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California Funds More Hydrogen Stations

Houston-based Equilon Enterprises, an affiliate of Shell, has just received a $16 million contract from the California Energy Commission. Equilon will be required to build three new hydrogen fueling stations in San Francisco, another pair of them in Sacramento, and one each in Walnut and in Berkeley. This new contract, approved in summer 2017, will bring the total number of hydrogen stations funded by the California Energy Commission up to 60, with 29 of those being operational.

Key Takeaways:

  • Of the seven hydrogen stations which were awarded, three will be in San Francisco, and two in Sacramento. The remaining two will be in Walnut Creek and Berkeley.
  • The grant for seven hydrogen stations was awarded to Equilon Enterprises LLC whose business name is also Shell Oil Products US.
  • The California Energy commission has so far commissioned 60 projects all over the state. Of these 60, 29 are presently in operation.

“The California Energy Commission has awarded $16 million to a Houston-based company to develop seven new hydrogen stations in the northern part of the state, according to a release.”

Read more: https://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/141739/california-funds-more-hydrogen-stations

Focus on steer axles: The importance of application and how they work with brakes and tires

Every component of a truck is directly impacted by the application associated with the truck. The context in which the truck will be used determines how to avoid overloading the axles and shapes the optimum distribution of weight. Weight, turn width, disc brake characteristics and beam drop are all crucial factors for these decisions. For example, trucks that will need to navigate narrow roads or cramped environments need higher turn angles. Higher angles reduce the need for complicated multi-point turns.

Key Takeaways:

  • Application, application, application, is the mantra on the mind of the manager of a fleet. This is because all parts of a truck are affected by its application.
  • For better maintenance and mitigating axle overload situations, the fleet manager needs to know where and how the truck will be used.
  • The steer angle that is offered by axles has to be taken into account because for specific applications, high angle capability is important.

“As for steer axle maintenance, first and foremost it’s important to keep the axle’s recommended maintenance intervals, and the warranty that’s offered with purchase, at the top of your mind.”

Read more: http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/focus-heavy-duty-steer-axles-application-tires-brakes/

Bollinger Motors Unveils Electric Utility Truck

Bollinger Motors has released a new electric utility truck to be used for park rangers. The truck is called the B1 and was presented on July 27th in New York City. This utility truck has three hundred sixty horsepower and 472 pounds of torque per foot. The vehicle will also feature a few different options for the battery pack. It also features an encased and water-tight sealed batter compartments, meaning it can be in about three feet of water for about thirty minutes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The battery electric B1 utility truck unveiled by Bollinger motors is touted to be suited for tradespeople, construction companies and government fleets.
  • The B1 was officially launched on July 27 at a media event in New York that was held at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan.
  • The battery packs are of two types – lithium-ion battery packs of 60 KWh with a range of 120 miles or 100 KWh with a convenient range of 200 miles.

“Battery components are encased with water-tight seals, so the vehicle can be submersed in 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes.”

Read more: https://www.worktruckonline.com/141500/bollinger-motors-unveils-electric-utility-truck

Truck Tire Replacement & Pricing Trending Upward

Tires are trending more expensive recently due to an increase in demand. Although the overall trend is up, some sectors have seen larger growth than others. The largest increase in truck tire price has been at the lower price point. The forecast for the future is that the prices are going to continue to rise. This is due to the increase in demand and also supply concerns for the future. The rising prices are in part due to increases in tariffs which get passed on to consumers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Although the market for replacement tires is thriving and strong, this is not a good thing for fleet companies as they make an impact in cost.
  • Some of the factors that are outside the control of tire manufacturers for keeping tire prices low for fleets are the possible Chinese tariff on tires.
  • The tire market is following the recorded overall strong trucking market. E-commerce has also been one of its enablers.

“Tires are one of the top three operating costs for fleets. Budgeting for this top fleet expense is tough, with everything from the economy to drivers making an impact.”

Read more: https://www.worktruckonline.com/320985/truck-tire-replacement-pricing-trending-upward

DOT Tries to Streamline Private Involvement in Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration’s newly-approved Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) will allow private organizations that receive federal transportation funds to request waivers or modifications to specific FTA practices or rules that may be an obstacle to private sector participation in transportation projects. The goal is to help identify what changes in FTA’s rules and operating procedures might help facilitate private sector involvement and Public Private Partnerships. While the Trump Administration will have the ability to grant these waiver requests, they cannot override the National Environmental Policy Act or any other rule laid out in Federal statutes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Private Investment Project Procedures main goal is to help the federal government become successful in their efforts towards public transportation.
  • They will be participating in developing designs, financial structure, maintenance and operations in general.
  • Under the new procedure, public transportation systems will be able to obtain extra funding for their services, if need be.

“The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this that would allow public transit projects to streamline some steps in the regulatory or permit approval process if they prove that it will attract more private investors.”

Read more: https://www.constructionequipment.com/dot-tries-streamline-private-involvement-transit-projects

Ferrari Loses Testarossa Trademark in Germany

In August 2017, a German court ruled in favor of a toy manufacturing company that wanted to use the name “Testarossa” for some of its own products, in spite of the existence of a Ferrari automobile by that name. While Ferrari does still provide support to Testarossa owners, the German Court was more interested in the fact that Ferrari hasn’t manufactured a Testarossa in more than twenty years. Per German law, an unused brand will eventually lose legal protection, and that is what happened to Ferrari.

Key Takeaways:

  • In August of 2017, a German court ruled against the Italian car company Ferrari.
  • Kurt Hesse brought the lawsuit against Ferrari, to gain the right to use the iconic Testarosa name without paying a license fee.
  • A court spokesperson explained that Ferrari’s failure to keep the name in use resulted in the car company using the name rights in Germany and internationally.

“Since the Italian automaker hasn’t used the Testarossa name on a car in more than two decades, the court decided it couldn’t keep others from using it.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/ferrari-loses-testarossa-trademark-in-germany/

FMCSA to Let Carriers Dispute Crash Fault

On August 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will launch a demonstration program that will allow motor carriers to dispute the FMSCA’s determination of fault in some truck crashes. The agency proposed the program two years ago. Under the program, if the agency deems a crash “preventable” and the motor carrier disagrees, the carrier can submit a request for data review (RDR). To qualify for reevaluation, a crash must have occurred on or after June 1, 2017.

Key Takeaways:

  • Starting Aug. 1, motor carriers would be able to contest truck crashes deemed “preventable” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in order to achieve compliance and safety.
  • The agency would be accepting requests for data reviews (RDRs) from motor carriers on its DataQs national data-correction system.
  • The data collected would be used to evaluate the preventability of crashes and will be useful in making decisions about longer-term crash preventability.

“In addition, FMCSA said if it reviews a crash and determines it to be “not preventable,” it will post a notification of preliminary determination on DataQs for 30 days.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/141473/fmcsa-to-let-carriers-dispute-crash-fault

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