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From sys-con we learn the world will have 418,889 natural gas vehicles by 2019. This is the forecast of research firm MarketsandMarkets and the data combines both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles. The report focuses on transportation markets in Asia-Oceania, Europe, America. The market for natural gas commercial vehicles is growing in many countries due to the combined effects of low-cost CNG and LNG and higher prices for diesel. The conversion options available in commercial vehicles make them an attractive option for reducing operating costs and overall cost of ownership. The low cost of conversion and prospect of significant emission reduction is expected to increase the penetration of natural gas worldwide. However, the key to continued growth in the natural gas commercial vehicle market will be environmental legislation and the development of ubiquitous refueling infrastructure.

Research firm TechNavi forecasts the global CNG vehicles market will grow at a CAGR of 7.7% over the period 2013-2018 according to PRNewswire. The European market will grow at a rate of 5.5% over the period.

The Ledcor Group of Companies has one of the largest natural gas trucking fleets in Canada has it as incorporated over two-hundred compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles into its fleet reports CNW. The CNG vehicles will be deployed throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ledcor also owns fifteen class eight liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks.

In the US, New York state grocery retailer Tops Friendly Markets is converting its entire trucking fleet to CNG we find from Next-Gen Transportation News. The 55 trucks will replace the company’s entire fleet of diesel trucks. Tops expects its annual fuel costs to be cut in half by this move.

autobloggreen informs us that Honda will continue to sell the natural gas Civic in the US in 2015. The CNG vehicle has a fuel economy rated at a gasoline gallon equivalent of 27 miles per gallon in the city/38 highway/31 combined. The acquisition of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect cargo vans is expected to lower the company’s annual fuel costs by about 30%.

Next-Gen Transportation News notes the Mercedes B-Class lineup now has a natural gas version. The B 200 Natural Gas Drive is  a duel-fuel car that runs on both natural gas an petrol. Fuel costs are expected to run 50% below those of a comparable petrol-powered car. The B 200 Natural Gas Drive can reach speeds of up to 200 km/hour and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hour in 9.1 seconds.

More than 20,000 cars will be converted to natural gas in the South American country of Peru this year according to NGV Global News.

Digital Journal tells us that in 2013 China had 3732 CNG refueling stations and 1844 LNG stations.

NGVAmerica has a natural gas station mapping tool for the US says environmental LEADER. The interactive NGVAmerica Station Analysis Map provides up to date information on natural gas stations (CNG and LNG) in that country including station locations, accessibility, and contact information. The tool also includes the vehicle ranges supported by the stations in 100-, 400- and 600-mile increments.

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