The research by West Virginia University scientists sheds light on the sources and amount of greenhouse-gas methane that is emitted in the natural gas supply chain.
PASADENA, Calif. — Navistar International Corp. won the 2007 Blue Sky Award for its role in developing diesel-hybrid technology.
The award is presented each year by WestStart-CALSTART, a group that promotes clean and energy-efficient transportation technologies.
“The Blue Sky Award spotlights those who are ahead of the pack in moving clean, efficient fuels and vehicles to market,” said John Boesel, president and CEO of WestStart-CALSTART. “Navistar has invested the engineering, development and field assessment time earlier and faster than its competitors to make hybrids into a commercial product.”
Navistar’s bus subsidiary, IC Corporation, worked with hybrid drivetrain maker Enova Systems to develop the nation’s first plug-in diesel-electric hybrid school bus. Company officials have said that the vehicle can achieve a 70 to 100 percent increase in fuel efficiency and a 90 percent reduction in emissions.
IC secured a contract to supply the hybrid buses to a buyers consortium initiated by non-profit corporation Advanced Energy. Nineteen of the hybrids were awarded to school districts and contractors throughout the country.
IC also launched a line of diesel-electric hybrid commercial buses that use the Enova system.
In the trucking world, Navistar worked with Eaton Corp. to develop a diesel-electric hybrid urban delivery truck. The vehicle uses an electrified power supply that allows it to be driven in electric-only mode.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dee Kapur, president of the truck group at Navistar subsidiary International Truck and Engine Corp.
“It underscores that diesel-hybrid technology is now commercially available on a mass scale.”
The award was presented in a ceremony at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Past honorees include General Motors, Toyota, Honda and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The state acquires 26 Blue Bird propane buses as part of its efforts to update its aging fleet.
The statewide program offers $10 million for purchasing school buses powered by electricity, renewable diesel, natural gas, or propane.
At the Product Immersion Tour stop, transportation officials check out the latest offerings from Blue Bird, Micro Bird, and their component suppliers.
The electric bus manufacturers and partners hosted an event in Phoenix to share information about the eLion and funding opportunities, and let local school transportation staff check out the bus up close.
The Quebec-based school bus manufacturer will receive support for the facility from the state and from the province’s Green Fund.
The U.S. Department of Energy awards the funds to the school bus manufacturer for a zero-emissions, 100% vehicle-to-grid electric bus.
Public television program MotorWeek spotlights East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, which bought 10 propane school buses after flooding wiped out a portion of its fleet last year. Now, the district has ordered 30 more.
Two new families of Leece-Neville heavy-duty alternators have been designed to improve school bus electrical performance: the IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme high-efficiency/high-output alternators.
In an effort to reduce emissions, cut costs, and improve its fleet, Blue Springs School District has implemented a variety of changes, including a new CNG station, Wi-Fi on activity buses, and a stop-arm camera system.
Feature articles that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2016 covered stop-arm cameras, electric school buses, and student behavior management, among other topics.
Alliance AutoGas aligns with Donaldson Co. on a line of LPG filters designed to remove potentially harmful particulate matter and heavy ends from propane systems.
Blue Springs School District also recently made a $1.2 million investment in fueling infrastructure for its compressed natural gas fleet.
Waterford School District introduces 10 new Blue Bird Vision Propane buses into its fleet. The district joins nearly 30 others in the state that run the propane-powered buses.
The Propane Education & Research Council adds to its online "Straight Talk" series a video that showcases Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.