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3M and Chesapeake Promise New CNG Tanks in 2012

February 25, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

3M, which offered last year to help compressed natural gas fuel cylinder manufacturers turn out better, lighter and cheaper product with a superior composite matrix resin (F&F, March 28, 2011), now says it will make CNG tanks itself, certify them and bring them to market this year.
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Rush Peterbilt CNG Rush for Texas

February 24, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Rush Peterbilt has two new compressed natural gas Class 8 truck deals to crow about: 15 new CNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors for Waco-based Central Freight Lines and 17 CNG-fueled four-wheel drive Peterbilt 365 tractors for Pioneer Natural Resources.
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BRC FuelMaker Is Strengthened for 2012 as FSSI Buys the Dresser Cubogas Line

February 24, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSYS)‎ has made another acquisition, this time from Dresser Italia, augmenting FSSI’s BRC, BRC FuelMaker, Impco Automotive, NaturalDrive, GFI and other brands with Cubogas natural gas vehicle methane compression units.
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AmericaCNG Would Be Numero Dos

February 21, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

“Save money and go green,” says AmericaCNG. Starting in Texas and working with a bevy of as-yet-undisclosed partners – with which it may form joint ventures or even buy outright – the Dallas-based firm is laying plans to be a leading purveyor of natural gas vehicle fueling services and vehicles in the United States, second only to Clean Energy Fuels.
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Don’t Forget NGVs! Says Energy Futures

February 19, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

The federal government sees hybrid electric vehicles as a bridge technology to zero emission pure battery and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles – but it should include natural gas vehicles in that category too.

That’s the view of Colorado’s Energy Futures and also of VNG, a new firm in New Jersey that’s helping establish the fueling infrastructure for NGVs.
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California Gaseous Fuel Vehicles Incentives

February 4, 2012 in NGVs, Propane by rich  |  No Comments

The California Energy Commission has released its program opportunity notice – PON-11-603C – detailing the state’s Buy-down Incentives for Natural Gas and Propane Vehicles.

Trucks like Freightliner’s new 114SD, the manufacturer's first vehicle to be offered from product launch with CNG option, should get a boost from CARB program

Trucks like Freightliner’s new 114SD, the manufacturer’s first vehicle to be offered from product launch with CNG option, should get a boost from CARB program

CEC is making available $6.45 million for light-, medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles, $5.3 million for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty propane vehicles, and $1.0 million for propane school buses. Grants are for new vehicles only, disbursed through vehicle manufacturers, who are to work through California dealers and distributors.

OEMs must make sure that the incentive amount is shown clearly on the sale or lease documents, and “that the value of the incentive accrues entirely to the purchaser or lessee.”

Incentives range up to $10,000 for medium duty propane vehicles and $32,000 for heavier NGVs with fuel capacity of at least 190 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent).


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Navistar International and Clean Energy Fuels Team on Natural Gas Trucks

February 2, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Clean Energy Will Front the Incremental Cost of Natural Gas Trucks
As Part of New Pact with Navistar for ‘Commercially Viable Solution’

Navistar and Clean Energy Fuels have launched “a comprehensive natural gas strategy” designed to bring more options to operators who will buy fuel from Clean Energy, including fuel from the firm’s vaunted new network of truck stop outlets. The program “will provide customers with a sustainable, commercially viable solution for adding natural gas powered trucks to their fleets,” Navistar says.
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NGV Motori for the MB906

January 31, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

NGV Motori reports the first-ever U.S. EPA approval of the Mercedes 906 for dedicated natural gas operation, widening the choices available to operators and would-be operators of natural gas vehicles.

A dozen were installed by East Brunswick, N.J.-based Clean Vehicle Solutions (CVS) for a municipal bus client in New Jersey, says NGV Motori USA CEO Sunny DeWakar.
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Universal Lubricants Adds Recycled-Content Oil for Natural Gas Vehicles

January 31, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Universal Lubricants has long offered products containing recycled oils as part of its Eco Ultra line, and is now kicking off an Eco Ultra variant of its Orion lubricating oil for natural gas engines that is likewise made with recycled feedstocks – as much as 83%.
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An NGV Push from the Tippity Top

January 29, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Natural Gas Trucks’ State of Union Mention Trumped in Las Vegas
As Obama Extols Clean Energy Fuels and UPS, Calls for Tax Breaks

There, in shirtsleeves in front of a Clean Energy Fuels LNG trailer, Obama said that the U.S. has 100 years’ worth of natural gas that could support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.
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Agility Opens Santa Ana Headquarters

January 29, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Agility Fuel Systems, which is moving from vehicle retrofits to the supply of natural gas fuel system modules to OEM customers like Freightliner and Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt, has moved into a new, 29,500-square-foot headquarters facility in Santa Ana, Calif.
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Creative-GAS Buses for Tampa

January 29, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Southern California’s Creative Bus Sales reports a sale of 17 compressed natural gas shuttle buses for the Tampa International Airport.

The Ford E-450 chassis, Starcraft body shuttles were converted to CNG using engine upfit kits from BAF Technologies with lightweight Type IV all-composite fuel cylinders from Lincoln Composites. Per-vehicle capacity is 30 GGE-gasoline gallon equivalents.

Creative Bus Sales reports a sale of 17 CNG-fueled airport shuttle buses for Tampa International by its new Transit Plus unit in Florida, with BAF upfits performed by its Green Alternative Systems unit in Elkhart, Ind.

Creative Bus Sales reports a sale of 17 CNG-fueled airport shuttle buses for Tampa International by its new Transit Plus unit in Florida, with BAF upfits performed by its Green Alternative Systems unit in Elkhart, Ind.

The vehicles were sold though Creative’s new Transit Plus dealership in Tampa, with the conversions of the 6.8-liter gaseous-prep engines performed by Creative’s Green Alternative Systems unit in Elkhart, Ind.


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Omnitek India, Omnitek America

January 29, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Omnitek Engineering (OMTK.OB), which moved last year to bring its heavy duty engine retrofit expertise to the U.S. market, this month publicized further business with India-based Tata Motors “to supply original equipment high-pressure natural gas filters for 2012 passenger vehicles, expanding a supplier agreement for commercial vehicle filter applications that commenced in 2009.”
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Compost-Based Biomethane in Canada

January 21, 2012 in Biomethane, CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

New York City’s Energy Vision is spreading the word about a new compost-to-biomethane program in British Columbia – designed as an efficient way to make renewable gas to offset the fuel burned by garbage trucks in the city of Surrey, south of Vancouver.
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Clean Energy Looks Ahead

January 15, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Investment Supports More LNG Fueling Stations
As 2011 Saw 63 CNG & Five LNG Projects Done

A $150 million exercise of warrants by founder Boone Pickens brought 2011’s investments in Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) to $450 million, and a good bit of the money will go toward establishing ANGH – “America’s Natural Gas Highway” – a network of liquefied natural gas fueling outlets, many at truck stops operated by Pilot Flying J.
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Mansfield CNG for Chrysler

January 2, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems (MGES) reports a contract from Chrysler to furnish compressed natural gas fueling installations at two research-proving grounds facilities in Michigan and a third in Arizona.
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Dillon Fielding Ten More LNG Peterbilts

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Dillon Transport is placing ten more LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors in Owens Corning service, this time in Lodi, Ohio (west of Akron) and is looking at 20 more natiral gas trucks for Tampa, possibly to be fueled by CNG.

Dillon Transport is placing ten more LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors in Owens Corning service, this time in Lodi, Ohio (west of Akron) and is looking at 20 more natiral gas trucks for Tampa, possibly to be fueled by CNG.

Chicago-based Dillon Transport has taken delivery of ten more liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors and will place them in service for Owens Corning in Lodi, Ohio next month.

Dillon earlier this year deployed 14 LNG Peterbilt 384s, with partner Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), for hauling raw materials to an Owens Corning shingle production plant in Irving, Texas.

The Ohio trucks are identical, says Dillon marketing and business development manager Phil Crofts: spec’d via Rush Truck Centers in Los Angeles and upfitted for LNG in Irving, Texas, they have 8.9-liter ISL G engines by Cummins Westport and liquefied natural gas tank assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems using a single HLNG-150 fuel tank by Chart (F&F, March 28).

CNG for Tampa?

“They will be working hard,” Crofts says. “The formula is to put as many miles as we can on them to get the payback on fuel.”

For Clean Energy, the formula is to enlist big-name companies like Owens Corning to get logistical providers like Dillon to use natural gas.

Dillon’s next natural gas deployment is likely to be 20 trucks for Tampa. There, however, the firm may opt for compressed natural gas, Crofts told F&F.

Dillon’s fleet of some 280 tractors and more than 400 trailers serves 25 states and Canada.



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