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Recharge Wrap-up: DOE funds Supertrucks II, Orange EV sells terminal trucks

UK is done using palm oil in biodiesel.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $137 Million in vehicle efficiency. The funds will go toward two programs. SuperTruck II aims to more than double the efficiency of semi trucks. The other program will fund 35 projects to make passenger vehicles and light trucks more efficient through improve EV and advanced engine technologies. "These investments will accelerate the development of innovative vehicle technologies that will save businesses and consumers money at the pump, cut carbon emissions, and strengthen our economy," says DOE Acting Assistant Secretary David Friedman. "SuperTruck II builds on the successful SuperTruck I program, which has already led to more than 20 fuel saving technologies that have reached the commercial market." Read more in the DOE's announcement.

The UK no longer uses palm oil in its biodiesel. Over the years, the nation moved to waste feedstock, used cooking oil in particular, in its production of the renewable fuel. The use of feedstocks in the UK's renewable fuels, which includes bioethanol, rose from eight percent in 2008 to 26 percent in 2016. In that time, greenhouse gas emissions savings from renewable fuels rose from 46 to 74 percent. "The total absence of palm oil and these excellent carbon emission savings show that there is no need for the Government to introduce excessive curbs on the use of crop-based biofuels," says Renewable Energy Association Head of Renewable Transport Clare Wenner. "Our home-grown bioethanol produces low carbon fuel and animal feed and our biodiesel industry uses our waste cooking oil – wins all round for UK PLC." Read more from Fleet News.

A company called Orange EV is taking orders for its new T-Series electric Class 8 yard truck. A refundable $10,000 deposit ensures a locked-in price and five years of the company's Fleet Information Management System service. The terminal trucks are built according to customer specifications based on the job site and work needs. Orange EV Chief Commercial Officer Mike Saxton says that the trucks can save companies up to $60,000 a year per vehicle. Read more at Green Car Congress.

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