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News Archive - June 2010

Clean Energy secures 10-year contract with L.A. Transit
June 29th, 2010 - Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has landed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Transit Authority – commonly referred to as METRO – to upgrade, operate and maintain compressed natural gas bus-fueling facilities in the agency’s Central and South Bay divisions. Clean Energy – the leading provider of compressed natural gas, or CNG, for transportation in North America – will update station compressor equipment at the facilities that provide alternative fuel to the agency's fleets operating in the two divisions. The total fuel requirement for these divisions is projected to reach more than 9 million gallons annually. click here  >

EPA May Ease National Gas Conversion Rules
June 25th, 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rulemaking to change the certification requirements for natural gas vehicle aftermarket conversions. Under the proposed rulemaking, the agency would approve systems for use on vehicles older than two years, but would not require the Certificate of Conformity for these vehicles. In addition, the agency has also proposed three potential options for engines that have exceeded their regulatory useful life. click here  >

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Will Feature Seating with Three-Point Restraints for Enhanced Safety
June 24th, 2010 - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has purchased 130 Saf-T-LinerHDX compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses from market-leader Thomas Built Buses. Introduced more than 10 years ago, Thomas Built CNG buses exceed California emission standards, among the toughest in the country. The state of California was the first in the nation to require lap-shoulder belt seating. To meet that requirement, all 130 of the environmentally-friendly buses will be equipped with SafeGuardseats, a product of IMMI. click here  >

47 Buses Go Green, SB District to use Natural Gas
June 19th, 2010 - They will still be yellow on the outside, officials say, but school buses are about to get greener on the inside. Starting July 1, San Bernardino City Unified School District will deploy 47 school buses fueled by cleaner compressed natural gas in its new fleet of 280 school buses. Arturo Delgado, district superintendent, said he "believes new features ... will help ensure student safety. "We are looking forward to having our students ride in new buses equipped with some of the latest technology," Delgado said. "It will help ensure students arrive at school on time and ready to learn. click here  >

Applied LNG Technologies Provides Liquefied Natural Gas to Speedy Fuel in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
June 17th, 2010 - On Friday, June 11, 2010, Speedy Fuel held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its first full service liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station to serve heavy-duty class-8 trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Applied LNG Technologies (ALT) supplies LNG to the popular multi-fuel public access station that will offer truck owners and operators full traditional retail access, immediately off the 710 Freeway and Anaheim Street at 1234 Cowles Street, Long Beach, CA, 90805. click here  >

Mayors Endorse Green Construction Code, Natural Gas Vehicles
June 15th, 2010 - The U.S. Conference of Mayors is backing a mandatory "green" construction code that would slash the negative effects of commercial buildings on the natural environment. click here  >

Verizon Accelerates Green Fleet with New CNGs and Hybrids
June 14th, 2010 - A series of recent investments will add more than 1,000 compressed natural gas and electric hybrids to Verizon's fleet. The telecommunications company will add 501 E-250 cargo vans converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), Ford announced on Friday. click here  >

Verizon to Cut CO2 Emissions by Converting 501 New Ford E-Series Vans to Run on Natural Gas
June 11th, 2010 - Verizon, a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services, expects to save 1.62 metric tons of CO2 each year by adding 501 Ford E-250 cargo vans upfitted with clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) engine packages versus conventional gas models. click here  >

Taxi Fleet Will Convert Ford Transit Connects to CNG
June 8th, 2010 - Ford, apparently scared to death of losing the taxicab market when the Crown Victoria goes away, keeps trying to wave taxi operators in the direction of its boxy Transit Connect. Now, yet another operator in California is biting -- and has ordered them as natural-gas powered models. click here  >

Oil by the Numbers
June 3rd, 2010 - The oil spill has left the central Gulf of Mexico awash in goo and the nervously watching American public buried in a blizzard of numbers: 20,000 barrels per day gushing into Gulf waters; 20,000 workers striving around the clock to plug the spill; nearly 1,400 vessels mobilized for the effort; millions of feet of boom to corral the oil; a million or so gallons of dispersant to break it up. And much more of everything in prospect as the effort continues to plug the runaway well and stop the mess from widening. We'll offer one number that hasn't received the attention it deserves: 20 million. That's roughly the number of barrels of oil consumed each day by this country's cars, trucks, heavy equipment — everything. click here  >

Natural Gas Rational Alternative to Gasoline-Chrysler
June 2nd, 2010 - Natural gas could be a near-term alternative to gasoline as automakers race to develop electric vehicles, and presents the most cost-effective solution to reduce U.S. reliance on oil, Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Thursday. Chrysler is the only one of the six top-selling automakers in the U.S. market that does not have a hybrid vehicle offering and is under mounting pressure to improve the fuel economy of its lineup, which has relied heavily on big trucks and SUVs. click here  >

GM Places Bet on Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles
June 1st, 2010 - Automakers have had a mixed history with natural gas in the United States, but General Motors Co. is betting that a new line of fleet vans can bring the technology back. The automaker is rolling out compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) alternatives to the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana. The two full-sized vans are designed for those who must haul large amounts of equipment but don't need to drive long distances. click here  >

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