New California Updates, Regulations, and Requirements
North American Council for Freight Efficiency Run on Less
The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is considering a “Run on Less” evaluation of HD ZEVs in Q3 2021. Sacramento Clean Cities would LOVE to have some Sac Region Fleets and our HD ZEV sponsors participating.
Clean Fuel Corridor on I-80: The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition has begun an effort with the Salt Lake City Clean Cities Coalition to establish a clean fuel corridor on Interstate 80 from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. Seven Clean Cities Coalitions are doing the same thing along I-94 from Montana to Michigan.
CEC and CARB are partnering on a $44.1M grant for ZEV Drayage Trucks, Infrastructure and Workforce Training. The grant is due on February 1, 2021, and a pre-application workshop will be held on December 17, 2020.
Nikola has announced that they have renegotiated their MOU with GM. Under the new agreement, GM will supply fuel cell and battery technology and engineering assistance, but will not build the Nikola “Badger” pickup truck.
OptiFuel Systems has EPA Certified Locomotive Engine
OptiFuel Systems has EPA certified their NG modular locomotive engine systems for new or repowered switch locomotives from 1,200hp - 2,400hp. The modules consist of one to three Cummins ISX12N engines, and up to 2,200 DGE of fuel. The EPA certification is for ZERO NOx and ZERO PM emissions, and when operating on RNG, net NEGATIVE GHG emissions.
Daimler Trucks and Portland General Electric To Build HD Truck Charging Station
Daimler Trucks and Portland’s electric utility company have joined forces to build a first-of-its-kind HD Truck charging station, with nine EVSE capable of charging at power levels of over one megawatt.
Cadillac Mandates Dealerships to Upgrade For BEV Future
Cadillac is mandating that their dealerships do $200,000 to $300,000 in upgrades to accommodate a 100% BEV future over the next decade, and planning to buy out dealers not convinced that the EV path is the right choice with offers up to $500,000. But lawyers representing Cadillac dealers say that isn’t enough because even the lowest volume Cadillac dealership is worth over $1M.
ID Tech, a technology research and analytics company has published a report, “Electric Truck Markets 2021 - 2041” predicting that the medium and heavy-duty electric truck market will reach $203 billion by 204.
Tesla issued two recalls, one for 9,136 Model X vehicles, and one for 401 Model Y vehicles. The Model X recall is for a trim piece that may not have been secured properly and could detach at speed. The Model Y recall is for a steering arm component that may not have been tightened sufficiently.
Why Internal Combustion Engines Will Not Be Replaced
Robert Bryce, a Visiting Fellow with The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, has posited that there are five reasons why ICE engines will not be replaced by EVs: High cost of EV; Massive mining requirements for cobalt, lithium, neodymium and copper; Energy density of batteries vs. hydrocarbon fuels; Dramatic improvements in ICE efficiency and weight; Speed of refueling.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute cautions that the benefits of EVs can easily overlook the downsides including air pollutants, GHG and environmentally damaging mining practices associated with battery manufacture and disposal and electric energy production.
The Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) is building a huge hydrogen storage facility by repurposing salt mines 150 miles south of Salt Lake City in Utah, making it a renewable energy storage site equivalent to 150 times the current energy storage capability of all lithium batteries.
California Refineries: For the week ending 11/20/20, refineries in California produced 6,423 barrels of gasoline and 2,094 barrels of diesel. Gasoline production was up by 7.2% and diesel production was down by 19.4% from last week’s production numbers. The 11/23/20 wholesale spot price of propane on the Mont Belvieu Texas board was 52.3¢ per gallon, up a fraction from the 11/10/20 spot price.
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