May 28th, 2015

Industry Headlines


The alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry has continued to grow. New purchasing options opened for one electric vehicle company. A national shipping company expanded their use of alternative fuels. A new battery technology was unveiled to the public, and one manufacturer developed a new way to study fuel cell technology.

Late last month, Tesla quietly unveiled a certified pre-owned option on their website. The Tesla program launched without an official announcement yet, but the website is live and showcases available Tesla vehicles near 11 American cities including New York, San Francisco, and LA, but also Cleveland, Chicago, and Atlanta are among others.

UPS announced recently that it has entered into an agreement to purchase biomethane or renewable natural gas (RNG) from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. As a result of the agreement, UPS will become the nation’s largest user of RNG in the shipping industry. UPS plans to expand its use of RNG and has set a goal of driving one billion miles using its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017.

Williams Advanced Engineering recently hosted a media event to unveil the first public demonstration of a sodium-ion powered vehicle. Developed by British battery start-up firm Faradion in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and Oxford University, this technology was demonstrated in an e-bike application as a proof-of-concept to showcase the capabilities of this new type of battery chemistry.

Finally, Toyota announced a hydrogen fuel cell breakthrough this month. Toyota Motor Corporation and Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) developed a new technique that allows researchers to monitor the behavior of nanometer-sized particles of platinum during chemical reactions in fuel cells, so the processes leading to reduced catalytic reactivity can be observed.

For additional alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle news, follow the links to other Industry Newsletters in the column to the left.




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