Two North American companies — automaker FCA US LLC and brewer Anheuser-Busch — have been honoured with 2016 NGV Achievement Awards by NGVAmerica as part of the 2016 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California this week. The awards were presented by NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski as part of the 2016 Fleet Awards Dinner where hundreds of leaders of the clean transportation industry gathered from across the U.S.
“The presentation of the NGV Achievement Awards is an important opportunity to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our industry’s leaders,” said NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski. “The vision and dedication of these companies to clean transportation is helping to grow the NGV industry and further expand the use of clean-burning, domestic natural gas as a transportation fuel.”
FCA, the first to market a factory-built pickup truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), the bi-fuel Ram 2500, recently committed approximately $40 million to FCA Transport, FCA US-owned truck fleet, to convert 179 diesel-fueled parts-haulers to run on clean-burning natural gas at its Detroit Terminal. Annually, this new fleet will displace nearly 3.3 million gallons of diesel fuel and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.
Through their “Seed-To-Sip” sustainability initiative, Anheuser-Busch is committed to reducing the energy and emissions in both the brewing and transportation of their beers. In 2015, its flagship brewery in St. Louis replaced all 97 diesel-fueled tractors with new CNG-powered trucks, following the deployment of 66 CNG trucks in Houston the prior year. Combined, approximately 30 percent of Anheuser-Busch’s heavy-haul dedicated tractors now run on natural gas.
In their 24th year, the NGV Achievement Awards have a long history of recognizing individuals and companies who have brought innovation and leadership to advance clean-burning natural gas as a transportation fuel. NGVAmerica members submitted nominees and the winners were selected after a thorough review process.
Martin DiFiore, Head of FCA Transport, accepted the award for FCA US LLC. Larry Goemann, Regional Fleet Manager, accepted the award for Anheuser-Busch.