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Demo Program Gives Fleets a Trial Run of NGVs
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Westport is giving fleets the opportunity to try out light-duty natural gas vehicles through its new "Drive Now with CNG" program - an initiative designed to serve as a small-scale trial run of the company's Westport WiNG Power System. Fleet operators can work with Westport, at no cost, to test a CNG-powered Ford Transit van in regular service for up [read more]
CNG Road Trip Redux: Canada to Mexico
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Two years ago, a Clean Cities coordinator from Southern California traveled from coast to coast and back again behind the wheel of a natural gas vehicle, using existing compressed natural gas (CNG) stations to refuel. This week, he is heading back on the road, but this time from Canada to Mexico. Curtis Martin, program coordinator for the Antelope Valley Clean [read more]
Construction Company Deploys Significant Light-Duty NGV Fleet
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The Ledcor Group, a large construction firm based in Vancouver, is acquiring more than 200 model-year 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect cargo vans equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems. The vehicles' CNG systems are from Altech-Eco, and the conversions were performed by Ontario-based G.W. Anglin Manufacturing. "Converting a significant portion of our light-duty vehicle fleet makes good [read more]
How the State of Florida Has Fared from its New NGV Incentives
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The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC) says the state's recently created natural gas vehicle incentive program has produced a total of 1,820 jobs and $68 million in wages since it went into effect at the beginning of the year. Since Jan. 1, the state of Florida has spent $4.7 million in rebates issued under the Natural Gas Fuel Fleet [read more]
Volvo Halts Natural Gas Engine Plans, Dials Back DME
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In early 2012, Volvo Trucks created buzz upon the announcement that it would be developing its own natural gas engine for the North American heavy-duty trucking sector. The 13-liter power plant, paired with liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology, would be a market complement to engines such as Cummins Westport's new 11.9-liter ISX12 G. Those plans are now on hold, with [read more]
State Gets Ready to Launch Large CNG Station Solicitation
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be seeking a private company to develop a large network of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure in the state. Spearheaded through Pennsylvania's Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative, PennDOT and its transit agency partners will work with a competitively selected private entity to install CNG stations that transit fleets throughout the state can use. [read more]
Ever Wonder How CNG Stations Can Affect the Economy?
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has wrapped up development of its JOBS NG tool, a means through which state and local governments can examine the economic implications of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station development. "Our model estimates the jobs created and economic output at every stage in the process, beginning with station design and construction, and [read more]
Race-Day Action: Ferraris and a Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup?
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The Silver State Classic Challenge - a 90-mile road race along Route 318 between Lund and Hiko, Nev. - has seen its fair share of hot automobiles and intense racing action over the past 25 years. What it hasn't seen is a natural gas vehicle among its field of racers. Until now. In fact, the NGV that ran the race [read more]
Westport Has A New Natural Gas Technology For OEMs
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Westport has debuted its latest development in the natural gas vehicle and engine sector: a proprietary "enhanced spark-ignited" (ESI) natural gas system that will be initially aimed at medium-duty engine and vehicle applications. "As gasoline and diesel engines progress, it is critical that OEMs offer natural gas engines that retain their expected performance while providing the environmental and economic benefits [read more]
Natural Gas Vehicles Subject to Large Recall
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has acknowledged a safety recall notice from General Motors that affects more than 3,000 GMC Savana and Chevy Express vans with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems. GM first alerted the NHTSA about an equipment defect last month. According to NHTSA documents, some model-year 2011-2014 Express and Savana vans - potentially a total [read more]
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