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Most Americans Don't Care How Fuel Economy is Achieved, Says Study
on 24 Jun 2015
Although nearly all American drivers are at least somewhat concerned about fuel economy, a majority don't care how a vehicle saves fuel - just that it does, say University of Michigan researchers. In a new survey of 674 vehicle owners across the U.S., Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute examined several topics related to fuel [read more]
Feds Propose Stricter Rules for Heavy-Duty Trucks
on 22 Jun 2015
After weeks of speculation, the Obama administration has finally revealed its second phase of proposed fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The administration says the new proposal builds on the Phase 1 standards already in place for model-years (MY) 2014-2018. On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's [read more]
Chicago Launches Voucher Program to Spur Adoption of Alt-Fuel Taxis
on 16 Jun 2015
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced plans to help deploy as many as 120 alternative fuel vehicles on city streets through the new Drive Clean Taxi voucher program. The CDOT has partnered with clean-transportation nonprofit CALSTART to launch the initiative, which is open to taxicab owners and other public-passenger vehicle fleets. The department says that unlike grant or [read more]
Honda Scraps the CNG Civic
on 16 Jun 2015
Honda has announced that it will no longer offer its compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Civic, leaving some to wonder what significance this decision might have regarding the overall U.S. natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry. The manufacturer also will discontinue its Civic Hybrid model. John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.'s automobile division, released a statement explaining [read more]
CNG Bus Catches Fire in Illinois
on 10 Jun 2015
On Monday afternoon, a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered bus caught fire in Moline, Ill., but officials from the local fire department and the bus operating company say there is no initial indication that CNG is to blame for the incident. No one was injured. Jennifer Garrity, spokesperson for the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), says the bus [read more]
Utah Rep Triumphs with Two New Alt-Fuel Laws
on 08 Jun 2015
Utah State Rep. Stephen G. Handy, R-Layton, kicked off the 2015 legislative session determined to pass several bills to help boost the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the state. Last Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert ceremoniously signed two such bills, H.B.15 and H.B.406, into law. Technically, the governor approved both pieces of legislation earlier this year, but Herbert, Handy [read more]
Report: Natural Gas Will Chop Away at Oil's Dominance as Transportation Fuel
on 03 Jun 2015
A new study by IHS forecasts significant growth and value in the market for natural gas as a fuel in the heavy-duty transportation sector. The report, "LNG in Transportation: Challenging Oil's Grip," says that the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel could displace more than 1.5 million barrels per day (mbd) of oil demand by 2030. Despite the [read more]
Oklahoma Legislature OKs Bill to Help County Fleets Switch to CNG
on 02 Jun 2015
UPDATE: Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., signed this legislation into law on June 4. The Oklahoma Legislature has passed S.B.656, the Emergency and Transportation Revolving Fund, to help encourage the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles by county fleets. The state House of Representatives approved the bill in April, and the state Senate followed suit on May 22. S.B.656 has [read more]
EPA Unveils Controversial Renewable Fuel Proposal
on 29 May 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its long-awaited proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2017. However, reactions from the biofuels sector and industry supporters have been mixed, with one disappointed U.S. senator saying, "It's Christmas in May [read more]
Goodbye, Diesel: Transit Agency Goes All In With CNG Buses
on 27 May 2015
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), one of the U.S.' largest public transportation agencies, is continuing its major fleet transition from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) with an order for 63 additional CNG buses. A few years ago, DART revealed its bus-replacement plans and announced a contract for 459 large CNG buses from North American Bus Industries (NABI), a company [read more]
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