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News Archive - July 2008

U.S. Lawmaker Announces Pro-Natural Gas Legislation
July 14, 2008 - Illinois representative Rahm Emanuel has introduced legislation that will help to expand the use of natural gas nationwide. His proposal requires automakers to make natural gas vehicles account for 10% of their fleet by the year 2018. The bill will also offer numerous incentives, from tax credits to low or no-interest loans, to make natural gas more readily available and help to increase the number of natural gas fueling stations to 20,000. It will also require gas stations owned by major oil companies to install at least one natural gas pump per station by 2018. "Natural gas is cheap, green and American-made and it's time we encouraged the use of natural gas vehicles here in America," said Emanuel. For more information, please click here.

California City Switches to Natural Gas Buses
July 13, 2008 - The city of Vacaville will replace their fleet of seven diesel buses with 10 new 35-foot CNG transit buses. The cost of the new buses – over $4 million – will be funded through Federal Transit Administration Capital funds, Local Transportation Development Act funds and Proposition 1B funds. Vacaville transit manager Brian McLean said the natural gas buses will save the city at least $100,000 in fuel costs alone. The new CNG buses also boast a low floor design, helping wheelchair accessibility and the elderly by allowing passengers to step from the curb to the bus without having to walk up stairs. For more information, please click here.

Foothill Transit to Transition Entire Fleet to NGVs
July 11, 2008 - Foothill Transit is planning to transition their entire 312 bus-fleet to natural gas. The California transit agency has released a bid request that will allow for the replacement of the last 90 diesel fueled buses with CNG vehicles. Spokeswoman Felicia Friesema has said that Foothill Transit aims to be diesel-free by 2011 and that "switching the fleet from diesel to CNG was a move toward cleaner-burning fuel that had strong domestic production with potentially more stable pricing." Other transit agencies, such as Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority and Montebello are also adding more CNG buses to their fleets as they phase out diesel-fueled buses. Source: NGV America

LA County Metro Expands North America's Largest CNG Fleet
July 11, 2008 - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which already operates North America's largest fleet of CNG-powered buses, is adding 260 lightweight CNG powered CompoBuses to its fleet – with options for an additional 740 buses to follow. The buses will be fitted with the Cummins Westport ISL, 250 HP, CNG engines and are expected to begin arriving in the fourth quarter of 2008 with completed delivery by June 30, 2010. Compared to the remaining diesel-powered buses in the fleet, the CNG fleet reduces particulate emissions by 90%, carbon monoxide by 80%, and greenhouse gases by 20%. For more information, please click here.

NGV 2008 Conference Papers Now Available
July 9, 2008 - Papers and presentations at the Natural Gas Vehicle 2008 Conference and Exhibition are now available for purchase from the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles. The conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June garnered more than 65 presentations from experts in the natural gas vehicle industry. These are all available for purchase, including Continental NGC Reports, NGV Technology Progress and Trends, and IANGV President John Lyon's presentation on Natural Gas Vehicle Global Trends and Forecasts to 2020. For more information, please click here.

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