BYD, AMPLY Launch Preferred Partnership For EV Charging

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) has announced a preferred partnership with charging infrastructure provider AMPLY Power.

AMPLY provides end-to-end services for fleet operators. The company, which provides the fleet with flat usage rates, also performs on-site operations and maintenance services and invests in technology upgrades as the needs of the fleet evolve.

“Together, BYD and Amply Power offer a great benefit to our customers,” says BYD’s president, Stella Li. “This partnership leads to a total and affordable solution that will help municipalities, universities and businesses achieve their climate goals.”

“If we want to accelerate electric vehicle fleet adoption, we must make it as simple as possible for commercial fleet operators,” adds Vic Shao, CEO of AMPLY Power. “By establishing a relationship with BYD, we now open the door to vehicle and management options for operators, making the switch to electric even easier.”

BYD produces transit buses and motor coaches at its manufacturing plant in Lancaster, Calif. AMPLY and BYD have been working with joint customers since early 2019. This partnership formalizes the relationship as the two companies begin to deploy a number of electric bus customer projects, with the earliest expected to launch this year.

Cummins is ‘Building for the Future’ with New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

Cummins Inc. has unveiled a new heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power. The demonstration vehicle was introduced this week at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.

Cummins’ strategy is to provide its customers with a broad portfolio of power options: diesel, natural gas, hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell.

“Developing this cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell truck as a technology demonstrator is an important step in gaining valuable insights that are critical to continue developing the right solutions for the market and preparing for the next 100 years. Some companies make headlines talking about the future, but we’re busy building for the future,” states Thad Ewald, vice president of corporate strategy at Cummins and leader of the company’s electrified power segment.

Thomas Built Buses, Allison Transmission Tout Propane Partnership

Thomas Built Buses Inc. exclusively selected the Allison 2500 automatic transmission – part of Allison’s Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series – for its new Saf-T-Liner C2 propane autogas school bus.

As school districts seek improved operating costs and cleaner fuel alternatives for their bus fleets, manufacturers like Thomas Built Buses are continuing to offer updated propane models equipped with Allison’s fully automatic transmissions.

“Allison Transmission has a long history of being the preferred automatic transmissions for school bus fleets,” states Rohan Barua, vice president of North America OEM sales at Allison. “Allison transmissions are not only built for ease of operation, reliability and for a safe, smooth, dependable ride for school children – they work to save fuel and reduce overall vehicle emissions. Our partnership with Thomas Built Buses goes back many years, and we appreciate their continued confidence in our products.”

Hyundai Unveils Fuel Cell Truck, Explores U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market

Hyundai Motor Co. unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell truck and trailer combo at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta on Monday and said it was considering entering the U.S. commercial vehicle market.

The South Korean automaker showcased its HDC-6 Neptune Concept Class 8 heavy-duty truck. The truck builds on the fuel cell work Hyundai has developed for its Tucson and Nexo passenger vehicles and signals where the company wants to go with green transport.

Hyundai Translead, the company’s trailer division, displayed its HT Nitro ThermoTech, a clean energy refrigerated concept trailer.

The automaker said the tractor-trailer combination demonstrates how it believes clean cargo transport will develop in the U.S. Fuel cells are an excellent technology for heavy-duty trucks because they can provide a longer driving range, higher payload and less refueling time than a battery-electric long haul truck, Hyundai said.

Magirus Introduces CNG-Powered Fire Truck

Germany-based Magirus GmbH has unveiled what it says is the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered firefighting vehicle, the (H)LF 10.

Magirus, the global firefighting brand of CNH Industrial N.V., says the new vehicle represents the next step in the implementation of the company’s long-term strategy to produce a comprehensive range of reliable, environmentally friendly firefighting vehicles – a strategy that first bore fruit in 2018 with the introduction of the first fully electric Magirus fire engine.

The (H)LF 10, built on an Iveco Eurocargo Natural Power 4×2 chassis, has a capacity of 420 liters and a fully automatic Allison torque converter transmission. It has a range of up to 300 kilometers or a pump operation of up to four hours.

RFA receives grants for ethanol safety education

The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s work with TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.

“One of the strengths that sets our association apart is our whole-industry focus that includes high-quality technical assistance such as our safety programs with TRANSCAER,” said RFA Technical Services Manager Missy Ruff. “As we seek to make ethanol more available to drivers nationwide, we want to ensure that ethanol producers, shippers, blenders, and emergency response personnel all have the opportunity to learn more about best practices for safe handling of ethanol and responding to incidents. We are very

grateful for the continuing support from TRANSCAER and other partner organizations.”

A $25,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration will support 10 ethanol safety seminars and four “train the trainer” webinars for first responders, and a $40,000 Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will fund another 10 ethanol safety seminars and an update of RFA’s Ethanol Safety Tour video.

All work on both grants must be completed by Aug. 31, 2020. Last year, RFA’s safety work with TRANSCAER involved hosting ethanol safety seminars in New York, Vermont, Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, Maine and Virginia reaching a total audience of 506 first responders and safety professionals, and four online “Train the Trainer” webinars, reaching 259 participants in January, March, July and August.

43% of Commercial Trucks Now Using Cleaner Diesel Tech

Of the 11 million diesel-powered commercial (Class 3-8) vehicles on the road, 43% are now using cleaner burning technology, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and particulate control, according to new research from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF).

While SCR was first introduced in 2007, it became mandated equipment for heavy-duty trucks in 2011. Along with particulate control technologies, these combine to achieve U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions requirements for nitrogen oxides emissions of no more than 0.20 grams per brake horsepower hour (g/BHP-hr). This is in addition to particulate matter (PM) emissions levels of no more than 0.01 g/BHP-hr.

Since the introduction of SCR, diesel-powered commercial vehicles haven’t emitted 126 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, 18 million tonnes of NOx, and 1 million tonnes of PM. The technologies have also saved 12.4 billion gallons of diesel and 296 million barrels of crude oil, according to DTF’s projections.

Commercial trucks with these technologies increased 6.8% from December 2017 to July. There are now 4.5 million such vehicles in Class 3 through Class 8 on the road.

“As more of America’s commercial trucks rely on the newest, cleanest diesel technologies, greater air quality and fuel savings benefits are being realized by communities across the country,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the forum.

$2.3 million DOE grant to advance ethanol fuel research

Imagine trying to quickly turn a damp piece of plywood into a liquid and squeezing it through several small openings. That’s essentially the challenge facing biorefineries trying to turn corn waste and related materials into ethanol fuel.

A big challenge in biomass processing, such as turning waste into ethanol fuel, is the difficulty in moving the biomass to, within and through the equipment needed to physically and chemically treat the biomass as part of the fuel production process.

Researchers at Purdue University have received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for their work to create computer models to simplify the design and construction of biorefineries to help them better perform reliably, sustainably, safely and economically.

“We have basically used fundamental theories, particle properties, and measured bulk characteristics to develop and verify computational tools for biorefineries that are taking a material like corn stalks, sugar cane bagasse, or sawdust and making them flow like a liquid,” said Michael Ladisch, distinguished professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue, who leads the research team and has been studying the topic of cellulose conversion and pretreatment for more than 25 years.

Ladisch said the team has created predictive analytical models that rigorously represent flow performance of biomass materials to define the conditions for robust operation and minimal downtime due to plugging problems from moving the materials within and between reactors.

Other members of the Purdue team include Carl Wassgren, a professor of mechanical engineering; Arezoo Ardekani, an associate professor of mechanical engineering; Pankaj Sharma, managing director of the Integrative Data Science Initiative; Eduardo Ximenes, a senior research scientist at Purdue’s Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering; Kendra Erk, an associate professor of material engineering; Nathan Mosier, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering; and Kingsly Ambrose and Abigail Engelberth, both associate professors of agricultural and biological engineering.

The latest innovation and the predictive models come on top of other patented technologies created by the Purdue team and patented through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. For more information on licensing the Purdue innovations, contact D.H.R. Sarma at the Office of Technology Commercialization at

The analytical models address on machinery and operating conditions developed at several locations, including Purdue, with the latest grant going to address techniques previously developed and patented at Purdue based on technology that avoids chemical agents in the production of ethanol fuel. A combination of water and enzymes are used to break down the waste materials into forms usable in the production of biofuels.

“We are a small piece of the bioenergy puzzle, but we believe our work is part of the larger progress to reduce carbon emissions and help farmers,” Ladisch said.

The Purdue team is working with Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and industry partners on the patented technologies.


National Lab Tool Helps Buyers Compare Electric and Traditional Vehicles

Consumers seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles can check out a vehicle purchase guidance tool created by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

The consumer education tool, “EVolution: Education on E-Drive Vehicles” – which originally debuted for Midwest states in early 2018 – is now available for consumers nationwide.

The research tool was developed as part of the Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience) project. Argonne is one of 60 partners of Midwest EVOLVE.





The EVolution tool is designed to help car buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle. It starts with consumers’ purchase considerations, such as purchase price, and compares the monetary and environmental benefits of various passenger electric vehicles and equivalent conventionally fueled models.

The EVolution website connects to the Alternative Fuels Data Center,, U.S. Energy Information Administration websites and others in one platform.

Hyundai Motor Company and Cummins to Collaborate on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

COLUMBUS, Ind. & SEOUL, Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hyundai Motor Company and Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), announced today that the two global powertrain leaders have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly evaluate opportunities to develop and commercialize electric and fuel cell powertrains.

These new powertrains are expected to be developed by combining Hyundai’s fuel cell systems with Cummins’ electric powertrain, battery, and control technologies. The initial development will be focused on the North American commercial vehicle market, including working with North American OEMs on the integration of these systems into their vehicles. The companies will also explore ways they can work together to develop next generation fuel cell systems, and have each committed to assign a team of individuals to investigate and pursue other areas of collaboration.

“This partnership is a terrific opportunity for both companies to leverage our respective strengths and create new opportunities to grow and broaden the product portfolio we bring to our customers,” said Thad Ewald, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Cummins Inc. “We’ve made significant investments over the past year to accelerate our fuel cell capabilities including our acquisition of Hydrogenics and this partnership is another step forward.”

“With Hyundai’s global leadership in fuel cell systems coupled with Cummins’ unparalleled electrified powertrain technologies, we expect this partnership to leave a mark in the commercial vehicle market,” said Saehoon Kim, Vice President and Head of Fuel Cell Group at Hyundai Motor Group. “Collaborations such as this will enable us to further diversify our business, as well as reinforce our global hydrogen leadership through sales of new and existing Hyundai fuel cell systems.”

This partnership provides a springboard for Hyundai Motor Company to increase its presence in the North American commercial vehicle market, and Cummins to enhance its electrified power product portfolio by adding Hyundai’s advanced fuel cell technologies.

The new collaboration may extend beyond the commercial vehicle market, as the companies will also evaluate the development of fuel cell power generators. The availability of reliable back-up power generation to prevent data loss in emergency situations is a business-critical requirement for many organizations. Fuel cell back-up power generation is attractive for its reduced carbon footprint.

A developing global fuel cell market

The MOU comes at a time of heightened demand for fuel cell technology. Hydrogen can be produced from renewable sources, stored economically, and deployed for a diverse range of industrial and residential energy-generation applications; as well as used in fuel cell passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Energy experts predict hydrogen will become increasingly important in meeting fast-growing global energy demand, while also supporting efforts to drive down carbon emissions from energy generation.

Hyundai Motor is a world leader in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, having opened the world’s first commercial production facility for fuel cell vehicles in 2013, and released the world’s first commercialized hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Tucson Fuel Cell, in 2015. The NEXO, Hyundai’s second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle with a range of over 610 kilometers, is a versatile, three-row SUV that emits clean water vapor and even purifies the air while driving.

Hyundai fuel cell systems are comprised of fuel cell stacks which convert stored hydrogen into electricity, as well as other sub-components — collectively referred to as balance of plant (BoP) —for thermal management and air supply among other integral processes for power generation.

Cummins is a world leader in advanced powertrains and in 2018 launched its Electrified Power business segment, which designs and manufactures fully electric and hybrid powertrain systems along with innovative components and subsystems to serve commercial markets as they adopt electrification. To date, the business has introduced complete electrified powertrain solutions in six markets across seven applications and continues to launch market leading products with customers across the world.