The Canadian province of Quebec is subsidizing the cost of natural gas trucks.  According to Truck News the province  has announced a rebate program that will subsidize 30% of the cost premium of natural gas trucks. The rebate will cover 30% of up to $75,000 of the additional cost natural gas adds to the price of a vehicle. See also NGV Global News, New Quebec NGV Incentive Aimed at Freight Transportation Industry.

NGV Global News reports the South American country of Columbia is introducing a program to double the number of CNG vehicles on the road. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is about 40% cheaper than gasoline in that country.

The Vancouver Sun writes about how more and more trucking fleets in North America are turning to natural gas to cut fuel expenses.

“Fuel is more than 80 per cent of the operating cost, sometimes 90,” Jim Arthurs, President of  Cummins Westport said.

On average, a truck might run more than 1.2 million km throughout its lifetime and use 160,000 gallons of diesel fuel. If savings are $1.50 a gallon – an amount that varies, Arthurs notes – fuel savings can be in the $200,000 to $240,000 range for engines where gas is injected under high pressure.

Conventional gas engines have slightly lower fuel economy, but savings could still be in the $160,000 to $200,000 range,

From NGV Global News we learn the Polish cities of Warsaw and Olsztyn are getting natural gas-powered buses. The municipal transport company of Warsaw, Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe (MZA), has decided to add 35 articulated liquefied natural gas (LNG) buses to its vehicle fleet. Last month 11 LNG city buses started operating in Olsztyn.

The city bus operator in the Chinese city of Xuzhou has ordered 134 natural gas buses to be on the roads by December. 85 buses will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 49 will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) reports NGV Global News.

The US state of Pennsylvania has awarded more than $3 million in grants to encourage the switch to compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), or propane for medium to light-weight fleet vehicles. NGV Global News says the grants to 33 companies, counties and organizations will help pay for the conversion or purchase of 351 natural gas vehicles.

The UK branch of Deutsche Post DHL has introduced 63 new dual-fuel trucks that run on either diesel or natural gas.

This week we heard of several more US firms that are putting natural gas trucks on the road.  These include a New York city beer distributor, a rendering company in the state of Virginia, a waste and recycling company operating in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, a logistics and transportation firm operating in the state of Texas, a ready-mix concrete firm that operates in the states of Illinois and Indiana, and an operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling stations. We also learned about a waste collection firm in Paris, France that has ordered 24 CNG powered trucks.

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