smartplanet says there will be 35 million natural gas vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020. The number comes from a new study from Navigant Reseach. But to put things in perspective, NGVs and electric vehicles combined will only represent 5% of the entire global fleet of vehicles in 2020. See also NASDAQ, Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Set to Zoom.
Forbes also notes that natural gas will be playing a bigger role in the transportation sector. The International Energy Agency predicts natural gas will emerge as a “significant” transportation fuel, if and when infrastructure issues can be overcome. Natural gas is cheap compared to oil, it can reduce dependence on imports in a large number of countries, and it emits fewer greenhouse gases than petroleum. China will account for 30% of the increase in global natural gas demand between now and 2018, according to the IEA. Like others, Forbes thinks that trucking fleets will be the main drivers of natural gas as a transportation fuel. See also Quartz, An electric car hasn’t reached your garage, but a natural gas-fueled vehicle might.
DesignNews has a slideshow of the natural gas cars and light trucks now available in the US. (Click on the photo on the web page to start the slideshow).
the energy collective introduces us to the clean energy advantages of natural gas as a transportation fuel. In the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquified natural gas (LNG), it may reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14%-23% on a tank-to-wheel (TTW) basis. Alternatively, as renewable natural gas or biomethane (RNG), this number increases to 88%, according to research by the California Air Resources Board. RNG is made from a variety of organic waste sources including landfills, wastewater facilities, farms, dairies or other agricultural operations, food processing facilities, restaurant and residential food waste. as well as animal, bird, and human waste. The post notes that all three forms of natural gas fuel will be able to use the same natural gas infrastructure – pipelines, compressors, refueling stations, and engine technology. Some natural gas retailers have already started to offer RNG on its own or blended with CNG or LNG. Estimates by the American Gas Foundation suggest that RNG alone could displace upwards of 16% of total annual on-road diesel consumption in the US, or more than 6.4 billion gallons per year.
In a related post, E2B informs us of a new UK report that assesses the best fuels and technologies to reduced green house gas emissions by inter-city buses. The study, Preparing a low CO2 technology roadmap for buses, found that in the near term, out of all alternative fuel technologies, only CNG and RNG (biomethane) have the potential for mass market penetration. You can download the report at the bottom of the web page.
The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar expects natural gas to play a greater role in its transportation sector, says its Chairman of Energy and Renewable Energy Committee. ELEVEN notes that natural gas production is expected to increase by 70% and will be playing a greater role in the country’s economy.
NGTNews examines the 2013 Honda Civic CNG. Currently this is the only natural gas automobile available in North America offered by a major auto company.
Fleet Owner calculates the cost of owning a natural gas truck in the US. In the end, the decision to buy natural gas rather than diesel trucks is based on the price differential of the fuels and so far natural gas is winning that battle.
NGV Global News reports the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has ordered 265 heavy-duty CNG buses. The southern US city expects to have all buses delivered by the fourth quarter of 2013. The majority of Atlanta’s buses run on CNG.
Trillium CNG plans to build more than 100 CNG refueling stations in the US by 2016 according to NGTNews. While the stations will be open to the public, they will be designed to accommodate heavy-duty trucking fleets. You can see the location of these stations by state and city here.
More and more trucking fleets are continuing the trend to natural gas. Not only are they transitioning to CNG and LNG fleets, they are building the costly refueling infrastructure for their fleets. Natural gas fueling stations can cost upward of $1 million to $1.5 million per station compared with a few hundred thousand dollars for a petrol station. Here are some of the latest examples:
UK d0-it-yourself (DIY) and home improvement retailer B&Q has introduced a “greener” fleet with its dual fuel lorries powered by natural gas produced from waste according to ENERGYLIVE NEWS. 50 dual fuel lorries will be powered by biomethane, produced from organic matter such as household food waste and sewage. The company also plans to construct its own biomethane refueling station for its trucking fleet.
In the US, United Parcel Service (UPS) will purchase an additional 285 natural-gas powered trucks in 2014. HeraldNet says the purchases are in addition to a previously announced acquisition of 700 natural-gas trucks. David Abney, the company’s chief operating officer, sees liquefied and compressed natural gas as a “bridge fuel” over the next decade. UPS is also building nine more natural-gas filling stations. UPS currently has 112 long-distance LNG heavy-duty trucks on the road and 1,016 CNG-powered package cars.
3blmedia reported Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines. The natural gas tractors will be used by Penske’s full-service truck leasing and commercial truck rental customers at various locations across the US. By the end of this year Penske expects to have more than 200 natural gas tractors within its fleet.
The Motley Fool let us know that Proctor & Gamble is converting 20% of its leasing fleet to natural gas. These leased trucks are in addition to P&G’s own 22 natural gas vehicles.
North American truck rental company, Ryder System, has begun to take delivery of 39 light- and medium-duty CNG vehicles, The trucks are available for lease or rent from Ryder in California. Light- and medium-duty natural gas vehicles are ideal for metro/city delivery applications. Unlike the heavy-duty long distance trucks, lighter vehicles can access much of the existing retail CNG fueling infrastructure in urban areas.