As momentum continues to build in the long-haul trucking segment in the USA, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has released Vol. IV of ROAD TO NATURAL GAS, an update of its growing portfolio of customers making the switch to natural gas as a transportation fuel or expanding their current fleets. This edition includes new agreements recently signed including Clean Energy’s first railroad fuel deal with GE Transportation to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its new initiative to test LNG locomotives.
“Considerable strides have recently been made to propel America further and faster down the road to natural gas,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy’s president and CEO. “The fourth edition of ROAD TO NATURAL GAS contains a listing of natural gas fuel agreements signed since the third edition was released on February 25, 2013. Key industry developments are also noted, such as UPS’ recent announcement that it will expand its LNG fleet with 700 additional tractors and build four LNG stations by the end of 2014.”
Clean Energy is a fuel partner of GE Transportation as the manufacturer of diesel-electric engines explores the opportunity to expand its offering to include LNG-powered locomotives. GE Transportation conducted a test using LNG in a converted dual-fuel locomotive on May 24 in Erie, PA. Clean Energy provided the fuel from its Pickens LNG Plant, fueling equipment and operational fueling consulting.
Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.50 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles.
(Source: Clean Energy)