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As usual, the month of June was a busy one in the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry. Two ship-building companies announced advancements in alternative fuels for the shipping and cruise-line industries. The first hydrogen fuel cell ground support equipment at a major airport was unveiled, and insiders announced that an upcoming electric vehicle may travel 250 miles on a single charge. A long-awaited phase-two ruling on medium- and heavy-duty trucks on greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel economy has been released by federal agencies.
Miami-based Carnival Corp announced that it’s signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four liquefied natural gas-fueled cruise ships. Weighing in at more than 180,000 gross tons, the four next-generation vessels will have “the largest guest capacity in the world,” the company says.
A Norwegian emission-free ferry called the Ampere was recently granted the esteemed “Ship of the Year” award. The ferry is reportedly the first all-electric battery-powered car and passenger ferry in the world.
Memphis International Airport recently unveiled the world’s first zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell powered ground support equipment. Over the two years of real-world operation at Federal Express’s airport hub location, the 15-vehicle fleet is expected to save more than 175,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
CEO Elon Musk and co-founder J.B. Straubel announced that Tesla Motors’ upcoming entry-level electric sedan may be able to drive up to 250 miles on a single charge. The Tesla Model 3 will have a driving range of “at least 250 miles,” The Times-Picayune reported.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on June 19 formally announced their proposal for extending fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules, and predicted positive economic and health-benefit results.
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Summer always brings a busy schedule for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).
NAFTC Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach participated in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review in Arlington, VA. During this review advanced vehicle technologies projects funded by the DOE were presented and reviewed for their merit.
The NAFTC curriculum team has also made strides on a special project for the Tulsa Clean Cities Coalition to expand two stand-alone First Responder Safety Training courses, one targeting police officers and one targeting EMS personnel. The training materials to be developed will be an extension of the existing NAFTC DOE funded Firefighter Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles curricula.
This month, preliminary planning began for the next National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey event. We need your help in filling out a brief survey about how Odyssey can be the most effective event for you.
As usual, the rest of the summer will be busy too, with several trainings scheduled over the next few months. For a complete list of upcoming NAFTC events, visit the Training Schedule.
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