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New Class 7 Propane Autogas Truck Makes Debut
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Alkane Truck Co., a startup vehicle OEM based out of South Carolina, has introduced a Class 7 cab-over truck platform engineered to run on propane autogas. Available in two models - the 33,000 lbs. GVW P-33 and the 26,000 lbs. GVW P-26 - the truck features a 6.8-liter Ford Triton V-10 engine that has been modified to run on gaseous [read more]
Former Chesapeake NGV Pros Launch CNG Firm
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Sparq Natural Gas LLC, headquartered in Oklahoma City, has initiated business as a new entity targeting the build-out of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure. The company is led by longtime natural gas vehicle industry professional Norman Herrera, who is serving as CEO. He and his two key partners in Sparq - Sufyan Qarni and Tristan Adler - were formerly [read more]
Landi Renzo USA Recalls Natural Gas Vehicles
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Natural gas vehicle conversion specialist Landi Renzo USA is recalling about 350 Ford E-Series vehicles that the company modified to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) between Jan. 2, 2011, and Feb. 24, 2014. The company submitted a defect report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early March, explaining that both brackets that support the rear CNG [read more]
Ferrellgas, Mansfield Partner To Tackle Propane Autogas Market
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Mansfield Oil Co. and Ferrellgas Partners LP have formed a strategic alliance conceived specifically to market propane autogas to North American fleets. For its part, Mansfield Oil - one of the biggest private companies in the U.S. - brings more than 50 years of experience serving various points of the transportation fuels spectrum, from large-scale fuel supply to fuel management.Ferrellgas [read more]
Michigan Company Building 7.4-Liter CNG Engine Platform
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Crazy Diamond Performance Inc. (CDP), a Detroit-based company that specializes in alternative-fuel and performance powertrains, is developing a compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 7.4-liter engine for vehicle applications through Class 6. This family of engines, known as the Torquemaster, is designed around the General Motors LS platform. CDP's 6.9-liter Torquemaster (in a gasoline configuration) has produced more than [read more]
Luxfer Buys Competitor to Fortify CNG Presence
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Luxfer Group says it has acquired Vexxel Composites LLC and will weave the two-year-old company into its global Luxfer Gas Cylinders business division. Vexxel, which will operate as Luxfer Utah for the time being, has focused on the manufacture of Type 4 carbon-composite, polymer-lined cylinders for the storage of compressed natural gas (CNG) in natural gas vehicle applications. Vexxel's facility [read more]
Group Plans Important Vote On CNG, LNG 'Gallon Equivalent'
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The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) says it will vote on a measure of substantial importance to the natural gas vehicle sector during its annual meeting in Detroit in July. At issue is how compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are measured when being used as transportation fuels. Measuring by mass (e.g., pounds or kilograms) [read more]
Thousands of GM Full-Size Vans Being Recalled
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Certain model years of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana - two staples of the fleet world and common platforms for compressed natural gas (CNG) and other alternative fuel conversions - are subject to a large recall from OEM General Motors. According to GM, 303,000 Express and Savana full-size vans between model years 2009 and 2014 (GVW<10,000 lbs.) The company [read more]
Shippers, Carriers See Emergence of Natural Gas As a Transportation Hot Button
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Supply-chain services firm Tompkins International recently completed a study that identified the shift from diesel to natural gas as one of five key issues that will dominate the transportation sector this year. The group's report, which was initiated under the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, ranked the rising importance of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) among four [read more]
What Does Obama's 2015 Budget Hold In Store For Alternative Fuels?
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Last week, President Obama released his administration's 2015 budget, and many investments from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would provide solid support for various initiatives related to alternative fuel vehicles. Overall, the president's budget provides a 2.6% increase in DOE discretionary funds over 2014 levels, up to $27.9 billion. The DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) [read more]
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