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News Archive - October 2012

Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure Conference Set For February 2013
October 25th, 2012 - FC Business Intelligence has opened registration for the second annual Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure Conference & Exhibition, which is convening at the Renaissance Hotel in Houston on Feb. 24-26, 2013. The conference is designed to share information and strategies with North America's natural gas utilities, convenience stores and fleet operators related to developing profitable and sustainable natural gas vehicle (NGV) infrastructure. The event will feature presentations from industry executives, technical tours, hands-on workshops and over 40 exhibition booths. READ MORE >

Barrier in Fuel Markets Make for Fewer Choices
October 25th, 2012 - Encouraging bipartisan, public, public-interest-group and private-sector efforts to move toward competitive transportation-fuel markets seems like a no-brainer. In this context, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma have initiated what looks like a successful effort to get Detroit to produce vehicles that run on natural gas. Twenty-two states have joined the effort, and more than 100 car dealers, including Ford, Chrysler, GM and Honda, have submitted their bids for natural-gas cars to the states. Detroit already has responded to assurance of a 22-state market by cutting the price differential between traditional and natural-gas cars in half. Fallin estimates that natural-gas vehicles will save up to $20,000 over the life of a vehicle. Hickenlooper predicts natural-gas vehicles will take off in two years and will incorporate public and private fleets and individual purchases. READ MORE >

Thomas Built Plans CNG School Bus
October 23rd, 2012 - Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses is affirming its commitment to alternative fuels, pledging to use the just-announced ISB6.7 G mid-range engine from Cummins Westport in a new Type C school bus. Thomas Built notes that the 6.7-liter Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G for its new CNG-fueled Type C Saf-T-Liner C2 has been promised for 2015. The busbuilder further notes that the new engine will be based on the ISB6.7 diesel by Cummins, Inc. and will use Cummins Westport’s spark-ignited, stoichiometric-cooled exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) technology. Thomas Built launched its Type D rear-engine Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus with CNG in 1992, and since then has placed more than 1,300 in service. READ MORE >

Natural Gas: The Other Automotive Innovation
October 23rd, 2012 - Until recently, the market for natural gas vehicles was limited to fleet vehicles such as long-haul trucks, delivery vehicles, waste-disposal trucks, public transit vehicles, and fleet cars. Today, natural gas vehicles make up 40% of all purchases for fleet vehicles in the United States . Natural gas was used on fleets because they had their own filling stations and could easily equip their filling stations with natural gas. The times are a changin', though. Last week, Chrysler Group announced that it's offering a natural gas option for its Ram line of pickup trucks . Orders for RAM HD vehicles from dealerships came in around September, so these trucks are just now hitting the showroom floor. READ MORE >

Here’s What Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Says About the Auto Industry
October 22nd, 2012 - Although the transportation sector only accounts for 3% of natural gas used in the United States, a surplus of the resource has sparked conversation about converting the auto industry from oil to natural gas. Natural gas has been a recognized transportation fuel since the early twentieth century, but crude oil remains the dominant choice. Advances in natural gas extraction technologies are enabling the delivery of abundant, affordable natural gas and the prospect of a shift to greater use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. READ MORE >

An In-Depth Assessment Of The Natural Gas Vehicle Components Sector
October 17th, 2012 - The market for components and technologies that enable conventional on-road vehicles to store and consume natural gas fuels has grown in step with a steady increase in the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Indeed, natural gas vehicle (NGV) component production has proliferated recently worldwide and greatly increased the value of the associated markets. Core NGV components include on-board natural gas fuel storage cylinders and tanks; fuel delivery systems; and dedicated natural gas engines. Such components are common to both OEM and aftermarket NGVs, which can store fuel as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). READ MORE >

Commission Announces Clean Transportation Projects
October 12th, 2012 - Moving California closer to a clean energy transportation sector, the California Energy Commission approves funding of more than $20 million for innovative transportation projects. Most of the funding went for non-natural gas projects (e.g., $10 million will fund the Tesla Model X electric vehicle), though a few NGV projects did receive funding, including: Valley Garbage and Rubbish Co., Inc., will receive $300,000 to build and operate a CNG fueling station that will support the company's fleet of natural gas-powered garbage collection trucks used for collection of solid waste in the city of Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County). This station will also be available for other goods-movement fleets. A-Z Bus Sales (San Bernardino County) will receive $8,000 for one medium-duty NGV, and Greenkraft, Inc., in Santa Ana (Orange County) will receive $340,000 for 17 medium-duty NGVs. READ MORE >

Clean Cities Coalitions Launch Green Road Trip Featuring Honda Civic NGV
October 12th, 2012 - Antelope Valley Clean Cities (AVCC) Program Coordinator, and National Campaign Chairman, Curtis Martin, along with members Evelyn and Gary Corbitt have organized a coast-to-coast CNG road trip involving more than 20 Clean Cities Coalitions’ across the nation. This initiative is the kick-off event in a 12 month campaign to raise public awareness of alternative fuels and economic recovery. The ‘Clean Across America & Back 2012 CNG Road Trip’ was launched on Thursday at a 'National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Odyssey Day 2012' event on the Santa Monica Pier, and involves a 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas that will be driven by the Corbitts. According to the AVCC, this is the biggest NGV road trip in the U.S. history. READ MORE >

20th Annual National NGV Achievement Award Winners Announced
October 11th, 2012 - NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF), two organizations dedicated to increasing the use of natural gas-powered vehicles to improve air quality, lessen dependence on foreign oil and reduce fleet operator costs, have announced ten 2012 winners of the prestigious NGV Achievement Award in addition to one NGV Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards are given to persons and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions in leadership, vision and innovation to the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel. READ MORE >

Move Over Electric: Are Natural Gas Vehicles the Future of Cars?
October 11th, 2012 - As America attempts to harness the power of natural gas to its fullest—and to find a non-export-related use for plentiful supplies—there appears to be a shopping spree for natural gas vehicles under way. From seminars to state commitments to purchase natural gas vehicles, the idea is suddenly a bipartisan phenomenon with more and more states jumping on the bandwagon. Most notably, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has announced that his state, in coalition with 21 others, will purchase as many as 10,000 vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) annually—providing that US automakers will actually build them. READ MORE >

GE and Peake Launch CNG in a Box
October 10th, 2012 - GE and Chesapeake Energy’s Peake Fuel Solutions affiliate have formally unveiled their CNG In A Box, a powerful modular fueling unit they say makes for easier adoption of compressed natural gas fueling for large- and small-scale retailers. CNG In A Box is described as “a plug-and-play on-site fueling solution that comes with everything retailers need to add low-cost natural gas fuel to their operations quickly and simply.” The firms said they expect to deploy more than 250 of the CNG In A Box systems beginning this autumn. READ MORE >

Honda Sees Record Gasoline Prices as Opening for Natural Gas Civic
October 9th, 2012 - Honda is offering a $3,000 debit card good at Clean Energy natural gas filling stations with the purchase of a 2012 model year Civic Natural Gas vehicle. That is about three years' worth of fuel for most drivers at today’s natural gas prices. There are about 40 Clean Energy filling stations in Southern California and about 160 nationwide. Another benefit for California drivers is that the natural gas-powered Civic qualifies for solo driver access in most carpool lanes. Honda is the only carmaker to sell a factory-built natural gas-powered sedan in the U.S. With more natural gas filling stations opening, the incentive of carpool lane access and the high cost of gasoline, Honda believes this is a good time to pitch its natural gas Civic. READ MORE >

Love's Opens First Fast Fill CNG Facility for Heavy-Duty Trucks
October 9th, 2012 - Love's Travel Stops announced the opening of its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel facility designed for rapid fueling of heavy-duty trucks. Additionally, the company announced they are testing their first 11.9-liter CNG engine with plans to purchase more for their 300-truck, fuel delivery fleet. After conducting extensive research on natural-gas alternatives for heavy-duty trucks, the company saw benefits of using CNG for their own fuel delivery fleet. Love's also believes regional trucking fleets have an opportunity to take advantage of the cost savings. READ MORE >

Worldwide Population of NGVs Projected to Reach Nearly 36 Million Units by 2018
October 3rd, 2012 - Through the release of a comprehensive report, Global Industry Analysts revealed that figure, which is supposed to be driven by rapid adoption in developing nations of Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. Natural gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel in the world, and is an important source of energy in North America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, as well as in industrialized markets of Asia. Availability and environmental friendliness make it the primary energy resource and a major raw material in the chemical and petrochemical industries, especially in industrialized parts of the world. Despite being the largest markets in terms of vehicle population, China and the US accounted for a mere 6.6% and 0.8% share of NGV population, respectively, in 2011, reflecting the existence of major untapped vehicle population. READ MORE >

OEMs Spell Out NGV Costs: Payback from Fuel Savings Can Occur in Two Years
October 3rd, 2012 - Much must go into any decision to convert to natural gas vehicles (NGVs), powered either by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), and operating costs and payback are chief among those factors for most fleets considering making the switch to this form of green power. “The fleets purchasing vehicles today (without subsidies) are doing so as they run an adequate number of miles and are purchasing fuel at a significant reduction from diesel,” pointed out Freightliner’s Carrick. “And [due to the fuel cost differential], they can expect to see payback on their acquisition cost in less than two years." READ MORE >
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