Swedish Taxi Operator to Purchase 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel

| Canada and Sweden

Volvo V70 bi-fuel 2016Sweden-based taxi operator Fågelviksgruppen (FVG) has signed an agreement covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis (fitted with Westport technology and fuel systems) including options to purchase up to 240 more, reports Westport Innovations Inc. together with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands Motor. Orders for the first 200 vehicles have been received for delivery beginning this year and completion planned for the end of February 2016. Read more »

First 400 Chery Bi-fuel CNG Taxis Arrive in Venezuela

| Venezuela, Caracas

Chery Orinoco taxis for Venezuela Aug2015The first 400 of a total 20,000 bi-fuel (CNG/gasoline) taxis has arrived in Venezuela from China. The order was placed with Chery International (Chery) and are intended by Venezuela’s Executive to renew the national public transport fleet via a Special Financing Program to Transport Units through the Public Bank.  Read more »

Trinidad OEM CNG Taxi Grants Now Available

| Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain
T&T Route2 maxi-taxi depot

Diesel-powered maxi-taxis will soon be replaced with cleaner CNG vehicles.

In May this year, NGC CNG Company Limited and the Association of Maxi Taxi of Trinidad & Tobago signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate a grant for the purchase of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) CNG maxi taxis. The “OEM CNG Maxi-Taxi Grant” is now officially available, to be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come first-served basis. Read more »

Landfill Gas Harvesting Provides First Biomethane for Taxis in Anshan, China

| Canada, Montreal and China, Shanghai
Anshan landfill methane capture

Anshan landfill methane capture

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a Canadian company providing gas purification and filtration solutions, has commenced operation of its first commercial landfill gas to CNG upgrading system in Anshan, Liaoning province in North Eastern China. The high quality product gas — biomethane — will be used to power compressed natural gas (CNG) taxis that operate in the City of Anshan. Read more »

Trinidad & Tobago Grants to Fund Replacing Diesel Maxi Taxis with CNG

| Trinidad & Tobago, Port of Spain
Mr Mohammed speaks at Maxi taxi fund launch T&T

Mr Mohammed discusses “Cheaper, Cleaner, Safer, Greener” CNG

The NGC CNG Company Limited and the Association of Maxi Taxi of Trinidad & Tobago have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate a grant for the purchase of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) CNG maxi taxis. Under the terms of the MOU, NGC CNG will provide a grant to each successful applicant, of TTD 45,000.00 (USD 7,100) for small diesel powered maxi-taxis or TTD 75,000 (USD 11,820) for large diesel powered maxis. Read more »

Balearic Government Incentivises CNG Vehicle Acquisitions

| Spain, Palma de Mallorca

The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Balearic Government has approved aid to the value of EUR 300,000 (USD 337k) to encourage operators of public transportation vehicles to switch to compressed natural gas (CNG) transport, as this fuel is more sustainable and 40% cheaper, according to a Ministry statement. Read more »

Cenex Forecasts Natural Gas/Biomethane Role for Public Transportation

Cenex, the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, has released the ‘Green Fleet Technology Study for Public Transport’ report, which points to natural gas as the mainstream fuel solution for cleaner public transport in the short to medium term. The aim of the study was to inform the multi-city Public Procurement of Innovation in Action Network (PPIA) of the main technological advances and future developments in transport which address the challenge of mitigating climate change.   Read more »

Emirates Transport Stimulates CNG Conversions

| UAE, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Transport CNG ConversionEmirates Transport (Emirates General Transport and Services Corporation), a government entity for organising and managing transport and maintenance services for the benefit of various federal and local government agencies and private sector institutions, is to conduct a series of Compressed Natural Gas conversion workshops. The training program is aimed at encouraging increased conversion of vehicles from diesel or petrol to natural gas in an effort to cut carbon emissions,

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EPM’s 50,000th CNG Customer Brings Colombia Close to 0.5 Million NGVs

| Colombia, Medellin
EPM 50,000 customer

John, taxi driver, receives recognition as EPM’s 50,000th CNG customer.

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), a public utilities company in Colombia’s second largest city, reached an important milestone this week in its commitment to sustainable mobility in the Aburrá Valley, attaining 50,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) customers. EPM began promoting natural gas fuel from 2002, and today has 60% of users in private cars and 40% in public service. Read more »

Colombian Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions Grow 17%

| Colombia, Bogota

Gas Natural Fenosa CNG Station, ColombiaIn Colombia, during the first half of 2014, there were a total of 9,691 conversions, which represents a growth of 17 %, compared to the 8,307 that were done on the same period the previous year. As of July this year, a record 482,312 conversions were accumulated in the country, of which 162,219 were in the capital city of Bogotá. Read more »