Milner of CNGVA Is NGV Global Chair, 2014 in Los Angeles
Mexico is emerging as a market for natural gas vehicles, with access to proven high volume equipment from Latin America and to advanced technology from the U.S. and Canada, and from Europe.
That was the clear message at NGV Global 2012, which took place in Mexico City November 6-10.
Alicia Milner was elected as NGV Global chair for the coming two years, and Los Angeles was named as the site of the NGV Global 2014 world natural gas vehicles meeting.
The May 2014 gathering – formally the 14th NGV Global Biennial Conference and Exhibition – will be hosted by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, and co-located with GNA’s broader Alternative Clean Transportation conference and exhibition at the Long Beach Convention Center. It is tentatively scheduled for the week beginning May 5, 2014.
Expect to See the Customers There
“It’s going to attract an audience to our event that we don’t ordinarily get, and that’s the fleet operators,” said NGV Global executive director Brett Jarman.
“North America is going to be one of the greatest NGV markets,” said GNA CEO Erik Neandross. Both he and Jarman emphasized that co-location with ACT Expo provides world NGV and NGV equipment and service providers with an opportunity to make their case to a wider range of vehicle operators.
GNA also promoted ACT Expo 2013, which will be held June 24-27, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Abstracts for technical papers are due December 14.)
Mexico, meanwhile, is in the early days of NGV deployment, but like more developed markets offers a fuel that costs about half as much as gasoline and diesel. Unlike South America, with its millions of NGVs, “Mexico is developing heavy duty vehicles at the same time as CNG passenger cars,” NGV Global’s Jarman told F&F in Mexico.
That, he says, will speed establishment of a viable compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure, one that can support both classes of vehicles from the outset.
On a sadder note, Jarman gave notice to the NGV Global (aka IANGV, the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles) board that he will be stepping down effective the beginning of 2013.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels Coverage from Mexico City