While moving to compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in North America is largely viewed as a positive development, this is not the case in Pakistan which is suffering severe energy shortages. In CNG as auto fuel: height of lunacy! the Business Recorder argues that the scarce primary input – natural gas – could be better used to power fertiliser plants and textile plants, the mainstay of exports and the country’s national economy, rather than wasted in cars, taxis, buses and auto rickshaws.

UPI Energy Resources reports that Shell plans to open 200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations across the United States for fueling heavy-duty trucks. The company will construct LNG fuel lanes at about 100 TravelCenters of America sites and 100 Petro Stopping Centers throughout the U.S. interstate highway system. Last year, the company announced it would sell LNG to heavy-duty fleet customers at select Flying J truck stops in Alberta, Canada beginning this year.

China National Petroleum Corp estimates that it will supply liquefied natural gas to about 200,000 vehicles by 2015 says China Daily. Nearly 100 cities in China are now promoting LNG vehicles, with the highest percentage in Sichuan and Shandong provinces, as well as in the Xinjiang autonomous region. Natural gas comprises 6% of the auto fuel market in that country.

Mack Trucks is expanding its natural gas offerings says Truckinginfo while hybridCARS informs us that Volvo  is expanding its North American natural gas truck lineup.

Elm Leaves noted that Chicago’s Windy City Limousine is converting its vehicles to run on propane or compressed natural gas. Conversion will cost $5,000 to $25,000 per vehicle. Its vehicles include a dozen limos, SUVs and buses.

Another Chicago company, World CNG, now has over 150 taxicabs currently in operation in the city, and is on track to deploy a total of 225 by the end of the second quarter of this summer. NGV Global News reports that the company uses Ford Escape CNG and Dodge Grand Caravan CNG.


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