental sense."

Pete Westermann , President & CEO of Kane

The trucks will be delivered from Volvo's New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, VA. They are Volvo VNL daycab models feature a 12L Cummins-Westport ISX12 G engine. Each truck's range is approximately 425 mi. between fueling. The CNG-powered vehicles will produce up to 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and significantly less smog-producing pollutants than their petroleum-fueled counterparts, Volvo said.

Delivery of the trucks is expected by August. The trucks will operate out of Kane's Scranton, PA, facility.


C.R. England Opens New 48,000-Square-Foot Terminal in California

C.R. England, one of the nation's largest refrigerated carriers, celebrated the opening of a new terminal in Colton, Calif., Wednesday, and announced the addition of 10 new liquified natural gas powered trucks to the company's Southern California fleets.

"C.R. England is a strong advocate of sustainable transportation and is aggressively implementing and testing new technology, equipment and training to provide our customers and our environment with greener transportation. Although there are still challenges with utilizing natural gas tractors in our fleets, such as equipment costs, maintenance, and degradation in mpg, we have made the commitment to continually test this equipment and introduce them into strategic areas where the freight and fueling networks fit best."

COO Zach England

This 34-acre facility is the second largest C.R. England facility nationwide and will feature the following amenities: 30,000-square-foot maintenance shop with eight service bays and a state-of-the-art truck wash 18,000 square feet are dedicated to a Driver Resource Center including laundry, TV lounge, game room, an exercise facility and driver training facilities. Additional space is allocated to non-driver support staff office space, including operations for several key dedicated fleets parking for more than 250 tractors and 350 trailers Parking for drivers and employees The ribbon-cutting event also featured the display of two of the 10 new Mack Pinnacle 12-liter liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractors being added to the Southern California fleets.

As LNG technology has improved over time, England expects better maintenance results from the 12-liter.In 2011, C.R. England introduced 15-liter LNG tractors into its fleet. Two years later, England introduced a compressed natural gas fleet in Utah.


EVO CNG, Trillium CNG Open First CNG Fueling Station in Joint Venture

EVO CNG and its joint venture partner, Trillium CNG, celebrated the grand opening this week of what they say is the largest compressed natural gas fueling station in Wisconsin, located in Oak Creek, and the first to open under their partnership.

"We are excited about the future of compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel in the United States and, more specifically, in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is one of the states on the leading edge of CNG infrastructure development. EVO CNG is proud to add our name to the list of CNG stations built specifically for fueling Class 8 tractor-trailers here in the Badger state."

Danny Cuzick , President and CEO of EVO CNG

The station's anchor tenant, Sheehy Mail Contractors, operates ten Freightliner Cascadia tractors with Cummins-Westport ISX G engines, and is planning to add more this summer, according to both companies. The station is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has four dispensers and features Trillium CNG's proprietary "fast-fill technology". The station has been designed to accommodate Class 8 tractors and trailers, as well as smaller vehicles.

EVO Trillium is a joint venture between EVO CNG and Trillium CNG, formed in 2013 to build a network of fast-fill public access CNG stations across the U.S. to serve the heavy-duty commercial trucking industry. EVO CNG is a sister company of Freightliner of Arizona, one of the largest independent Freightliner dealerships in the United States.


VNG.CO to provide CNG fueling to Donlen fleet customers

Donlen and VNG.CO have reached agreement to provide compressed natural gas (CNG) to Donlen fleet customers. Donlen is a provider of integrated financing and asset management solutions. VNG.CO offers CNG retail-centric fueling facility programs.

"By partnering with VNG.CO, we're providing resources that our customers need to successfully implement light-duty CNG vehicles in their fleet. Now, in addition to providing analysis and vehicles that show customers where CNG makes sense for them, we're giving them access to a network of stations. This comprehensive program makes sense from both implementation and ROI perspective and will help customers make decisions about choosing CNG vehicles for their fleet."

Amy Blaine , Donlen's Vice President of Consulting, Analytics, and Sustainability

According to Donlen, VNG.CO fueling facilities will be available to fleets at prime retail locations. For fleets operating bi-fuel vehicles which can fuel on CNG or gasoline, drivers have access to both fuels at a single location.

"We look forward to working with Donlen to provide their light-duty fleet customers a fueling solution that enables a seamless transition to NGVs," said Robert Friedman, Chief Operating Officer of VNG. "This initiative is aligned with our vision of developing a national CNG fueling network for all drivers."


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