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NGV Vehicle News reports that 18% of vehicles in Bolivia run on natural gas.

From Green Car Congress we learn that Pike Research forecasts the global market for natural gas trucks will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14% between 2012 and 2019, reaching 111,319 sales in 2019. Pike expects medium-duty trucks to be the largest of the truck markets, growing to 85,848 vehicle sales; heavy-duty truck sales will reach 25,471 vehicles. The market for natural gas buses should grow at 19% during the same period. Asia Pacific will be the largest natural gas bus market, accounting for 86% of sales by 2019 with India, China, and Thailand leading the region in  natural gas bus sales.

Reuters says the growth of natural gas trucks in the US is set to skyrocket over the next two decades. A report by PIRA Energy Group says the use of natural gas in U.S. trucks and fleet vehicles could skyrocket over the next two decades as low retail pump prices and new infrastructure provide incentive to switch to the lower cost fuel. “Future gas demand in natural gas vehicles has enormous upside potential, led by private sector initiatives, with or without federal government assistance,” said the energy consulting firm. Natural gas could reduce diesel demand by 2.4 million barrels per day or about two thirds of today’s heavy trucking market. Trucks running on liquefied natural gas would make up 70%  of this demand with fleet vehicles consuming compressed natural gas making up the rest. The major impediment to natural gas use in the transportation sector is insufficient fueling infrastructure. See also Truckinginfo Study Sees Natural Gas Vehicles Gaining Traction.

In a related post Commercial Appeal says more natural gas trucks are coming to America’s roads. Manufacturers plan to release four new natural gas-powered truck engines and several truck models over the next three years. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. plans to add a network of 150 stations on US highways by the end of 2013. Shell and Travel Centers of America  plan to offer natural gas pumps at 100 truck stops nationwide. “Switching to natural gas can save companies tens of thousands of dollars in annual fuel costs for trucks of about the same size, power and payload…Although natural gas-powered trucks cost around $40,000 more, companies could make up that difference in less than two years because of fuel cost savings.”

The Herald Bulletin writes about how the rising demand for cheaper, cleaner fuel drives CNG in Indianopolis, Indiana. Last week, while gas prices were rising to higher level over the Labour Day weekend, CNG users were paying less than a dollar a gallon. The Journal Review discusses public CNG fueling stations in the state.

In CNG vehicles slowly gaining ground The Independent tells how the city of Lafayette, Louisiana is promoting the use of CNG. Lafayette has u converted five of its buses to run on CNG and hopes to have more than 100 city-owned vehicles converted to CNG within two years.  The city has two CNG public refueling stations with two more being planned. See also The Advocate Natural gas vehicles pushed in La.

German auto makers are joining Honda in producing natural gas cars. The San Francisco Chronicle notes the new Volkswagon Golf will have a natural gas version. Meanwhile, hybridCars tells us Mercedes B-Class cars will have a natural gas option.

There will be a natural gas vehicles fleet conference in Houston, Texas on October 23-24. It will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with private and public sector fleet adoption of natural gas vehicles.

Penn­syl­va­nia is about to hand out $20 mil­lion in grants to increase the num­ber of nat­ural gas vehi­cles in the US state says STATEIMPACT. Compa­nies, gov­ern­ments or schools who add more than 5 nat­ural gas-fueled trucks can apply for grants of up to $25,000-per-vehicle.

If you can’t get to the natural gas, the natural gas will come to youNGV Global News informs us about the “FuelMule” — a mobile, self-contained compressed natural gas fuel station that delivers fuel to fleets when and where they want it. It can transport 700 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG or enough to refuel 35 to 50 medium to heavy duty vehicles.

The same source says that Finland has launched the first large passenger vessel in the world fueled by liquefied natural gas.  The MS Viking Grace was launched at STX Finland’s shipyard in Turku in August. The vessel, capable of 22 knots, will refuel from an LNG supply ship.

 

 

 

 

 

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