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News Archive - April 2011

Technology allows CNG users to fuel at home
April 29, 2011 - Jeff Maxwell has a device about the size of a golf bag on his garage wall that means he hardly ever has to go to the gas station anymore. He had a home fueling system installed at his Edmond home in early 2009 after he purchased a Honda Civic GX, which runs only on compressed natural gas. click here  >

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas Represents Proven Alternative
April 21, 2011 - America’s only manufacturer-built natural gas passenger car provides a stylish and viable alternative to gasoline and electric vehicles. The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas leverages the style and refinement of the Civic Sedan with the wide-ranging environmental and historical operational cost advantages of a vehicle run exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG). click here  >

GM, Chrysler and Honda to Offer Natural Gas Cars
April 20, 2011 - Natural gas is being hailed as the next great thing to take over now that the world is coming to its senses about the dwindling oil supply. With shale gas reserves offering abundant supplies, it seems natural gas will offer a solution—all be it a temporary one—to the electricity generation and transportation sectors. Now, top car manufacturers like Honda and GM are taking natural gas seriously as an alternative to traditional petroleum fuel, and are preparing to launch natural gas powered cars and trucks within the next few years. click here  >

Pickens Talks Tough Toward Gas Opponents
April 20, 2011 - In his drive to win subsidies for natural-gas-powered highway trucks, Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens predicted to a group of prominent conservatives and journalists Tuesday night that he would prevail over his opponents, who include major oil companies: “I’ll beat their ass, you watch,” said the 82-year old energy tycoon. click here  >

Natural gas pumped as “multi-dimensional solution” for trucks and much more
April 13, 2011 - Despite heavy cloud cover and a chilly rain, the prospects are bright for natural gas to become a “multi-dimensional solution” for transportation, economic, environmental, energy and foreign policy concerns, according to Richard Kolodziej, president of the advocacy group NGVAmerica. click here  >

Ryder's NGV Project
April 13, 2011 - Ryder's Scott Perry explains why the company is deploying a mix of LNG and CNG tractors as part of a $40 million natural gas transportation project in southern California. click here  >

Chrysler Will Start Selling Natural-Gas Vehicles in U.S. Market by 2017
April 12, 2011 - Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker operated by Fiat SpA (F), plans to start selling compressed natural gas-powered vehicles by 2017. “The technology is very actively being worked on,” Bob Lee, Chrysler’s vice president for engine and electrified propulsion systems, said yesterday in an interview in Detroit. click here  >

Bill backs natural gas vehicles in U.S.
April 12, 2011 - Now is the time for the U.S. consumer to take advantage of domestic resources and start using natural gas vehicles, two lawmakers urged. Shale deposits are considered an emerging energy resource for the United States. T. Boone Pickens, a Texas oil magnate, said abundant gas reserves in the United States made the country the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." click here  >

Obama Seeks Funding for Alternative Fuels
April 11, 2011 - President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to create programs that will help bolster the number of alternative-power vehicles in U.S. fleets, Bloomberg reported. During an April 8 speech delivered at a Washington-area UPS, Inc. facility, Obama called on Congress to craft programs that will provide incentives for natural gas fleets and to fund research on advanced biofuels, Bloomberg said. click here  >

2011 NatGas Act Introduced in Congress
April 6, 2011 - The bill provides incentives for the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel; the purchase of natural gas fueled vehicles; and the installation of natural gas vehicle refueling property. Each of these incentives would be in place for five years. click here  >

House bills would push vehicles to use natural gas
April 6, 2011 - Touting the benefits of an abundant, clean-burning energy source, House Republicans announced a seven-bill package to encourage businesses and transit systems to switch their vehicles to natural gas. The measures, dubbed collectively "Marcellus Works," would offer $47.5 million in tax credits, grants and loans to subsidize the cost of new natural gas vehicles and fueling stations. Small transit systems could receive financial incentives for running buses on natural gas, and larger systems, including the Port Authority of Allegheny County, would be required to start shifting their fleet.click here  >

Report calls for natural gas vehicle incentives
April 5, 2011 - Pennsylvania stands to reap huge benefits if it aggressively promotes the use of natural gas as vehicle fuel, argues a report released today by the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Doing so would reduce pollution and fuel costs, increase energy security and create jobs, the report said. One major recommendation is establishment of a "clean transportation corridor" for natural gas vehicles, or NGVs, such as tractor-trailers, coalition executive director Kathryn Klaber said. click here  >

Move to natural gas vehicles accelerates
April 1, 2011 - Movement toward natural gas-fueled vehicles finally appears to be firing on all cylinders. The surge in U.S. natural gas production from prolific shale formations has created an abundance of the blue-burning fuel. Middle East turmoil and a recovering global economy are putting energy security and high gasoline prices front-and-center in consumer minds. click here >

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