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CA Prepares for Updated CNG, LNG Fuel Tax Rules
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The California State Board of Equalization is readying the implementation of revisions to A.B.1907, which includes new use fuel tax rates for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) that is used as a fuel in motor vehicles. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the tax rate for CNG will be adjusted to $0.0887/gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE), which equates to [read more]
Westport Trying Unique Approach to NGV Marketing
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In an effort to curtail wait times for customers, Westport is initiating a program that will make its natural gas vehicles available directly at select Ford dealerships in the U.S. Through the Westport Stocking Program - what Paul Shaffer, Westport Dallas' vice president and managing director calls a "game-changer" - customers will not have to wait for a vehicle to [read more]
Tough Quarter for Westport; Staff and Salaries Reduced
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Released late last week, Westport's third-quarter 2014 financials showed softness year-over-year, with non-joint-venture revenue totaling $25.3 million - a 46% decrease from third-quarter 2013's $46.5 million. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2014, revenue totaled $103.2 million, compared with $111.4 million for the same nine-month period last year - a decrease of only 7%. The natural gas engine and [read more]
European CNG Packager Eyes North America
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Safe SpA, an Italy-based subsidiary of Landi Renzo SpA that has focused on providing compressed natural gas (CNG) compression packages and related equipment for 40 years, has made inroads into the North American market by appointing Broadwind Energy as Safe's exclusive equipment packager and master distributor. Illinois-based Broadwind has specialized in providing gears and gearing systems to the energy and [read more]
Fleet Voices Are Imperative To Passing Alt Fuels Legislation
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Strong alternative fuels legislation is important for fleet managers and transportation directors because tax incentives and low-interest loan programs can offer the added boost they need to jumpstart a vehicle conversion program. As a lobbyist for Blue Star Gas, one of the Pacific Northwest's largest propane distributors, I've seen both the good and bad of the legislative process. Excellent fuel-neutral [read more]
Latest Bi-Fuel CNG Light-Duty Option Now In Circulation
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NewTex Plumbing, headquartered in Houston, and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services have taken delivery of model-year 2015 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks - the first such equipped half-ton pickups featuring General Motors' 5.3-liter direct-injection engine. Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions performed the conversions using the new DuraDrive DI natural gas platform from AGA Systems. [read more]
Global Manufacturing Firm Acquires CNG Fuel System Specialist
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One of the largest metals manufacturing companies in the world - a firm that already has its hands in the compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane autogas equipment sectors - has added another notable alternative fuels acquisition to its books. Columbus, Ohio-based Worthington Industries Inc. announced that it acquired an 80% equity stake in dHybrid Systems: [read more]
NGV Easy Bay: A New Option for Fleet Maintenance Facilities
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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has debuted the NGV Easy Bay - a separation and vapor-containment system designed specifically for natural gas vehicle (NGV) maintenance and storage facilities. The company says the new code-compliant offering is a scalable product that can accommodate single-bay projects or serve as a barrier to divide a large maintenance building. It is retractable to ensure convenient [read more]
Ohio Transit Agency Initiates Propane Conversions Within Bus Fleet
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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has acquired 20 propane vehicles featuring autogas systems from ROUSH CleanTech to provide transportation services for individuals with disabilities. The propane-powered paratransit shuttle buses are built on a Ford E-450 chassis with a body designed by ElDorado National - Kansas. Green Alternative Systems installed the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel systems on [read more]
A Primer on Propane Vehicles: Assessing the Switch
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So, you like what you've heard about using propane autogas as an alternative fuel for your fleet. You've scoped out propane vehicles at trade shows and have a good understanding of the fuel-cost savings and emissions improvements. A couple of peers in fleet management have already made the switch, and their results have been good. You're more or less convinced [read more]
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