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News Archive - October 2013

Pain at the Pump Could Lead to More American Jobs
October 17th, 2013 - Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG, vehicles are becoming a more common sight on the road and commercial fleets are leading the charge. Public transportation has been using CNG for years with over 15 percent of all public transit buses running on compressed or liquefied natural gas. Other major companies with significant transportation operations such as UPS and AT&T not only have long histories with this technology, they also forecast steady increases in the future. The benefits are clear. CNG generally costs 30 to 40 percent less than gasoline and it is a much cleaner burning fuel source, leaving a 25 percent smaller carbon footprint than gasoline. READ MORE >

Lowe's Launches Natural Gas-Powered Truck Fleet at Texas RDC
Octobera 17th, 2013 - As part of its continued commitment to promote responsible transportation practices and sustainable technologies, Lowe's today announced it has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas. Lowe's dedicated fleet at Mount Vernon is among the first serving a major retail distribution center in North America to run solely on natural gas. With the transition from a diesel-fueled fleet to trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Lowe's expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nearly 20 percent and control fuel costs as it transports up to 68 truckloads each day to stores in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. READ MORE >

California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition Supported Bills Become Law
October 15th, 2013 - The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition informs that Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 266 and SB 286 into law, extending HOV-lane access for single-occupant NGVs and other clean vehicles to the beginning of 2019 in California. In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles has streamlined the process for acquiring the needed stickers: when dealers obtain the VIN numbers for new vehicles, they can immediately contact the DMV, which will send the stickers to the dealer. In effect, AFV buyers can now drive their new vehicles off the dealer lot and use the carpool lane on the way home. READ MORE >

Oklahoma Fleet Making 100 Percent Shift to CNG Trucks
October 9th, 2013 - Best Well Services LLC, an oil-field services company based in Oklahoma, says it is shifting its fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The company currently operates a fleet of 160 trucks, and plans call for all those vehicles to be converted to CNG over the next four years. Best Well Services anticipates a two-year payback period on the overall investment. David Johnson, the company's general manager, told NGT News that the first phase of the transition will concentrate on Best Well Services' light-duty assets, mainly the 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton trucks that company supervisors use to travel from site to site. Approximately 40 trucks will be converted to natural gas in the next year. READ MORE >

Americans Eye Cheap Home Refueling for Natural Gas Cars
October 4th, 2013 - When Connie Jones arrives home from her job as an information technology manager in Chandler, Arizona, she parks her car in her garage and fills it up with natural gas. It is a convenience that relatively few Americans can enjoy."We hook it up, turn it on, and it fills up overnight," said Connie's husband Travis, who bought a natural gas home refueling unit in January 2012. READ MORE >
Paper Transport Adds 20 Natural Gas-Powered Trucks To Regional Fleet
October 3rd, 2013 - Jeff Shefchik, president of Green Bay, Wis.-based regional truckload carrier Paper Transport Inc., is proud that his company is among the first to begin moving toward a fleet with a significant number of natural gas-powered trucks.Paper Transport began testing two Kenworth natural gas trucks in 2012 and this spring the company became one of Kenworth's first customers to run CNG-powered Kenworth T660s with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. READ MORE >

Ryder Signs Pennsylvania Macaroni to Flex-to-Green Lease for Natural Gas Trucks - 100 Trucks
October 3rd, 2013 - Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced it has signed a new Flex-to-Green Lease agreement for 10 diesel-powered refrigerated straight trucks with Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, Inc. With a Flex-to-Green lease, Pennsylvania Macaroni receives all the maintenance and service benefits of a Ryder Full Service Lease with the added option to convert their vehicles to natural gas after one year. READ MORE >

Chevrolet, GMC Expand CNG Offerings
October 1st, 2013 - Chevrolet and GMC will offer new bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and all-new dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year. "With these new vehicles, General Motors offers the most comprehensive lineup of manufacturer-engineered, validated and warranted CNG vehicles, helping fleet managers manage their budget and reduce their carbon footprint," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial Sales. "Natural gas is less costly at the pump and significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions, compared to other liquid fuels." READ MORE >

Ryder's Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet Logs 15 Million Miles
October 1st, 2013 - Ryder System Inc.'s fleet of 320 natural gas vehicles recently crossed 15 million miles of total operation, the company says.Ryder's first natural gas vehicles were launched in 2011. Today, these LNG and CNG trucks are running in 37 customer operations in California, New York, Arizona, Michigan and Louisiana. All told, the NGVs have replaced approximately 2.3 million gallons of diesel fuel with natural gas. READ MORE >
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