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Senate Follows Suit, Passes Tax Extenders Bill with Alt-Fuel Credit
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On Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which holds among its dozens of provisions an extension of the federal $0.50/gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits and a return of the 30% alternative refueling infrastructure tax credits. The House passed the bill, H.R.5771, on Dec. 3. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation.The [read more]
Bipartisan Alternative Fuel Vehicle Bill Passes Both House and Senate
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Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal-year 2015, which contains a provision addressing a disparity in the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program that has been disadvantageous to most bi-fuel alternative fuel vehicles. Existing regulations allow OEMs to earn CAFE compliance credits by producing bi-fuel vehicles (also referred to as "flex [read more]
Clean Fleet Profile: Retailer Going All-In On CNG
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As is generally well understood, the ideal fleet for a conversion to natural gas is one that abounds in numbers, travels significant miles, uses a vehicle platform for which natural gas options are available, and can build or readily gain access to natural gas refueling. City Furniture was just such an ideal candidate. The Florida-based firm is one of the [read more]
Federal Alternative Fuel Tax Credits Back in Discussion
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve H.R.5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which contains a provision that would retroactively extend the federal $0.50/gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the end of this year. These credits, which cover compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane autogas and other products used as transportation [read more]
Westport Acquires Alternative Fuel Technology Company
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Natural gas engines and systems specialist Westport Innovations Inc. has acquired Netherlands-based Prins Autogassystemen Holding B.V. (Prins) for EUR 12.2 million (approximately $15.1 million). Prins develops alternative fuel systems powered by liquefied petroleum gas (propane), compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty applications. Prins' operations in Europe will be combined under the Westport Applied Technologies [read more]
First Impressions: CNG Freightliner Ride and Drive
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When I got word of the ride-and-drive event at the recent NGVAmerica conference in Kansas City, I knew I wanted to be first in line. I had neither ridden in nor driven a natural gas vehicle before, and I was more than ready to hit the road. It turns out the only options for a test drive were medium- and [read more]
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]
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