The National Idling Reduction Network brings together trucking and transit companies; railroads; ports; equipment manufacturers; Federal, state, and local government agencies (including regulators); nonprofit organizations; and national research laboratories to identify consistent, workable solutions to heavy-vehicle idling for the entire United States. Below is the May 2014 issue of the National Idling Reduction Network News; the archives are available on the Archives page and the latest issue in on the main NIRNN page.
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May 2014 Newsletter: From the Editor
We hope you enjoy this modern version of the National Idling Reduction Network News, which you can now easily read on your smart phone and tablet. Please let us know what you think of this new format.
For current subscribers, you’ll find that the “boilerplate” – information that rarely changes from month to month – is now at the Vehicle Technologies Office’s new Idle Reduction page. New information each month will now be at the National Idling Reduction Network News’ updated location and the newsletter archives will be posted on their own page.
For new subscribers, welcome to the only electronic newsletter that covers idling reduction for all classes of vehicles. Occasionally, we even cover idling reduction for locomotives, ships, and ground equipment at airports as well. The news covers solicitations for funding, regulatory changes, awards and recognition, reports and other resources of interest, upcoming meetings and events, manufacturers’ announcements, and whatever else newsy doesn’t fit into those categories. Our website also features links to a number of resources, including a map of weight exemptions for auxiliary power units, idling reduction calculators, databases of local and state idling reduction regulations, maps of electrified parking spaces, and much more.
We always want to hear from our readers about their successful idling reduction programs, new laws or regulations, solicitations, and meetings. Please send that information to me or writer Patricia Weikersheimer for possible inclusion in an issue.
Lastly, please remember to keep unnecessary idling to a minimum.
Terry Levinson, Editor
Solicitations for Funding and Awards
Program [with link to website] — Organization — Funding Amount — Due Date (Information new since last month in boldface.)
Deadline in Chronological Order
Off-Hours Freight Delivery (Research Pilot Projects) — Federal Highway Administration - $450,000 — June 12, 2014.
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — $9 million — June 17, 2014.
Maryland Idle Reduction Technology Grant Program — Maryland Energy Administration — $202,000 — First come, first served, but no later than September 1, 2014.
Clean Diesel School Bus Fund Retrofit Grants Program — Ohio EPA - Up to $300,000 — September 1, 2014.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Rebate Program — New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Air Division — $69,800 — First come, first served, as long as funds remain but no later than September 30, 2014.
First Come, First Served
Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program — Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) — ~$15 million
Clean Air Fleets (GPS and retrofit technologies to support idle reduction in the Denver Metro area and Colorado Front Range) — Colorado Regional Air Quality Council — ~$1 million
New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Fund (NYSEV-VIF) — New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) — $9 million
Rolling Deadline Until Funds are Awarded
Business Assistance Program, Environmental Loans for Small Businesses — Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality — Indeterminate
On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicle Loan Program — California Air Resources Board (CARB) — ~$48 million for loan guarantees
Illinois Clean Diesel Grant Program (school buses only) — Illinois EPA — $1 million annually through 2016
Driver Recognition Program: Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign — Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), in collaboration with the District Department of the Environment, the District Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Department of the Environment - Not applicable — Rolling deadline: the 15th of every month
Small Business APU (auxiliary power unit) Loan Program — Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) — $110,000
Deadline Not Applicable
Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program — Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection — $2 million annually
APU Weight Exemptions Progressing in Florida and Massachusetts
In Florida, House Bill (HB) 7175, a comprehensive transportation bill with a provision to increase the weight exemption for heavy-duty, long-haul trucks equipped with APUs from 400 to 550 lb, has unanimously passed both legislative houses. Enrolled, it is awaiting delivery to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. To see the text of the enrolled bill, please visit the Florida Senate’s website (PDF).
In Massachusetts, Representative Theodore Speliotis introduced HB 3150, a bill to allow a weight exemption for APUs (HB 3150), in early 2013. More than a year later, the Joint Committee on Transportation heard the bill and referred it to the House Committee on Steering, Policy, and Scheduling. If the bill is passed, trucks would be allowed an APU weight exemption of 400 lb. According to the Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association, the Massachusetts House of Representatives included an amendment allowing this weight allowance in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2015. For the bill’s text and current status, please go to the website of the Massachusetts legislature.
Awards and Recognition
Awardee — Source of Award — Purpose of Award — Award Amount
Odyne Systems, LLC — Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) — The retrofit of medium- and heavy-duty work trucks with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems — $776,000
Town of Carborro, North Carolina — Clean Fuel Advanced Technology, North Carolina Solar Center — Purchase of a refuse truck with hybrid-drive technology — $97,297
Reports and Other Resources of Interest
Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
New Programming Options for Bus-Engine Heaters Help Drive Down Costs (School Transportation News)
A Review of Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives, Policies, & Programs in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia (PDF) (North Carolina Solar Center)
Why Little APUs Can Save Giant Amounts of Diesel Fuel (Green Car Reports)
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Name of meeting [With Link to Website] - Date (Location)
(Information new since last month in boldface.)
Green Your Fleet! Fleet Manager Workshop (PDF) — June 6, 2014 (Laconia, New Hampshire)
2014 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation — June 16–20, 2014 (Washington, D.C.)
Fleet Management Expo — June 23–25, 2014 (Indianapolis, Indiana)
CARB Public Meeting on the Proposed AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Program Funding Plan for Fiscal Year 2014-15 — June 26, 2014 (Sacramento, California—also webcast)
High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) National Conference — September 22–24, 2014 (Argonne, Illinois)
SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress — October 7–9, 2014 (Rosemont, Illinois)
Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo — October 22–24, 2014 (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Green Fleet Conference and Expo — October 29–30, 2014 (Schaumburg, Illinois)
Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting — January 11–15, 2015 (Washington, D.C.)
CARB Course 520: How To Comply with CARB Diesel Regulations (Multiple dates and locations)
- CARB Course 521: How To Comply with the Truck and Bus Regulation (Multiple dates and locations)
Espar’s E-Guardian 5 Now Available on Trans Tech Bus’s Complete Product Line
Trans Tech Bus (Warwick, New York) has announced that Espar’s E-Guardian 5 engine preheater will be available on its complete product line. According to School Transportation News, Trans Tech Bus is the first Type-A school bus manufacturer to offer this preheater as a factory installed option.
The E-Guardian 5 engine preheater, which enables no-idling warm-engine starts, is EPA verified and CARB approved. For more information, please read the article on the School Transportation News website or the information on Espar's website.
Thermo King Introduces Deep-Frozen Reefer with Shore-Power Capability
Thermo King has launched the Precedent S-700, a refrigeration unit designed for deep-freeze cargo, such as sensitive pharmaceuticals and fresh seafood. According to Thermo King, it is the only deep-frozen refrigeration unit with plug-in capability.
The Precedent S-700 is compliant with the EPA’s Tier IV final regulations without the addition of diesel particulate filters (DPF) or engine emissions systems (EES). It is also compliant with CARB’s Ultra-Low-Emission Transport Refrigeration Unit In-Use Performance Standards. More information is available on ThermoKing’s website, and more technical detail about the unit can be found in ThermoKing’s product brochure (PDF).
Carrier Launches All-Electric Vector 8100
Carrier Transicold has introduced the all-electric Vector 8100, a trailer refrigeration unit designed for supermarkets, produce warehouses, food distribution centers, and other businesses that use refrigerated trailers for on-site cold storage. According to the manufacturer, the Vector 8100 consumes less electricity than its predecessor while delivering up to 4% higher capacity. Visit Carrier's website for more information.
Other News of Interest
Santa Barbara Says No to Idling Patrol Cars
In 2013, the Santa Barbara County (California) Grand Jury received a complaint about police-vehicle idling. After investigating, the county determined that its idling patrol cars consume more than $580 in fuel per day. According to a recently released report by the Grand Jury, fuel used by idling police vehicles has cost the county more than $1.25 million since 2008.
The Sheriff’s Office has argued that because its vehicles need to run critical electronics when stationary, it cannot comply with the county anti-idling policy. The County responded that systems to maintain operational capability are readily available and recommended their timely installation: “Every day of delay in enacting a remedy to the idling problem results in a further unnecessary cost to the county’s taxpayers.”
In March, the Sheriff’s department installed anti-idling technology—a battery-monitoring system with an auto-start feature—in one of its patrol cars to evaluate the system. According to the Grand Jury report, the cost of modifying the entire patrol fleet would be about $36,000. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff has 60 days to respond to the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury’s report (PDF). For more information, please see the article in Government Fleet.
GAO: GSA Should Charge for Fuel Used, Not Miles Traveled
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report, Federal Vehicle Fleets: GSA [General Services Administration] Has Opportunities to Further Encourage Cost Savings for Leased Vehicles. In it, the GAO recommended a number of cost-saving strategies, including charging agencies for fuel used rather than miles traveled. With this rate-structure change, federal fleets would have an incentive to reduce fuel-wasting driver behaviors, such as idling and speeding, in leased vehicles.
The report also recommended the use of telematics to help federal fleet managers identify and reduce driver behaviors, including idling, that cause excessive fuel use. It acknowledged, however, that telematics’ high cost has been a barrier to its adoption. With its purchasing power, the GSA is seeking to lower the cost of telematics technology for federal agencies and have new contracts for telematics technology in place by the end of this fiscal year. For more information, please see the article in Government Fleet magazine.