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News Archive - January 2015

Trillium CNG Inks Deal with California Waste Management District
February 24th, 2015 - Trillium CNG and the Monterey Regional Waste Management District in California have signed a letter of agreement for a new compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station. Trillium will build, own and operate the station, to be built at the Monterey Regional Environmental in Marina, CA, for the district’s 50 CNG refuse trucks. By mid-2016, the district will extrude the methane gas produced at the Monterey Peninsula Landfill, a nearby sanitary facility, and convert the recovered natural gas into CNG to power their fleet. Trucks will begin and end the day at the site.READ MORE >

Ryder to Train Entire North American Maintenance Workforce on Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies
February 19th, 2015 - Ryder System has launched an online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its entire North American maintenance network consisting of more than 6,000 employees across Ryder’s 800 facilities. The program will provide the company’s technician workforce with knowledge of all natural gas vehicle platforms and configurations. This program supplements existing customized natural gas vehicle training completed by employees who are already fueling and performing maintenance on natural gas vehicles operating in customers’ fleets, Ryder says.READ MORE >

Clean Cities 2015 Buyers Guide
February 19th, 2015 - The Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available online and for order at no charge through the EERE Publication and Product Library.The 40-page publication has information on biofuels and electric vehicles, as well as hydrogen, natural gas and propane autogas, from both OEMs and upfitters. The 2015 model year features nearly 200 AFV and hybrid electric vehicle models, including more than 80 flex-fuel vehicles, states a Clean Cities blog entry.READ MORE >

Hexagon Lincoln Announces Bigger CNG Tank for Heavy-Duty Fleets
February 18th, 2015 - Nebraska-based Hexagon Lincoln Inc., a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, says it has produced its largest-capacity and lightest-weight compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle tank to date. The company says its new 27-inch-diameter tank comes less than a year after it announced a joint venture with Agility Fuel Systems to supply CNG cylinders for fuel systems. In fact, the new cylinder is featured in Agility's 160 DGE behind-the-cab CNG system, which was introduced at the Natural Gas Vehicle Conference and Expo in November 2014.READ MORE >

CNG Providers Stay Optimistic About NGV Market
February 17th, 2015 - Keeping up a happy face amid the oil price crash isn't all that difficult for the natural gas vehicle (NGV) sector, according to a couple of major suppliers of natural gas used in transportation and its fueling network. Large fleet owners are used to volatility in the fuels markets, they contend. Both California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Chicago-based ampCNG have a lot riding on the competitiveness of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), in the heavy-duty fleet vehicle space particularly. The oil price crash has cut into the cost advantages for NGV fuels relative to gasoline and diesel fuel.READ MORE >

Falling Oil Prices Can't Slow Growth of Compressed Natural Gas
February 7th, 2015 - A 50% drop in the price of crude oil since last summer hasn't slowed the move by companies with diesel-powered vehicles to shift their fleets to compressed natural gas. Fueling the change are station developers with ties to Wisconsin, which has become a national leader in the move to add compressed natural gas stations across the country. The drop in petroleum prices since last summer has caused some in the industry to pause their expansion plans, but not Appleton-based U.S. Gain, a division of privately held U.S. Venture Inc, said Bill Renz, general manager of U.S. Gain. READ MORE >

Clean Energy, Agility Set Joint Natural Gas Sales Program
February 6th, 2015 - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Agility Fuel Systems, which designs and produces natural-gas fuel storage and delivery systems, announced a joint fuel-system sales program to reduce the incremental cost of heavy-duty natural-gas trucks. The two will work with trucking customers and offer compressed natural gas fuel systems installed at what they called “substantially reduced cost” when a natural-gas fueling agreement is in place. 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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