fuelFix offers a firsthand look at natural gas as transportation fuel. Truckers and service station operators at the World LNG Fuels 2013 conference in the US tell us about their experiences with compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG).

The Jerusalem Post says CNG offers a cheaper, cleaner fuel for vehicles.

From Ship & Bunker we learn that LNG is a more economical fuel for ships using US inland and coastal waterways. This finding comes from a recent study by Princeton Sovereign Maritime. The authors of the study expect we will soon see investment in infrastructure to transport and distribute LNG as well as to improve ship technology for the fuel’s use.

Unlike electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles are growing in the US without government subsidies writes the Unita County Herald.

The American state governors have announced they are going to make the use of natural gas a priority in 2013 says Platts. Last year 28 states increased the use of compressed natural gas vehicles in state government transportation fleets through a joint purchasing agreement with US and foreign auto makers.

Gulf Oil announced it will supply LNG to US trucking fleets says Fleet Owner. The oil company already has 34 LNG-fueled tractors to its own distribution fleet and plans to add more. The firm will now supply LNG to its fleet customers as well as assist them in all aspects of vehicle conversion, including vehicle selection, acquisition, fuel hedging, operations and regulatory requirements. CEO Joe Petrowski.said:

“Natural gas can provide significant cost benefits as a transportation fuel source, while burning cleaner and reducing dependence on foreign oil.  We believe the most effective way to increase market penetration for natural gas is for large, centrally fueled fleets that ‘self-supply’ to lock in the current spread between natural gas and diesel.”


In its Energy Outlook 2030 BP says natural gas is the fastest growing alternative to oil in the transportation sector and likely to overtake biofuels in transport by 2030. By that time natural gas (CNG and LNG) will have about 5% of the overall transportation fuel market globally.

Truckinginfo says nearly 1 million natural gas trucks and buses will be sold over the rest of this decade. This is the conclusion of Pike Research in a recent report. Pike estimates 930,000 medium- and heavy-duty natural gas-powered trucks and buses are expected to be sold worldwide by 2019. About 75% of all natural-gas trucks and buses are being sold in the Asia Pacific region. Trucks and buses will benefit the most from the lower prices for CNG and LNG as well as being able to reduce their green house gas emissions.

“Natural gas vehicles emit substantially lower levels of GHGs, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide than either gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks and buses,” says senior research analyst Dave Hurst. “What’s more, compared to diesel engines, natural gas provides a financial benefit. In most cases, the higher incremental cost of a natural gas vehicle is typically recovered, due to lower fuel costs, within two to seven years.”

The US state of West Virginia is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling corridor reports Energy & Capital. The corridor will consist of three CNG filling stations along Interstate 79, costing a total of $10 million. The stations should be operational by the end of this year. West Virginia’s Department of Highways will be the first to take advantage of the new stations. It has committed to purchasing 20 CNG vehicles capable of refueling at these stations. Several corporations have also indicated they will be using these stations for their fleets. In addition they will be available to the general public.

Dandy Mini Marts Inc. is starting to open CNG refueling stations in the US states of New York and Pennsylvania we learn from Next-Gen Transportation.




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