UK Fuel Differential Freeze a Boost for NGV HGVs

| United Kingdom | Source: Gasrec and NGVN

The UK government has announced that the differential between fuel duty on diesel and alternative fuels has been extended to 2032, providing a major boost to an already surging natural gas industry. Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGVN), which lobbied for the extension, says adoption by HGV operators will help address high emissions from this sector. Read more »

Equal Opportunity Sought for Light-Duty NGVs Under U.S. Rules

| USA: Washington DC, Bala Cynwyd PA and Mount Vernon OH | Source: NGVAmerica, VNG.Co and Ariel Corporation
SoCalGas Light-duty NGV

(Image: SoCalGas)

Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica), supported by industry trade bodies and separately lodged member statements, have submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to their proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. Read more »

Germany Suspends Federal Highway Toll for Natural Gas Trucks

| Germany and United Kingdom | Source: DVGW and CNH Industrial

Iveco Stralis NPThe German Bundestag last week amended federal highway toll law to exempt lorries powered by natural gas from tolls from 1 January 2019 for a period of two years. The change will help to address the country’s growing CO2 emissions from the transport sector, at the same time providing a stimulus for the natural gas vehicle sector. Read more »

Trial a 12-Liter Near Zero Natural Gas Truck with SoCalGas

| USA: Los Angeles | Source: SoCalGas

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, has launched a SoCalGas Truck Loan Program – a“try before you buy” service. The program allows qualified fleet owners the opportunity to try out the latest in heavy-duty natural gas truck technology by test driving a 12-Liter near-zero truck. 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 »

Port of Amsterdam Doubles Incentive for LNG Fueled Vessels

| The Netherlands: Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam LNG bunkeringFor some years Port of Amsterdam has been giving discounts on port dues to vessels listed in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) that have attained an ESI score of 20 points or higher. As of 1 August, this incentive will be doubled for vessels that are in the possession of an ESI certificate and use LNG for their main engine or auxiliary engine. The Port aims to have a bunker pontoon for LNG in place by the end of 2018. 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 »

Clean Energy Equalizes Natural Gas Truck Prices with ‘Zero Now Financing’

| USA: Newport Beach CA

Freightliner Trucks are optioned with the CWI ISX12N natural gas engine.

The major natural and renewable gas supplier for North American transportation, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., has introduced Zero Now Financing to level the playing field for purchasers of a new natural gas heavy-duty truck equipped with the cleanest engine in the world. Read more »

NGVAmerica Calls All US Fleets: Start your Natural Gas Engines with Volkswagen Settlement Funding! 

| USA: Washington DC

Logo-USA_NGVAmericaNGVAmerica provides all states of the USA support to access funding made available through the United States v. Volkswagen Group of America et al. As of today, 19 states have final plans; 16 additional states have draft plans.  Several states have already opened applications for VW grant programs using the $2.9 billion in available resources. Also, given the upward movement of conventional fuel prices, there is additional inventive to choose natural gas solutions for transportation right now. Read more »

GAIL and Uber Partner to Roll Out CNG Initiative in India

| India: New Delhi

GAIL signs with Uber for CNG promotion GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of GAIL (India) Limited, the pioneers of City Gas Distribution in India and Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, have entered into a strategic partnership to promote the usage of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) across various cities in India. In the first leg, the initiative is being rolled out in Bengaluru in the country’s south and will subsequently be extended in other cities. Read more »