The California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership (CNGVP) is an alliance of air quality, transportation and energy agencies, vehicle and engine manufacturers, fuel providers, transit and refuse hauler associations, and other stakeholders interested in increasing and strengthening the deployment of low-emission natural gas vehicles throughout California.

The Critical Need to Transform Heavy-Duty Transportation Emissions

Nearly 4 in 10 people live in areas where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe. The issue is magnified here in California, home to 7 out of 10 of the nation’s most polluted cities. Living in areas with poor air quality increases the risk of asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and premature death.

California is a major global goods movement hub with massive port complexes, expansive warehouse distribution centers, and sprawling agricultural industry. In addition, with nearly 40 million residents, California has a booming service industry, including public transportation, waste management, and schools.

The heavy-duty vehicles servicing these industries are the leading cause of smog-precursor emissions and toxic air contaminants in California’s metropolitan areas. In several areas of the state, air quality regulators, including the California Air Resources Board (CARB), San Joaquin Valley Air District, and South Coast Air Quality Management District have stated that getting to healthy air will require the immediate deployment of HDVs that meet CARB’s lowest-tier optional low-NOx emission standard (0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx). Natural gas offers an affordable and commercially available option to medium- and heavy-duty fleet operators.

The CNGVP Mission

The future envisioned by the CNGVP is one in which clean transportation is widely accepted and supported. By initiating efforts in California, we are helping to deliver the promise of NGVs by promoting research, development, demonstration, deployment, accessibility, commercialization, and legislative support. The success of our efforts in California will serve as a model for low-emission, alternative fuel initiatives in metropolitan areas across the country. The infrastructure and technologies developed today will provide a bridge to even cleaner transportation options and air quality tomorrow.