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News Archive - May 2011

CNG Fuelling Station for Waste Management's Refuse Trucks
May 25, 2011 - Waste Management of has launched a dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station for its gas powered refuse collection trucks in Wheeling, Illinois. The new facility is equipped with 40 filling bays to fuel CNG collection vehicles. The company currently operates six CNG-powered vehicles in Chicago's north suburban communities, with an additional 10 vehicles due this summer. click here  >

Ad campaign urges Congress to jump start switch to natural gas vehicles
May 24, 2011 - With their constituents frustrated with the high cost of fuel, Members of Congress are being urged to help jump start the switch to vehicles powered by domestically produced natural gas. NGVAmerica, the trade association that represents the natural gas vehicle industry, took to the airwaves beginning this weekend to encourage Congress to pass the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011, and a similar print ad will appear this week in Washington, D.C. based publications. click here  >

Obama Moves Federal Fleet to Alternative Fuels, EVs
May 24, 2011 - All new light duty vehicles leased or purchased by the U.S. government must be alternatively fueled by the end of 2015, President Barack Obama directed Tuesday. In a formal Memorandum, issued in Washington while he is on a state visit to the UK, President Obama specified that by December 31, 2015 government agencies must acquire new cars or light trucks that are hybrid or electric, or run on compressed natural gas, biofuel or fuel cells. click here  >

T. Boone Pickens Responds to President Obama’s Federal Fleet Memorandum
May 24, 2011 - Today, energy expert T. Boone Pickens responded to President Obama’s Federal Fleet Memorandum, which ordered that by December 31st 2015, all new light duty vehicles leased or purchased by agencies must be alternative fueled vehicles: “I applaud President Obama for the Federal Fleet Memorandum issued today, calling for the use of alternative fuel vehicles in the Federal fleet. This is the leadership we need on this critically important issue – we simply have to get America off OPEC oil. This is a great move and I hope the President’s next step will be to lobby Congress to pass the NAT GAS Act – HR 1380 – which will reduce our dependence on OPEC oil, improve our national security and help our economy grow.” click here  >

Can Natural Gas Ignite Your Portfolio?
May 23, 2011 - Fluctuations and increases in oil prices can have a detrimental impact on gasoline prices which can negatively affect the U.S. consumer and overall economy. These fluctuations may be related to supply issues or fear of political instabilities in oil rich regions. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) stated that 41% of U.S. petroleum imports came from OPEC countries in 2009. But the United States has the resources available to put some pressure on oil and gasoline prices by further developing and utilizing one of its great gifts: natural gas. click here  >

Freightliners move to natural gas technology
May 21, 2011 - Traditional diesel tanks are notably absent from the red Freightliner tractor owned by Ashwaubenon-based Paper Transport Inc. Rather, the truck features metal-encased tanks behind the cab containing compressed natural gas. PTI is running seven trucks in their fleet of 300 vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas, a move aimed at offering its customers an option that cuts greenhouse gas emissions and taps into an abundant domestic energy source. click here  >

Study: Well-to-wheels emissions for CNG vehicles lower than diesel hybrids, fuel cell vehicles
May 20, 2011 - In a paper published in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Joshua Gifford, a Master's student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), along with Robert C. Brown, director of ISU's center for sustainable environmental technologies, propose the evaluation of four metrics in well-to-wheels (WTW) analysis of automotive vehicles – primary energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water usage and cost of vehicle operation. click here  >

NGV Highlights from ACT Expo 2011
May 19, 2011 - Alex Lawson, NGV Global’s Technical Chair, reports on conference highlights from the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) 2011 Expo in Long Beach, California earlier this month where 60 of the 95 exhibitors featured CNG or LNG vehicles, equipment or services, including details of: New ANGA/ AGA Transportation Collaborative, Heavy Duty NGVs, Diesel Electric vs LNG Tractors, Economics and Policy click here  >

LNG-powered trucks will be part of Coca-Cola’s fleet
May 18, 2011 - Five units will be put into operation in the coming months to run on the routes between Ontario, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The transportation service will be managed by C.R. England Dedicated, which has signed full-service lease agreement with PacLease to provide new T800 tractors powered with the Westport GX LNG engine. click here  >

Natural Gas Trucks Face Long Haul
May 17, 2011 - An 18-wheeler can burn as much fuel in a year as 40 cars. What if it burned domestic natural gas instead of imported oil? That is hardly as arresting a vision of America's energy future as electric cars, whose power could conceivably could come from the wind or the sun. But a growing chorus of fans, including President Obama, say natural gas might deliver an especially big bang for the buck—and they want taxpayers to spend billions of dollars to subsidize the shift. click here  >

Natural gas gains as fuel prices rise
May 17, 2011 - With the future of gasoline prices uncertain, cars and trucks that run on compressed natural gas – fuel that’s about half the cost of gasoline – are getting another look. Los Angeles commercial real estate broker Ted Simpson recently snapped up a Honda that runs on CNG, which in the U.S. has been better known for powering public transit buses and delivery trucks. click here  >

Westport Announces Agreement with Caterpillar for Evaluation of Fuel System Technologies for High Horsepower Engines
May 17, 2011 - Westport Innovations Inc., a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar, Inc. to evaluate direct injection, natural gas fuel system technologies for possible use on Caterpillar's large engines. As part of the agreement, the parties will combine their respective technologies and components to develop a fuel system that will be evaluated on a multi-cylinder test engine. click here  >

EnCana looks to boost CNG in Wyoming
May 15, 2011 - Virgil Pena can drive his van 250 miles for about the cost of a pizza. “Whole tank, $12,” he said while fueling up at a gas station recently in Evanston. Pena’s van runs on compressed natural gas, an alternative fuel that’s both cheaper and cleaner than gasoline. He uses it to power his regular work trips between Salt Lake City and Rock Springs. On the flat, the van runs the same as a traditional gas-powered vehicle. It’s a little more sluggish on hills, but for the most part, it’s similar to any other vehicle on the road, Pena said. click here  >

Driving Across Country on Natural Gas
May 13, 2011 - "Nat gas vehicles are not some far-fetched pipe dream," Cramer said Friday. "They’re already here and they work just fine. A whole lot better than the electric vehicles favored by the White House." Cramer pointed to Murray Gerber, who recently drove across the country in a natural gas-powered Hummer. Starting in Santa Monica, Calif. on April 28, Gerber and his wife drove the vehicle all the way to New York City. click here  >

Garbage trucks go green
May 13, 2011 - It may look like your average garbage truck picking up your waste, but if you look closely this vehicle has gone green. Casella Waste Systems has added three compressed natural gas or CNG-powered garbage trucks to its fleet of vehicles. "We've been looking at this now for about 5 or 6 years and we decided to make the switch. We were confident that we could do everything that we were doing with diesel with the natural gas," said John Casella, the CEO of Casella Waste Systems. click here  >

Natural Gas Vehicle Stocks: Will They Drive Higher? FSYS, CLNE, QTWW, WPRT
May 12, 2011 - In the age of rising or uncertain oil and gasoline prices, it would be well worth checking out a few natural gas vehicle stocks. After all, natural gas is relatively cheap and abundant – hence, it’s the perfect alternative fuel for vehicles. However and what is not abundant are natural gas stations as they are still outnumbered a 100 to 1 by regular gas stations. Nevertheless, there are natural gas vehicle companies who are addressing both the infrastructure problem and the technology issues associated with the use of alternative fuels for vehicles and vehicle engines. click here  >

Waste Management Commits to Natural Gas
May 12, 2011 - A few months ago, I explored how the increased use of liquefied natural gas ((LNG)) will be a major game changer for the transportation industry. It’s something T. Boone Pickens has advocated for nearly three years in his Pickens Plan. His question is simple. The United States has at least a 100-year supply of natural gas. Why shouldn’t we gradually use it to reduce our dependency on foreign oil?click here  >

Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet Forum Recently Formed
May 10, 2011 - A new membership organization dedicated to advancing the use of clean, domestic low-cost natural gas in the United States transportation sector, the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Fleet Forum, has been named by leading national fleet operators. The announcement of the new organization and its efforts was made at the 2011 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, this year’s largest showcase of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the U.S. click here  >

Linde Engineers Discuss Benefits of LNG Technology at ACT Expo
May 10, 2011 - Truck fleet owners in the U.S. are looking for alternatives to oil-based fuels because of high fuel costs. The LNG technology from Linde and Cryostar, subsidiary of Linde, will support fleet owners to shift from gasoline and diesel to LNG. The company’s expertise will help generate a comprehensive supply chain solution that includes designing and developing LNG refueling stations. click here  >

Liquefied Natural Gas - Green Alternative for Truck Fleets
May 10, 2011 - As oil prices continue to climb and gasoline and diesel fuel becomes more expensive daily, consumers and businesses alike are looking for less expensive sources of energy. Truck fleet owners in the U.S. are among the most interested in getting away from oil-based fuels as their fuel costs shoot upward at breakneck speed. click here  >

Ryder CEO on Using Natural Gas Vehicle
May 9, 2011 - Ryder Chairman and CEO Greg Swienton on investing in alternative energy. click here  >

All Signs Point to Natural Gas
May 9, 2011 - A proposed energy plan working its way through Congress could change the energy landscape in America. In April, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill, the NAT GAS Act, to provide substantial tax credits to encourage the use of America's vast natural gas reserves as a transportation fuel. The bill is currently stuck in committee, a place where most bills go to die. However, the NAT GAS Act has a good chance to leap over this legislative hurdle and go to the floor for a vote, where it has overwhelming support. click here  >

Honda Revs The Civic For US Natural Gas Push
May 9, 2011 - Honda’s plan to sell its Civic Natural Gas in all 50 states this fall positions the Japanese carmaker to take advantage of a market that American industry has been hesitant to enter. But it’s a market that may blossom if Congress passes T. Boone Pickens’ Nat Gas Act. click here  >

Ryder Opens First Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility
May 9, 2011 - Ryder System celebrated the grand opening of its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility and took an initial delivery of natural gas vehicles in Southern California on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The new maintenance facility is located at Ryder's Rancho Dominguez commercial truck rental, leasing, and mainteanance location at 1980 East University Drive in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. click here  >

Freightliner 114 SD SBA to be Available with NG
May 8, 2011 - At last week’s Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Freightliner Trucks announced that its new 114 Severe Duty set-back axle truck will be available with natural gas technology. Designed for severe-duty segments such as construction and other markets, the new 114SD SBA is designed for lighter weight and added durability for heavy-duty vocational applications. click here  >

ANGA, AGA To Jointly Promote Natural Gas Vehicles, Infrastructure
May 8, 2011 - America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and the American Gas Association (AGA) are working collaboratively to advance the development and utilization of natural gas vehicles and fueling infrastructure in the North American marketplace. More than 50 producers and distributors of natural gas will work together to enhance domestic energy security and advance clean air by promoting the development of natural gas vehicles and infrastructure. click here  >

Fleet Briefing: CNG at Airports, Nissan, Ryder
May 6, 2011 - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed long-term agreements with four major airport complexes to design, build, own and operate new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations to support ground transport vehicles and off-airport parking shuttles. The new Clean Energy stations, available 24/7 for public access, will be located in New York City, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Tampa. click here  >

Plan, partner, tech and money - keys to clean power success
May 6, 2011 - Three key themes are developing at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, this week: 1) there are a variety of alternative power solutions today from which to chose; 2) many options require strategic and targeted deployment for optimal results; and 3) they are most likely to be successful with the support of good partnerships, solid technologies and some funding. click here  >

National NGV Fleet Forum Forms to Advance the Use of Natural Gas in Transportation Share
May 5, 2011 - Leading national fleet operators today announced the formation of the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Fleet Forum, a new membership organization dedicated to advancing the use of clean, domestic, abundant and low-cost natural gas in the U.S. transportation sector. The effort was announced at the 2011 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the largest showcase of clean, alternative fuel vehicles in the U.S. this year. The NGV Fleet Forum will provide a members-only venue for fleet operators to share technical expertise, collaborate on product development and procurement, and support other members in the successful deployment of natural gas vehicles. click here  >

Alternative power options for commercial vehicles showcased at Expo in CA
May 5, 2011 - The 2011 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo (ACT) opened yesterday at the Long Beach Convention Center with tours of advanced alternative fueling sites across Southern California, including the grand opening of Ryder’s fueling facility for liquefied natural gas trucks in nearby Rancho Dominguez. The exposition had nearly 50 vehicles on display representing many alternative fuel types and fleet applications, including transit buses, Class-8 tractors, utility and refuse trucks, light-duty passenger vehicles and more. Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Ford, General Motors and others are among those exhibiting trucks. click here  >

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