Red Dot Award 2018 for New SEAT Arona

| Spain: Martorell

SEAT Arona Red Dot Award Product Design 2018The new SEAT Arona, for which the Spanish auto manufacturer has flagged a CNG version by year end, has been singled out as Best Product Design 2018 by the prestigious Red Dot Award design competition. This recognition “highlights the fresh, dynamic and robust design offered by the SEAT Arona”. Read more »

Delhi’s Air Pollution Compels Early Intro of Bharat Stage VI Fuel

| India, Delhi

India - city pollution“BS-VI fuel will bring down sulphur level by 80 percent from current BSIV levels.” — Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister

India has decided to proactively advance the roll-out of BS-VI fuel in Delhi from April 2018, instead of April 2020 after taking stock of the alarming pollution situation in Delhi each winter. Given CNG already meets that requirement, there is likely to be a strong impetus for acquiring natural gas vehicles. Read more »

CNG Forklift a First for UAE

| United Arab Emirates: Dubai

CNG Forklift Emirates TransportEmirates Transport (ET), a UAE government entity for organising and managing transport and maintenance services, has launched the first compressed natural gas (CNG) operated forklift in the UAE. The move comes within the Corporation’s efforts to develop its business investments in line with the country’s green development aspirations. Read more »

Texas Funds More Diesel to Natural Gas HD Vehicle Upgrades

| Texas: Austin
Texas CNG HD Vehicles - image NGV Texas 2017

Image courtesy of NGV Texas Inc.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has continued its support for the State’s natural gas fuel for transportation industry by offering another round of grants, this time totalling USD 15.474 million. Successful applicants will repower or replace heavy-duty diesel or gasoline powered vehicles with natural gas engines, or new natural gas vehicles. Read more »

Gazprom Learns from Italian NGV Stakeholders

| Italy: Turin

Italy_NGV Italy and IVECO meet with Gazprom Apr2018 TurinEarly in April, a meeting between Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Pierre Lahutte, Brand President of Iveco, and Mariarosa Baroni, President of NGV Italy, took place in Turin to discuss the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) market. Extensive attention was paid to the potential of cooperative efforts in expanding the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Read more »

LNG-Fuelled Vehicles Welcomed in Jamaica

| Jamaica: Kingston

Jamaica - IGL LNG truck with Minister WheatleyIGL Limited is the first company in Jamaica to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its vehicles. The move is expected to reduce harmful emissions and save on fuel costs for the company, which is a leading distributor of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and the primary manufacturer and distributor of industrial and medical gases. Jamaica’s Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has commended IGL for its innovation. Read more »

Big Blue Bus to Upgrade Fleet with Near-Zero NG Engines

| USA: Santa Monica CA

Big Blue Bus CNGBig Blue Bus (BBB), serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area, has planned a new phase of fleet upgrades, which include further reduction of vehicle emissions. Buses will be equipped with Cummins-Westport Near-Zero engines and fueled by Renewable Natural Gas, to further reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) vehicle emissions over 90% by December 2018. Read more »

Baleària Launches ‘Hypatia de Alejandría’ – a Mediterranean First for LNG

| Spain: Dénia

Balearia LNG ferry launch HypatiaThe shipping company Baleària has launched the Hypatia de Alejandría, the first of the two ferries with generators powered by natural gas that will operate in the Mediterranean and that are being built in the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini. This first ferry is scheduled to operate in the Balearic Islands in early 2019. Read more »

Construction of Matson’s 2nd LNG-Ready Containership Commences

| USA: San Diego CA

General Dynamics NASSCO has started construction on the second ship in a two-ship series of Kanaloa-class containerships for Matson Navigation Company, Inc. Incorporating liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable main and auxiliary engines, these vessels are to service Hawaii trade. Read more »

LNG-fuelled ‘Fure Vinga’ Joins Furetank Fleet

| Sweden: Donsö

Fure Vinga (1)Swedish shipping company Furetank Rederi AB as taken delivery of its latest vessel, Fure Vinga, the first in a series of six 17.999 DWT product tankers with LNG operation. Following successful sea trials, the vessel has this week been transferred to Furetank and started its trip from the shipyard of Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding in China, sailing to Europe. Read more »