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News Archive - January 2015

Ryder’s Natural Gas Truck Fleet Surpasses 30 Million Miles
January 28th, 2015 - Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of natural gas vehicles surpassing 30 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as in Canada. Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced approximately 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with lower emission domestically produced natural gas.READ MORE >

Can Natural Gas Remain a Viable Transport Fuel?
January 23th, 2015 - While falling energy prices are currently discouraging buyers of trucking equipment from incurring the incremental capital costs associated with compress natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered units, many industry experts still feel that natural gas still remains a very viable replacement for diesel fuel from a long-term perspective.“Lower diesel prices are tempering excitement for natural gas,” noted Wall Street investment firm Stifel Nicolaus and Co. in its transportation earnings preview report issued last week. “But natural gas engines may be the future, particularly if oil prices rebound.” READ MORE >

California Utility Helps Thousands of Drivers Fill Up with Natural Gas
January 23th, 2014 - San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric PG&E is certainly doing its part to help California drivers wean off diesel and gasoline and switch to compressed natural gas (CNG). Last year alone, the utility reports, its CNG fueling stations provided the equivalent of 3 million gallons of gasoline to thousands of natural gas vehicle customers. PG&E owns and operates 24 public CNG stations in Northern and Central California. Furthermore, the company isn't just selling CNG - it's also using the fuel. The utility says its fleet includes 710 CNG-powered passenger cars and construction trucks. READ MORE >

$12 Million More for Alt Fuels from CEC
January 20th, 2015 - The California Energy Commission has approved $12.1 million for new projects as part of ARFVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, with the bulk of the money – $11.2 million – going for natural gas vehicles. And, in a new twist, the NGV money will be channeled through the University of California, Irvine. Administrative funds are coming not from the ARFVTP cache, but from the agency’s program support budget, freeing up a significant amount of money for the projects themselves.READ MORE >

NGV Market Slated for Substantial Growth
January 19th, 2015 - Global sales of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) will grow to nearly 4 million annually by 2024, according to a report from Navigant Research. Furthermore, the study says fleets and commercial operators will likely dominate the North American NGV market. Increasingly stringent fuel-economy and tailpipe-emissions standards in major automotive markets are driving automakers to provide alternatives to traditional gasoline- and diesel-fueled internal combustion engines. READ MORE >

202 CNG New Flyers for OCTA
January 12th, 2015 - New Flyer Industries reports a firm order from Southern California’s Orange County Transportation Authority for 202 XN40 Xcelsior buses, compressed natural gas-fueled. The contract includes options for as many as ten more over a three-year period. OCTA will replace 192 liquefied natural gas-powered buses and ten diesel buses that have reached the end of their useful life, New Flyer says. The 192 vehicles are the last of OCTA’s LNG buses, fleet manager Cliff Thorne told Fleets and Fuels. Trillium CNG remains OCTA’s fueling provider.READ MORE >

Legislation to Encourage CNG Conversion in Utah
January 8th, 2015 - SRep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, is sponsoring legislation, HB 15, to offer taxpayers a rebate if they retrofit their vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) from gasoline, as part of an effort to limit emissions along the Wasatch Front. Approximately 66 percent of the air pollution in Utah is linked to tailpipes. The rebate could be as much as $2,500 for the conversion to CNG, Handy said. Financing for the rebate would be generated from the Education Fund, as in the past, though Handy admits he is looking at alternate funding sources. READ MORE >

GNA CEO Erik Neandross Highlighted Opportunities for Natural Gas Vehicles
January 2, 2015 - Erik Neandross, CEO of transportation and energy consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA) talked about tremendous opportunities for fuel cost savings and long-term price stability with natural gas at FleetOwner Webinar sponsored by Ryder. “There’s no doubt that a lot of the folks we work with every day are asking about the impact” of this on the market for natural gas, propane autogas and electric drive vehicles,” Neandross pointed out. READ MORE >
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