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November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas Expected To Grow Despite Diesel Price Drop

Fueling a natural gas powered heavy truck.

Looking at the most likely adoption curve, ACT believes Class 8 penetration is expected to total 23% of the units sold in 2025.

Tags: Research, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas' Early Adopters See Few Hiccups During Startup

Sorting out the natural gas maze has been easier than expected for these fleets.

According to the first-hand accounts presented at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., integrating natural gas trucks into previously diesel-only operations has gone surprisingly well.

Tags: CNG, Ozinga, Paper Transport, Kwik Trip, Green Fleet Conference, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Highlighting Sustainability

Check out alternative fuel vehicles on the show floor, like this one from last year's Green Fleet Conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Green Fleet Conference this week in Schaumburg, Ill., will highlight alternative fuels, fuel efficiency and sustainability. There will be in-depth discussions and expert panels, a ride-and-drive of sustainable vehicles and an expo showcasing the latest green equipment and products.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleet Conference, Fuel Efficiency, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Events

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Carrier Leases 100 Ryder CNG Sleepers

Ryder compressed-natural-gas trucks will replace nearly one-third of the C.A.T. (formerly Canadian American Transportation) fleet of 325 vehicles.

Tags: Ryder, Fleet Leasing, CNG, Sleepers, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 14, 2014 - Product News

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Leadership Change at Natural Gas Advocacy Group

Photo via NVG America.

Natural Gas Vehicles for America named Matthew Godlewski as the group’s next president. He will succeed Rich Kolodziej who has served for 18 years as the advocacy group’s president.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, People, New Hire

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium CNG's New Compressor May Double Refueling Rate

Trillium President Mary Boettcher is bullish on the future of CNG in trucking. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- Trillium CNG announced a new compressor that has the potential to double the refueling rate for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. This could allow more vehicles to fuel at one time and offer opportunities for future advances in CNG technology, according to the company.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Trillium CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, ATA MC&E

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Introduces Next-Gen NatGas Fuel Injectors

Long development time for next-generation HPDI system, sales uncertainties, and lack of 'comfort' with a customer will reduce revenues this year.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio Volvo Dealership Expands Natural Gas Servicing

The newly opened full-service Young Truck Sales location in Canton, Ohio: Photo via Volvo Trucks

The Young Truck Sales dealership Canton, Ohio, has increased its service capabilities with an expansion to its servicing department including an expanded capacity to service natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ohio, Dealership

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Westport Innovations

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Public-Access CNG Station Opens in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Picture via Trillium.

Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products opened a newly constructed natural gas fueling station in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas Adoption Increases Slowly, ACT Reports

A natural gas fueling station getting ready to open. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACT Research published a new report that shows natural gas adoption in the heavy-duty truck market has grown, but at a slower rate than predicted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Leased CNG Trucks

The bakery giant says it's continually looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: Clean Energy Fuels.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is leasing 16 natural gas trucks for its California trucking fleet. Bimbo has a fueling agreement in place with Clean Energy Fuels to fuel the fleet of Class 8, heavy-duty trucks using Clean Energy's network of public-access CNG stations throughout Northern California.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Bimbo Bakeries, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Private Fleets

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitek Receives Approval for Detroit Diesel Natural Gas Conversions

Omnitek Engineering has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine families for model years 1988 to 2009.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Natural Gas Conversions, Omnitek Engineering

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Houston Fleet Goes CNG

Photo via Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch is converting its 66-tractor fleet in Houston from diesel to compressed natural gas to help it meet new sustainability goals.

Tags: Ryder, CNG Conversions, CNG, Anheuser-Busch, Private Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Texas, Alternative Fuels

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, LNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, Vocational

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Report: 14% of Medium, Heavy Duty Vehicles Sold in 2035 Will Run on Alternative Fuels

Natural gas fuel tank on a heavy-duty truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Medium and heavy duty vehicles represent less than 5% of the total vehicle market today, and the vast majority of these use conventional internal combustion engines powered by either gasoline or diesel. That is changing as less expensive alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and electricity make inroads in the market.

Tags: Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Power Solutions Receives EPA Certification for 8.8-Liter Engine

Alternative-fueled engine maker Power Solutions International has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the company's 8.8-liter propane and natural gas fueled engine can be used for on-highway applications.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Engines, Power Solutions International

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Blu LNG Adopts Comdata's SmartSight System

Blu partners with Comdata to deploy system that allows the trucking industry to use any fleet fueling card or major credit card at all Blu LNG fueling stations

Tags: Comdata Smart Solutions, Blu, Compressed Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Comdata

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

EVO CNG, Trillium CNG Open First CNG Fueling Station in Joint Venture

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was on hand to celebrate the opening of the EVO Trillium CNG facility in Oak Creek Wisconsin.

EVO CNG and its joint venture partner, Trillium CNG, celebrated the grand opening this week of what they say is the largest compressed natural gas fueling station in Wisconsin, located in Oak Creek, and the first to open in their partnership.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Trillium CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, EVO CNG

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

APG Books Return Orders for Dual-Fuel Gas-Diesel Systems

Clarke Power assembled this Freightliner glider with a Detroit Series 60 engine equipped with APG’s dual-fuel system, enabling it to run on natural gas and diesel. Gas is stored in liquefied form on this tractor.

The company says its dual-fuel gliders outperform and are more reliable than dedicated natural gas engines that customers are evaluating.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, American Power Group, WheelTime Network, Dual Fuel, Alternative Fuels

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder Purchasing New Natural Gas Fuel Systems

Ryder System has reached a long-term agreement with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide to purchase compressed natural gas tank systems directly from Quantum for installation onto the company’s CNG-powered vehicles.

Tags: Ryder, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Kroger Adding LNG Fleet in Oregon

Kroger announced will be the first in Oregon to deploy a fleet of heavy-duty trucks that run on liquified natural gas. The 40 LNG trucks will replace 40 diesel trucks currently in use, and are expected to start making store deliveries in the Portland metropolitan area by the end of 2014.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG, Kroger, Private Fleets, Alternative Fuels

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