Order Book Opens in Germany for Audi A4 and A5 g-tron

| Germany, Ingolstadt

Audi’s order book is now open for the new A4 Avant g-tron and the new A5 Sportback g-tron–two sustainable alternatives in the midsize category. Both models are powered by a bivalent 2.0 TFSI engine developing 170 hp. Read more »

EC Approves Alternative-fuel Funding for Czech Republic

| Belgium, Brussels
Bonett CNG station at the Shell petrol station in Hodonin, Czech Rep.

Bonett CNG station at the Shell petrol station in Hodonin, Czech Rep.

The European Commission (EC) approved a measure this week that will see increased deployment of alternative-fuel vehicles in the Czech Republic. The EC has determined that Czech plans to support the creation of a network of refuelling for low emission vehicles to be in line with EU state aid rules.  Read more »

New Texas Bill Says Government Fleets Must Buy Alt-Fuel

| USA, Austin TX

In the U.S. State of Texas, the Texas Fuels bill recently passed through both the House (HB 1979) and Senate (SB 26). The legislation provides state grants for government entities with more than 15 vehicles to purchase vehicles that use natural gas. State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, co-sponsor of the bill, said that for the first time, Texas will commit to providing state grants for governmental entities to purchase vehicles that utilize the abundant natural gas widely found in the state. Read more »

UPS Raises Bar to 40% Alt-Fuel Fleet by 2025

| USA, Atlanta GA

Fueling UPS CNG TractorGlobal logistics provider UPS, already operating a massive fleet of alternative fuel vehicles, has set aggressive new sustainability goals to add yet more alt-fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. The goals are outlined in the company’s 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report. Read more »

France’s ID Logistics Receives First Bio-CNG Trucks

| France, Cavaillon

ID Logistics Bio-CNG Iveco Trucks At the Forum des Solutions Ecoresponsables – Logistique Froid Innovation, an event held this week in Essone devoted to ecofriendly initiatives for innovation in the cold chain, IVECO formally handed over the keys to ID Logistics’ first two trucks running on Bio-CNG. Bio-CNG is a compressed natural gas derived from fermenting biomass, which sets it apart from extractive fossil fuels. Read more »

Republic Services Cuts GHGs with Renewable Natural Gas

| USA, Phoenix AZ

RNG Emissions reduction Chart by Coalition for RNGRepublic Services, an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste, will increase its usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. According to the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, RNG has the lowest carbon intensity of all commercially available transportation fuels. Read more »

Audi Achieves Best Ever Endurance Test for A3 g-tron

| Germany, Ingolstadt

Audi A3 Sportback g-tronThe Audi A3 Sportback g-tron with compressed natural gas (CNG) drive was awarded the first-ever rating of 1+ by the automotive publication Auto Bild after completing 100,000 kilometers of endurance testing. Audi says this ranking confirms the quality of the climate-friendly g-tron technology, which was introduced in 2013. Read more »

Kenworth Explores Hybrid-Electric Trucking with CWI ISL G Near Zero Engine

| USA, Kirkland WA

Kenworth_T680 day-cab hybrid-electric-CNG prototype illustration 2017 Kenworth Truck Company is developing a prototype series hybrid-electric T680 day cab designed to produce near-zero-emissions. The truck will use the currently available Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx engine fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) to generate electrical power. Initial track and road testing is expected to start in the fourth quarter. Four more hybrid day cab prototypes will follow in 2018. Read more »

Volkswagen Introduces 1.0 TGI CNG Engine for Polo

| Germany and Austria

VW 1.0 TGI CNG EngineA key pillar of Volkswagen’s drive system strategy is compressed natural gas (CNG) propulsion technology which the company says it is using to shape the transition to sustainable mobility. Signalling its impetus, the German auto manufacturer is presenting an innovative, compact three-cylinder TGI engine for natural gas propulsion for the VW Polo at the 38th Vienna Motor Symposium this week. Read more »

Cleaner and Economic Outcomes for California using RNG for HDVs, Study Shows

| USA, Long Beach CA

California Study 2017 coverA California-generated new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG) could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ examines the economic potential of fueling heavy-duty trucks with renewable natural gas produced in California, instead of being powered by petroleum-based diesel. Read more »