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News Archive - February 2011

NatGasCar Announces CNG Conversion Kit for Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota
February 28th, 2011 - We’re still years away from seeing electric-powered, zero-emissions pickup trucks towing and hauling across the U.S., but if you’re looking to clean up what’s coming from your tailpipe while reducing dependence on foreign oil, NatGasCar has a new compressed-natural-gas conversion kit for 2009-11 Ram 1500 half-tons with 4.7-liter V-8 engines. click here  >

The Time Has Come for Natural Gas Transportation
February 28th, 2011 - Gasoline prices were up $0.17/gallon last week. Not surprisingly the DJIA was down -2.1% and the S&P500 was off -1.7%. Events in North Africa reminded Americans their economy and equity markets are directly tied to the price of oil. Since the United States imports 60% of its petroleum at a cost of over $1 billion a day, it would certainly seem that now is the time to take dead aim at this problem, hit the bull’s-eye, and solve it. The way to solve our dangerous addiction to foreign oil is by adopting natural gas transportation. click here  >

B.C. firm introduces 20 CNG-fueled waste collection trucks
February 24th, 2011 - Waste Management has teamed up with Terasen Gas to deploy 20 new "clean air" trucks to collect commercial recycling, food waste and garbage throughout the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver area. click here  >

Renault Trucks Extends Natural Gas Offering
February 24th, 2011 - Renault Trucks is continuing to expand its Clean Tech Natural Gas offering. As a complement to its refuse collection version (RCV) introduced last autumn, the Premium Distribution is now available in two new configurations using natural gas: a 4×2 rigid 18/19 t and a 6×2*4 rigid 26 t. Renault Premium Distribution NGV is now available in France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Renault Trucks is also planning to update its NGV offering on the Midlum. click here  >

Five L.N. Businesses Are Helping to Keep Food Waste out of Landfills
February 23rd, 2011 - Laguna Niguel restaurants and businesses are working to keep food waste out of landfills. From April through November 2010, Laguna Niguel diverted 127.03 tons of food waste through the CR&R Food Scrap Composting program. Funds for a Laguna Niguel yearlong Food Scrap Composting pilot program, originally initiated by CR&R Waste and Recycling Services in April 2010, have been extended through November 2011. click here  >

Green is the New Fast: Speedriven Gunning for CNG Speed Records
February 23rd, 2011 - A powerful and responsive, 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine is not usually what comes to mind when you think of “green” cars, but – if Bernie Towns and the crew at Speedriven get their way – it soon may be. click here  >

U.P.S. Finds a Substitute for Diesel: Natural Gas, at 260 Degrees Below Zero
February 22nd, 2011 - The final frontier for alternative motor fuels, powering big tractor-trailers, has been crossed. The alternative is natural gas, but not in the now-familiar form of compressed gas. Instead, a growing number of the biggest trucks are running on liquefied natural gas. Burdened by diesel prices that topped out at over $5 a gallon in 2008 and mindful of the sustained collapse of natural gas prices, trucking companies are expressing new interest in liquefied natural gas for their thirstiest trucks, the over-the-road 18-wheelers. click here  >

Natural Gas and America's Clean Energy Future
February 16th, 2011 - Events every day in every corner of the world remind us that America's economic future and our ability to compete globally demand that we wake up to this reality: we must produce and consume energy in a fundamentally different way than ever before. President Obama's call in the State of the Union address for a new goal that 80 percent of our electricity must come from clean energy sources by 2035 is absolutely achievable, but not without changes in policy, in our habits, in our very way of thinking about energy. click here  >

Honda Natural Gas Car Holds Top Spot on Green List
February 16th, 2011 - For the 8th year, the Honda Civic GX earned the top ranking in the annual environmental rankings produced by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) at click here  >

U.S.: Kenworth compressed natural gas mixer trucks will deliver building materials
February 16th, 2011 - As part of its order of 16 new vehicles, Ferrara Bros. acquired two CNG mixer chassis to deliver concrete for various municipal projects in New York City. The company plans to purchase more natural gas powered units from Kenworth manufacturer and, moreover, it may install its own CNG refuelling station to supply trucks overnight. click here  >

Chrysler Considering Natural-Gas Engines for Ram Brand
February 10th, 2011 - Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker operated by Fiat SpA, is exploring the possibility of adding compressed natural-gas powered engines to its Ram truck brand, a top executive said. “I’m eager and very interested to see what we can do with CNG in our truck applications,” Fred Diaz, head of the Ram brand, said yesterday in an interview at the Chicago Auto Show. click here  >

GM is Getting Serious About CNG Fleet Vehicles
February 10th, 2011 - What you see here is Chevy’s newly-available, 4-tank CNG commercial van. This was news last year, but despite that, this is the first one we’d seen “in the flesh”.click here  >

The Natural Gas Debate
February 6th, 2011 - The Economist just finished hosting an online debate on natural gas. The resolution was an interesting one: This house believes that natural gas will do more than renewables to limit the world’s carbon emissions. At first glance, the statement may seem preposterous; after all natural gas is a fossil fuel and natural gas usage will therefore generate net carbon dioxide emissions. But there is perhaps more there than meets the eye. click here  >

It's Clearly In The Government's Best Interest To Promote Domestic Natural Gas; Why Isn't It Doing So?
February 2nd, 2011 - It should be no surprise that government policy is of great consequence to investment returns. As a result of the Credit Crisis this is perhaps more true than at any time since the Great Depression in the 1930s. click here  >


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