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 »

Delhi Government Defines Approved Fuels for a Cleaner City

| India: New Delhi

India’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the much awaited notification of the ‘List of approved fuels permissible for use within the borders of the NCT of Delhi’, issued by the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi at the end of last month. The notification mandates use of cleaner fuels and bars all toxic and polluting fuels from being used in the city. Read more »

EU Adopts HDV CO2 Emissions Regulation with Room for Improvement

| Europe: Brussels

HDGAS imageThe first ever EU legislation on CO2 emissions of new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) registered in the EU, formally adopted Jun 25, requires emissions for Categories N2 and N3 and certain other vehicle types to be monitored and reported from 1 January 2019. The VECTO tool is adopted as the measurement tool but does it go far enough? Read more »

Associations Argue Affordable Solutions Essential on Path to Lower Emissions

| Belgium: Brussels

Logo-GasNaturallyRepresenting major gas associations in Europe, GasNaturally calls on European Parliament committees to factor in the benefits of gas in transport when voting on the CO2 targets for cars proposal in July and September. It argues for technology neutrality, a term often used by the EC but not, platform members as in transport is a mature and available technology, and it is a cost-efficient solution to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Read more »

Natural Gas for Trucks Promoted by German Transport Ministry

| Germany: Berlin
Iveco Stralis NP at Ulm LNG Station by Liqvis

First LNG Station in Germany (Ulm, 2016)

Germany’s Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer earlier this month presented funding guidelines for subsidies for energy-efficient, low-carbon trucks using Compressed (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Transport companies are now awaiting notice about commencement from the Federal Office for Freight Transport (BAG) as fund manager, expected mid-July. Strong interest is anticipated. Read more »

Regulatory Barriers to Hydrogen Infrastructure to be Assessed in USA

| USA: Washington DC

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced increased collaboration with stakeholders to reduce regulatory barriers on the development of hydrogen infrastructure. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons announced a new  Request for Information (RFI) to foster this united effort with industry. Read more »