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UPS Doubles Down on CNG with New Vehicles, Stations
on 02 Apr 2015
In the ever-growing natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry, when a fleet operator deploys any number of NGVs, two or 200, it is certainly noteworthy. Well, UPS just announced plans to purchase and deploy 1,400 new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles over the next year, more than doubling its current CNG fleet in the U.S. Wow! Kristen Petrella, a UPS spokesperson, [read more]
Raven Transport Adding 115 More LNG Trucks to Fleet
on 31 Mar 2015
Florida-based carrier Raven Transport is expanding its liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fleet and again teaming up with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. for fueling. Raven Transport will deploy 115 new LNG-powered Peterbilt Model 579 trucks to haul products for an unidentified consumer packaged goods company. The new vehicles, equipped with sleepers and Cummins Westport ISX12 G engines, will add to [read more]
How NGV Sales Fared Against Low Oil Prices in 2014
on 27 Mar 2015
U.S. natural gas vehicle (NGV) production and sales totaled just over 18,000 vehicles in 2014, a slight decrease of 1,250 vehicles - or 6.5% - compared to 2013, according to a new report from NGVAmerica. However, the report says the number of total sales is surprisingly healthy given the dramatic drop in crude oil and related gasoline and diesel prices, [read more]
Peterbilt Unveils Medium-Duty CNG Platform, More LNG Options
on 26 Mar 2015
Peterbilt Motors Co. is expanding its portfolio of natural gas vehicles. The company has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), as well as announced it is now offering two other vehicle models in liquefied natural gas (LNG) configurations. Peterbilt's new medium-duty CNG vehicles include the Model 337 and the Model 348. The company says both [read more]
ATA Enters Legal Battle Against Oregon Clean Fuels Program
on 24 Mar 2015
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has joined with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the Consumer Energy Alliance in suing the government of Oregon to block the state's Clean Fuels Program. The joint complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, challenges the constitutionality of the program. Established in 2009, the Clean Fuels Program [read more]
Obama Orders Federal Agencies to Cut Fleet Emissions
on 20 Mar 2015
President Barack Obama has issued an executive order requiring the federal government to reduce its direct greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% over the next decade. Although the comprehensive order calls for federal agencies to use more renewable energy, become more energy efficient, and reduce water intensity, it also mandates that their fleets cut per-mile GHG emissions by 30% [read more]
Texas Touts Steady Build-Out of Natural Gas Fueling Stations
on 18 Mar 2015
The number of natural gas fueling stations operating in Texas now stands at 130, a 25% increase from September 2014, according to a new report from the Railroad Commission of Texas. The commission says its survey documented 42 additional stations in the planning stages that are set to open in the next 12 to 18 months, indicating a steady build-out [read more]
Phoenix Shuttle Fleet Slashes Fuel Costs in Half with Autogas
on 17 Mar 2015
Six months after converting its shuttle buses to propane autogas, Sky Harbor Airport Parking has saved 50% in fuel costs compared with gasoline and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 20.8 tons, according to Blue Star Gas. Sky Harbor Airport Parking provides shuttle services to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. General Manager Brandi Casimir made the decision to switch the company's [read more]
Utah Legislature Passes Downsized Natural Gas Tax Hike
on 16 Mar 2015
The Utah legislature has approved a transportation funding package that includes a measure to increase the state tax on natural gas motor vehicle fuel. However, the planned tax hike is not as high as originally proposed. The package, H.B.362, now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert, R-Utah, who is expected to sign the legislation into law. The natural gas measure was [read more]
PERC CEO Debunks County Exec's 'Whoppers' About Propane Autogas
on 13 Mar 2015
In a new blog post, Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), has taken aim at comments made by a county official who blocked a propane autogas (LPG) project. As NGT News reported last month, Ulster County, N.Y., lawmakers had approved a $25,000 plan to retrofit five vans from the local sheriff's office to [read more]
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