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September 10, 2018

Coalition Seeks Legislative Proposals from Board Members

Board members with ideas for California legislative initiatives in the 2019 session are encouraged to submit proposals. The Coalition’s executive committee will evaluate proposals in a series of regular meetings. If approved for inclusion in the Coalition’s 2019 state legislation platform, initiatives might become a CNGVC-sponsored bill. Coalition President Thomas Lawson plans to discuss the 2019 legislative platform at the November board meeting. Email proposals by Sept. 28 to Thomas Lawson.

California Counters EPA Vehicle Emissions Proposal with Proposed New Standard

In response to the EPA’s newly proposed federal vehicle standards, which would freeze vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards at 2020 levels, CARB has its own proposal to ensure that cars and light-duty 2021–25 trucks continue to meet California’s rigorous air standards. Automakers selling new cars in California after 2020 would need to meet California’s standards rather than the presumably weaker federal standards. 

CARB Certifies Agility Fuel Solutions’ First Natural Gas Engine

Agility Fuel Solutions has received CARB certification for its first natural gas engine, the 6.0L Agility 366NGTM. It is a General Motors engine with an Agility natural gas fuel system, now certified to meet CARB’s optional low-NOx emissions standards and greenhouse gas emissions standards as well as the Heavy-Duty On-Board Diagnostics standard. The 366NGTM is designed to power school buses, walk-in vans, cutaway chassis and cab-over vehicles, terminal tractors, and medium-duty work trucks. Installable as a stand-alone engine or as a fuel system only, it can be combined with Agility’s CNG storage solutions.

SoCalGas Helps Food Express Expand CNG Truck Fleet

SoCalGas and Food Express Inc. (FXI) have announced the addition of 11 new near-zero-emission natural gas trucks to the FXI fleet. To buy the vehicles, SoCalGas helped the food transportation company receive a $1.1 million Prop 1B grant, administered through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program.

Kenworth Adds Cummins Westport L9N Near-Zero Natural Gas Engine to Vocational Truck Options

The Cummins Westport L9N near-zero-NOx natural gas engine is now available in the Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship truck as well as the T880 and T880S vocational trucks. The engine is rated at 320 hp and 1,000 foot-pounds of torque, and can run on CNG, LNG, or RNG.

USPS Awards Contract for West Coast CNG Tractors

The U.S. Postal Service has awarded a new contract to Matheson Postal Services, which will use only CNG tractors for the next four years. Running along the West Coast, the CNG vehicles will log about 9 million miles.

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