India will test bio-compressed natural gas (bio-CNG) in commercial vehicles says The Times of India. The Automotive Research Association of India will test the bio-CNG produced from bagasse of sugar and its use in operating a commercial vehicle. Testing will include evaluating emission levels, engine performance under different conditions and technical challenges, if any.

MyPerfectAutomobile commented on the rise of natural gas as a transportation fuel in North America.  “The market for natural gas is set to take off, like a rocket, in both the private and public sector, as supplies reach historic levels, and prices are lower than they have been in almost 20 years.” Some think it could become the dominant alternative vehicle fuel for the next several decades. When compared to other fuels like ethanol and electricity, natural gas comes out ahead because of its incredibly low cost and massive abundance. A video explains why natural gas has suddenly come into prominence in the alternative fuel community.

Tulsa World tells us the US state of Oklahoma has a rebate program to encourage consumer switching to natural gas vehicles. Under the program, Oklahomans can receive rebates for the purchase of a vehicle powered by compressed natural gas, conversion of a vehicle to CNG and for the purchase of a home CNG fueling system.

Cars of Change presents the case for natural gas transportation in the US.

Some are finding low natural gas prices in North America make natural gas trucks for commercial fleets a good choice even without government incentives.  THE INQUISITR says natural gas trucks are an economical solution. Oil & Gas Financial Journal describes how natural gas is beginning to penetrate the long-haul trucking business. The Hill says natural gas trucks are economical in the US without incentives while Businessweek notes that natural gas trucks look more attractive.

Still with trucks, MLIVE reports that truckers in Michigan are looking forward to saving money at 13 CNG fueling stations in the state.

NGV Global News reports that Toyota Thailand is introducing a bi-fuel (CNG/petrol) vehicle. The Hilux Vigo Champ pickup truck is powered by a 2.7 litre (2694 cc) four-cylinder engine and is engineered for CNG operation including high tolerance safety measures specifically associated with the CNG system. The bi-fuel controls provide easy switching between fuels. The CNG cylinder is placed in a protective compartment placed in the cargo bed.

The same source tells us that Estonia Post, the county’s postal delivery service, is adding 20 CNG vehicles to its existing 18.  The company wants to have 10% of its entire fleet running on CNG.  The company also owns and operates 2 CNG fueling stations for its vehicles.

RUSHLANE brings our attention to CNG rickshaws in Delhi, India. To address its serious air pollution problem, the city plans to have the world’s largest fleet of rickshaws fueled with compressed natural gas CNG.

The California city of Sacramento will have the first renewable natural gas fueling station in the US reports hybridCARS. The station will use anaerobic digestion to convert organic and food waste into natural gas to power motor vehicles. The waste is collected from local food-processing companies, restaurants and supermarkets. When complete in 2013, the operation will divert 36,500 tons of waste from the region’s landfills, replacing 1 million gallons of diesel per year with renewable natural gas – enough to power 320 school buses.

Banner News mentions that the town of Harrisburg, Arkansas has switched some of the city’s vehicles to compressed natural gas in an effort to save money on fuel costs. Trucks used by the city’s street and water/sewer/gas departments and a city police car have been converted from gasoline to CNG. CNG is currently priced about $1.50 less than gasoline and diesel.

To increase the number of natural gas fueling stations in the US state of New Jersey, the state natural gas company will add 7 stations to the current 3. FierceEnergy says the purpose of he pilot program is to stimulate the state’s natural gas market.

Again this week we find more jurisdictions in North America exploring the idea of converting entire fleets to natural gas to take advantage of the substantial fuel savings over gasoline and diesel.

WDTV reports that the Governor of the US state of West Virginia has created a task force to look into switching all state vehicles to natural gas.

The Meadville Tribune adds that Crawford County, Pennsylvania is funding a feasibility study on the possibility of using compressed natural gas as a fuel source for the hundreds of publicly owned vehicles in the county such as school buses, public transportation vehicles, waste removal vehicles etc.

The Canadian province of Alberta is looking at using natural gas for transportation according to The province recognizes there are barriers to the idea, including the great expense of building refueling infrastructure and the high purchase price of vehicles that can run on natural gas but believes a full analysis is essential.



Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,