Market Watch says that 10 propane autogas buses are leading to substantial cost savings for a county in the US state of North Carolina. Since February 10 Davidson County Transportation E450 vans (18-20 passenger light-transit vehicles) have been running on clean-burning autogas. 2 larger vans (22 passengers) are to be converted this summer. Autogas can be as much as $1.50 a gallon cheaper than gasoline.

energy digital asks: Is Natural Gas the Next Generation of Vehicle Fuel in America? The website discusses the future of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel with Mike Jones, product manager, General Motors Fleet and Commercial division.

Southwestern Energy geologists in the US state of Texas measured the costs savings from using CNG instead of gasoline. The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 2 groups of geologists traveled the 2700 miles from Texas to the California coast using CNG and comparing what it would have cost had they used gasoline.  The savings were about $300 for each group with CNG averaging $1.65 per gallon equivalent. Southwestern Energy has more than 100 CNG vehicles in its fleet and is adding 66 more this year.

The Canadian province of British Columbia is giving $62 million in incentives towards the purchase of natural gas vehicles by fleets of trucks, buses and ferries. Hybrid Cars posts that provincial utilities can spend an additional $12 million on compressed natural gas vehicle stations and $30.5 million on liquified natural gas stations. The program is in place until 2017. In addition, the Province is offering direct grants of up to $2,500 to individual purchasers of CNG vehicles.

The Vancouver Province advises us on things to consider before converting our vehicles to natural gas.

JALOPNIK wants to know why aren’t Americans driving natural gas vehicles like people in Iran, Pakistan and Argentina. The barriers for this author are lack of natural gas infrastructure – including pipelines – as well as environmental concerns from getting the gas out of the ground. The post also tells us what it is like to drive a bi-fuel converted Ford F-25o when it is in CNG mode.

The CantonRep tells us that the city of Canton, Ohio has 6 CNG buses and a public CNG fueling station. By the end of August, the regional transit authority expects that natural gas will power 23 of its 85 buses. By the end of 2013, it expects to have eight 40-foot buses, 10 35-foot buses and 32 smaller paratransit buses that will be CNG vehicles. The buses are expected to save hundreds of thousand of dollars a year in fuel costs.





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