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 »

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 »

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 »

Alt-Fuel HD Vehicle Purchase Incentives Extended in Québec

| Canada, Montreal QC

As part of its 2030 Energy policy, the Government of Québec has made it a priority to establish the province as a North American leader in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The newly released budget for 2017 enhances and extends the financial incentives to encourage the freight transportation sector to turn to vehicles with a low carbon footprint, using the existing Écocamionnage program. Read more »

Audi A5 Sportback g-tron Showcased at Geneva Motor Show

| Germany, Ingolstadt

Audi A5 Sportback G-tronFollowing the A3 Sportback g-tron and the A4 Avant g-tron, the Audi A5 Sportback g-tron is the brand’s third model that can run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). It is powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine with 125 kW (170 hp) of power output and 270 Nm of torque. The new Audi, yet to enter production, has been showcased at the 87th International Motor Show which started this week in Geneva. Read more »

Collaborators Focus on Promoting Natural Gas Vehicles and Fuel in Europe

| France, La Défense
gnv-je-roule-au-gaz-naturel (ENGIE)

(Image: ENGIE)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE have agreed to collaborate on the promotion of natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe, with a particular focus on certain countries and regions. The initiative will unfold first in the Wallonia region of Belgium. The collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 – Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures) and is part of a wider set of initiatives to promote sustainable mobility. Read more »

Viking Grace to become First LNG/wind Electric Propulsion Hybrid Ship

| Finland, Helsinki
Viking Grace 2017 with Norseposwer rotor sail solution (closeup)

Illustration of Viking Grace with one 24×4 Norsepower Rotor Sail

Finnish company Norsepower Oy Ltd., a provider of low maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, says it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry. The ferry commenced dual-fuel operations for Viking in January 2013. Read more »

United States Identifies Alt-fuel Corridors

| USA, Washington DC

Alt-fuels c orridorThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has named 55 routes, totalling 85,000 miles, that will serve as the basis for a national network of alternative fuel corridors spanning 35 states. Natural gas fuel routes for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be added or expanded as additional fueling stations are built. Read more »

BRC Funded to Build Four Biomethane Filling Stations in Sweden’s West

| Sweden, Trollhättan

Residents in Sweden’s Västra Götaland localities of Mellerud, Strömstad, Bengtsfors and Åmål will have the option to refuel with biomethane (renewable natural gas) by spring of 2018, reports BRC Sweden which has been allocated nearly SEK 8.9 million (approx. USD 1 million) to support the company’s investment in building four biogas filling stations. Read more »