June 30th, 2015

Industry Headlines

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.

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