Torque News says that the commercial vehicle shift to compressed natural gas (CNG) is starting a mini-boom in North America.  “Most major truck manufacturers such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Mack Trucks and others are utilizing engines that run on CNG in many of their models. These engines are providing safer, cleaner and lower-cost fuel needs while keeping performance standards. Major truck stops and fuel stops are incorporating natural gas into their fuel islands for the increasing number of vehicles using it and fleet vehicles in the light-, medium- and heavy-duty categories using natural gas are growing in numbers at a very high rate.” The Globe and Mail continues this theme in The natural gas highway: A wide open road of opportunity.

West Virgina Metro News tells us about educational workshops taking place to educate trucking and commerical vehicle fleet owners on the benefits of CNG for transportation.

Natural gas for transportation is not just a topic in North America.  This past week the benefits of CNG were discussed in the UK parliament says NGV Global News. CNG Services Ltd gave a presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas on how CNG for can reduce oil dependence in UK heavy goods transport while delivering a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Michigan Live talks about the economics of owing a Honda Civic CNG car.  In this case it is similar to purchasing a hybrid.  You spend several thousand dollars more for the vehicle to save up to $1000 a year in gas.  You and your driving experience will have to determine when, or if, there will be a pay back period.

Green Car Reports tells us ways to find places where we can refuel our CNG vehicle.

NGV Global News says that CNG-Powered Street Sweepers Save Millions of Rubles in Russia while Recycling Today notes that a recycling company in Chesapeake, Virgina has added 5 CNG trucks to its fleet.

Texas company, Green Energy Oilfield Services, announced that it will be running its fleet of 60 trucks on liquified natural gas (LNG). The fuel will be supplied by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. which has a 10-year agreement to build, supply, and maintain a new LNG fueling station at Green Energy headquarters in Fairfield, Texas. The trucks are anticipated to use approximately 1.2 million gallons of LNG annually.

This week we learned that CNG fueling stations are to be built in Canal Winchester, Ohio and Catalonia, Spain while a bi-methane station (mixture of diesel and natural gas) will be built in Scunthorpe, UK.

 

 

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