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CTE Joined by New Flyer, AC Transit, OCTA, Ballard, and Linde to Deploy 20 Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Electric Buses

Joint Effort of Major Bus Manufacturer and Transit Agencies Sets Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Buses on Path to Commercialization

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CTE is proud to announce that it is in the beginning stages of implementing the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium (FCEBCC), a large-scale project that will result in the deployment of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses at two transit agencies in California. The project is sponsored by a $22.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. Additionally, both the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are providing $1 million grants.

New Flyer, the largest bus manufacturer and leader in zero-emission buses in the United States, will produce the buses in conjunction with Ballard Power Systems as the fuel cell power plant provider. Two of the largest transit agencies in California—Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District (AC Transit) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) — will each deploy ten buses. The buses are to be supported by advanced fueling infrastructure provided by The Linde Group.

The project will build zero-emission buses that are able to replace conventional internal combustion engine buses one for one. Fuel cell electric buses match conventional buses in range, speed of fueling, and flexible deployment on almost every route, including steep hills and freeways, while providing quiet, vibration-free, and fuel efficient service with nearly double the fuel economy. The project will also deploy a proven high-speed fuel delivery system to refill the buses as quickly as diesel and CNG buses. The project aims to have the buses delivered and in service for everyday use by December of 2018.

Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director of CTE, comments, “Two of the largest obstacles in commercializing and advancing fuel cell electric buses as an industry standard lie in keeping the unit cost of the buses low and having more transit agencies deploy these vehicles in revenue passenger service. By engaging a collaboration between a strong team of private and public partners the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium addresses these difficulties head on, and we’re thrilled to be working together to offer fuel cell buses as an option in public transit to continue to combat climate change. CARB and the local air Districts have provided the necessary leadership and financial incentives to encourage private industry and the public sector to work together in support of making zero-emission transit an industry standard.”

This Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium is part of California Climate Investments. Besides working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment, the cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit link https://arb.ca.gov/caclimateinvestments.

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ABOUT –

Center for Transportation and the Environment (www.cte.tv) CTE is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. Founded in 1993 as the Southern Coalition for Advanced Transportation, CTE was one of the original regional consortia organizations formed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program. Since 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $400 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 100 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S., DOD, DOE, DOI, DOT, as well as from the U.S. Army and NASA, among many others. CTE maintains offices in Atlanta, GA; Berkeley, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and St. Paul, MN.

AC Transit (www.actransit.org/environment) AC Transit is the third largest transit agency in California, serving more than an 180,000 daily passenger trips with 151 bus lines throughout the 364-square-mile service area. AC Transit assumed a century of public transit from its predecessor the Key System. Since AC Transit’s inception in 1960, we have consistently provided safe, convenient, courteous and reliable service in 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties as well as carrying almost 13,500 daily riders across the bay to San Francisco. AC Transit is also a trailblazer in both the deployment and proactive use of zero emission buses for daily revenue service.

OCTA (www.octa.net) Since its formation in 1991, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has kept residents and commuters moving throughout the 34 cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County. OCTA’s responsibilities, programs and services impact every aspect of transportation within the state’s third largest county. OCTA keeps people moving by reducing freeway congestion, improving safety and efficiency on our local roads, providing bus service and regional multimodal connections, helping people find ways to leave their cars home, and providing safe, convenient transportation to those with special needs.

New Flyer (www.newflyer.com) New Flyer was founded in 1930 as Western Auto and Truck Body Limited and is now the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers in Canada and the United States. It is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the broadest transit bus product line, incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric-trolley and battery-electric. New Flyer is also North America’s leader in motor coaches and operates North America’s most sophisticated aftermarket parts organization providing support for all types of transit buses and motor coaches.

Ballard Power Systems (Nasdaq: BLDP; TSX: BLDP; www.ballard.com) Ballard Power Systems is headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, where the company operates a high-volume proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell manufacturing facility, as well as a fully equipped R&D engineering and test facility. Ballard also has offices and operation centers in Europe, the United States, and China. Ballard has over 475 employees including a large number of PhD’s, engineers, and scientists focused on developing fuel cell products and providing engineering services to key customers and markets. To date, Ballard has designed and shipped more than 320 MW’s of PEM fuel cell products worldwide.

Linde (www.linde.com) In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD 19.7 bn ( EUR 17.944 bn), making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com

California Air Resources Board (www.arb.ca.gov) CARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The CARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (www.baaqmd.gov) The Bay Area Air District was the first regional air pollution control agency in the nation, and is the government agency charged with protecting the region’s more than seven million residents from the harmful effects of air pollution. The Air District’s jurisdiction includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Napa, and Santa Clara counties, and portions of Sonoma and Solano counties Since 2010, the Bay Area Air District’s Board has allocated more than $100 million in funding to support the accelerated adoption of zero- and near-zero-emission vehicles and supporting infrastructure in the Bay area, including a project that funded eight of the 13 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses currently in AC Transit’s fleet.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (www.aqmd.gov) The South Coast Air Quality Management District is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. It is committed to undertaking all necessary steps to protect public health from air pollution, with sensitivity to the impacts of its actions on the community and businesses. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, compliance assistance, enforcement, monitoring, technology advancement, and public education.

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Expanding the US Clean Bus Industry: CTE Kicks Off Five Low-No Projects

Atlanta, GA – February 3, 2017 – US public transit agencies will put more than 600 zero emission buses (ZEBs) into service by 2018. These battery and fuel cell electric buses are commercially viable alternatives to diesel and CNG buses, yet they don’t produce any of the emissions that pose health risks in our communities.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has spurred the US ZEB market through its Low-No Emission Bus Program (Low-No) that awarded $55 million in 2016 for the deployment of clean transit buses. As part of the FY16 Low-No Program, CTE and its partners developed winning proposals that will result in the deployment of more than 47 zero emission buses across the country. CTE has kicked-off five of its FY16 Low-No projects:

  • Delaware Transit Corporation, DE – Six Proterra battery electric buses
  • Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, CA – Three BYD battery electric buses
  • County Connection, CA – Four Gillig battery electric buses
  • Clemson Area Transit, SC – Ten battery electric buses (Manufacturer TBD)
  • Shreveport, LA – Five Proterra battery electric buses

For each of these Low-No projects, CTE is providing the transit operators with Smart Deployment decision support tools and services designed to minimize risk and ensure the most effective ZEB deployment.

Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) and CTE are partnering to deploy six 35’ Proterra Catalyst buses in the Dover state capital area. DTC will charge the buses’ batteries overnight at the depot as well as during the day with range extending conductive chargers placed at their transit center. The bus manufacturer, Proterra, is a homegrown American clean bus company founded in 2004 with manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and California.

CTE will be helping two of these transit partners introduce inductive charging technology with the deployment of their battery electric buses. Inductive charge technology allows buses to charge wirelessly via in-ground chargers on the service route. With CTE’s assistance, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District is analyzing routes and operational profiles to deploy three battery-powered over-the-road BYD coaches. County Connection, just east of San Francisco, will introduce four battery electric buses from Gillig, a 125-year old American family owned business.  This deployment will build upon County Connections’ current fleet of four battery electric trolleys, which were Gillig’s first production electric buses introduced fall 2016.  Santa Cruz will deploy an inductive charger from Momentum Dynamics, a Pennsylvania company and County Connection will utilize inductive technology from WAVE, a Utah company.

CTE is also working with Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) to deploy ten battery electric buses to serve Clemson University. As a result of this project, Clemson will become the nation’s first university with a 100% zero-emission fleet. CTE will assist CATbus develop and evaluate a Request for Proposal to select the bus provider. CATbus already operates six Proterra battery-powered buses in the city of Seneca, SC. The Clemson area project will leverage the successful deployment of this zero emission bus fleet in Seneca to replace aging diesel buses.

The City of Shreveport, LA contracted with CTE to provide technical consulting services for their planned deployment of five Proterra 40’ Catalyst buses. CTE will collect and analyze critical decision-making data to ensure the buses are deployed most efficiently. The services include route modeling and analysis, vehicle and equipment specifications, rate modeling and life cycle cost analysis, and collection and analysis of deployment and operational metrics.

CTE has worked with more than 30 transit agencies on efforts to obtain FTA funding and deploy over 140 zero emission buses. These efforts include an additional eleven Low-No projects that are either underway or in contracting phases. The purpose of the Low-No Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient US-made transit buses and related infrastructure. The Low-No program is the primary federal support program for expanding the US zero emission bus industry and is currently supporting 33 fuel cell and battery electric bus projects in 17 states.

Launch of European Project to Deliver Commercial Fuel Cell Electric Buses
Zero Emission New Flyer Bus Deliveries Increase by 48% in 2016
Clean Buses Take Center Stage: CTE Hosts International Zero Emission Bus Conference

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Atlanta, December 2016 – The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced, effective immediately, all new single deck buses purchased for use in the city center will be zero-emission buses (ZEBs). London is already a world leader in the deployment of ZEBs, currently operating eight fuel cell buses and 31 battery electric buses. By the end of 2016, the city will be operating Europe’s largest electric bus fleet of 73 vehicles.

The Mayor’s announcement was made at the International Zero Emission Bus Conference and Fuel Cell Bus Workshop (IFCBW) at London City Hall, held November 30 and December 1 and hosted by Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). The workshop is a clean transit event where public and private sectors showcase considerations for the expansion of zero-emission bus technology. CTE hosted the event in partnership with the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and UK-based Element Energy, in partnership with the European Union’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

There are currently more than 200 ZEBs operating in the US. By 2018 this number will grow to nearly 600, based on published awards and sales to date. The state of California is presently considering a target goal that would require transit fleets to be entirely zero emission by 2040.

Jack Kitowski, the Mobile Source Division Chief of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), represented the state of California at the event. He spoke on CARB’s efforts to adopt ZEB regulatory requirements and presented information on their recent awards of more than $70 million in Low Carbon Transportation grant funding. This funding will go to build 25 fuel cell electric buses and 70 battery electric buses along with supporting infrastructure for 10 transit agencies throughout California.

“This funding is accelerating the commercialization of zero-emission technologies in transit applications, in addition to setting the stage for transferring these technologies to other heavy-duty on-road vehicles,” said Mr. Kitowski, “California’s vision is to transform our fleet to the cleanest emerging technologies in order to meet air quality standards and our state’s overall climate change goals.”

Driving this effort are state laws requiring that by 2020 California must reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions to 1990 levels (AB32) and to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 (SB32). Furthermore, Governor Jerry Brown has issued an Executive Order requiring state agencies to take the necessary actions to ultimately reduce GHG emissions to 80% below1990 levels by 2050.

New Flyer, North America’s largest bus manufacturer with nearly 50% market share, presented the company’s strategy to provide parallel zero-emission product offerings: battery electric, and fuel cell electric buses on a common platform, the Xcelsior. New Flyer’s 60ft articulated fuel cell electric bus model will be the first of its kind to go through the FTA’s Altoona testing beginning this year, with plans to deploy this bus in service at AC Transit in 2017. CTE is working with Boston’s MBTA to deploy the battery electric version of New Flyer’s 60ft bus.

David Warren, New Flyer’s Director of Sustainable Transportation noted, “From an original-equipment manufacturer’s standpoint, the significant advancements in battery and fuel cell technology and commercial offerings over the past five years has created tremendous opportunities to expand the practicability of zero-emission propulsion to a wide array of everyday transit bus services. We’re looking forward to collaborating with other international clean-air leaders to build upon this progress.”

A number of US ZEB transit operators were on hand in London to share the practicalities of fleet integration and operation, including AC Transit (Oakland, CA), Foothill Transit (West Covina, CA), Orange County Transportation Authority (Orange, CA), Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (Canton, OH), and SunLine Transit (Thousand Palms, CA). The Los Angeles Mayor’s Office gave a statement at the event that the city was committing to make zero-emissions buses 20% of their fleet purchases in 2017.

More than 250 people from 22 countries attended the event. The event was unique in the strength of representation across all four primary zero emission bus stakeholder groups: transit operators, industry, government, and consultancy/research. “CTE is proud to bring together the network of key players to explore the short and long-term pathways towards ZEB commercialization,” said Lauren Justice, Project Manager with CTE and ZEB Conference coordinator, “The breadth and depth of the information discussed illustrated confidence in the sector.” CTE is presently involved in 25 battery electric and fuel cell electric bus projects as technical project lead or consultant to deploy more than 100 zero emission buses.

This is the 10th Edition of the IFCBW, continuing efforts begun in 2003 by the US Department of Transportation, US Department of Energy, and the European CUTE/HyFLEET CUTE programs. CTE and Element Energy have begun making plans for the next International Zero Emission Bus Conference to be held in mid-2018.  All 2016 presentations available HERE.

New Flyer's 60-Foot Electric Bus will be the Industry-First to Test at Altoona
CTE Awarded Transportation Research Board Funds to Conduct Study on the State of the Practice for Battery Electric Buses

Atlanta, GA – October 2016 – CTE was selected to be the principal investigator for the TCRP Project 20-05 Synthesis Topic SA-41: Battery Electric Buses – State of the Practice. CTE will be conducting an industry survey and analysis study to provide an overview of the current state of practice regarding the deployment of battery electric buses (i.e. planning, service, operations and maintenance). Many transit systems nationwide are now operating these buses, yet there is a lack of unbiased information to help agencies evaluate the deployment of BEBs. As transit systems consider the addition of BEBs to their fleets, an accurate account of the experiences of those that already operate them becomes extremely valuable.

 

CTE is well-positioned to perform this analysis due to its extensive experience with deployment of many of the zero-emission buses in service today as well as its partnerships with transit agencies, bus OEM’s, and component manufacturers. For this study, information will be gathered by a literature review (e.g. agency reports, peer reviewed journal articles) and a survey of current transit systems operating BEBs. Transit agencies that might be considering the addition of BEBs may also be surveyed. A topic panel composed of twelve transit industry professionals will be overseeing the study throughout the process. The final report is expected to be delivered to TCRP in August 2017, and will be published subsequently by TCRP.

 

More about TCRP

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is an applied, contract research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems facing transit agencies. TCRP is a partnership of the Federal Transit Authority (FTA); the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, acting through the Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corporation, Inc. (TDC), a non-profit educational and research organization established by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

CTE Awarded LAVTA On Call Zero Emission Bus Consulting Services

Atlanta, GA – October 2016 – The Center for Transportation & the Environment (CTE) was selected by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) to assist with their transition to an all electric, zero emission bus (ZEB) fleet. CTE will provide on-call multi-discipline research, development, design, and project management support services for various projects associated with LAVTA’s fleet management and ZEB transition. During the 3-year contract period, CTE activities will include route and technology analysis, assistance with ZEB procurements, as well as managing ZEB deployment projects.

“CTE has enjoyed participating with LAVTA on a number of recent initiatives and we are excited to provide continued assistance to LAVTA,” said Steve Clermont, Director, CTE. “LAVTA’s commitment to transitioning to a zero emission fleet and CTEs extensive experience assisting transit agencies with the successful deployment of electric-drive buses is an ideal partnership. We look forward to helping LAVTA reach their goal of deploying ZEB technology and reducing emissions within their community.”

CTE Kicks Off Reduced Engine Idle Load (REIL) System Development and Demonstration Project

Atlanta, GA – September 2016 – On Thursday, September 15, CTE and its project partners kicked-off project activity for the Reduced Engine Idle Load (REIL) System Development and Demonstration Project, sponsored by the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation (TRI). The project is part of FTA’s Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstration (BEERD) Program and aims to reduce fuel consumption and engine emissions created when transit buses sit at idle. BAE Systems, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and New Flyer are project team members. The Georgia Institute of Technology will act as the project’s third party, independent, evaluator.

The REIL system is envisioned as a high efficiency onboard vehicle power system intended for conventional propulsion CNG and diesel powered transit buses and over-the-road coaches. The system is expected to reduce vehicle maintenance costs and generate fuel economy and emission reduction benefits by electrifying bus accessories and allowing engine-off accessory operation. This is especially useful in the transit bus market, where buses are often required to idle for long periods of time while operating accessory systems, such as air-conditioning and air-brake systems. In addition to reducing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during dwell periods, the REIL system will reduce engine noise at idle and reduce maintenance costs by replacing belt-driven accessories with electrically driven counterparts. BAE Systems will lead system design, development, and demonstration activities, with close support from New Flyer. MARTA will provide real-world transit bus drive cycle data and help ensure the team uses realistic, transit-specific duty cycles for system testing and engine test stand demonstration tasks. CTE will provide general oversight and management services throughout the project and ensure that federal reporting requirements are fulfilled.

Blake Whitson, a CTE Project Manager, believes that the project team is especially well suited to deliver a useful product.

“It’s incredibly valuable to have a system supplier and integrator [BAE Systems], a vehicle OEM [New Flyer], and a potential end-user [MARTA] all involved from Day 1. Getting feedback from these organizations and understanding their perspectives throughout the development process will pay dividends for getting this clean technology on the road in the future”, says Whitson.

The project has an 18-month timeline and is expected to end in Quarter 1 of 2018.

CTE Assisting County Connection with Four Gillig Electric Buses
CTE Inks Deal With Niehoff

Atlanta, GA – July 2016 – CTE has selected C. E. Niehoff & Co. to supply high voltage alternators for CTE’s Utah Transit Authority Paratransit bus accessory electrification project. The project is part of FTA’s Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstration (BEERD) program and aims to curb fuel consumption and pollution from idling paratransit buses.

To operate the wheelchair lift and keep the cabin temperature comfortable, paratransit bus operators currently idle the diesel engine while loading and unloading passengers. By adding a high voltage battery and installing a high efficiency electric heating ventilation and cooling system from Mobile Climate Control, CTE hopes to curtail wasteful idling. When the bus is underway and the diesel engine is operating more efficiently, the high voltage battery pack will be recharged using the C. E. Niehoff high voltage alternator. “C. E. Niehoff & Co. is already a respected supplier to the transit industry, so I am thrilled that they will be providing one of the fundamental elements of the system” said Matt Boothe, CTE’s project manager.

Two retrofitted buses are scheduled to enter service in 2017 at Utah Transit Authority in Salt Lake City, Utah. The novel accessory electrification system was architected by Transworld Associates, LLC, and is currently being developed by the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics, Mobile Climate Control, and Utah Transit Authority. The University of Utah will independently evaluate the project results.

Panelists Meet Again in Austin, TX to discuss Hybrid Buses and Exportable Power

Austin, TX – July 2016 – A panel of cross-industry experts met for the second time this year in Austin, TX to discuss the ability of using hybrid-electric buses as mobile electric generators after an emergency event. The panelists in attendance represented a variety of industries and organizations, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the American Red Cross, state and local emergency management agencies, public transit agencies, and private sector business.

The panel is part of a larger effort funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to investigate how transit agency assets may be used during emergency event response and recovery activities. CTE received funding under the FTA Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery (SRER) Demonstrations Program to develop and demonstrate a Bus Exportable Power Supply (BEPS) System that will give hybrid buses the capability to act as on-demand, mobile, electrical-power generators. This technology will be especially useful in emergency disaster response and recovery, when traditional power supplies are not available. CTE partnered with Hagerty Consulting and the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (CEM) to complete the project. Hagerty Consulting, with its expertise in emergency management, is organizing the Industry Expert Panel Meetings to investigate the utility and best methodology for implementing the BEPS system in real-world disasters and emergencies, while CEM is designing and demonstrating a system that can be integrated with a transit bus and connected to auxiliary facilities.

A third panel meeting will be held in 2017 in coordination with a demonstration activity.

CTE Joins Multiple Transit Agencies in Securing Funding for More Than 35 Zero Emission Buses

Atlanta, GA – July 28 - The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is excited to announce their involvement in several projects recently awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). On July 26, FTA awarded $55 million in grants for the deployment of zero emission transit buses. CTE will participate in projects that will result in more than 35 zero emission buses deployed in communities across the country.

This announcement supports the CTE’s continued efforts to make zero emission transit available to communities nationwide, largely funded through FTA grant programs.

“FTA’s commitment to the Low-No Emission Vehicle Program is vital to the transit industry’s transition to zero emission vehicles,” said CTE’s Executive Director Dan Raudebaugh.

Through partnerships with public transit agencies funded by the Low-No program, CTE will provide project management and technical assistance to its transit partners to support the procurement and deployment of battery electric buses into passenger service. CTE’s involvement in these projects minimizes the risks associated with deploying advanced technology vehicles and ensures the most effective and efficient operation of the buses for transit agencies.

Jason Hanlin, CTE’s Director of Technology Development, believes CTE’s role is critical to the successful deployment of zero emission transit buses.

“CTE has developed proprietary route modeling and bus simulation software, which allows us to match advanced technology buses with the most appropriate routes, to optimize charging strategies and locations, and to confirm the technical specifications for the bus and charging equipment,” he said.

Other services that CTE provides to their transit agency partners include:

  • Assessment of bus performance, range, and energyconsumption to use in route and operational planning;
  • Energy cost modeling for budgeting and life cycle cost analysis; and,
  • Assessment of key performance metrics to measure efficiency and effectiveness.

“CTE’s expertise and experience is invaluable to our efforts and I cannot imagine undertaking deployment of zero emission buses without them on our team,” said Al Babinicz, CATbus’ CEO and General manager. “Their guidance has been instrumental in the development of CAT’s leadership in environmental stewardship.”

South Carolina’s Clemson Area Transit (CAT) first partnered with CTE in 2012 to replace conventionally fueled diesel transit buses with battery electric buses in Seneca, creating the nation’s first city with 100% zero emission transit fleet. As a result of FTA’s Low-No program, CAT secured funding for the nation’s first zero emission university transit fleet, which will operate on the Clemson University campus.

Raudebaugh believes the diversity of the awards supported by FTA’s 2016 Program is a major advancement for zero emission transit buses. CTE participated in the development of numerous successful Low-No proposals that will deploy zero emission buses from four major bus manufacturers including BYD, Gillig, New Flyer, and Proterra. CTE has also recently started working with Nova Bus on their battery electric bus, a partnership that will hopefully enjoy similar success in 2017.

“We commend the transit agencies for their desire to deploy these vehicles and the manufacturers for responding to the need,” said Raudebaugh. “We would also like to express our gratitude to FTA for their continued support.”

OCTA shows off a cleaner and quieter ride
Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Electric Bus Service Begins in Orange County, California

Orange, CA—May 2016 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) celebrated with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) the start of service of a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric bus in Orange County, California. The bus will be deployed in passenger service on routes serving the California Angels baseball stadium and the Orange County Fair this summer. OCTA is fueling the bus at a hydrogen station in Irvine, California, which is owned and operated by the University of California, Irvine.

In 2013, CTE was awarded funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program to build and test an American Fuel Cell Bus. Project partners include ElDorado National, BAE Systems, and Ballard Power Systems. CTE chose OCTA to operate the bus due to the agency’s great interest in zero emission technology and its commitment to lowering fleet emissions. Dan Raudebaugh, CTE’s Executive Director, said, “CTE is very impressed with OCTA and with their commitment to deploy this zero-emission fuel cell electric bus. This project supports furthering fuel cell technology, bolstering public acceptance, and understanding the challenges and benefits of using this technology in transit fleet operations.”

OCTA will demonstrate the fuel cell electric bus in revenue service for two years. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collect data and evaluate the performance of the OCTA bus throughout the two-year demonstration period. The OCTA fuel cell electric bus will be incorporated in NREL’s annual evaluation of the national fuel cell electric bus fleet.

OCTA is the recipient of the sixth American Fuel Cell Bus delivered to transit agencies in California. The 40-ft American Fuel Cell Bus was built on an ElDorado National Axess chassis with BAE Systems HybriDrive® propulsion and power management system, and a Ballard Power Systems FCveloCity® fuel cell module that provides primary power. The bus was manufactured 38 miles away from OCTA at ElDorado National’s facility in Riverside, California.26596463223_420e8a81c0_z

CTE Comments on DOT's Research Strategic Plan

On April 29,2016, CTE submitted a response to DOT’s request for comments on their Research and Development Strategic Plan.

Read Full Text of CTE’s Submission Here 

Goals of Paris Climate Change Agreement Bolstered by U.S. Nonprofit

455,000 Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gases Eliminated

Atlanta, GA – December 2015 – December 12, 2015 is now a milestone date in the global response to climate change. It’s the day that marks CTE projects having collectively eliminated 455,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

It’s also the day international leaders reached consensus on a new strategy for climate change as part of the 21st Conference of the Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11). The effort is focused on limiting global warming to less than 2˚ Celsius through lowering greenhouse gas emissions and represents a fundamental shift to sustainable development.

CTE has helped more than 200 U.S. companies move cutting edge technologies into the global energy and transportation marketplace leveraging more than $300 million in local, state, federal, and private funding.

With a mission to increase the efficiency and sustainability of the United States’ energy and transportation systems, this worldwide agreement validates the work CTE and its members have undertaken for more than 20 years. By bringing people together to advance clean, sustainable, innovative transportation and energy technologies, CTE has been a leader in reducing harmful emissions from the transportation sector.

CTE and our members are experienced, poised, and ready to continue to develop, demonstrate, and deploy the technology needed to move the transportation sector to more sustainable operations. Many of the technologies demonstrated through CTE-led projects are making their way into mainstream operations. For example, CTE has managed dozens of fuel cell and battery electric bus demonstrations over the past decade. Transit agencies are beginning to incorporate these vehicles into their revenue fleet through standard procurements, a definite shift in the right direction for the US transit industry.

CTE is proud of the contributions we’ve made to date and look forward to future opportunities that will result from this historic agreement to address climate change.

UPS Deploying 18 Electric Trucks
AC Transit Fuel Cell Bus Exceeds 20,000 Hours of Service

Zero-Emissions Vehicle Sets Record for Endurance/Clean Air

A fuel cell installed in an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s (AC Transit) bus set a record-breaking milestone—20,000 hours of continuous operation. The fuel cell, manufactured by UTC Power, was not expected to operate beyond 5,000 hours, or about one year of service for an AC Transit bus.

With 20,000 hours of zero emission service, AC Transit’s quiet-running fuel cell bus has helped to improve the overall air quality, dramatically reducing the amount of noise and pollution in the communities it serves. By itself, the fuel cell bus has removed 1,134,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere– equivalent to planting 13,189 trees or taking 108 passenger vehicles off the road for one year. AC Transit currently operates 12 of these zero emission buses that together have logged more than 150,000 hours of service. AC Transit has been running zero emission fuel cell buses in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001. In 2005, AC Transit took delivery of three Van Hool fuel cell buses embedded with UTC Power’s 120 kW PC40 fuel cell powerplant. In 2010, two of the fuel cells were transferred into new buses that AC Transit acquired as part of a consortium of San Francisco bay area transit agencies, known as Zero Emission Bay Area (ZEBA).

AC Transit’s 20,000-hour milestone demonstrates the potential for fuel cells to meet the high standards for durability and reliability in public transit. AC Transit is proving that hydrogen and fuel cells are working to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases. “The fuel cell bus is a workhorse, quietly and cleanly logging thousands of passenger miles over the years and still going strong,” said California Air Resources Board chair Mary D. Nichols. “CARB’s strategic investment in this demonstration project has shown that hydrogen fuel cells are a viable option for transit agencies in tough, demanding applications. I look forward to many more of these buses rolling out across the state as California communities strive to reach our clean air and climate protection goals.”

The Center for Transportation and the Environment obtained a $1.8 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration in 2013 to provide continuing service and support for AC Transit’s fuel cell bus fleet through 2016. Dan Raudebaugh, CTE’s Executive Director, said, “The performance of AC Transit’s fuel cell fleet is impressive and clearly leading the way to commercialize fuel cell technology. CTE is proud to be working cooperatively with AC Transit and its professional staff to help maintain this critically important program.”

AC Transit initiated its fuel cell bus program in 2005, including the procurement of its 20,000-hour fuel cell, with funding from the California Air Resources Board and the California Traffic Congestion Relief Program that was administered by the California Transportation Commission.

“AC Transit and its employees are proud to be world leaders in advancing zero-emission technologies. Our community has been very supportive of our leadership role and the deployment of these clean, quiet buses throughout the neighborhoods we serve,” said Kathleen Kelly, AC Transit’s Interim General Manager.

Fast Facts about Fuel Cell Buses

• Fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. The only tailpipe emission is water vapor. • AC Transit’s buses are fueled in part with hydrogen produced from solar-powered electrolysis.

• Each bus has a range of approximately 220 miles on a tank of fuel, enough for 18 to 20 hours of continuous operation.

• AC Transit’s buses are nearly twice as efficient as diesel buses, consuming only half the energy to operate the same distance.

• In 2013, AC Transit was presented with the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for “building the most comprehensive hydrogen fuel cell demonstration program in the country.”

ACTransit  is the third largest transit agency in California, serving over 56 million passengers a year throughout a 364-square mile region. For over 60 years, AC Transit has been recognized as a national leader in the transit industry. The public bus system serves 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AC Transit has been serving the East Bay since 1960, taking over from the Key System and its predecessors, which carried passengers via buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries over the previous 100 years. AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous, and reliable transit service.

CTE Awarded DOE Hydrogen Storage Project

Atlanta, GA – June 2015 – CTE was selected to receive one of 11 grants announced by Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO). As part of this project, CTE will lead the team to develop and demonstrate a conformable, lightweight 700 bar gaseous hydrogen storage system. The project team includes the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics and High Energy Coil Reservoirs, LLC (HECR).

The HECR core technology is an extruded pressure vessel with a continuous support structure woven over the core liner. HECR currently has a similar technology in production for compressed air breathing systems. This project will adapt this for hydrogen storage by identifying a plastic liner compatible with hydrogen, and developing a pressure containment design to meet the requirements of 700 bar gaseous storage. The first phase will develop a proof-of-concept test vessel, and the second phase will scale this up to store approximately 1 kg of hydrogen at 700 bar.

DOE’s FCTO announced a total of $10M as part of these awards. The intention of these selections is to identify high-impact technologies that are not already addressed in FCTO’s strategic plan or mainstream project portfolio. The projects selected have the potential to dramatically lower the cost or improve the performance, durability, or efficiency of fuel cells or hydrogen fuel production. DOE describes the selected projects as “high-risk but high-impact” that “complement the current FCTO portfolio.”

CTE Awarded Four FTA Energy Efficiency & Safety Projects

Atlanta, GA – March 2015 – CTE will manage four research grants totaling more than $3 million to develop cleaner safer transit bus options around the country. The projects will collectively develop and demonstrate anti-idling technologies and improve electric drive bus capabilities in partnership with manufacturers, engineering firms, universities and transit agencies.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $3 million to fund 5 projects nationwide as part of the Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstration Program (BEERD). While BEERD is a relatively small program, CTE was awarded 3 out of the 5 available projects and received 74% of the total funding.

The CTE projects include the development and demonstration of a new thermoelectric power generator on a 40’ transit bus contributed by Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX). Project partners include LYNX Transit, Hi-Z, Space Coast Energy Consortium, International Trade Bridge, Future Impact, and Florida Solar Energy Center. The new bus will reduce fuel consumption and allow end of day information processing without idling.

CTE will also be partnering with Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to develop and demonstrate a system that will eliminate or reduce idling during paratransit passenger loading operations, lowering operating costs, reducing energy usage, and improving air quality. CEM, TWA, and the University of Utah, among others, will be assisting CTE and UTA in the project.

The third BEERD project awarded to CTE involves the development and demonstration of a BAE Systems prototype Reduced Engine Idle Load System. This first-of-its-kind effort will bring a multimode electric accessory ‘power plant’ to market. Project partners include Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and BAE Systems.

FTA also announced 13 awards under the Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration Program. CTE was awarded the Bus Exportable Power System for Emergency Response project. This project will develop, evaluate, and plan the deployment of a bus exportable power system that will allow existing transit buses to export power using their hybrid electric propulsion systems. CTE partnered with the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics and Hagerty Consulting on this project, with an award from FTA totaling $995,098.

CTE Awarded Four Projects Under FTA Low or No Emission Bus Program

Atlanta, GA – February 2015 – CTE will manage four grants totaling more than $17 million to deploy zero emission transit buses and infrastructure around the country. The projects will collectively introduce 16 battery electric buses and five electric charging stations in partnership with manufacturers, engineering firms, universities and transit agencies.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $55 million to fund 10 projects nationwide as part of the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). The LoNo program facilitates the development of commercially viable zero and near zero emission bus technology and related infrastructure.

“The Obama Administration is committed to investing in 21st century transportation solutions like these zero emission buses,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These innovative, energy-efficient buses will help increase efficiency, improve air quality and reduce our nation’s dependence on oil.”

The CTE projects include deployment of five battery electric New Flyer Xcelsior XE60 heavy-duty, low-floor, 60-ft articulated buses and a 450 kW on-route rapid charger at Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).  Project partners include CTE members Siemens and University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM).  The team will deploy the buses on the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit System. The new zero emission buses will have improved performance on ice and snow-covered roads.

Two of the CTE led projects will place 40-ft Proterra all electric battery buses into regular public transit service.  Project partners will deploy six buses at Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) in Minnesota.  DTA will use these new, zero emission electric buses to replace some of the oldest diesel buses in its fleet. The project also includes installation of two on-route fast charge stations.  A separate project will introduce five Proterra electric buses into service in Lexington, KY at Lextran.  Lextran plans to develop a centrally charged and operated system of electric buses running out of the downtown transit center, which serves the majority of city bus routes. UT-CEM is supporting both of these projects as well.

CTE and Proterra will also partner to install a 500kW fast charger at Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) in Massachusetts.   The charger will be equipped with on-site power generation for emergency power and continuity of electric transit service during outages.  The charging station will support WRTA’s existing fleet of zero emission buses.

“We are thrilled to continue CTE’s work to deploy zero emission transit buses at US public transit agencies,” said Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director, CTE. “Strong public-private partnerships such as these LoNo projects are key to moving clean, American-made, advanced transportation technologies into the marketplace.”

Proterra Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Arrives in Austin

Austin, TX – January 26th 2015 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and project team are excited to announce the delivery of a new zero emission Proterra fuel cell bus to Austin, TX. The bus will join Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Capital Metro) regular fleet and be operated in daily transit service.

Capital Metro will operate the new hydrogen fuel cell bus as part of the University of Texas’ shuttle system.  This technology development and demonstration program is supported by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of their National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP) to assist the commercialization of fuel cell technologies.  Project partners will equally match federal funds with local ones to complete the demonstration.

This Proterra fuel cell bus is based on Proterra’s 35-foot battery electric bus design with the addition of two roof mounted hydrogen fuel cell Auxiliary Power Units (APU). Each APU converts hydrogen directly to electricity, supplying enough clean electric power to support most transit routes with only a single APU operating. The Proterra bus is on the forefront of advanced transportation technology featuring two 33 kW Hydrogenics HD30 fuel cell units and the same high power lithium titanate batteries as Proterra’s fast charge buses.  The only exhaust from the fuel cells is pure water.

Located in Greenville, SC, Proterra is an American bus manufacturer specializing in zero emission buses.  Hydrogenics Corporation developed the fuel cell modules for the bus. Gas Technology Institute is responsible for upgrading the fueling station in Austin to support the bus, and the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics is responsible for data collection and analysis.

When the upcoming 1-year Austin demonstration is complete, the bus will be delivered to Washington, D.C. to operate for another full year in regular transit service.

“Austin has long been a pioneer in advancing clean energy and will be a great demonstration site for Proterra’s newest zero emission fuel cell bus in regular transit service.  The project team is excited to have the bus delivered to Austin, and is looking forward to working with Capital Metro to integrate the bus into normal operations,” said Erik Bigelow, CTE’s Project Manager.

A media event will be held in the coming months.

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About CTE

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia with a west coast office in Berkeley, CA.  CTE facilitates the rapid development, commercialization, and public acceptance of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies.   Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $290 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army, Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA, among many others. www.cte.tv

About Proterra

As a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles, Proterra enables bus fleet operators to reduce operating costs and deliver clean and quiet transportation to their communities.  Proterra was the first company to deliver a full-size transit vehicle that met California’s Zero-Emission Bus Rules with their first generation EcoRide.  Their buses offer over five times the MPG equivalent versus diesel and CNG equipment and allow on route fast charging to keep the fleet moving quickly.  For more information on Proterra please visit www.proterra.com.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics is a leading global developer of clean energy solutions, advancing the Hydrogen Economy by commercializing hydrogen generation (electrolyzers) and fuel cell power generation products. The company has a portfolio of products and capabilities serving the hydrogen and energy markets of today and tomorrow. Hydrogenics’ two core areas of business include: 1) On-Site Generation (hydrogen generation systems for a full range of hydrogen applications) and 2) Power Systems (fuel cell power products, with particular focus on fully integrated power modules and fuel cell hybrid power packs). These areas of business contribute to Hydrogenics’ ability to provide innovative energy solutions for its clients including: original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who are introducing hydrogen and fuel cell capabilities into their advanced technology products and services; industrial gas end-users and merchant gas companies; system integrators; and technology demonstration programs (typically government or consortia sponsored). www.hydrogenics.com

About University of Texas Center for Electromechanics

The Center for Electromechanics (CEM) is an applied research unit specializing in advanced energy storage and power generation systems for over 40 years.  CEM serves the University as an effective interface to industry and teams with companies to bring advanced technologies to market. With funding from DOE, DOD, and USDOT, current and recent projects in the transportation sector include zero-emission fuel cell and electric vehicles, active suspension for improved ride control, and natural gas compression for home refueling of natural gas vehicles.  www.utexas.edu/research/cem

UPS and AMP Electric Vehicles Selected to Deploy 18 Zero-Emission Delivery Vehicles in Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area

Houston, TX – December 15, 2014 – The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) are excited to announce an award of project funding to UPS (NYSE: UPS), in partnership with AMP Holding Inc. (OTCQB: AMPD), to deploy 18 Workhorse E-100 All Electric Walk-In Vans with 100 kWh battery packs in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area. The goal for this project is to demonstrate the capability of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles, while also significantly reducing vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) awarded a grant to H-GAC with an objective to accelerate the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. DOE selected this project to demonstrate technologies to improve local air quality in the Houston-Galveston area, which is currently designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) eight-hour ozone non-attainment area.

H-GAC is soliciting additional project partners to deploy at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. Interested fleets can find out more at: http://www.h-gac.com/purchasing/rfp/trn14-06.aspx

CTE, a nonprofit and leader in alternative transportation technology deployments, will manage the two-year demonstration project, collect operational data and report on the project’s impact. The combined efforts of project partners will help further DOE’s objective of developing the market for all-electric heavy-duty fleet transportation technologies.

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About CTE

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia with West Coast offices in Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.  CTE facilitates the rapid development, commercialization, and public acceptance of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $290 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S.

About H-GAC

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is the region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. Its service area is 12,500 square miles and contains more than six million people. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.

 About AMP Holding Inc.

AMP Holding Inc. (OTCQB: AMPD) is the parent company of AMP Electric Vehicles Inc. and AMP Trucks Inc. Amp Electric Vehicles manufactures electric drive systems for medium-duty, class 3-6 commercial truck platforms. AMP Trucks, Inc., which purchased the assets of Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC from Navistar in March of 2013, can equip its Workhorse chassis with gasoline, propane, or CNG engines. For additional information visit http://www.ampelectricvehicles.com

AMP Holding Inc. Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors as disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission located at their website (http://www.sec.gov). In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, and governmental and public policy changes. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of the press release.

Georgia Adds 12 Stations as Partner in Creation of Planet’s Longest Biofuels Corridor

June 2014 – Thanks to a huge, six-state partnership, Georgians now have greater access to the biofuels E85 ethanol and biodiesel in a B20 blend. Eight E85 stations and four B20 stations are now open in Atlanta and north of the city on the way to Chattanooga.

The week of June 9-13, 2014 marks the celebration of this project that is five years in the making. In 2009, an ambitious, multi-state project started in Knoxville, Tennessee. Through a grant funded by the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program, the I-75 Green Corridor Project began with the goal of allowing any American driver to traverse any portion of I-75 and be able to make the entire trip running on either biofuel. The project has significantly increased the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border to Miami, Florida. Biofuels stations were added with the intent of filling in gaps in biofuels access along the corridor and adding more stations in metropolitan areas, such that a station of each type could be found no greater than 200 miles apart along the entire length of the interstate.

This week we will be celebrating nearing completion of the project, and many partners from all six states and beyond will help spread the word about the project through web presence, social media discussions and picture sharing, press releases, and videos.

Since the project’s inception, over 3.3 million gallons of biofuels have been sold from stations associated with the project, and 2.6 million gallons of petroleum have been displaced. The project has now displaced over 61,000 barrels of oil, or alternatively, the U.S. has now produced over 61,000 additional barrels of renewable, American fuel!  This also equates to:

  • 25,222 tons of CO2 emissions avoided, or
  • Eliminating the annual CO2 emissions from 4,817 U.S. passenger vehicles
  • The amount of carbon sequestered by 18,946 acres of U.S. forests in one year
  • Switching 604,604 incandescent lamps to compact fluorescent lamps
  • The energy used by 2,109 homes for one year

Thus far along the entire corridor, E85 has been installed at 26 fuel stations, and B20 has been installed at 9. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming months with another 6 stations coming online this summer. The project is now in its final year and has resulted in the 1,786-mile interstate becoming the planet’s longest biofuels corridor.

The significance of this project lies not only in the extensive length of American interstates involved or the six-state, multi-partner coordination that has taken place. There is also significance in the fact that American drivers now have a greater number of fueling options, as well as alt-fuel vehicles. There are nearly 100 flex fuel vehicle (or “FFV”) models on the market today. Couple that with the fact that, by conservative estimates, there are over 10 million flex fuel vehicles already on the road, and there is strong evidence for the need for more stations offering E85.

Conveniently, almost all diesel vehicles can run on biodiesel with few if any modifications to the vehicle. Even in the B20 marketplace, there are a growing number of B20-capable vehicles, from passenger to larger utility vehicles. With exciting developments like the B20 approved Chevrolet Cruze, more consumer-oriented, biodiesel-capable vehicles will surely come to market. More and more OEMs are responding to consumer demand for diesel vehicles, and some of those vehicles are approved for B20 use, such as the diesel 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Clearly, now is the time to put these fuels into action, and this endeavor is helping to diversify America’s fuel portfolio one gallon at a time.

See all the stations added in the project at the projectWebsite; here is a list of the stations added in Georgia:

Partner

Store Address

Biofuel Added

Mapco Express #3638

3668 Battlefield Pkwy, Ringgold, GA 30736

E85

Mapco Express #3635

6850 Battlefield Pkwy, Ringgold, GA 30736

E85

Mapco Express #3634

6966 Alabama Hwy, Ringgold, GA 30736

E85

Mapco Express #3519

2210 Chattanooga Rd, Rocky Face, GA 30720

E85

Chevron Northside

548 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30318

E85

Dabies Shell

1892 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 303018

E85

Mapco Express #3507

1406 Cleveland Hwy, Dalton, GA 30720

E85

Mapco Express #3524

444 Georgia 299, Wildwood, GA 30757

E85

Mapco Express #3521

399 Cloud Springs Rd, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742

E85

Mapco Express #3511

200 Carbondale Rd., Dalton, GA 30720

Biodiesel

Mapco Express #3509

1430 Kellogg Creek Rd, Acworth, GA 30101

Biodiesel

Chevron Northside

548 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30318

Biodiesel

Clean Energy Biofuels

250 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta 30307

Biodiesel

In the coming months, more data will roll in to show the great impact of this project. We invite you to get more information and updates about the I-75 Green Corridor Project by visiting www.CleanFuelsCorridor.com.

Look for the I-75 Green Corridor Project on social media, including

Twitter: @Go_CTE, @ETCleanFuels and the hashtags #I75, #Green

Flickr: Many photos from the project can be found here! http://bit.ly/i75-green-corridor-pics

More ideas here:  http://cleanfuelscorridor.com/social.html

CTE Successfully Completes Department of Defense Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pilot Program

June 2014 – A team led by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has successfully completed a hydrogen fuel cell pilot program at the Defense Depot San Joaquin (DDJC) in Tracy, California.  The project team, consisting of Air Products, Plug Power, Proton Energy, and Papé Material Handling successfully designed, installed, operated, maintained, and decommissioned an electrolytic hydrogen generation and dispensing station and 20 fuel cell powered forklifts.

Leo Plonsky, of the sponsoring Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), stated, “I want to thank [CTE] and [their] team for a successful project at DDJC.  When considering both the hydrogen production and fuel cell aspects of the demonstrations, it was the most accomplished of our four pilot sites.  [The CTE] team was on time, on performance, and under cost.  Maintaining operational availability over 99% while delivering a $1MM+ underrun (16%) on an R&D project is commendable.”

Of the 8,134 kg of hydrogen produced by the electrolyzer throughout the two-year demonstration, 7,322 kg were dispensed over 9,062 fueling events providing the 20 fuel cell forklifts with 38,231 hours of operation.  Even more impressive, the forklifts and hydrogen station finished the project with operational availabilities of 99% and 100%, respectively.

The pilot program aimed to increase knowledge and understanding of hydrogen-powered materials handling equipment (MHE) and the associated infrastructure. Through a 24-month demonstration period running from December 2011 through November 2013, the team collected, analyzed, and reported forklift and fueling operations and maintenance data leading to TRL (Technology Readiness Level) and MRL (Manufacturing Readiness Level) advancements for the equipment.  The team believes the project goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of the system was certainly met by:

  1. Providing consistent and accurate operational data throughout the full two year period,
  2. Providing business case data for the MHE throughout the two year pilot, and
  3. Furthering understanding regarding the challenges of establishing electrolytic hydrogen generation to meet small-scale supply and demand environments.

The understanding of hydrogen fuel cells gained during this pilot program paves the way for future commercial readiness of the technology.  Through the collection and analysis of operations and maintenance data, the project team was able to advance the TRL and MRL levels of the MHE Fuel Cell GenDrive Units from TRL 7/MRL 6 to TRL 9/MRL 9.

CTE Is Part of Winning Team to Develop Northern California Advanced Vehicle Center

May 2014 – The California Energy Commission awarded $1.5 million to a partnership of eight organizations including the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) to establish the Northern California Center for Alternative Transportation Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies (NorthCAT) program.  The NorthCAT team will develop the physical space and institutional arrangements (the “infrastructure”) for the education, training, demonstration, and full-scale deployment of alternative transportation fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in the Northern California region.

“CTE joins an impressive group of partners with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds in energy conservation, alternative fuels, and clean transportation,” said CTE Director of West Coast Operations Jaimie Levin. “This will enable us to greatly expand our program activities in alternative fuels, as we leverage the resources of NorthCAT to advance the commercialization of clean, sustainable transportation alternatives.”

This grant will support the initial set-up and operation of the proposed center. Separately funded efforts will be added starting in 2014, creating a suite of activities that offer clients education, training, project facilitation and project pilot/deployment/evaluation services. These new NorthCAT activities will build upon a multitude of existing activities in which the NorthCAT project team is already engaged.

Project partners include:

  • University of California–Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, Richmond Field Station (RFS) in Richmond, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, CA;
  • Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University (HSU) in Arcata, CA;
  • Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) center in San Jose, CA;
  • Bevilacqua-Knight Inc./California Fuel Cell Partnership (BKi and CaFCP) in Sacramento, CA;
  • Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), Berkeley;
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD); and
  • CalCharge consortium

The center will emphasize the provision of hands-on practitioner training and development of real-world demonstration and deployment projects for alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Additional key capabilities will allow for advanced audio/visual and internet connectivity between the center nodes. This will provide extensive physical as well as virtual communication and outreach/training capability across the broad Northern California region.  The planned activities will center on emerging battery electric, hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric technologies for public and private vehicle fleets. However, significant efforts will also be focused on more incremental strategies, using biofuels and natural gas (especially for medium-duty vehicles), as well as short-haul heavy-duty vehicle applications.

This project was one of three winning proposals of eleven submitted.  During the initial project phase, 2014-2017, CTE will assist in developing templates and expanded display signage capabilities at the NorthCAT locations.  CTE will also collaborate on physical and virtual infrastructure development, and training, outreach, and education planning.  In the project’s longer term to 2020, CTE will facilitate regional clean transportation project development and deployment, assist with fleet manager project support and training and alternative fuels first-responder training, and provision technical and policy educational materials for AFV stakeholder groups, policymakers, and the public. This project will significantly strengthen CTE’s presence in California based alternative fuel vehicle activities. CTE established a west coast office in July 2013.

CTE Welcomes Michael Tosca

May 2014 – Atlanta-based Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is pleased to announce Michael Tosca as Senior Project Manager and Business Development Director for our Los Angeles, CA operations.

CTE Executive Director Dan Raudebaugh stated, “We are extremely excited about adding Michael’s considerable talents to our team. Michael’s passion and leadership, along with his extensive expertise will support CTE’s growth plans as we expand our operations on the West Coast.”

Mr. Tosca joins CTE as an industry leader with a proven track record consisting of over 33 years of experience at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). His most recent positions include Business Development Director at Space Systems UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), and formerly, Sr. Business Development Manager at UTC Power focused on the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Business Development for transportation applications. At UTC Power, he was instrumental in leading the largest hydrogen hybrid fuel cell bus procurement, deployment and operation in the US with FTA, AC Transit and CT Transit. In addition, Mr. Tosca was General Manager for Automated People Mover (APM) Airport Development Projects at Otis Elevator Company and excelled in various other aerospace, space and energy systems international programs.

Michael has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master‘s Degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Information Technology.

CTE Delivers Birmingham Fuel Cell Bus

Birmingham – Jefferson County Transit to begin two year demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell bus

Birmingham, Alabama – April 17, 2014 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is excited to announce delivery of a new zero emission transit bus to Birmingham – Jefferson County Transit Metro Area Express (MAX) for regular daily use. Yesterday, as part of his Invest in America tour, US Secretary of Transportation Foxx rode the fuel cell bus viewing several key Birmingham transit facilities.

MAX will operate the prototype bus alongside its fleet of CNG and diesel buses for two years. This demonstration is made possible by the National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP), a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded initiative. Additional support was provided through an FTA research initiative managed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Senator Richard Shelby commented, “This program has created the first hydrogen fuel cell bus built in the Southeast, and the first to be operated in Alabama. It means more American jobs and less dependence on foreign oil, and I’m pleased to support it.”

The all-electric drive system and fuel cell power system were integrated by Embedded Power Control (EPC) on board an EVAmerica 32′ transit bus. The bus features a 75kW Ballard HD6 fuel cell and state of the art Altairnano lithium‐ion batteries. The fuel cell system converts on‐board hydrogen to electricity to power the electric drive system, emitting only water instead of harmful pollutants. The team expects to achieve a fuel economy nearly twice that of conventional diesel buses as has been previously demonstrated by other US fuel cell buses such as those at AC Transit in Oakland, California (7.55 mi/diesel gal equivalent).

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (Air Liquide) designed and constructed the hydrogen fueling station located at the MAX bus maintenance facility. The hydrogen fueling system will provide a daily average of 20 kg of hydrogen dispensed at one kg per minute through an automated 350 bar system. The University of Alabama Birmingham will conduct research and data acquisition and analysis during the program. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will evaluate the overall project alongside other fuel cell bus demonstration programs in the U.S.

CTE and the Project Team provided hands on training to more than 80 local first responders in January. Air Liquide and EPC also led MAX drivers, maintenance staff, and management in operations and safety training. The bus is beginning operations in April 2014. A ribbon cutting will be held later this year.

Erik Bigelow, Senior Project Manager at CTE notes, “This bus represents a significant technical achievement by bringing the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology, as well as the first hydrogen fueling station to Alabama. We are excited to work with MAX, UAB and the City of Birmingham to get this bus into daily service.”

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About Air Liquide

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with more than 50,000 employees and serves more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly. www.us.airliquide.com

About Ballard Ballard Power Systems

(NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com

About EPC

Embedded Power Control designs and manufactures motor drives, DC-DC converters, vehicle system controllers, and other components for advanced technology vehicles. EPC technology is deployed in commercial service by CARTA and in a variety of research vehicles. EPC also designs and manufactures industrial motor drive components for TMEIC and provides its own drive system components directly to end users including NRG, Southern Company, and GE Energy. EPC is in Salem, Va. www.thinkepc.com

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DOE Awards CTE $3M for Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Delivery Van Deployment

Jan 2014 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and UPS have joined to develop a zero emission fuel cell hybrid electric delivery van as part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) investment to commercialize cost effective hydrogen technologies.  In partnership with The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (CEM), Electric Vehicles International (EVI), Hydrogenics USA, Valence Technology, and UPS, the project team will retrofit 17 delivery vans with fuel cell hybrid power trains and test these vehicles at distribution facilities across California.

“By partnering with private industry and universities, the Energy Department is helping to build a strong 21st century transportation sector that cuts harmful pollution, reduces costs for U.S. businesses and leads to a more sustainable energy future,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Reduced oil dependence is an important part of President Obama’s energy security and climate plans, and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies will help ensure America’s continued leadership in clean energy innovation.

The CTE team based the hydrogen fuel cell hybrid electric delivery van design on the operational needs of it’s commercial fleet partner, UPS, and specifications for EVI’s existing electric Walk-In Van, which UPS currently operates on routes of 75 miles or less.  By adding a Hydrogenics HyPM fuel cell module paired with Valence’s new high-power 99 kWh lithium-phosphate battery pack, the CEM integrated vehicle will now meet nearly all UPS service routes up to 125 miles.

Under Phase I of the project the CTE team expects to deliver the prototype vehicle in Fall 2014.  The remaining 16 vehicles will be delivered under Phase II of the project in Summer 2016.  CTE will be responsible for all project management activities including executing a project management plan, providing independent third-party analysis of data, and verifying the status of costs, budget, milestones, and schedules.  CEM will lead the vehicle design and build during the Phase I Demonstration.  They will also be responsible for data collection and project support throughout both phases.

Upon award of Phase II, CEM will play a critical role in transferring the fuel cell and hydrogen technology to EVI for commercial deployment of the fuel cell hybrid vans.  CEM will also work closely with CTE in developing an economic and market assessment of the technology during Phase II.  EVI will provide the vehicles and support CEM during integration.  Valence Technology will provide the first commercially available, safe, large-format family of Lithium Iron Magnesium Phosphate Rechargeable Batteries.  Hydrogenics will provide the fuel cell system and also support CEM during integration.  UPS will operate the vehicles as part of the day-to-day operations.

“We are excited to be working with a highly qualified team to develop, validate, and deploy the fuel cell hybrid electric walk-in delivery vans with an emphasis towards commercialization of the US-technology and manufacturing,” said CTE Director of Technology Development Jason Hanlin. “This project is right up our alley and we anticipate important, industry-changing results from a successful deployment.”

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About University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (CEM)

CEM specializes in the development and demonstration of advanced energy storage and power generation systems, teaming with companies to get the technology to market. Research projects in the transportation sector include fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles and trains, zero-emission fuel cell vehicles including hydrogen generation technologies, active suspension for improved ride control, and advanced vehicle energy storage for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. CEM has recently completed multiple programs funded by US DOT and DOD to advance hydrogen- powered, hybrid electric vehicles, including state-of-the-art energy storage (chemical batteries, ultracapacitors, and flywheels) for improved vehicle performance. www.utexas.edu/research/cem

About Electric Vehicles International (EVI)

EVI, headquartered in Stockton, CA, is a leading manufacturer of alternative energy vehicles specializing in battery electric vehicles (BEV) and range extended electric vehicles (REEV) for multiple applications covering a diverse range of transportation options. EVI focuses on providing highly effective solutions using the most sophisticated PowerTrain components coupled with delivering the highest standards of reliability and efficiency. EVI vehicles include the added advantage of the new Valence Lithium Phosphate battery system, which results in extended usage cycles and increased life span as well as lower operating and maintenance costs (compared to traditional Internal Combustion powered alternatives). Unlike other companies, EVI elected to build their own infrastructure, enhance our production capabilities, and establish our critical alliances before taking on the demands required by large fleet owners in today’s transportation industry. This enables EVI to guarantee the best solution with the industry’s shortest lead-time on vehicles. www.evi-usa.com

About Hydrogenics USA

Hydrogenics is a leading global developer of clean energy solutions, advancing the Hydrogen Economy by commercializing hydrogen generation (electrolyzers) and fuel cell power generation products. The company has a portfolio of products and capabilities serving the hydrogen and energy markets of today and tomorrow. Hydrogenics’ two core areas of business include: 1) On-Site Generation (hydrogen generation systems for a full range of hydrogen applications) and 2) Power Systems (fuel cell power products, with particular focus on fully integrated power modules and fuel cell hybrid power packs). These areas of business contribute to Hydrogenics’ ability to provide innovative energy solutions for its clients including: original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who are introducing hydrogen and fuel cell capabilities into their advanced technology products and services; industrial gas end-users and merchant gas companies; system integrators; and technology demonstration programs (typically government or consortia sponsored). www.hydrogenics.com

About Valence Technology

Founded in 1989, Valence Technology developed the industry’s first commercially available, safe, large- format family of Lithium Iron Magnesium Phosphate Rechargeable Batteries. Headquartered in Austin Texas, Valence is the enabling battery technology for numerous products in the following market sectors: Automotive; Marine; Medical & Industrial; and Back-Up Power. Extensive R&D culminated in the successful commercialization of the U-Charge® range of battery modules in 12, 18 and 36 volt configurations. www.valence.com

About UPS

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. www.ups.com

CTE Welcomes Congressman Oberstar as Newest Board Member

Former Congressman and expert on transportation policy joins CTE Board of Directors

Atlanta, GA – November 2013 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment  (CTE) is pleased to announce the Honorable James L. Oberstar as its Board of Directors’  newest member.  Congressman Oberstar spent 36 years in Congress representing the  Eighth District of Minnesota.

In the 36 years he served in the House, Congressman Oberstar became the body’s leading expert on transportation policy.  He was a champion of safety in all modes of  travel, and a fierce advocate for federal investment in our national transportation  infrastructure. Congressman Oberstar served on the House Committee on  Transportation and Infrastructure during his entire tenure in Congress, serving as the  Committee Chairman from 2007-2011. With an unrivaled in-depth understanding of transportation, Congressman Oberstar played a key role in every major piece of  transportation legislation that became law over the last thirty years.

In addition, Congressman Oberstar served as the House Democratic At-Large Whip, as  well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Study Group and  International Relations Committee.

“For more than two decades CTE has been a leader in improving the efficiency and  sustainability of the United States’ transportation systems. To be a part of the  impressive, wholesome work CTE is accomplishing for the greater good of humanity and  our beleaguered planet is a privilege and I look forward to serving as a member of its  Board of Directors,” Congressman Oberstar said about his appointment.

Congressman Oberstar continues to be active in transportation, as a speaker, lecturer  and consultant. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to consulting firm NSI, of  Washington D.C., which assists companies with state and local government  procurement and policy issues.

Congressman Oberstar’s extensive experience in transportation issues and policy will  enrich CTE’s board and strengthen the board’s ability to continue guiding the  organization to success.

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CTE Hosts International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop

CTE’s International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop in Hamburg constituted leading global technology exchange

Atlanta, GA – October 2013 – More and more cities and regions all over the world are facing one big challenge: How to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and halt global climate change? Public transport is the best option for clean mobility and in many cities the number of passengers using buses and other public transportation for inner-city distances is on the rise. But for some transport operators, this doesn’t go far enough. Many transit agencies are actively preparing for an entire shift to completely emission-free means of transport.

On October 16th and 17th Hamburg, Germany hosted the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop to enhance collaboration amongst worldwide leaders in this field. Hamburg based hySOLUTIONS and the US nonprofit organization the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), led the coordination of this conference with support from HyER and the EU’s Clean Hydrogen In European Cities Project (CHIC). The Workshop brought together panelists and participants from industry, policymakers and transit operators among others.

British Columbia, California, London, Oslo and Hamburg were just of a few of the Workshop’s represented cities and regions that have already successfully integrated the first zero emission fuel cell buses in their public transport systems. These buses use hydrogen as a clean energy carrier. The common objective of the field trials is to support the manufacturers of these buses as well as the future hydrogen suppliers to reach full commercial viability in the next decade. For the initial phase their joint efforts are being supported with funding programs on the national level in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Netherlands, as well as on the European level. Recently, the European funding scheme for hydrogen and fuel cell applications has been expanded under the EU Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation.

The ongoing developments and strategies require a close exchange of knowledge especially on an international level. With the objective to further enhance fuel cell technology and its infrastructure, discuss market access strategies, and share best practices, partners gathered in Hamburg for the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop. Their discussions increased the global understanding of requirements for the technical optimization of fuel cell buses and needed next steps for commercialization

Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg: “We are glad to host the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop 2013 in our city. The workshop marks the starting point for a regular and structured global exchange on fuel cell bus technologies and its infrastructure. Hamburger Hochbahn has been a forerunner with this technology since 2003. The collaboration with our partners worldwide will further encourage us in our objective to purchase only emission-free buses from 2020”.

Dirk Inger, Director Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Policy, Electric Vehicles at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development: “The use of hydrogen and fuel cells in buses is very important regarding the development and the acceptance of these future technologies. The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, in cooperation with the industry, supports research and development activities with around 1.4 billion Euro through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (NIP). The main focus is on applications in the transport sector, in energy storage, and in buildings. Our goal is to push the launch of clean technologies to the market. The International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop and the exchange of international experts provide an important encouragement for the future use of this technology in this as in other areas”.

Bert de Colvenaer, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking EU: “The workshop continues efforts begun in 2003 by the CUTE and HyFleet/CUTE projects for the demonstration of hydrogen buses. I am happy to see that meanwhile the European program for fuel cell and hydrogen is bearing fruits. We therefore highly appreciate the International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop to smooth the way for further global exchange on fuel cell bus technology and help bring together a growing number of stakeholders from public transport as well as industry. The workshop illustrates that fuel cell buses can become a commercially viable option after 2020. However to achieve this goal we have to start today”.

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, Managing Director (Chair): “Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is developing into a real alternative for the specific needs of transport companies, particularly in city centres, i.e. low noise and no CO2 emissions while operating. Fundamental for this success is the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). Now it is time to organise the second stage up to commercial market breakthrough and set the course in terms of policy for market activation from 2014. At the forefront is the building up of a refuelling structure for hydrogen, which must be carried out by both the political and industrial spheres together”.

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CTE Receives $5.9M From FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program

Non-profit Center for Transportation & the Environment will lead four zero emission bus projects

Atlanta, GA – September 2013 – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $5.90 million to the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) to manage several applied research projects from around the country.   These projects, which include full-scale fuel cell bus demonstrations and international outreach, were funded as part of FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program.  The projects include collaborations with manufacturers, engineering firms, universities and transit agencies throughout the country.

In an effort to facilitate development of commercially viable fuel cells bus technologies, CTE will coordinate a new vehicle demonstration with Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  CTE will also manage the extension of existing demonstration projects at Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in Oakland, California and Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority in Birmingham, AL.  In addition, CTE will orchestrate a variety of educational efforts including international workshops and fuel cell bus informational guides to assist transit agencies with adoption of this clean technology.

“Federal investments in fuel cell technology and other green energy sources have been a tremendous catalyst for America’s innovators as they find new ways to power public transportation for the future,” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. “We’re proud of our role in supporting cutting-edge research that protects and creates good jobs.”

CTE’s Central New York demonstration project will build upon the successful ElDorado-BAE Systems “All American” fuel cell bus technology currently in operation at SunLine Transit.  The pre-production heavy-duty urban transit bus features a Ballard Power Systems FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell and BAE Systems HybriDrive® propulsion system. The vehicle is a fully fuel cell powered vehicle that provides energy efficient propulsion with a full suite of electric accessories, a quieter and more comfortable ride, and zero harmful emissions when compared to conventional buses with combustion engines.  Also as part of the project, Cornell University’s School of Business will conduct a commercialization study for larger scale deployments.

CTE will also manage the extended operation of AC Transit’s 12 fuel cell bus fleet through 2016.  The grant provides component support for warranties that began expiring in August of this year. The fleet entered operation in 2010 and has since accumulated 29,649 fuel cell hours over 286,934 miles. The fuel cell buses have provided an 83% increase in the fuel economy over the control diesel fleet. This grant will allow these buses to continue to operate for a total of six years of continuous demonstration, providing critical operational and maintenance cost data on performance over time, and fuel cell, battery and drive system durability.

CTE will also continue to lead the National Fuel Cell Bus Program’s outreach effort on behalf of the FTA.  As part of this work, CTE will create a multimedia fuel cell bus informational kit for use with targeted state agencies, MPOs, and transit operators interested in the zero emission technology.  CTE will also develop fuel cell bus procurement guidelines in close coordination with transit and industry partners.  Lastly, the outreach funds will support CTE’s continued facilitation of fuel cell bus workshops.

Additionally, CTE received enhancement funds to support its ongoing Birmingham fuel cell bus project.  This award will enable a complete two-year demonstration of the EVAmerica, Embedded Power Control, and Ballard fuel cell bus technology.

This final round of National Fuel Cell Bus Program funding included a total of $13.6 million for 8 projects.  Since 2006, the program has provided nearly $90 million to promote the development and commercialization of this clean technology and bring opportunities to American manufacturers and technology providers. FTA plans to announce funding for a new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment grant program later this year.

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CTE Begins Houston Zero Emission Delivery Vehicle Pro

Houston-Galveston Area Council teams with Center for Transportation & the Environment and Smith Electric Vehicles to deploy 30 all-electric delivery trucks

Houston, TX –August 2013 – The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has partnered with the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and Smith Electric Vehicles Corporation (Smith Electric) to reduce vehicle emissions from delivery trucks in the Houston-Galveston region. As part of a U.S. Department of Energy sponsored effort, local fleets will replace existing diesel delivery vehicles with all-electric medium-and heavy‐duty Smith Newton trucks for daily operations in the Houston-Galveston area.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) awarded a grant to H-GAC with an objective of accelerating the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. DOE selected this project to improve local air quality in the Houston-¬‐Galveston area, which is currently designated as a National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) 8-hour ozone nonattainment area.

The H-GAC Zero Emission Truck project will demonstrate the effectiveness of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles while significantly reducing emissions and petroleum use. By deploying 30 zero emission trucks targeted for this program, H-GAC expects to reduce petroleum consumption by over 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel over the 2-year demonstration period. The project will have additional impact with an expected reduction in GHG emissions by 37.5 million tons of carbon equivalents per year and an expected reduction in criteria pollutants of over 2,000 tons per year.

The Smith Newton trucks include the company’s proprietary Smith Power, with variable 40-120 kWh battery pack options; Smith Drive, and Smith Link, an onboard system for monitoring the vehicle’s vital statistics. The vehicles that will be deployed under this grant are based on Smith’s latest production model Series 2000, which has been fully deployed in several locations across the country.

Each Smith Newton will be delivered with an electric vehicle charging station (EVSE). Fully recharging the vehicle will take approximately 6 to 10 hours per night, depending on the size of the battery pack and the state of charge when the vehicle returns to the fleet depot.

The H-GAC Zero Emission Truck project will serve as a pioneer for this innovative clean technology by helping fleets deploy all-electric delivery trucks that will improve their fleet operations and benefit the local community. CTE, a nonprofit and leader in alternative transportation technology deployments, will manage the project, collect operational data, and report on the project’s impact. The combined efforts of project partners will help further the objective of developing a market for this advanced electric transportation technology.

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About H-GAC

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is the region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. Its service area is 12,500 square miles and contains more than 6 million people. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.

About Smith Electric

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. is a leading designer and producer of all-electric commercial vehicles for short haul urban fleets. Smith produces zero-emission vehicles that deliver a significantly superior performance to traditional diesel trucks, at greater operational efficiency and significantly lower cost. The Smith mission is to be the leading producer of high efficiency, zero-emissions vehicles in the commercial transportation industry, utilizing its unique platform to partner with world-class brands to transform their entire fleets, help them operate more profitably and return energy to the grid. The Smith Newton™ and Edison™ models are deployed in several countries across a variety of applications, including parcel, food, beverage and equipment delivery, and personnel transport. Smith Electric provides a full end-to-end approach to fleet transformation, comprising Smith Drive™ (fully integrated EV drive and control system maximizing vehicle performance), Smith Power™ (networked battery & power management system) and Smith Link™ (networked performance data). The Company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and Newcastle, U.K.

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CTE Welcomes Jaimie Levin as Director of West Coast Operations

CTE Welcomes Jaimie Levin as Director of West Coast Operations

Atlanta,  GA  –  July  2013  –  Atlanta  based  Center  for  Transportation  and  the  Environment  (CTE)  is  proud  to  announce  Jaimie  Levin  as  a  Senior  Program  Manager  and  Director  of  West  Coast  Operations.  Mr.  Levin   will head CTE’s new office in Berkeley, CA.

CTE  Executive  Director  Dan  Raudebaugh  states,  “I  have  known  Jaimie  for  many  years  and  have  always  admired  his  passion  for  the  clean  transportation  industry  and  his  knowledge  and  experience  using  clean  fuels,  particularly  hydrogen,  in  transit  applications.  The  expertise  that  he  brings  to  CTE  will  be  a  valuable  asset  to  our  organization.”

Mr.  Levin  recently  retired  as  the  Alameda–‐Contra  Costa  Transit  District’s  (AC  Transit)  first  Director  of  Environmental  Technology.  During  his  15–‐year  career  at  one  of  the  largest  transit  agencies  in  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Area,  he  was  responsible  for  a  range  of  program  activities,  including  alternative  fuels  development,  environmental  policy,  and  renewable  and  sustainable  program  initiatives.

In  his  role  as  the  program  manager  for  the  Bay  Area’s  advanced  fuel  cell  bus  demonstration  program,  ZEBA  (Zero  Emission  Bay  Area),  he  was  responsible  for  raising  $88  million  in  grant  funds  and  private  contributions  to  build  and  manage  a  fleet  of  energy–‐efficient,  zero–‐emission  fuel  cell  buses,  five  hydrogen  fueling  stations,  three  solar–‐powered  stations,  and  a  highly  efficient  stationary  fuel  cell  power  system  fueled  with  biogas.  Collectively,  these  projects  are  saving  AC  Transit  nearly  $500,000  per  year  in  utility  costs,  reducing  annual  diesel  consumption  by  more  than  100,000  gallons,  producing  in  excess  of  5,900  Megawatt  hours  of  renewable  energy  annually,  and  eliminating  more  than  3,500  tons  of  greenhouse  gases  per  year.

In 2006 Mr.  Levin  was  awarded  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Area  Metropolitan  Transportation  Commission’s  “Excellence  in  Motion”  award  for  his  environmental  work.  In 2012, the U.S.  Department  of  Energy  honored  him  with  their  “Hydrogen  and  Fuel  Cells  Program  Special  Recognition  Award,”  and  in  2013,  AC  Transit’s  environmental  program  under  Mr.  Levin’s  direction  was  recognized  by  California  Governor  Jerry  Brown  with  the  “2012  Governor’s  Environmental  and  Economic  Leadership  Award”  (GEELA).

Mr.  Levin  holds  a  Masters  of  City  Planning  degree  (MCP)  from  the  University  of  California  at  Berkeley,  with  a  focus  on  land  use,  transportation,  and  energy.  Previously  he  was  AC  Transit’s  representative  to  the  California  Fuel  Cell  Partnership  and  continues  to  collaborate  with  them  as  an  advocate  for  the  commercialization  of  fuel  cell  technology.  He  presently  serves  on  the  advisory  boards  of  UC  Berkeley’s  Transportation  Sustainability  Research  Center  (TSRC)  and  the  Schatz  Energy  Research  Center  (SERC)  at  Humboldt  State  University.

“I’m  excited  about  joining  the  CTE  team  to  reach  out  to  a  larger  national  audience  and  to  greatly  expand  the  work  I  successfully  pursued  while  at  AC  Transit.  CTE  and  its  visionary  professional  staff  not  only  have  a  reputation  for  effectively  creating  productive  public/private  partnerships  and  obtaining  numerous  grants,  but  they  also  have  a  proven  track  record  of  providing  valuable  organizational  and  managerial  skills  and  services  to  guarantee  the  successful  implementation  of  complex  transportation  projects.”

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Clean Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts Complete First Year of Successful Operation at DDJC

CTE  Team  demonstrates  efficient  zero  emission  material  handling  equipment  on  military  base  in  Tracy,  California

Tracy, CA  –  The  Center  for  Transportation  and  the  Environment  (CTE)  project  team  has  successfully  completed  its  first  full  year  of  operations  of  hydrogen  powered  forklifts  and  associated  fueling  station  equipment  at  Defense  Depot  San  Joaquin  (DDJC)  in  Tracy,  California.  The  project  involves  generating  hydrogen  through  electrolysis  on  site  and  using  it  to  fuel  20  fuel  cell  forklifts  that  are  deployed  in  daily  depot  activities.

The  goal  of  the  demonstration  is  to  extend  the  knowledge  and  readiness  levels  of  fuel  cell  powered  vehicles  and  the  hydrogen  infrastructure  necessary  to  fuel  them.  This  clean  energy  project  is  sponsored  by  the  Defense  Logistics  Agency  (DLA),  who  will  analyze  the  collected  data  to  test  the  viability  of  using  fuel  cells  in  fleets  of  material  handling  equipment  at  this  and  other  support  installations.

This  demonstration  includes  a  unique  mix  of  emerging  technologies  from  developers  with  a  proven  ability  to  commercialize  them.  Plug Power, Inc.  designed  and  built  the  20  GenDrive®  hydrogen  fuel  cells  used  to  power  the  forklifts.  Air  Products  is  providing  hydrogen  compression,  storage,  and  dispensing  equipment  and  associated  support.  Proton  OnSite®  provided  the  hydrogen  generation  system  and  support,  enabling  the  base  to  produce  a  reliable  stream  of  hydrogen  using  just  electricity  and  water.  Papé  Material  Handling  is  providing  routine  fuel  cell  forklift  support  under  contract  to  Plug  Power.

The  pilot  period  began  on  December  1,  2011,  and  is  expected  to  run  for  24  months  while  the  team  collects  and  analyzes  operations  and  fueling  data.

“Thanks  to  the  excellent  products  and  support  of  our  team  members,  the  fuel  cells  and  hydrogen  infrastructure  has  proven  to  be  extremely  reliable  in  consistent  use  over  the  first  year  of  the  demonstration.  We  have  proven  a  high  level  of  commercial  readiness  for  the  technology,”  said  Jason  Hanlin,  Project  Manager  at  CTE.  “We  look  forward  to  continued  success  for  the  duration  of  the  demonstration  period.”

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About Air Products

Air  Products  (NYSE:APD)  provides  atmospheric,  process  and  specialty  gases;  performance  materials;  equipment;  and  technology.  For  over  70  years,  the  company  has  enabled  customers  to  become  more  productive,  energy  efficient  and  sustainable.  More  than  20,000  employees  in  over  50  countries  supply  innovative  solutions  to  the  energy,  environment  and  emerging  markets.  These  include  semiconductor  materials,  refinery  hydrogen,  coal  gasification,  natural  gas  liquefaction,  and  advanced  coatings  and  adhesives.  In fiscal 2012, Air Products had sales approaching $10 billion.  For more information, visit http://www.airproducts.com/

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Connecticut Transit to Receive First Commercially Procured Fuel Cell Bus

Connecticut Transit to Receive First Commercially Procured Fuel Cell Bus Hartford, CT

April 2013 – Atlanta based Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) finalized a contract with Connecticut Transit (CTTRANSIT) to deliver a hydrogen fuel cell powered 40ft heavy–‐duty transit bus in partnership with ElDorado National, BAE Systems, and Ballard Power Systems.

The fuel cell bus and extended operations support was procured under a standard RFP process utilizing transit industry defined specifications and terms that drive contractor accountability – a significant step towards commercialization for the fuel cell bus industry.Typically fuel cell buses have been procured and built under various federally funded research programs, most notably the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP).

The fuel cell bus, based on the SunLine American Fuel Cell bus configuration, utilizes an ElDorado National heavy–‐duty urban transit bus glider with a Ballard FCvelocity®–‐HD6 fuel cell power module and BAE Systems’ HybriDrive® propulsion system. BAE Systems will be responsible for systems integration. The bus has proven to be very reliable in its demonstration at SunLine. The CTE Team expects to deliver the CTTRANSIT bus in Fall 2014. CTE will provide project management and administration, in addition to compiling and delivering the necessary manuals, coordinating training and training material, and serving as CTTRANSIT’s primary point of contact for technical support.

About BAE Systems BAE Systems is a leading producer of efficient, low–‐emission hybrid electric propulsion systems for transit buses. HybriDrive propulsion technology has been in daily revenue service on buses in New York and other cities since 1998. The HybriDrive series systempowers nearly 4,000 buses and has saved operators more than 38 million gallons of diesel fuel while preventing 520,000 tons of C02 in cities across North America and in the United Kingdom.

About Ballard Power Systems Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

About ElDorado National ElDorado National is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), North America’s leading manufacturer of small and mid–‐size buses commercial buses. ElDorado National provides the largest selection of buses and widest range of power systems and alternate fuels for all public and private sector applications. Vehicles range from low–‐floor minivans to 40′ transit buses, with seating capacities from 4 to 49 passengers. Every ElDorado National product, whether a shuttle or a heavy–‐duty transit coach, is crafted with one thought paramount: At ElDorado National, quality is not an option –‐ it is the standard. www.enconline.com

About CTTRANSIT CTTRANSIT is the state–‐owned bus transit system serving the greater Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, Meriden, Bristol and Wallingford areas of Connecticut.

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CTE Kicks Off Design & Build of Next Generation Proterra Bus Powered by Hydrogenics Fuel Cells

Center for Transportation and the Environment to oversee build and operations of new zero emission bus  

Atlanta, GA – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) kicked off a new fuel cell bus project featuring the latest transit technology from Proterra coupled with Hydrogenics HD30 fuel cell modules. The CTE project team includes public and private organizations that will design, build, test, and demonstrate a state–‐of–‐the–‐art hybrid fuel cell bus.

The demonstration will showcase progress towards commercially viable use of hydrogen fuel cells in transit service. Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, TX will operate the bus for one year followed by a second year with the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.

Located in Greenville, SC, Proterra is an American bus manufacturer specializing in zero emission buses. The Proterra bus is on the forefront of advanced transportation technology, with plug–‐in rechargeable batteries, a hydrogen fuel cell system and an efficient all electric drivetrain, allowing it to have water vapor as the only emission.

The new Proterra bus design will improve efficiency and effectively double the available power over the first generation bus in the same amount of space by integrating two 30 kW Hydrogenics’ Next Generation Fuel Cell Power Modules (FCPM). The Hydrogenics’ FCPM’s reduction in components and simplified integration requirements will also improve bus affordability. Hydrogenics is a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen–‐based power modules.

“This is another award from CTE that further demonstrates our technology on Proterra buses across North America,” said Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “These zero–‐emission vehicles are built to be durable as well as clean – protecting large cities from dangerous smog and particulate matter often found with diesel buses today. We have a long history of working with Proterra in providing zero–‐ emission transportation applications which are seeing increased demand as interest in hydrogen continues to build.”

“The project team is aiming for a revolutionary fuel cell bus that is easier to maintain, more fuel efficient, and less expensive than previous Proterra fuel cell buses”, said Erik Bigelow, Lead Program Manager at CTE. “The project team is truly excited to get the design and build underway.”

The project is part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. The project is equally funded by Federal and local dollars. The CTE project will provide operational data for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Fuel Cell Transit Bus Evaluations. ###

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CTE Welcomes New Board Member, Harry Voccola

CTE Welcomes New Board Member Experienced Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) executive joins CTE Board of Directors

 Atlanta, GA – November 2012 – CTE is pleased to announce Harry Voccola as the Board of Directors’ newest member. Mr. Voccola will bring more than 30 years of experience in developing state and local marketplace transportation technology opportunities to CTE.

Mr. Voccola most recently served as NAVTEQ’s Senior Vice President of Government Strategy. Initially at NAVTEQ he headed sales and marketing for North America and led the company’s efforts to integrate NAVTEQ maps into major federal agencies. He led NAVTEQ’s efforts to define the map database requirements for several federally sponsored ITS field operational tests and regional deployments. In this capacity he directed the initial real time traffic deployment strategy for the US to provide RDS-­‐TMC coding for dynamic routing. He also defined the data needs for the routing map to be included in the Atlanta Olympics. In 2006, he was awarded the first Telematics Leadership award for his leadership of the 2005 ITS World Congress in San Francisco. Mr.Voccola is recently retired from the senior Vice President position at NAVTEQ, but continues to serve as a consultant to the company.

Before joining NAVTEQ in 1995, Mr. Voccola spent more than 15 years as senior Vice President and GM of Lockheed’s Transportation Systems and Services unit, working closely with government agencies at the federal, state and local levels. He designed and implemented HELP, Inc. -­‐ the first major IT’S public/private partnership That successfully evolved from a federally funded test into a self-­‐funding service for the trucking industry and state departments of transportation (DOTs). Mr. Voccola’s extensive experience in a range of transportation solutions will enrich CTE’s board and strengthen the board’s ability to continue guiding the organization to success.

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CTE Successfully Completes Energy Recovery Test Project

Atlanta, GA – November 2012 – At the end of October, CTE in partnership with Test Devices, Inc., (TDI), successfully closed a joint Department of Energy sponsored research effort.  The CTE team met the project objective to design and test a prototype energy storage drive and demonstrate it at TDI’s facility in Hudson, Massachusetts.   The device completed full speed (20,000 RPM) and full power testing (385 kW), smoothly accelerating and decelerating as designed.

Working with CTE, TDI has concluded development of a high speed motor drive to capture and reuse the energy necessary for the company’s core testing process.  The high speed and high power bidirectional drive proved capable of both powering a high-speed test, and powering a flywheel energy storage device.

CTE and TDI plan to pursue additional funding for the next phase of development which will install the full energy recycling system.  The team hopes to install this drive and a flywheel to recycle energy from TDI’s test facility permanently. This full flywheel energy recycling system is expected to save approximately 80% of the energy used in the TDI process, reducing total annual consumption of power by approximately 60%, saving approxi­mately two million kWh annually.

In addition to the energy savings that can be realized by the recycling feature of this system, TDI recently learned they are reaching the limit of the peak current capacity for their facility.  The use of a flywheel system like this would solve that problem by reducing peak power demand significantly.  This energy recycling system can be applied to any industrial or commercial process that has a cyclic energy demand and will lead to significant energy and infrastructure cost savings.

TDI is a Massachusetts corpora­tion engaged in the testing of jet engine and power generation turbines, specifically “Disk Fatigue Life Testing”. This testing consumes a great deal of electrical power for long periods of time. In 2007, for example, the company consumed 3,498,500 kWh of electricity in their operations, equivalent to the electricity use of 328 households.

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About Test Devices, Inc.

For over 30 years, Test Devices, Inc. has been the world’s premier source for rotational testing equipment and services. Test Devices provides advanced technology spin testing services to customers in a wide variety of industries. The company works with developers and producers of high-speed rotational components of jet engines, gas turbines, medical centrifuges, machine tools, industrial compressors, and high-speed electric motors, among others. For more information contact Christine Murner at 978-562-4930, christine.murner@testdevices.com, or visit www.testdevices.com

Sustainable Energy Cycle Underway at Ft Lewis

March 2012 – CTE Team generates hydrogen from waste gas for use in fuel cell vehicles at Joint Base Lewis-McCh0rd Tacoma, WA— Early this year, hydrogen produced on-site at Joint Base Lewis~McChord (JBLM) was used to power fuel cell forklifts and a fuel cell hybrid shuttle bus. This sustainably produced hydrogen was generated at JBLM’s water treatment plant from waste gas that was previously being flared to the atmosphere.

The hydrogen is the fuel source for 19 fuel cell forklifts and a fuel cell shuttle bus that have been provided as part of the demonstration program funded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and managed by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). The fuel cell forklifts and bus have been in operation at JBLM since November 2011, but this marks the first time they are running on the sustainable hydrogen produced on-site.

DLA and CTE are collaborating with JBLM on this turnkey clean energy project to acquire data on the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for forklifts, and other material handling equipment.

CTE, based in Atlanta, Georgia, put together a world-class team to design and implement this state of the art project. The team includes Gas Technology Institute (GTI) out of Chicago, Plug Power out of New York, and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. GTI designed, built and installed the waste gas clean-up system and hydrogen generation infrastructure at JBLM. Air Products supplied the hydrogen transportation, compression, storage, and dispensing infrastructure. Plug Power provided 19 GenDrive® fuel cell powered forklift trucks. The hydrogen powered hybrid fuel cell bus was built by Proterra, Inc. Proterra just opened their manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina. All team members have worked closely with CTE throughout the project and will continue to support operation of the equipment for the remainder of the pilot period.

“We’re very excited to be able to achieve this milestone that represents the holy grail of sustainable transportation,” said Jason Hanlin, Project Manager at CTE. “This cycle of turning waste products into a clean form of onsite energy for efficient vehicles is a
model that CTE and its partners hope to one day make more economical and continue to replicate.”

JBLM plans to host a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting this spring to celebrate the program’s success to this point.

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than 18,000 employees in over 40 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy,
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StarMetro Showcases Zero Emission Bus

Tallahassee’s Transit Agency displays clean all–electric bus technology at Florida Public Transit Association (FPTA) Conference

Tallahassee, FL – Nov 2012, The City of Tallahassee’s StarMetro Transit Agency presented a new zero emission all–‐electric bus at the Florida Public Transit Association (FPTA) Conference October 28–‐30th. StarMetro plans to replace three of its diesel buses with Proterra 35’ EcoRide all–‐electric buses. Replacing conventional buses with the composite–‐body, all–‐electric, zero emission buses will help StarMetro reduce fuel costs improving Tallahassee’s air quality.

The EcoRide buses are manufactured by Proterrra, a leading American bus manufacturer in Greenville, SC. The buses can operate continuously using en route, fast charging technology and achieve a fuel economy of 21+ MPG diesel equivalent, as much as 6 times the average fuel economy of the conventional diesel buses they are replacing.

Utilizing fast charging stations, the buses can recharge their battery system while on their normal routes. This feature allows StarMetro to maintain current schedules without service changes or disruptions to fuel the buses.

“By replacing three of our diesel transit buses with all–‐electric buses, StarMetro will realize the elimination of almost 260 tons of carbon dioxide CO2e annually,” said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. “StarMetro is dedicated to exploring and providing new, green technologies to the City of Tallahassee, and these all electric buses are an integral part of that commitment.”

StarMetro also expects to achieve significant maintenance cost savings over the life of the electric buses. The EcoRide has no internal combustion engine, and thus has no need for oil changes. In addition, regenerative braking reduces the wear on the braking system.

These buses also represent a significant investment in growing green jobs for Americans. More than 85% of the buses’ components are American made, an important contribution in supporting America’s economy.

The StarMetro bus replacement is managed by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), and is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The project is part of the FTA’s Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program, an effort that began in 2009 to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and energy use within transit operations.

“We are proud of the buses that Proterra will deploy at StarMetro.. We think the citizens of Tallahassee will really enjoy the buses’ clean, quiet ride in addition to the obvious environmental benefits they provide.,” said Steve Clermont, Senior Project Manager at CTE.

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Worcester Welcomes Green Public Transportation

Worcester Regional Transit Authority teams with Center for Transportation and the Environment to bring three zero–emission buses to Massachusetts

Worcester, MA – September 2012 – Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) has been awarded a Clean Fuels grant by the Federal Transit Administration. The objective of the award is to replace three diesel transit buses with three zero–‐emission all–‐electric buses. This transit bus project presents an innovative approach to eliminating emissions and reducing energy consumption while displacing foreign sources of fuel with 100% domestic energy.

With expertise in advanced vehicle technologies, the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) will assist WRTA with the installation of charging stations and deployment and operation of the all–‐electric buses. The new buses will be Proterra’s EcoRide BE–‐35 Fast Charge Battery Electric transit buses, which are purpose built for high efficiency electric drive performance.

By deploying these zero emission all–‐electric buses, WRTA expects to reduce annual consumption of fossil fuels by more than 23,000 gallons, resulting in an estimated reduction of 53 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. At an estimated cost of $4 per gallon for diesel fuel, the 12–‐year fuel savings on one bus will be approximately $490,000.

WRTA is planning for electric vehicle technology in the design of its new maintenance and operations facility slated for completion in March 2013. The new facility will include advanced equipment to maintain and service WRTA’s current fleet and also accommodate equipment for operating the all–‐electric transit buses.

The project is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Clean Fuels Grant Program. The program was developed to assist nonattainment and maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide (CO). The program supports emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses.

The support of Representative Jim McGovern from Massachusetts’ third Congressional district was instrumental in obtaining the grant. “I am very pleased that the Department of Transportation is awarding this significant federal funding to WRTA,” Rep. McGovern said. “With these new buses, WRTA will serve as a national model for clean transit. I commend WRTA and CTE for their strong commitment to clean transit technology and the Federal Transit Administration for funding this project. I look forward to seeing these buses on the streets of our community.”

WRTA will serve as a pioneer for this innovative clean technology by helping other transit agencies understand how these buses can benefit their communities. CTE will manage the three–‐year project, which includes operational data collection and reporting, providing analytical information to other transit agencies, nationwide. WRTA’s zero–‐emission buses will be a step toward energy security, air quality improvement, and a greener future for Worcester, the state of Massachusetts, and the U.S. transportation industry. ###

 

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Greener Transportation In Near Future for Howard County, Maryland

Greener Transportation In Near Future for Howard County, Maryland CTE teams with Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation to bring three zero9emission buses to Howard County   

Howard County, MD – Sept 2012 – The Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation (CMRT), manager of Howard Transit, finalized a contract with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to fund three new, lightweight electric buses for the Howard Transit fleet.  Atlanta based Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) will apply its expertise in clean transit operations to manage this demonstration of cutting-edge technologies in public transportation.

The all (electric buses, which will replace three of the fleet’s oldest diesel buses, will be inductively charged by stopping on an electromagnetic pad located at a bus stop along Howard Transit’s ‘Green’ Route, on which the bus will operate.  This state-of-the-art charging method requires no physical connection to the charger, and works quickly while the bus is en route to maximize operation time.

The project is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program.  The TIGGER Program was initiated in 2009 with the goal of working directly with public transportation agencies to implement new strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use within transit operations.  The 3.7 million grant will cover the three electric buses, the inductive charger, and a passenger bus shelter, which will provide informational updates to passengers.

CTE will work closely with CMRT to evaluate the existing Green Route for areas where the service can be improved and identify specifications of vehicles and charger requirements.  Howard Transit will house and operate the buses.  The bus and charger manufacturers have not yet been selected.

These new buses and their supporting infrastructure will be a large step towards a greener future for Howard County, the state of Maryland, and the US transportation industry.  The buses are expected to begin operations in Spring 2014.      ###

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Atlanta Adds New Biodiesel Fueling Station Along I-75 Green Corridor

New Option for Clean Fuel in Atlanta Contributes to the Longest Biofuel Corridor in the Country

Atlanta, GA – On June 21, Atlanta will add another option for green transportation as a new biodiesel fueling station offering both B20 and B100 opens off of DeKalb Ave. The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has worked with its partners to bring this new station to Atlanta –‐ the only retail biodiesel station within the city’s perimeter.

This station is part of the I‐75 Green Corridor Project, an effort led by the Department of Energy to create the longest alternative fuels corridor in the United States. This initiative will add 25–‐30 new B20 and E85 pumps along all 1,786 miles of I–‐75, allowing travel on biofuels through 6 states from Florida to Michigan. All of the stations will be located within 3 miles of I–‐75 and within 200 miles of both the previous and next pump. This station is one of 3 that have been placed in Atlanta as part of the project.

CTE is the project manager for the greater Atlanta portion of the corridor, working closely with project lead the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Clean Energy Biofuels (CEB) have partnered to build, operate, and supply the station.

A Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting will be held Thursday June 21st from 12–2pm at the new station. Attendees will be able to fuel up with discounted biodiesel and learn about the benefits of using local, sustainably–‐produced fuels. This station’s biodiesel is made entirely from recovered oils from local food service providers and processed locally using solar–‐powered electricity. Biodiesel produces far less harmful emissions than petroleum diesel fuel and it reduces our dependency on foreign oil. The fueling station is located at 250 Arizona Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. The opening and Ribbon Cutting will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., which will be an excellent chance to photograph and film the state–‐of–‐the–‐art fueling station. Light refreshments will be provided. ###

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Arrives in Austin

CTE Team delivers zero emission bus for use in Capital Metro’s daily transit service.

Austin, TX – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and project team announced delivery of a Proterra fuel cell powered bus to Austin, TX. The bus, which was previously operated in Columbia, SC in 2010, will join Capital Metro’s fleet and be operated in daily transit service. The Proterra fuel cell bus is unique in that it was purpose built from the ground up as a zero emission bus, unlike most fuel cell buses, which are retrofitted using a standard diesel bus chassis.

The Proterra bus is on the forefront of advanced transportation technology, with plug–‐in rechargeable batteries, a hydrogen fuel cell system and an efficient all electric drivetrain, allowing it to have water vapor as the only emission.

“Transit, by its nature, is part of the country’s solution to long–‐term environmental sustainability, and Capital Metro is thrilled to participate in this cutting edge research that could result in cleaner bus technology being more widely available and affordable. We are looking forward to testing the bus along Austin’s streets over the next year,” stated Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro President/CEO.

The Austin operation represents Phase II of this project supported through the National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP). The NFCBP is managed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to assist in the commercialization of fuel cell bus technologies.

Located in Greenville, SC, Proterra is an American bus manufacturer specializing in zero emission buses. Hydrogenics Corporation developed the fuel cell modules for the bus and Altairnano provided the advanced lithium batteries. Signature Transportation Parts and Service will assist with bus maintenance and operator training. Gas Technology Institute is responsible for upgrading the fueling station in Austin, and the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics is responsible for data collection and analysis. When the Austin demonstration is complete, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will analyze all of the final performance data and prepare an overall performance evaluation.

“Austin has long been a pioneer in advancing clean energy and will be a great place to showcase Proterra’s zero emission fuel cell bus in regular transit service. The project team is excited to have the bus delivered to Austin, and is looking to quickly integrate the bus into Capital Metro’s fleet,” said Erik Bigelow, CTE’s Project Manager. A ribbon–‐cutting event will be held in the coming months. ###

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Hydrogen Provider Selected for Birmingham Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration

Air Liquide under contract to provide hydrogen for Birmingham – Jefferson County Transit fuel cell bus operations

 Birmingham, Alabama April 2012 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (“CTE”) announced that Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) is under contract to build and operate a hydrogen fueling station for the Birmingham, Alabama Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration. The Birmingham Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration is a part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program (“NFCBP”), a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded initiative.

Air Liquide has over 10 years of experience worldwide in supplying bus and vehicle hydrogen refueling systems. In Whistler, Canada, Air Liquide signed a ten–‐year contract to support fueling of 20 hydrogen–‐powered buses, the largest fuel cell bus fleet in the world.

CTE, a non–‐profit organization that specializes in bringing clean transportation technologies to market, is managing the Birmingham Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration. Air Liquide joins an already experienced team that CTE has assembled for the project. EVAmerica, an organization specializing in the design, development, and manufacturing of electric and hybrid–‐electric medium to heavy–‐duty vehicles, will design and integrate the bus, and the fuel cell is being provided by Ballard Power Systems.

The bus will be operated in regular service by the Birmingham –‐ Jefferson County Transit Agency (“BJCTA”). The University of Alabama Birmingham will be responsible for data acquisition and analysis, the results of which will be published when the demonstration is complete.

“The BJCTA is proud to be a part of this fuel cell demonstration,” said Lee Jackson, Director of Maintenance at BJCTA. “This project will give Birmingham and the surrounding communities a firsthand look at the new clean technologies that are being developed and introduced to mass transit. The project will also allow the BJCTA to step forward as a leader in the Southeast as a test facility for the new technology.”

The hydrogen fueling system will meet all of CTE’s operational and safety requirements, and will provide on average about 20 kg of hydrogen per day throughout the 24–‐month demonstration period, totaling about 12,500 kg of hydrogen. The fueling station will feature automated 350 bar hydrogen dispensing at one kg per minute, allowing operators to fuel the bus quickly.

Erik Bigelow, a technology development project manager at CTE, is managing the project. “Air Liquide has a proven track record of developing hydrogen fueling stations around the world,” said Bigelow. “We are excited to work with them to bring the first hydrogen infrastructure to Birmingham.”

Mark Lostak, president of Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP, commented: “Air Liquide is excited to participate in the Birmingham Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration. This initiative illustrates the logical progression toward the use of hydrogen fuel cells in public transportation vehicles. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is a solution that is both economic and sustainable for mass transit systems due to the size of public bus fleets, fuel volume requirements, and the inherent ability to use a centralized fueling system. As we move towards fueling larger bus fleets, we look forward to this technology further demonstrating itself as a cost competitive and environmentally beneficial solution for public transit.”

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About Air Liquide Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in 80 countries with 46,200 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic growth and a consistent performance. # # #

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Fuel Cell Electric Bus Project to begin at The Ohio State University

Center for Transportation and the Environment unites technology partners for two-year bus demonstration

[Columbus, Ohio], January 5, 2012 — An alternative fuel project at The Ohio State University is officially underway with design starting on the ECOSaver Electric Fuel Cell Bus. The bus will be manufactured by DesignLine USA with funding from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The project is managed by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a non-profit organization that specializes in bringing clean transportation technologies to market.

The development and demonstration of the bus, which represents state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell technology, is a partnership between CTE, DesignLine, Ballard Power Systems, Ohio State, The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics and the FTA. The FTA has also funded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to evaluate the performance of the bus while it is in service at Ohio State. The results will be published at the conclusion of the demonstration.

DesignLine is currently building the bus in anticipation of its introduction into Ohio State’s transportation fleet in mid 2012. Ohio State will operate the bus as part of its
regular fleet and collect operational data on bus efficiency and reliability. To support the demonstration and operation of the bus, Ohio State is upgrading their hydrogen
dispensing site and repaving their parking lots at the hydrogen site, which is located at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research.

The design of the bus will combine DesignLine’s existing lightweight chassis and mature electric drive system with an advanced Ballard Power Systems FCveI0city~HD6 fuel cell module. The demonstration at Ohio State is one of four similar fuel cell bus development and demonstration projects CTE is conducting through FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The other projects include a variety of different U.S. bus manufacturers and transit operators, with demonstrations set for Austin, Texas; Columbia, South Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; and Washington, D.C.

”The opportunity to showcase the ECOSaver Electric Fuel Cell Bus among Ohio State’s transit fleet for two years is the result of a powerful public-private partnership that includes FTA, the Department of Energy, a nonprofit, two universities, a transit operator, and two major U.S. high-technology manufacturing companies. It is a model that we’d love to replicate with other partners across the United States,” said Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director, Center for Transportation and the Environment. ”Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research has been involved in research and development related to the electrification of commercial vehicles for 10 years,” said Giorgio Rizzoni, director of Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research. “We’re excited to be a partner on this innovative project and look forward to the start of the operational demonstration next year.”

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Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program Gains Momentum Heading into New Year

2011 ends strongly as the team adds Atlanta Airport Marriott as a partner and breaks ground at the Seminole Road Landfill

Atlanta, GA – The Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program brought 2011 to a successful close by adding two more compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttles to the Program’s fleet. In addition to the shuttles, the Program also celebrated groundbreaking at the Landfill Gas-to-Compressed Gas conversion facility at DeKalb County’s Seminole Road Landfill in October.

Both of these milestones illustrate the ongoing successful progression of the Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program, whose goal is to increase the supply, availability, and use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles in the Atlanta area.

The two CNG shuttle buses will operate at the Atlanta Airport Marriott as part of the Program’s planned 210 alternative fuel vehicles. Mark Spanka, General Manager of Atlanta Airport Marriott stated that the Atlanta Airport Marriott is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and to “helping to maintain a clean, safe environment for everyone.”

In addition to Marriott’s CNG shuttles, more than 80 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles have been deployed by Program partners in 2011, including City of Atlanta – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Coca-Cola Refreshments, and The Parking Spot. In order to support these vehicles and also increase the region’s use of CNG, PS Energy is currently constructing 4 CNG fueling facilities in the Greater Atlanta area as part of the Program. DeKalb County and American Fueling Systems are also implementing CNG stations.

The Seminole Road Landfill Gas to Renewable Natural Gas (LNG-to-RNG) generation facility will provide cleaner and cheaper fuel to DeKalb County, which is estimating a savings of $3 million over the next 8 years as compared to the cost of diesel fuel. Several commissioners and the local media attended the groundbreaking event of the new facility.

The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) , who awarded $14.9 million to the program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The program includes $24.5 million in local cost share, contributing to a project total of $39.5 million. The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) leads the public/private partnership with the goal to reduce dependence on petroleum and lower harmful emissions in Metro Atlanta.

“The program has had an excellent year, and the public is becoming more and more aware of the effort we are putting forth to improve Atlanta’s air quality. We hope that this success leads to an increased effort to reduce harmful emissions and petroleum use in our area,” said Steve Clermont, CTE’s Senior Project Manager.

About CTE

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $225 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army and NASA, among many others.

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Successful Demonstration of Extended Range Hydrogen Fuel Cell Utility Vehicles

Center for Transportation and the Environment and technology team demonstrate advanced
fuel cell technology for the Department of Defense

Atlanta, GA, March 2012- A team led by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a nonprofit organization that specializes in the implementation of clean transportation technologies, completed the 12-month operational demonstration of two extended range hydrogen fuel cell utility vehicles at Defense Distribution Depot Warner Robins Georgia (DDWG) on November 11, 2011. The project was funded by the Department of Defense, which has
partnered with CTE on other technology projects, including hydrogen fuel cell pilot programs at Defense Depot San Joaquin in Tracy, California and at the U.S. Army’s Forces Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA.
The vehicles feature on-board hydrogen storage that extends the operating range of commercial electric utility vehicles as demonstrated with range of over 300 miles on a single fill. Performance and reliability data was collected throughout the 12~month pilot period for vehicle evaluation and market analysis. Over the course of the demonstration, the two vehicles traveled a total of 1,258 miles, consumed over 22 kg of hydrogen, and proved to be very
reliable.
The development and demonstration of the utility vehicles utilized cutting-edge hydrogen, fuel cell, and hybrid technologies and required the collaboration of many innovative organizations. The University of Texas at Austin — Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) was responsible for overall vehicle integration, build, and operations support. Gas Technology Institute (GTI) was responsible for hydrogen storage system design and build. Hydrogenics Corporation, provided the fuel cells and integration support. The vehicle platform (SUV-LN) and support was provided by Columbia ParCar.

The vehicle was designed using a structured, robust method involving the entire project team. During the previous Phase I, the team conducted an engineering design analysis that identified and compared all potential hydrogen storage technologies, fuel cell options, electrical energy storage and powertrain architectures for use on the electric utility vehicle. Phase ll included build, testing, and demonstration of the vehicles. The vehicles store 3.7 kg of hydrogen in a 350 bar composite tank and are powered by 8.5 kW fuel cells with ultracapacitors to assist with transient loads.

“Demonstrating the hydrogen fuel cell technology in these vehicles has proven the viability of using the technology in such applications. These vehicles and other similar projects exhibit possible solutions to energy related issues, and offer a sustainable alternative to traditional gas powered vehicles by  demonstrating improved range and reliability,” said Jason Hanlin, CTE’s Director of Technology Development. “The success of this project is predominately due to the work and collaboration of the organizations involved, all who are leaders in their field.”
The DOD plans to continue operating the vehicles at various sites around the country.

About CTE
The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $225 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced  transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army and NASA, among many others.

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Clean Cities-Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program Quarterly Newsletter November 2011

Atlanta Airport Marriott Returns as Partner

Atlanta, Georgia – November 18, 2011 – The Atlanta Airport Marriott has returned to the Project and has ordered two CNG shuttles to carry passengers between the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel. These shuttles are expected to arrive and be deployed next quarter.

PS Energy Station Progress
During Quarter 7, PS Energy began site work on three of their four planned CNG stations. The final station is still in planning and permitting phases, but site work is expected to start soon. All four stations should be fully operational by the end of Quarter 8.

LFG-to-RNG Groundbreaking Successful
The kick-off at the Seminole Road Landfill was a success with several commissioners, including DeKalb County’s CEO Burrell Ellis, in attendance. !e groundbreaking was broadcast on major local news channels and was a very effective public relations and outreach event.
Questions? Contact Steve Clermont at the Center for Transportation and the Environment: steve@cte.tv

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CTE Hosts Successful 2011 National Fuel Cell Bus Workshop

CTE Hosts Successful 2011 National Fuel Cell Bus Workshop

The Center for Transportation and the Environment presents the state of zero emission fuel cell transit bus technology Atlanta, Georgia – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) partnered with The American Public Transit Association (APTA) to host the 2011 National Fuel Cell Bus Workshop (NFCBW) October 3-5 in New Orleans. Workshop sessions featured discussions from US, Canadian and UK transit managers on achievements of fuel cell buses in regular transit fleet service.

The Workshop was supported through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP). The NFCBP is a targeted, multi-year program to develop and deploy commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies and related infrastructure.

At the Workshop, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) presented initial bus performance results from the 25 buses that were operating at eight transit agencies in the US in 2011. This number is expected to grow to 32 buses in 2012. NREL’s report documents significant achievements in fuel cell durability including the first fuel cell system having reached 10,000 hours of in-bus operation in the US.

The Workshop also showcased a compelling open-floor dialogue with private industry partners regarding fuel cell buses’ market readiness. The event was well attended by a diverse audience of industry representatives, transit agencies, research groups, planners and policy makers. All of the Workshop’s presentations can be found here.

CTE is hosting a webinar in May 2012 presenting the next steps in fuel cell bus adoption and the parallels this path has with diesel hybrid bus commercialization. CTE is also planning an international workshop for Spring 2013. The Workshop will focus on the critical public and private milestones needed to progress fuel cell bus commercialization.

Sessions will feature the planned 25 bus fleet in Sao Paolo, Brazil and the recently completed UNDP-GEF sponsored three bus demonstration in Shanghai, China among the ongoing demonstrations in North America and Europe. More details regarding this event will be released soon.

About CTE

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than 225 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 200 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army and NASA, among many others.

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CTE Receives $6.42M from FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program

Atlanta, GA –The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) in Atlanta has been awarded $6.42 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to manage several applied research projects with participation from fuel cell manufacturers, engineering firms, universities and transit agencies throughout the country. These projects, which include international outreach and communications, technology development and enhancement, and full-scale bus demonstrations, were funded as part of FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program.

In an effort to showcase the feasibility of transit buses powered by fuel cells and to facilitate the development of commercially viable fuel cells bus technologies, CTE will coordinate vehicle demonstrations with CapMetro in Austin, TX; Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority in Birmingham, AL; Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority in Columbia, SC; and the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. In addition, CTE will orchestrate a variety of outreach and communication efforts including workgroups and worldwide reports aimed at bolstering public acceptance and understanding of hydrogen based transportation systems.

As part of this most recent round of funding, CTE will demonstrate the Ballard 75 kW fuel cell system on three different hybrid bus platforms. These platforms will include Proterra’s highly efficient 35-foot composite body bus, DesignLine’s 35-foot EcoSaver IV heavy duty transit bus, and EVAmerica’s 30-foot Ecobus. In addition, CTE will work with Embedded Power Control, of Salem, VA, to design, build, and demonstrate a DC-DC converter that will provide reliable and efficient interface between fuel cell systems and traction battery systems.

The National Fuel Cell Bus Program is one of three recently announced environmentally-friendly FTA programs. The FTA is also managing the Clean Fuels Grant program and the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program, under which CTE has been awarded grants to provide technical assistance to five transit agencies across the U.S. for the deployment of electric and hybrid electric buses.  ###

About CTE

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $190 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 450 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army and NASA, among many others. CTE is also nationally recognized for its expertise in the measurement and evaluation of Transportation Demand Management programs and manages the Southern Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Coalition (SHFCC) in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration.

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CTE Receives Funding For Three FTA TIGGER II Grants

ATLANTA NONPROFIT RECEIVES FUNDING FOR THREE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION GRANTS

Atlanta, GA –The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) was recently awarded funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to manage three cutting-edge transit projects focused on reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gases, and other pollutants. These projects are among the 27 projects chosen from more than 200 proposals submitted as part of FTA’s Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program.

CTE will assist transit agencies in three states on bus replacement projects that will demonstrate the energy efficiency and cost effectiveness of fast charge, battery electric buses versus that of traditional diesel buses. Regional Transportation Commission in Reno, Nevada, Central Maryland Regional Transit in Columbia, Maryland, and StarMetro in Tallahassee, Florida will each replace three diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses. Taken together, these projects demonstrate the viability of all-electric bus transit technology by operating on an assortment of routes and in varying climates.

The advanced technology buses to be deployed by these three transit agencies will feature all-electric drive systems and regenerative braking, offering zero-emission operations and lower maintenance costs. Using fast charge electric power systems to fuel the vehicles will provide a tremendous reduction in fuel costs for the transit agencies.

CTE, in partnership with one of its members, Proterra, Inc., recently set the standard for zero emission bus performance through the demonstration of a composite-body fuel cell hybrid electric bus as part of FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP). The vehicle debuted at the National Hydrogen Association’s annual conference in 2009 and was subsequently showcased in Columbia, SC, Washington, DC, Victoria, British Columbia (as part of the Winter Olympics), and will soon go into service in Austin, TX. ###

About CTE

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that develops technologies and implements solutions to achieve energy and environmental sustainability. Since its founding in 1993, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $190 million in federal, state, and local cost-shared research, development, and demonstration projects involving more than 450 organizations in the advanced transportation technology field. CTE has facilitated and leveraged funding for its projects and initiatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, as well as from the U.S. Army and NASA, among many others. CTE is also nationally recognized for its expertise in the measurement and evaluation of Transportation Demand Management programs and manages the Southern Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Coalition (SHFCC) in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration.

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$39.5 Million Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program Gets Underway

Local Partnership co-funded by U.S Department of Energy to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

ATLANTA – (November 17, 2010) Atlanta is one step closer to reducing its dependence on foreign oil and  improving fuel economy and air quality thanks to the Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program,  which is currently underway.

Project managers have been finalizing partner agreements and program elements since the U.S.  Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory announced the award of a $14.9 grant  last fall as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The total $39.5 million program  includes the DOE grant and an additional $24.5 million in local cost share funding provided by program  partners.

“Clean Cities Atlanta received one of the largest grants issued by the Department of Energy for this  program,” said Don Francis, Clean Cities Atlanta Coordinator. “It represents a significant commitment by  our members to reduce their consumption of petroleum and improve air quality in the metro Atlanta  region.”

The program, now in the implementation phase, will boost the supply of alternative fuels by  constructing a Landfill Gas-to-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion facility at a DeKalb County  landfill and adding five CNG refueling stations and increased capacity at a sixth station in the metro  Atlanta region. The project will further help to reduce the demand for petroleum-based fuels by  deploying 200 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Facility implementations and vehicle  deployments will continue over the next two years. CNG stations implemented as part of this Clean  Cities Atlanta program will be accessible to the public.

“DeKalb County is proud of our partnership with Clean Cities Atlanta and the guidance that Billy Malone,  DeKalb’s Director of Sanitation, gave to the process,” said Kathie Gannon, DeKalb County Commissioner,  District 6. “The conversion of our landfill gas to clean transportation fuel is a huge economic and  environmental win/win for our region.”

The public/private partnership, managed by Clean Cities Atlanta includes DeKalb County, City of  Atlanta/Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Center for Transportation and the  Environment, City of College Park, Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR) – a division of The Coca-Cola Company,  The Parking Spot, PS Energy Group, Inc., Sustainable Atlanta and United Parcel Service (UPS).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Atlanta will benefit greatly from the emissions  reduction from a public health perspective. This program also will provide a template for the expanded  use of locally produced renewable transportation fuel and advanced technology vehicles in a variety of  applications.

“We are pleased to be a part of this important sustainability program. Moving toward an all-CNG-fueled  Airport shuttle bus fleet is an important step in reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint. And it brings  us closer to the overall goal of having 12 percent of the city fleet operate on alternative fuels,” said Louis  Miller, Aviation General Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Under ARRA, the Clean Cities program funds a range of energy efficient and advanced vehicle  technologies, such as diesel hybrids, hydraulic hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles, helping  reduce petroleum consumption across the U.S. In addition, funding will support refueling infrastructure  for various alternative fuels, including natural gas. Other efforts under the Clean Cities program include  public education and training initiatives to further the program’s goal of reducing the national demand  for petroleum.

“This Clean Cities grant provides us with a unique opportunity to reduce transportation-related  emissions in the metro Atlanta region,” added Steve Clermont, Director of Evergreen Sustainability  Solutions for Center for Transportation & the Environment. “It is a critical step forward to improve our  choices for alternative fuels and vehicles and reduce our dependence on petroleum.”

A public education campaign focused on alternative fuel technologies and vehicles will be driven by  Clean Cities Atlanta and sub-recipient partners to demonstrate the financial viability of the LFG – CNG  business model as well as the economic and environmental effectiveness of CNG and hybrid vehicles in  delivery, passenger shuttle and municipal fleet operations. For more information, please visit  http://www.cleancitiesatlanta.net/.

Clean Cities Atlanta

Clean Cities Atlanta (http://www.cleancitiesatlanta.net/) is a government-industry partnership that  works to reduce America’s petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Over the last 15 years, 3    the Clean Cities program has established local coalitions across the country that promote the growth of  alternative fuels and showcase the potential of advanced and energy efficient vehicles.

City of Atlanta – Division of Sustainability

The Division of Sustainability is focused on instituting environmental protection practices into Atlanta  city government. It aims to do so by improving the city’s environmental programs and policies such as  water and energy conservation, solid waste and emissions reduction, and recycling. To fully expand its  commitment to sustainability, Mayor Kasim Reed has pledged that the City of Atlanta will become one  of the top ten most sustainable cities in the United States. To that end, the Division utilizing Recovery  Act funding across 16 different programs. These programs are designed to motivate and support  community efforts that aim to enhance environmental quality, while supporting jobs and long term  economic growth. For more information on the Division and its programs, please visit:  http://www.atlantaga.gov/mayor/sustainability.asp

Clean Energy

Clean Energy (Nasdaq: CLNE) is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North  America and a global leader in the expanding natural gas vehicle market. It has operations in CNG and  LNG vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane  production, vehicle conversion and compressor technology. Clean Energy fuels over 19,900 vehicles at  more than 211 strategic locations across the United States and Canada with a broad customer base in  the refuse, transit, trucking, shuttle, taxi, airport and municipal fleet markets. It owns and operates a  landfill gas facility in Dallas, Texas, that produces renewable methane gas, or biomethane, for delivery in  the nation’s gas pipeline network. It owns and operates LNG production plants in Willis, Texas and  Boron, Calif. with combined capacity of 260,000 LNG gallons per day and that are designed to expand to  340,000 LNG gallons per day as demand increases. BAF Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, is  a leading provider of natural gas vehicle systems and conversions for taxis, limousines, vans, pick-up  trucks and shuttle buses. IMW Industries, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Canada, is a leading  supplier of compressed natural gas equipment for vehicle fueling and industrial applications with more  than 1,000 installations in over 20 countries

Center for Transportation & the Environment (CTE)  

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a 501(3) (c) non-profit, member-based  organization that facilitates research into advanced transportation technologies and strategies to  achieve energy and environmental sustainability. CTE is a recognized leader in environmental program  management and advanced transportation technologies research, demonstration, and development  programs. CTE manages federal and state grant funding to organize regional and national teams of  stakeholders to develop, demonstrate, and commercialize advanced transportation technologies and  strategies that provide cleaner, more efficient transportation solutions.

 City of College Park

Named one of Atlanta Magazine’s “Best Places to Call Home” in April 2003, the City of College Park has become one of the most exciting communities in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area in which to live. A well-established community with an individuality all its own, College Park, located near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Interstates I-85 and I-285, the CSX Railroad and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), residents and visitors alike will find that this revitalized City offers the best of Southern hospitality in its city services, local restaurants, lodging accommodations, parks and recreation, and community events.

The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero®, vitaminwater®, Powerade®, Minute Maid®, Simply® and Georgia®. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

DeKalb County

DeKalb County has more than 700,000 residents and more than 10,000 businesses on the east side of the Atlanta metropolitan area. It is home to Emory University, Stone Mountain Park, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and 10 municipalities with a diverse, educated and environmentally aware community. DeKalb County Sanitation operates the Seminole Landfill, which has more than 50 years of remaining capacity, and operates more than 250 waste collection and disposal vehicles.

The Parking Spot

The Parking Spot is the nation’s largest off-airport parking service provided, with 43 locations at 25 airports. The Parking Spot is committed to help protect the environment and reduce emissions and has already committed over 30% of their fleet to CNG conversion. For more information about The Parking Spot visit www.theparkingspot.com.

PS Energy Group, Inc.  

Founded in 1985, PS Energy Group, Inc. (www.psenergy.com) is a privately-owned, Atlanta-based  company that offers business, industry and government a full range of energy and transportation  solutions. As one of the nation’s top 38 diversity-owned businesses and the nation’s 3rd largest  Hispanic-owned company, PS Energy Group provides transportation fuels, emergency fueling and fleet 5    management services, including etrac™, a telematics solution that helps improve productivity,  profitability and the quality of the environment through better asset monitoring and vehicle tracking.

Sustainable Atlanta  

Sustainable Atlanta (www.sustainableatlanta.org) is a catalyst, consultant and facilitator for sustainable  progress in Atlanta as well as across the nation. Its core focus lies in convening leaders from academic,  business, civic, governmental sectors and non-profits to develop sustainable policy and programs for  those who live, work and play in Atlanta. Sustainable Atlanta leverages its expertise to help develop  policies, programming, strategies and best practices that make Atlanta, other municipalities, citizens and  organizations more bottom-line efficient, environmentally responsible and more competitive when  attracting employers/jobs.

United Parcel Service (UPS)  

UPS (NYSE: UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the  transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of  advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS  serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at  UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

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CTE Awards Flywheel Grant to University of TX Center for Electromechanics

CTE Awards SHFCC Flywheel Grant to University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics

Atlanta, GA – October 1, 2009 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, has awarded the Southern Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition (SHFCC) Flywheel Demonstration Seed Project Grant to the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM). Their proposal, “Assessment of Flywheel Technology Emerging from the Formula One Racing Community and its Benefits to the U.S. Transit Bus Market,” seeks to evaluate the performance and cost benefits of Williams Hybrid Power’s flywheel technology for heavy-duty vehicles in the US market.

Williams Hybrid Power Ltd. (WHP), located in England, has developed a novel, patented technology aimed at providing a cost effective, environmentally friendly solution for mobile energy recovery and storage in flywheels. A unique, patented feature is the Magnetically Loaded Composite, which in essence means that they can produce a wholly composite flywheel that integrates the magnets of the electric motor into the composite.
This allows for a flywheel system that can be made significantly smaller and lighter than conventional flywheels, and also runs at very high efficiencies of between 97-99%.

The program objective is to determine if this new flywheel energy storage technology provides next-generation fuel cell transit buses with either improved performance or reduced operational cost, or both. The $25K collaboration between UT-CEM and WHP will consist of a 6-month project period with a proposed start date of October 1, 2009. The SHFCC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Federal Transit Administration and CTE. Formed in 2004 to supplement individual southern states’ initiatives to grow and develop hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, the SHFCC focuses on the broader picture of southern regional resources and interstate collaborative opportunities to develop, demonstrate, and commercialize these technologies.

Membership in CTE/SHFCC is open to any organization interested in advancing alternative transportation ideas, methodologies, or products. Members include universities, corporations, civic and nonprofit organizations, national laboratories, and a variety of transportation-related associates from across the country. For more information, please visit www.cte.tv or www.shfcc.tv.

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CTE to Manage $15mm Department of Energy Clean Cities Grant

Local Partnership to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

ATLANTA – (August 27, 2009) The United States Department of Energy awarded a $15 million grant to DeKalb County in partnership with the Clean Cities Atlanta Coalition that will fund programming designed to reduce the use of fossil fuels in transportation vehicles.

“I want to personally thank the Department of Energy and the Office of the Vice President for pushing this program forward and making this award to the City of Atlanta and its partners” said Mayor Shirley Franklin. “These funds will advance our goal of reducing the City’s carbon footprint.”

The program will be implemented during the course of the next two years and includes efforts to increase the supply of renewable Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) while growing the availability of CNG fueling stations, increasing the number of fleet and commercially operated vehicles operating on alternative fuels and deploying a variety of advanced-technology hybrid vehicles.

The Atlanta-based team is comprised of a public and private partnership between City of Atlanta, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE), DeKalb County, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, PS Energy Group, Inc., Sustainable Atlanta and United Parcel Service of America (UPS).

With the grant money, the proposed project is readily implemented and commercially viable to expand the use of alternative fueled vehicles and advanced technology vehicles in Atlanta and surrounding areas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Atlanta will benefit greatly from the emissions reduction from a public health perspective. This project will also provide a template for the expanded use of locally produced renewable transportation fuel and advanced technology vehicles in a variety of applications.

“The Clean Cities program is helping give state and local governments the tools they need to build a greener transportation system that will create new jobs and help to put America on the path to a clean energy future,” said Don Francis, Clean Cities-Atlanta Coordinator. “Advancing the number of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on the road will increase our energy security, decrease our dependence on oil, and reduce pollution across the country.”

Under the Recovery Act, the Clean Cities program will fund a range of energy efficient and advanced vehicle technologies, such as hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles, helping reduce petroleum consumption across the U.S. In addition, funding will support refueling infrastructure for various alternative fuel vehicles, including biofuels and natural gas. Other efforts under the Clean Cities program include public education and training initiatives to further the program’s goal of reducing the national demand for petroleum.

“We are thrilled to receive this good news about the highly competitive national grant to reducing our reliance on petroleum based fuels in transportation,” said Mandy Mahoney, Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta.

“After a lot of hard work, we are very excited for the opportunity to showcase the teamwork and collaboration of the Coalition partners in reducing the use of fossil fuels in the Atlanta and taking a significant step toward improving public health,” said Lynnette Young, Executive Director of Sustainable Atlanta. “This will improve the attractiveness of our city as we work to attract new businesses and jobs in these trying economic times.”

Specific program objectives collectively include:

• Converting 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of LFG at the DeKalb County Landfill that is currently being flared to CNG. The long-term goal is to reduce annual criteria pollutant emissions from the facility as follows:

o 9.0 tons of NOx

o 49.2 tons of CO2

o 2.2 tons of Particulate Matter (PM)

o 1.1 tons of SO2

o 0.5 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

• Constructing four new CNG fueling stations and expanded dispensing capacity at one existing station

• Deployment of191 light to heavy duty alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles comprised of 122 CNG vehicles, 20 hydraulic hybrid vehicles and 49 hybrid electric vehicles.

• Significant reduction of petroleum use by more than 489,000 gallons per year.

• Creation of more than 185 new jobs and retention of nearly 300 additional jobs.

• Public education and promotion regarding alternative fuel technologies and vehicles driven by the coalition and individual partners which demonstrate the financial viability of the LFG – CNG business model as well as the economic and environmental effectiveness of CNG and hybrid vehicles in delivery, passenger and municipal fleet operations.

The City of Atlanta is pursuing $535 million in stimulus funding across 34 different ARRA-funded programs. With this award, the City has received over $41 million in commitments to date.

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City of Atlanta – Division of Sustainability

The Division of Sustainability is focused on instituting environmental protection practices into Atlanta city government. The Division is aimed at improving the city’s environmental programs and policies such as water and energy conservation, solid waste and emissions reduction and recycling. For more information: http://www.atlantaga.gov/

Clean Cities Atlanta

Clean Cities Atlanta (www.cte.tv/cca/cleancitiesatl.html) is a government-industry partnership that works to reduce America’s petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Over the last 15 years, the Clean Cities program has established local coalitions across the country that promote the growth of alternative fuels and showcase the potential of advanced and energy efficient vehicles.

Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE)

Coca-Cola Enterprises is the world’s largest marketer, producer, and distributor of bottle and can liquid nonalcoholic refreshment. CCE sells approximately 80 percent of The Coca-Cola Company’s bottle and can volume in North America and is the sole licensed bottle for products of TheCoca-ColaCompany in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, and the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.cokecce.com.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 19,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation’s top producers of women and African-American engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

PS Energy Group, Inc.

Founded in 1985, PS Energy Group, Inc. (www.psenergy.com) is a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company that offers business, industry and government a full range of energy and transportation solutions. As one of the nation’s top 50 diversity-owned businesses, PS Energy Group provides transportation fuels, emergency fueling and fleet management services, including etrac™, a Global Positioning System product line that helps improve productivity, profitability and the quality of the environment through better asset monitoring and vehicle tracking.

Sustainable Atlanta

Sustainable Atlanta (www.sustainableatlanta.org) is a catalyst, consultant and facilitator for sustainable progress in Atlanta as well as across the nation. Its core focus lies in convening leaders from academic, business, civic, governmental sectors and non-profits to develop sustainable policy and programs for those who live, work and play in Atlanta. Sustainable Atlanta leverages its expertise to help develop policies, programming, strategies and best practices that make Atlanta, other municipalities, citizens and organizations more bottom-line efficient, environmentally responsible and more competitive when attracting employers/jobs.

United Parcel Service (UPS)

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

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Hydrogen Hybrid Bus Returns to Columbia

Hydrogen Hybrid Bus Returns to Columbia Training and Demonstrations to Begin This Fall

Columbia, SC (Aug. 6, 2009) – Columbians will see a new bus around town as The Hydrogen Hybrid
Bus arrives this week to start a yearlong visit of testing and evaluation with CMRTA and the University
of South Carolina.

Premiered earlier this spring at the National Hydrogen Association Convention in Columbia, the
Hydrogen Hybrid Bus returned to Colorado for further testing and final construction. Now completed,
the bus will begin its initial testing and evaluation cycles in Columbia.

Called the most technologically advanced bus on the planet, the Hydrogen Hybrid Bus represents the
fusion of hydrogen fuel cell technology with advanced battery propulsion. A pilot project with the
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) the Hydrogen Hybrid Bus will be used to carry passengers on
various CMRTA routes and the University of South Carolina shuttle service.

Appearances are also planned for many community festivals and functions including the South Carolina
State Fair, multiple home Gamecock football games and various other engagements.
Columbia was selected for the first phase of testing for several reasons. The support from the greater
Columbia community including the city, the South Carolina Research Authority, Engenuity and other
entities were instrumental in the decision. In addition, because of the temperature, grades and climate
variations the terrain and climate were also ideal for testing. While carrying passengers, the bus will be
evaluated by USC researchers for various elements of performance and efficiencies.

“We are very excited to have the bus in Columbia so we can start evaluating it,” said Jason Bakos of the
University of South Carolina. Bakos heads the USC team of researchers evaluating the bus’ performance
data including fuel cell performance, hydrogen consumption, charge rates and many other factors to
determine the powerplant’s efficiencies and energy consumption. Those results will be sent to the
National Renewable Energies Laboratory (NREL) for distribution and use in future projects.

“This is a great opportunity for the university. This bus is a new prototype. Mass transit technologies
are evolving and we have a state-of-the-art vehicle to study for a year,” added Dr. Tom Davis, Principal
Investigator of the project.

The term state-of-the-art describes a variety of features of the bus. One of the most significant is the
propulsion suite. The bus is built with two Hydrogenics hydrogen fuel cells in the rear and hydrogen
storage tanks on the roof, similar to a compressed natural gas bus.

The bus is constructed of carbon fiber and fiberglass, which makes it much stronger and lighter than
conventional buses. In the bottom of the bus are lithium titanate batteries that power the electric drive
motor and the related accessories. These batteries are regarded by bus manufacturer Proterra as the
solution to hybrid transportation for mass transit. The batteries can recover and recharge rapidly and
don’t require prolonged charging cycles.

Daily operation of the Hydrogen Hybrid Bus will include a nightly recharge using a fast battery charger
at CMRTA and a refueling at the Hydrogen Fueling Station, recently opened in Columbia. The hydrogen
fuel cells aboard the bus provide electricity to recharge the batteries as the bus operates.

“We are very excited to see the bus in regular operation. We feel the bus will represent, the cutting edge
of new technology applications including batteries and fuel cells,” said Proterra president/chief
technology officer Dale Hill, the bus’ manufacturer.

According to Jason Hanlin, Director of Technology Research for the Center for Transportation and the
Environment, (CTE) the bus will arrive in August for driver training and data collection and will deploy
for passenger operations in September/October.

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CTE Team Partners with EPA to Reduce Diesel Exhaust Emissions
Atlanta, GA – July 20, 2009 – The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), an
Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, today signed a partnership agreement with the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a project that will test the performance of diesel
emissions reduction technology on municipal truck fleets in Houston, Texas, and Indianapolis,
Indiana. This project will be funded through EPA’s “Emerging Technologies” Program and will
be based on products developed by Truck Emission Control Technologies, Inc., (TECT) a
developer and manufacturer of “particulate control” technology located in Anderson, Indiana.
The Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston was selected to
perform on-road and lab emission testing for the validation of the new technology in real-world
applications. CTE assembled the team and will manage the project.

The technology is based on a proprietary composite wire mesh media for the collection of submicron
and nano-size particles at high efficiencies. These particles are further incinerated on a
continuous basis. The system is augmented with an exhaust gas recirculation for the reduction of
nitrogen oxides. CTE’s Executive Director, Dan Raudebaugh, explains, “Diesel vehicles such as
school buses and city trucks typically produce exhaust laden with particulate matter. This
retrofit project is designed to not only significantly reduce particulate and NOx pollution
contributing to smog in non-attainment areas, but it will also demonstrate the effectiveness and
durability of leading-edge emission control technology. CTE is proud to be involved.”

The $300,000 project will focus on the retrofit of seven City trucks in Houston and Indianapolis,
followed by field and chassis dynamometer testing and data acquisition on the road. EPA will
publish the results when the project concludes in 2010. Anticipated outcomes will lead to broad
commercialization of the new product, alleviating particulate and smog pollution in nonattainment
areas in the country, as well as the creation of new jobs.

“TECT’s proprietary wire mesh converters are most promising in urban truck retrofit
applications. A total retrofit kit will be the first of its kind capable of reducing particulate matter,
nitrogen oxides, and diesel toxic substances with high reliability and durability in operation,”
said Refaat (Ray) Kammel, TECT’s CEO.

The University of Houston Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center is a Center of
comprehensive research, development, and testing of advanced powertrain and emission
aftertreatment technologies. The Center works with local, state, and federal governments, as well
as the fuels, engine, and after-treatment industries. The Center is equipped with a 500 HP AC
chassis dynamometer test cell, a 600 HP AC engine dynamometer test cell, and a portable
gaseous and particulate emission measurement system, as well as research laboratory facilities.

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CTE Team to Implement Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pilot Program at Fort Lewis, WA

CTE Team to Implement Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pilot Program at Fort Lewis, WA

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has contracted to provide a turnkey hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration project at the U.S. Army’s Forces Command at Fort Lewis in
Tacoma, Washington. The project includes all of the key elements of a clean hydrogen energy cycle:

  • A renewable energy supply in the form of recovered waste water treatment plant digester gas
  • Local hydrogen generation via digester gas cleanup and reformation
  • Bulk hydrogen storage, transport, and dispensing
  • Hydrogen load in the form of 19 fuel cell-powered electric forklifts and one fuel cell powered shuttle bus, with an option for a stationary fuel cell system.

The project consists of approximately 16 months of infrastructure and vehicle development and deployment followed by two years of pilot program operations and data collection.

The project team is led by CTE and consists of an exceptional group of organizations, including Gas Technology Institute (IL/USA), Plug Power (NY/USA), Proterra LLC (CO/USA), and Air
Products and Chemicals (PA/USA). The team includes a unique mix of emerging technologies from developers with a proven record of moving clean energy products into the marketplace.

The hydrogen generation system, designed and supplied by Gas Technology Institute (GTI), will consist of three key components; 1) digester gas cleanup, 2) biomethane reformation, and 3)
hydrogen purification. This 3-component system will tie into the Ft. Lewis existing digester gas management system to yield pure hydrogen, which will be delivered to a buffer tank. A separate stream of hydrogen-rich gas can be diverted for use by a stationary fuel cell system for on-site power generation. The process will be continuously monitored with automatic controls to maintain
hydrogen quality standards necessary for the fuel cell equipment. The completed system will be capable of providing over 50 kg of hydrogen daily to the compression, storage, and dispensing
system.

Air Products will provide hydrogen transportation, compression, storage, and dispensing equipment, as well as hydrogen backup. A compression and tube trailer filling system will be located at the
hydrogen generation site. Two over the road tube trailers or ISO modules will transport the hydrogen from the generation site to the dispensing site. One trailer will be filling at the generation
site while the other supplies the dispensing station. The dispensing system is equipped with a gaseous hydrogen buffer storage comprised of six, high-pressure gas cylinders. Total hydrogen
storage is approximately 100 kg. Two, 350 bar outdoor dispensers will service the high-pressure requirements of the fuel cell lift trucks and the fuel cell bus. A hydrogen backup system will be
provided in case the generation system or the anaerobic digester gas supply is unavailable for hydrogen production.

Plug Power Inc. will provide 19 class 1 GenDrive™ fuel cell units to power a fleet of sit-down counterbalanced lift trucks, as well as expertise in system integration, training, service and support.
The 19 GenDrive-powered forklift trucks will be used at the logistics facility during the 24-month pilot period. Operating the fuel cells in rigorous, real-world conditions will provide Plug Power an
opportunity to collect data, improve readiness levels, reduce costs, and add to the mounting evidence in support of the commercial viability of their GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell solution.
The Proterra designed and built bus is a 35-foot, composite-body, plug-in, battery-dominant fuel cell hybrid electric bus. This unique deployment of technology allows the use of a much smaller,
dramatically less expensive, automotive-size fuel cell manufactured by Hydrogenics. The success of this design is a result of integrating existing, proven technologies with a lightweight body and an
innovative electric-drive powertrain including advanced Lithium Titinate batteries. The bus will be
used to transport staff around Ft. Lewis and between Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB.

This is the third in a series of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) pilot projects to demonstrate the
economic, operational and environmental benefits of powering material handling equipment with
fuel cells. The project will provide the Department of Defense with the technical and business case
data to support its plans for hydrogen infrastructure and the retrofit or replacement of an existing
forklift fleet with hydrogen fuel cell-powered machines, thus enabling DOD to achieve its Energy
Policy Act (EPACT 2005) objectives.

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GA Department of Transportation Awards Contract to CTE

Atlanta, GA – CTE is proud to announce the receipt of a contract from the Georgia Deparment of Transportation (GDOT) for the Evaluation and Measurement of Georgia Commute Options/TDM Program (TDM Evaluation Program). The contract continues CTE’s work to measure the effectiveness of the state’s transportation demand management efforts aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.

CTE has managed this program for GDOT since its inception in December 1999 and, working closely with the Department over the past eight years, has developed the effort into one that is nationally recognized for its objective approach and independent evaluation protocol. While most other state transportation demand management (TDM) evaluation programs are selfadministered, the model developed by the GDOT/CTE partnership has ensured that results of state TDM funding are independently and accurately measured and comprehensively reported.

“CTE is very proud of the work we have done on behalf of GDOT to date and we look forward to the continued refinement and improvement of the TDM Evaluation Program into the future,” said Dan Raudebaugh, CTE’s Executive Director.

To that end, CTE’s Wendy Morgan will serve as the Senior Project Manager. Wendy was a member of the original TDM Evaluation Program team from 2000-2001, during which time her roles included the compilation of regional data and the review of other programs throughout the nation. She joined CTE in September 2002 and became intricately involved in the day-to-day activities of the GDOT program during the next several years. Wendy assumed the Senior Project Manager role for the TDM Evaluation Program in the first quarter of 2006.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration Project Launched in AL

October 16, 2008 – A research team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and coordinated by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has begun a project to design, manufacture, demonstrate, and evaluate a hydrogen fuel cell transit bus that will be operated by the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) in revenue service on the UAB campus and in metropolitan Birmingham beginning in 2009. The 30-foot vehicle will utilize a hybrid powertrain that includes two proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power modules fueled by hydrogen, a hybrid-electric direct drive propulsion system, and nickel metal hydride batteries for energy storage. The project is being supported in part by the Federal Transit Administration with funds secured by Senator Richard Shelby and will conclude in early 2011. “As our country works to end its dependence on foreign oil, research into alternative fuels becomes more critical,” said Shelby. “This fuel cell bus project will demonstrate hydrogen’s effectiveness as a fuel source. I am proud that this groundbreaking research is taking place in Alabama.”

“We are very pleased and excited to begin this initiative, which will make a significant contribution toward the use of transit bus technologies that are safer, less harmful to the environment, and less dependent upon fossil fuels,” said Dr. Linda Lucas, UAB’s Dean of Engineering. “This vehicle will also demonstrate the resources and capacities of a high tech industrial sector that is beginning to take root and grow here in the South,” added Dan Raudebaugh, CTE’s executive director. In addition to UAB, BJCTA, and CTE, supporting organizations include EVAmerica (bus design), Embedded Power Controls, Inc. (vehicle integration), Hydrogenics Corporation (fuel cells), Fab Industries (hydrogen storage tanks), and Auburn University (vehicle testing).

Initial performance and operational data will be collected while operating the vehicle on the National Center for Asphalt Technology’s (NCAT) 1.7- mile oval test track located at Auburn University in Opelika, Alabama. Following this controlled testing, the team will develop and evaluate operations, performance, and maintenance requirements in the public demonstration environment. BJCTA will coordinate closely with UAB to test and evaluate the fuel cell bus on a variety of routes.

The UAB team will be led by Dr. F. H. Fouad, Chair and Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and Associate Director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama. Assisting Dr. Fouad will be members of the UAB faculty, including Dr. Jay Goldman, Dr. Robert Peters, Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku, and Mr. Andrew Sullivan, all with extensive experience in vehicle simulation, testing, infrastructure development, energy storage, transit planning, and evaluation. UAB will also provide public education and outreach through its Environmental Awareness Research Technology and Health (EARTH) Center.

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE)

Founded in 1993, CTE is a member-based nonprofit organization that develops and demonstrates advancements in transportation technologies, vehicles, and fuels that reduce pollution and fossil fuel dependency. In partnership with federal, state, and local shareholders in both the public and private sectors, CTE has managed a portfolio of more than $100 million in cost-shared projects involving over 450 organizations. CTE’s Southern Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition (SHFCC) initiates projects like the UAB fuel cell bus demonstration to strengthen and leverage regional resources in response to a global market for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA)

BJCTA is the largest public transportation system in the State of Alabama, operating a total of 109 transit buses in regular revenue service. BJCTA has a proven commitment to deploying alternative fuel vehicles and has already converted nearly half of its fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

EVAmerica, LLC

Based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, EVAmerica will be responsible for building the 30-foot Low-Floor Ecobus for this project. The bus will be manufactured at EVAmerica’s facilities in Ringold, Georgia. EVAmerica’s chief vehicle designer, Bob Davis, largely known as the father of the electric vehicle industry, has developed his latest bus design for EVAmerica around the Ecobus platform, which is a purpose built for advanced technology applications, including fuel cells.

EVAmerica will be working with several subcontractors, most notably Embedded Power Controls, Inc. out of Salem, Virginia, and and Fab Industries out of Anniston, Alabama. Embedded Power will be responsible for the integration of the propulsion system onto a 30-foot Low-Floor Ecobus manufactured by EVAmerica. Embedded Power will utilize the experience of Richard Boothe, a former GE engineer who has developed and integrated a number of hybridelectric propulsion systems on vehicles deployed throughout the world. Since 1996, Fab Industries has delivered over 4,000 alternative fuel storage systems for heavy duty vehicles throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico. They will be manufacturing hydrogen storage tanks for the vehicle in Anniston.

Hydrogenics Corporation

Hydrogenics is a leading global developer of clean energy solutions, advancing the “hydrogen economy” by commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell products. The Company has gained recognition from key customers for developing innovative solutions through solid hands-on competency and comprehensive system integration knowledge and skills. Based in Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has over 170 employees located in Canada, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Russia, , and China.

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)

NCAT was created in 1986 through an agreement between the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Education Foundation and Auburn University. NCAT will be responsible for initial vehicle testing at its test facility in Opelika, Alabama. ###

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