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Columbus to K.C. on CNG: Doable or a Disaster?
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As brand-marketing coordinator for a global manufacturer of reciprocating compressors, I'm well versed in what our compressors can do and what applications our product line covers. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is one of those applications. However, knowing what CNG is and actually using it are different things entirely. When Ariel Corp. signed on as an exhibiting sponsor for the North [read more]
Go Ahead: Shoot at the New Chevy Impala CNG
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Not that you'd want to... but you could. General Motors safety engineers recently subjected a 2015 bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) Chevy Impala to some extreme testing, helping to assure fleets and the public that the vehicle's on-board CNG cylinder could withstand significant stresses. Take, for instance, the penetration test. Here, professionals filled the Impala's 7.8 GGE CNG tank to [read more]
Some Observations on the North American NGV Market
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The opening plenary session at last week's North American NGV Conference and Expo in Kansas City offered a glimpse of where the natural gas vehicle market stands today and where it is headed. While industry leaders admitted that there were still challenges to advancing further growth in the North American market, they made it clear that the future is looking [read more]
What's in Store for Natural Gas Vehicles, Post-Election 2014?
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"In case you haven't heard, we had an election," quipped Richard Kolodziej, senior advisor at NGVAmerica, during the opening plenary session of last week's North American NGV Conference and Expo in Kansas City. He said the midterm election results, which handed control of Congress over to Republicans, represented a major change for politics in Washington and could greatly affect the [read more]
Are Medium-Duty NGVs The Next Big Market?
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The medium-duty market may be ripe for the picking for compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions, but defining the segment and potential customers among the estimated 8 million such vehicles on the road is an important challenge. "It's the work truck market, with medium-duty being a sub-set that stops between the 22,000- to 24,000-pound ranges," says Stephe Yborra, director of market [read more]
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]
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