Fox Business discusses the pros and cons of natural gas vehicles. The biggest downside: the lack of a ubiquitous nationwide refueling infrastructure for regular passenger vehicles and the high cost of home refueling units.

LakeNews compares propane and natural gas as transportation fuels.

The Orange County Register tells us that as of January 1, 2013 single-occupant natural gas vehicles do not have to pay tolls when driving in High Occupancy Toll lanes on California highways.

NGV Global News reports that Norway’s Risavika Harbour will become Europe’s first port where ships can refuel with LNG (liquified natural gas) directly while simultaneously loading and unloading cargo or people and cars. Meanwhile the Belgium port of Zeebrugge is also becoming an LNG hub for ships according to the same source.

From Next-Gen Transportation we learn that school buses in the US state of Nebraska will be using propane autogas. The Omaha and Millard school systems have ordered 400 of these buses starting in the summer of 2013.

NGV Global News notes Russia’s Gazprom has created a new company to consolidate all of its natural gas vehicle interests. Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo will be responsible for all of the firm’s NGV production and sales in Russia. “The company will develop marketing programs to develop the CNG filling stations network as well as expand the range of customers that use natural gas vehicles and equipment, including in agriculture, river and rail transport sectors.”

The US city of San Diego is going with CNG (compressed natural gas) buses reports the same source. Over the next 5 years the city’s transit authority is purchasing 515 of these buses. By the end of the time, more than 95% of the city’s buses will run on CNG and the existing diesel buses will be put out of service.

Weld County in the US state of Colorado (located between Denver and the border with the state of Wyoming) now has 4 CNG stations we hear from the Denver Post. They are part of a planned alternative fuel corridor between Denver and Wyoming. Weld County is in the process of converting its own vehicle fleet to CNG and, in some cases, LNG (liquefied natural gas) for heavy-duty trucks so as to take advantage of cheaper natural gas transport fuel prices.

 

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1 Comment on Natural Gas Vehicle News

  1. Christian Miller says:

    Since the Oil Embargo of 1973, we have been jerked around by OPEC. It’s been humiliating to watch our last eight presidents embarrass themselves railing at OPEC, but failing to make any progress towards cutting the OPEC chain. Now with natural gas, we can cut that chain. And we should, just because we can. We can’t bring peace to the Middle East, but we can finally tell OPEC, “You keep your 4 million barrels a day. We will keep our 350 million dollars a day.” Whether you were a fan of President Ford or President Carter, it would be immensely satisfying to cut that OPEC chain. All we need is for 23% of our cars to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). And for national pride: Iran has 2.9 million cars (23% of its fleet) running on CNG. If Iran can do it, we can surely do it. Now.