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News Archive - October 2011

T. Boone Pickens promotes trucks using natural gas instead of diesel
October 14, 2011 - Billionaire T. Boone Pickens brought his message of energy independence to the Motor City on Thursday, calling for trucking companies to run their fleets on natural gas instead of diesel as part of his plan to help wean the U.S. from its dependence on Middle East oil. The 83-year-old former corporate raider is trying to get legislation passed in Congress this year that would, among other things, use tax credits to encourage companies to replace the country's 8 million 18-wheelers with trucks that run on natural gas. Pickens estimates his plan will cost taxpayers $5 billion over five years but could create 100,000 direct jobs and cut in half the 5 million barrels of oil the U.S. imports from the Middle East each day. It would also benefit Pickens, who owns 40% of Clean Energy Fuels, a natural gas fuel provider based in California. click here  >

Volkswagen EcoFuel engine runs on gasoline and natural gas
October 13, 2011 - Supporters of natural gas make a strong case for its use in our cars and trucks, but the reality of burning natural gas as motor vehicle fuel is challenging. That's because there is a relative shortage of natural gas fueling stations. More importantly, there's a short driving range of most natural gas vehicles. However, at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, Volkswagen introduced its new subcompact model, the Up! (we'll refrain from further use of the exclamation point), as well as six concept versions of the Up. One of those concept cars is the "eco Up" with a dual-fuel EcoFuel System engine that uses both Compressed Natural Gas and gasoline. click here  >

Public-Private Partnership Helps Put Natural Gas Trucks into Southern California Fleets
October 7, 2011 - What do an office supply store, a dairy processor, a flooring supplier, a beer distributor and a grocery retailer have in common? Of course they all use trucks, but the latest, leased from Ryder System, are powered by natural gas. Staples is the most recent customer to take advantage of a joint Ryder-government program in Southern California that makes it easier for fleets to gain fuel cost savings and environmental benefits with natural-gas trucks. The office supply chain is adding 10 compressed natural gas tractors to its dedicated fleet operated by Ryder. These CNG tractors - the first of their kind used in Staples' third-party dedicated operations - will replace 10 diesel tractors. The CNG tractors will transport inventory to Staples stores in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and will be serviced out of Ryder's natural-gas-compliant maintenance facilities in Southern California. click here  >

Natural Gas Vehicles Expected To Expand Share, Outside U.S.
October 7, 2011 - Which alternate vehicle or fuel do you know least about? You've almost surely heard about hybrids. You may have seen ethanol, even biodiesel, debated in the news. And if you read this site, you're likely to know that cars that plug into grid power to recharge their battery packs are now on sale from Chevrolet and Nissan, among others. But did you know that Honda has been selling a natural-gas powered version of the Honda Civic for more than a decade? click here  >

Omnitek Engineering Aligns with Natural Gas Fueling Station Company
October 7, 2011 - WOmnitek Engineering has signed a letter of intent with San Clemente, Calif.-based Go Natural Gas to form a strategic alliance to facilitate diesel-to-natural gas truck engine conversions through turnkey programs and services. The company is in the process of negotiating various components of the proposed strategic agreement, including economic considerations, geographic scope and related responsibilities. "The proposed strategic alliance is intended to facilitate heavy-duty diesel truck engine conversions by simplifying the entire process, which will be enhanced by the ability to offer fleet customers the option to locate a fueling station on their property -- an important consideration for fleet owners. We look forward to formalizing the strategic alliance and leveraging the expertise of both organizations," said Werner Funk, president and chief executive officer of Omnitek Engineering Corporation. click here  >

Landi Renzo Announces “Ideas on Wheels” International Competition to Promote Entrepreneurship
October 6, 2011 - Landi Renzo, the world’s largest manufacturer of natural gas vehicle systems, today announced an international competition, “Ideas on Wheels,” in support of the next generation of entrepreneurs eager to develop sustainable mobility solutions. Organized as part of Landi Renzo’s Corporate University, aspiring entrepreneurs are urged to apply and submit a proposal for a product, technological solution or service that makes current mobility more sustainable. Ten projects will be selected from the applications and a representative from each project will travel to Landi Renzo headquarters in Italy in December 2011 to participate in a three-day intensive boot camp on the construction and implementation of a business plan, technological transfer and entrepreneurship. Project representatives will present their sustainable mobility idea to panel of industry experts and potential investors on the final day of the boot camp. The judging panel will provide feedback and professional mentorship to the attendees in support of their projects. click here  >

 

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