Trillium CNG Becomes Trillium As Focus Turns To EV Charging

JUN 21 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

Trillium CNG, a company engaged in CNG servicesĀ for more than 20 years, changed its name to Trillium in the dawn of electrification era.

Trillium fast charger

Trillium announced the change at the Advanced Clean Transportation Exp, where it presented a DC fast charger. We are not surprised as CNG does not show such potential as EVs.

In partnership with EV Connect, Trillium intends to install chargers (50 or 150 kW) at three existing Love’s Travel Stops stores in California. Chargers will be supplemented with Level 2 AC spots.

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With recent plan to install also first hydrogen fueling stations, Trillium diversifies its offer of alternative fuels systems.

“Trillium and EV Connect are partnering to install EV charging infrastructure at three existing Love’s Travel Stops stores in California in Tulare, Ripon and Coachella. Funding support is provided by the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), which invests in transportation and fuel technology innovations that helps California meet its energy, clean air, and climate change goals. The EV charging sites designed for the motoring public will feature DC Fast Charging (DCFC) at rates of 50 or 150 kW, and will offer Level 2 charging, as well. Each station can charge up to six vehicles at one time. EV Connect will operate the charge stations, while Trillium will build the sites and provide ongoing management. Construction begins this summer and is expected to be complete early this fall. The companies will install EV charging infrastructure at a future Love’s Travel Stop scheduled to open in 2019.”

Bill Cashmareck, managing director of Trillium said:

“Trillium has been one of the top providers of CNG services for more than 20 years, and we’ll continue leading the way in that space. We believe our company name should fully reflect our offerings. By adding alternative fueling solutions like EV charging and hydrogen fueling to our portfolio we are helping customers reduce tailpipe emissions. Pairing those solutions with renewable fuels reduces the total lifecycle emission profile of our customers’ fleets.”

Jordan Ramer, founder and CEO for EV Connect. said:

“Love’s Travel Stops offers ideal charging locations for EV drivers on the nation’s highway system. Their stores connect cities and towns across America and will enable EV drivers to have the same long distance mobility as gasoline drivers. As part of EV Connect’s deployment program under the California Energy Commission grant we were awarded, we are pleased to add these important strategic locations in California and Trillium’s DCFCs to the EV Connect charging network.”

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8 Comments on "Trillium CNG Becomes Trillium As Focus Turns To EV Charging"

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fotomoto

Truly another sign of the times!

carcus

I’ve always thought Love’s seemed like a natural fit for EV charging. They have lots of real estate, they’re located out where you need them, .. and they always have some sort of food service (subway, godfather’s, etc..) with seating … easy place to spend 30 minutes.

Brian

I agree. In fact, I’ve contacted them directly to tell them as much. I hope that this pilot program is successful and we start to see EV charging at Love’s stations across the country!

Mike I.

The story mentions the cities of Tulare, Ripon, and Coachella. EV Connect already has grant funding for 2 DCFC stations in Tulare and 4 DCFC stations in Coachella. However, the nearest EV Connect grant site to Ripon is in Manteca where they were planning to install 2 DCFC at a shopping center. The Tulare and Coachella sites were already planned at Love’s locations. Additionally, the EV Connect grant site in Lodi is also at a Love’s location. I wonder why it wasn’t mentioned.

I have made a map of the future DCFC sites funded by the State of California. You can find it here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1VEJLK0-wcAhWV8Q0MirTLULd5mg&ll=37.61089567664113%2C-119.81327505266415&z=7

Mike I.

If you look at the Trillium CNG web site, you will find that it is owned by Love’s. It also appears that Trillium is not making the charging stations, but they offer EV charging as a solution among their fleet fueling services. Their web site talks about utility planning, demand mitigation, solar, battery, and on-site generation. So, I have to wonder whose charging equipment will be deployed at these EV Connect / Trilium / Love’s sites.

Speculawyer

CNG probably still has a future for heavy-duty vehicles on various popular routes. But for light duty passenger cars? CNG doesn’t make much sense.

carcus

The achilles heel of cng vehicles has always been fuel storage. Looking forward — ICE efficiency continues to improve … 60 mpg light duty passenger cars seem possible.

Storage problem solved. Much easier to fit a ‘useful load’ of cng into the car, .. because not that much is needed.

Movinman138

Doesn’t make sense? Really? Tell that to the nearly 22 million light duty (LD) natural gas vehicles (NGV s) on the road worldwide! USA has regulatory barriers that are keeping LD NGV’s from flourishing here. If those are removed, NGV’s will become much more common.

Additionally, the latest research and trials show that NGV’s are up to 3x cleaner on a lifecycle basis than EV’s and are a magnitude cheaper — meaning more GHG benefits for less money! Don’t take my word for it, read it here in an article I read just today! http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/latest-report-documents-evs-still-have-sizable-ghg-emissions-couch/