China Daily says the number of vehicles using natural gas as fuel will reach 2.1 million in the Asian country by 2015 and will continue to grow to 3.2 million by 2020. Dai Jiaquan, deputy director of the CNPC Economics and Technology Research Institute, notes:

“China has a huge potential for natural gas use in the transportation sector as the number of clean energy vehicles continues to grow.”

Israel has approved the use of natural gas in the transportation sector reports GLOBES. Said Minister of National Infrastructures, Silvan Shalom:   “When natural gas replaces gasoline and diesel, drivers will be able to save thousands of shekels a year, and benefit from cleaner, cheaper travel.” The directive is part of the Middle East country’s effort to encourage the construction of a CNG infrastructure for vehicles.

From The Daily we find:

–  there are now 632 public compressed natural gas refueling outlets in operation across the US, according to US Department of Energy

–  natural gas is expected to capture no more than 0.43 percent of the US market for light-duty vehicles by 2023; “light-duty vehicles” include passenger cars and most pickup trucks.

– natural gas vehicles are projected to capture up to 3.8 percent of the large truck market in the US, where a buyer can more quickly recover the higher vehicle cost through liquified natural gas fuel that costs about half as much as diesel.

Waste and recycling company, Republic Services, now operates over 1400 CNG refuse collection vehicles and 26 natural gas fueling stations across the US. Approximately 50% of all the vehicles the company purchased in 2013 are powered by CNG, according to Waste Management World.

Testa Produce Co., which operates in the US city of Chicago, has added 10 refrigeration trucks which run on CNG reports The Packer. The trucks replace Testa’s biodiesel fleet.

From the PIttsburgh Business Times we learn math and science professors at Robert Morris University are constructing a mathematical model to determine the best locations to build natural gas refueling stations. The profs are trying to answer the question: If you are only going to build 10 stations in a city, where are the optimum places to put them?

NGV Global News reports over the next year India will start to build a CNG Green Corridor between New Delhi and Mumbai. The 1400 km highway would run from Jhalandhar/Ludhiana to Bangalore. Once implemented, the increased availability of CNG refueling stations is expected to encourage significant adoption of natural gas vehicles for inland transportation. CNG outlets will be constructed at regular intervals along the highways and will benefit transportation in 8 states – Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana & Punjab. Currently, use of  CNG is confined to the municipal limits of major cities such as Delhi, Agra, Indore and Mumbai.

The same source says Europe is moving closer to a network of CNG and LNG refueling stations. The European Commission has welcomed the vote of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee to build alternative fuel stations, including compressed and liquefied natural gas stations, across Europe to break the oil dependency of transport. The proposal foresees a minimum coverage of refueling infrastructure for electricity, hydrogen and natural gas for road and sea transport, The network would have common standards to make it user friendly for vehicles/vessels in all European Union member countries.

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