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SSP Eases CNG Station Construction

November 25, 2013 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, NGVs2013Atlanta by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mobile Construction Center Brings Parts to the Job Site

Ohio’s SSP displayed its new Mobile Construction Center trailer at the NGV show in Atlanta last week, describing the unit as “an onsite consignment program on wheels.” The concept is an extension of SSP’s CNG Plus product line.
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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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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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Ryder Flex-to-Green for Source Interlink

January 14, 2012 in CNG by rich  |  No Comments

Natural gas truck leasing pioneer Ryder has disclosed its first Flex-to-Green lease agreement, whereby customers lease conventional trucks with an option to switch to NGVs.
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California Wants Easier LNG Fueling

January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

The California Energy Commission has $3 million for projects to help make LNG fueling less daunting

The California Energy Commission has $3 million for projects to help make LNG fueling less daunting

Reasoning that more operators will deploy LNG trucks if it’s easier to fuel them, the California Energy Commission is offering $3 million to fund R&D “that reduces or removes the barriers associated with expanding LNG vehicle fueling infrastructure.”

CEC’s Public Interest Energy Research solicitation RFP 500-11-503 seeks to improve the handling characteristics of liquefied natural gas dispensing equipment, and its reliability and durability.

“Growth of the LNG vehicle market would be accelerated,” CEC says, “if certain technical and economic barriers (such as splash-back, freeze-up, and vapor loss problems with LNG dispensing, vapor venting during long-term storage of fuel, safety issues associated with the LNG dispensing system, overall cost of the systems) to expanding LNG fueling infrastructure were removed or reduced.

“These barriers currently inhibit investment decisions by vehicle and equipment manufacturers as well as LNG truck purchase decisions. Removing these barriers would result in more heavy-duty NGVs on the road, reducing petroleum dependence and GHG emissions.”

The agency wants to minimize the likelihood of vapor release during LNG vehicle fueling, and tackle “station-vehicle interface issues that affect station design or operation.”

CEC has scheduled a pre-bid conference for January 23, in Sacramento.

The deadline to submit proposals is February 17.



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