Natural Gas – the Diesel of Tomorrow?
ACT Research has released a study on the viability of natural gas for Class 8 trucks, and will emphasize the clean fuel at a conference in its headquarters town of Columbus, Ind. September 11-13.
“This project originated in October 2011,” Americas Commercial Transportation Research senior partner and general manager Ken Vieth said in a release. “It was evident to us that natural gas was going to be a hot topic and that there was a need for an in-depth research study.
ACT’s 180-page report includes a base case forecast as well as Excel spreadsheets to calculate natural gas vehicle payback and the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) prices at the pump. ACT says it surveyed owner-operators, fleets, leasing firms, finance companies, component suppliers, engine manufacturers and OEMs, and compiled an extensive library of articles.
“The new ACT study examines the supply and production of natural gas, the infrastructure for distributing the product to the market, trucker willingness to use natural gas, and OEMs’ ability to produce trucks,” ACT says. The study concludes with an long-term estimate of U.S. natural gas use.
Scheduled speakers at ACT’s 47th Seminar on September 12 include Thom Albrecht of BB&T Capital Markets, Steve Duley of Schneider National, Jim Harger of Clean Energy Fuels, Rich Kolodziej of NGVAmerica, Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund, Ed Pence of Cummins, Steve Phillips of Werner Enterprises (F&F, August 10), Jeff Shefchik of PTI-Paper Transport, and Zhenyi Zhang of the State Information Center, China.
The focus: Natural Gas – the Diesel of Tomorrow?
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Source ACT Research website announcement with Fleets & Fuels follow-up