UK Fuel Differential Freeze a Boost for NGV HGVs

| United Kingdom | Source: Gasrec and NGVN

The UK government has announced that the differential between fuel duty on diesel and alternative fuels has been extended to 2032, providing a major boost to an already surging natural gas industry. Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGVN), which lobbied for the extension, says adoption by HGV operators will help address high emissions from this sector. Read more »

CGA Renewable Gas Funding Proposal Receives Support

| Canada: Ottawa ON | Source: Canadian Gas Association

Canada - CGA Proposal Renewable Gas (cover clip)The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) last month said it received broad support from stakeholders encouraging the Government of Canada to endorse CGA’s federal policy proposal for a Renewable Gas Innovation Program. A persuasive element of the proposal relates to the immediate benefit derived from switching transportation to this clean fuel. Read more »

Equal Opportunity Sought for Light-Duty NGVs Under U.S. Rules

| USA: Washington DC, Bala Cynwyd PA and Mount Vernon OH | Source: NGVAmerica, VNG.Co and Ariel Corporation
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Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica), supported by industry trade bodies and separately lodged member statements, have submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to their proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. Read more »

Germany Suspends Federal Highway Toll for Natural Gas Trucks

| Germany and United Kingdom | Source: DVGW and CNH Industrial

Iveco Stralis NPThe German Bundestag last week amended federal highway toll law to exempt lorries powered by natural gas from tolls from 1 January 2019 for a period of two years. The change will help to address the country’s growing CO2 emissions from the transport sector, at the same time providing a stimulus for the natural gas vehicle sector. Read more »

Ariel & VNG Add Support to Call for Light Duty NGVs in US

| USA: Bala Cynwyd PA | Source: VNG.Co

Ariel at City-of-Columbus CNG West StationVNG.co LLC in coordination with Ariel Corporation last week presented testimony to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency at public hearings for The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. This action supports NGVAmerica’s call for expand incentives for NGVs in the light-duty sector. Read more »

NGVAmerica Calls for NGV Support at SAFE Vehicles Rule Hearing

| USA: Dearborn MI | Source: NGVAmerica

Logo-USA_NGVAmericaSeries Part of Federal CAFE Standards Mid-Term Review

Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) President Dan Gage represented the natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hearing (Sep. 26) on their proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. Read more »

California Ups Weight Limit for Natural Gas HDVs

| USA: Sacramento CA | Source: Government of California

The U.S. State of California last week passed legislation to modify existing state law that sets specified limits on the total gross weight imposed on the highway by a vehicle with any group of 2 or more consecutive axles. By doing so, the law removes the unintended economic restriction upon natural gas and other alt-fuel vehicles with fuel systems heavier than that used for conventional fuels. Read more »

Proposed U.S. Federal Fuel Efficiency Rules Suggests NGVs Part of Climate Change Solution

| USA: Washington DC

The recently-released proposed fuel efficiency requirements for light-duty vehicles by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggest that natural gas is an important part of the climate change battle. It reflects significant work by Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and other natural gas vehicle (NGV) advocates. Read more »

Raft of Legislation Pushes for NGV Parity in U.S.

| USA: Mount Vernon OH and Blue Bell PA

Ariel at City-of-Columbus CNG West StationIn the U.S., there has been enduring discontent within the natural gas vehicle industry about a legislative environment that delivers inequitable opportunity, often seen to favour newer alternative fuels over natural gas. That position is being addressed by new legislation, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe last week, which directs United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to incentivize natural gas vehicles (NGV). Industry stakeholders such as Ariel Corporation and VNG.co and the national natural gas vehicle association NGVAmerica have added their support by applauding the initiative. House bill (H.R. 6476) has also been introduced as a companion to the Senate bill (S.3226). Read more »