Green Fleet Roundup: MGM Resorts, CNG Cadillacs, Electric Buses and Forklifts, Johnson Controls

CNG Escalade

by | Aug 20, 2013

CNG EscaladeMGM Resorts International has launched what it says is the nation’s first commercial fleet of compressed natural gas fueled Cadillac Escalades (pictured). Converted by alternative fuel technology company World CNG, the six vehicles will service the Aria Resort and Casino as well as the Bellagio Resort and Casino.

Yale Materials Handling has launched its ERP080-100VM electric-powered lift truck series in the North American market. The sit-down forklift is available in 8,000-, 9,000- and 10,000-pound models and comes with pneumatic tires and an 80-volt electric engine. It offers an environmentally friendly option for industries that have historically been powered by internal combustion engines, the company says.

Researchers at Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have built an electric bus that charges its batteries while driving, Forbes reports. Electric cables run along a 7.5-mile stretch of asphalt roadway in Gumi, South Korea, powering the batteries on a moving bus. The bus’ batteries are equipped with “Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance,” a technology that sends electromagnetic fields created by the electric cables buried in the asphalt to the bus — but not to cars.

Air Liquide Industrial has joined H2USA, a public-private partnership launched by the Energy Department, focusing on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support the development of new transportation options for US consumers. Air Liquide owns and operates 200 hydrogen production sites and approximately 1,242 miles of hydrogen pipeline, which the company says is the world’s largest hydrogen distribution network.

Range Resources says its corporate vehicle fleet includes about 184 CNG vehicles, with 100 serving its southwestern Pennsylvania operations. Range purchased Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and General Motor’s Ram 2500 vehicles. The company estimates that the pay back for the investment is approximately two years.

Johnson Controls is providing its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery technology to power Chevrolet’s 2014 Malibu featuring Start Stop technology. The technology will increase the 2014 Malibu’s fuel economy by an estimated 5 percent, the battery maker says. In a Start Stop system, the car’s engine will shut off when the driver comes to a stop or idles.

Photo Credit: MGM Resorts




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