Next-Gen Transportation News reports that the US state of California has approved funding to support propane autogas vehicles, natural gas vehicles, and compressed natural gas refueling.

4-traders says the natural gas transportation market will be an important part of Gazprom’s gasification policy in Russia.  Gasification programs in 69 Russian regions will now contain mandatory use of NGV fuel and the construction of appropriate infrastructure. Gazprom is preparing a feasibility study for construction of 37 CNG filling stations in 17 regions. Today, 243 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations are operating in 59 Russian regions, with 208 owned by Gazprom. Gazprom and the Russian Federation constituents plan to accelerate the NGV fuel market development and will start building a nation-wide NGV fuel infrastructure. Currently Russia has 86,000 natural gas vehicles out of a global total of 1.5 million.

The MetroWest Daily News notes that several towns in the US state of Massachusetts are looking at CNG as an alternative to gasoline and diesel. Since a lack of local CNG fueling stations is preventing towns from buying natural gas trucks, the communities are looking at seeking state funding for their construction.

Liquid natural gas is powering coal trucks in China NGV Global News reports that the Muli coal mine in Qinghai Province has ordered 180 NGL trucks for its operations on the Tibet plateau. NGL is about 30% cheaper than diesel fuel.

The oceans will soon have natural gas liquid (NLG) container ships says the same source. General Dynamics has agreed to design and construct two 3,100 TEU LNG-powered container ships for TOTE, Inc. When completed the 764-foot-long container ships are expected to be the largest ships of any type in the world primarily powered by LNG. Construction of the first container ship is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014, with delivery to occur by the fourth quarter of 2015; the second ship will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.

Trinidad’s Public Transport Service Corporation has converted its first bus in its fleet to run entirely on compressed natural gas (CNG) we learn from Trinidad Express. The company expects using CHG will cut its fuel costs in half. The conversion of a second bus is underway and the plan is to convert all 400 buses in the fleet.

Gas2 reviews the 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG and Truckinginfo comments on the 2013 Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty CNG trucks. Meanwhile greener ideal looks at Volkswagon’s new eco up! which runs on CNG and is now for sale in Europe. See also RushLane Volkswagen Up CNG small car has its first customer.

The Detroit News posted that Ford’s new Transit van will have a CNG engine option. The company will offer a 3.7-liter V6 with a compressed natural gas and liquid propane gas prep kit for customers who prefer to fill fuel tanks with much cheaper CNG.

In the new year the Malyasian city of Malacca will have a NGL powered train for its tourists and  commuters reports the New Strait Times. The tram will be capable of ferrying 120 passengers at any one time at a speed of 40 km per hour and would cover a distance of 40km while serving 11 of the 14 major tourist spots.

Courier services in Rome and other parts of Central Italy will soon be using natural gas vehicles. Irish Trucker notes TNT Express Italy has committed to purchasing 115 natural gas vehicles by 2013. The company expects to reduce its fuel costs by 40% by using natural gas in place of diesel.

Next-Gen Transportation News informs us that the first phase of a US natural gas highway is complete. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has met its goal of building 70 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling stations by the end of this year. This network of stations – called America’s Natural Gas Highway – is being developed in order to support long-haul Class 8 trucking on US interstate highways. The LNG fueling stations are located on heavily traveled long-haul trucking routes, such as from Los Angeles to Atlanta or Atlanta to Chicago. Clean energy plans to build another 70 to 80 LNG stations during 2013.


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