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Obama Signs Alternative Fuel Tax Fix into Law
on 31 Jul 2015
President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive highway funding bill, H.R.3236, whose many provisions include a measure meant to ensure that liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane autogas are taxed fairly relative to diesel and gasoline, respectively. The law is especially considered a major victory for the natural gas vehicle industry, which has long pushed for a so-called [read more]
UPS Cruising Toward Alternative Fuel Goal
on 29 Jul 2015
UPS has a goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017, and if the company's annual Sustainability Report and a slew of recent announcements are any indication, UPS has picked up the pace and is well on its way toward meeting that target. According to its new 2014 Sustainability [read more]
A Glimpse into the Global NGV Refueling Market
on 27 Jul 2015
The total number of natural gas vehicle (NGV) refueling stations globally will grow from 23,001 in 2015 to 38,890 in 2025, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4%, according to a new report from Navigant Research. In order for any alternative to gasoline or diesel to be viable as a transportation fuel, readily available refueling infrastructure is a [read more]
Senate Panel Passes Bill With Alt-Fuel Tax Credit Extensions
on 22 Jul 2015
In a 23-3 vote Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package to revive dozens of tax credits that expired at the end of last year, including key incentives for the alternative fuel industry. The bipartisan legislation now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would retroactively extend the various tax credits for two years [read more]
Alt-Fuel Incentives Bill Shows Promise in Ohio
on 20 Jul 2015
Before the Ohio legislature recessed for the summer, a bill to establish tax incentives and grants for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) advanced in the state House of Representatives. With a 19-0 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the measure in late June, and nonprofit Clean Fuels Ohio believes H.B.176, a revamped version of a previous bill, is [read more]
U.S. House Passes Highway Bill with Alt-Fuel Tax Parity Provision
on 16 Jul 2015
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a highway and transportation funding bill that includes a provision meant to help level the playing field for how certain alternative fuels are taxed in relation to conventional fuels. H.R.3038, legislation to fund and extend the authorization for the country's highway and transit programs through the end of 2015, passed the House [read more]
Study: It 'Behooves' PA Fleets to Explore Alt-Fuel Options
on 13 Jul 2015
A new, state-funded report examines the opportunities and bottlenecks for natural gas and propane autogas as a transportation fuel in Pennsylvania. The main conclusion: It is worth a local fleet operator's time to at least consider a switch to the alternative fuels. Using a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Shale Gas Innovation and [read more]
U.S. Navy Mulling Giant Fleet of New EVs in California
on 08 Jul 2015
The U.S. Department of the Navy is planning to lease approximately 300 to 600 passenger-carrying electric vehicles (EVs), with an initial focus on its sedan fleet, to be used at various Navy and Marine Corps installations within California. According to a government notice, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command is holding a forum to facilitate an interactive EV leasing discussion with [read more]
CNG Truck Fire Under Investigation in Virginia
on 06 Jul 2015
Last Thursday morning, a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered recycling truck caught fire in Chesapeake, Va., with the flames destroying the truck and damaging an adjacent house. According to local reports, truck operator TFC Recycling says a preliminary probe suggests a hydraulic leak at the engine was the origin of the fire, but a Chesapeake Fire Department spokesperson tells NGT News [read more]
Virginia Expands Reach of Alt-Fuel Incentives Program
on 01 Jul 2015
Virginia has expanded access to a state-administered alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) incentive program that helps fund the conversion of public-sector fleets in areas with some of the biggest air-quality issues. According to Virginia Clean Cities, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) recently approved allowing municipalities to take advantage of the alt-fuel incentives. Previously, only state agencies were eligible for the program. [read more]
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