News Archive - September 2011
Hertz On Demand adds first NGVs to its service
September 28, 2011 - The car sharing services corporation has recently announced the expansion of Hertz On Demand University program to Oklahoma State University (OSU) with the launching of an all-CNG fleet. Initially, Hertz On Demand will offer students, faculty, staff and the neighbouring community access to two Honda Civic GX sedans, with eventual plans to expand. "Personal use of natural gas vehicles is rapidly growing and Hertz is in a unique position to introduce this technology to the next generation of drivers," said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and CEO, The Hertz Corporation. "From energy-efficient vehicles to those that use alternative fuel sources, we are committed to providing a full spectrum of vehicle options across our fleet and with CNG units we are able to do that.'
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Flex-to-Green simplifies adding alternative fuel vehicles to truck fleets
September 26, 2011 - Ryder System Inc (NYSE: R) has launched its new Flex-to-Green lease offering, making it easier for private fleet operators to jump-start their sustainability programs with the option of incorporating alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets. The company’s alternative fuel fleet includes compressed and liquid natural gas vehicles offered in select markets, as well as hybrid vehicles available in most US markets. Ryder currently supports natural gas vehicles in Southern California and Arizona. As the firm’s capabilities and infrastructure to support natural gas vehicles are expanded, the Flex-to-Green lease option will be offered in those new markets. “Ryder is committed to making it as easy as possible for customers to implement sustainable transportation solutions,” said Robert Sanchez, president of global fleet management solutions for Ryder.
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Ohio to explore natural gas use in state vehicles
September 22, 2011 - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) wants the state to explore using compressed natural gas in its fleet of cars, snowplows and other government-owned vehicles. The first-term Republican says he's also reaching out to governors in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana to see whether they would be interested in combining on a plan. Ohio has more than 12,000 vehicles in its fleet. Kasich says costs associated with the switch could be cut if there's a larger fleet making the move to the alternative fuel. Kasich told reporters Thursday he's discussed the idea with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who he says was open to it.
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Green Fleet Briefing: Pacer, Peterbilt, Golden Eagle, Toyota Prius
September 20, 2011 - Pacer International is adding 300 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to its Southern California fleet. The trucks will operate through Pacer’s cartage subsidiary, Pacer Cartage, Inc, Fleet Owner reports. The website says that LNG-powered trucks are estimated to produce 33% less nitrogen oxides and 20% less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel-fueled trucks. Meanwhile, Peterbilt Motors says that its Model 386 liquefied natural gas truck is the first alternative fueled vehicle to be certified by the EPA’s SmartWay program, Fleet Owner reports.
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Commercial Fleets Will Power Natural Gas Vehicle Market through 2016, According to Pike Research
September 14, 2011 - There are currently about 12.6 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in use worldwide, and sales of NGVs vary widely from region to region and country to country. The majority of NGVs are located in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, particularly in countries like Pakistan and Iran that lack extensive gasoline refining capacity. In North America, due largely to a lack of convenient refueling stations, demand for NGVs is largely relegated to the fleet market. Worldwide sales of natural gas vehicles are expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, to 3.2 million units annually by 2016 from 1.9 million in 2010, according to a recent report from Pike Research. The consumer market will continue to lag growth in commercial fleets, however: three-quarters of the new growth between 2010 and 2016 will come in corporate and government sales. As a portion of the worldwide total, the percentage of commercial NGVs will rise from 59% to 65% in that period, according to senior analyst Dave Hurst.
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Natural Gas for Trucking Building Momentum
September 12, 2011 - Sales of trucks powered by natural gas will grow faster than the rest of the North American Market over the next several years, according to Frost & Sullivan, an industry analysis firm. A new report predicts that North American sales of Class 6-8 LNG and CNG vehicles will rise to nearly 30,000 by 2017. That's up from just 1,950 last year, slightly less than 1% of North American sales. The researchers estimated that the total truck market will grow from 226,400 vehicles last year to 371,700 in 2017, and by that point nearly 8% of sales will be powered by some form of natural gas. One of the stumbling blocks to fleets using natural gas is the higher up-front cost. The Frost & Sullivan report said while a basic Class 8 diesel tractor costs $100,000 to $150,000, but natural gas engines add $28,000 to $72,500, depending on the type of natural gas ignition technology used.
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Shell Moving To Advance LNG As A Transport Fuel >RDSA
September 7, 2011 - Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) is moving aggressively to expand the use of liquified natural gas as a fuel, starting with plans to make LNG available to some heavy-duty fleet customers in Alberta, Canada's energy hub, starting next year. The oil giant's Canadian unit is pursuing engineering and regulatory permits to produce LNG by 2013 at its Jumping Pound gas-processing facility in the foothills of Alberta. The investment, which is subject to regulatory approval, will be the first investment of its kind globally for Shell and will include production facilities and downstream infrastructure. Before then, LNG will be supplied to select Shell Flying J truck stops in the province under third-party supply agreements. Shell noted that natural gas for larger-fleet vehicles delivers reduced emissions and offers a cost-competitive alternative to other fuels. It said its "worldwide LNG leadership" puts it "in a unique position to grow LNG in key markets."
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United States: Staples will introduce ten CNG trucks in Southern California
September 7, 2011 - “Improving the efficiency of our transportation fleet is an important part of our strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy conservation in our operations,” stated Mark Day, senior manager of carrier management at Staples. “Leveraging the environmental and cost-saving benefits of natural gas vehicles is one example of the kind of sustainable choices that we are making to reduce our operational impacts. We believe that by partnering with Ryder in this type of initiative, we can do our part to help protect the environment and save money at the same time.” The ten CNG heavy-duty tractors will be used to transport inventory to Staples stores in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire, and will be serviced out of Ryder’s network of natural gas compliant maintenance facilities in Southern California.
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Trading Oil for Natural Gas in the Truck Lane
September 2, 2011 - Worldwide, natural gas vehicles make up a tiny sliver of the auto pie, accounting for just under one percent of all vehicles, according to 2010 data published by the trade association NGV Global. But in some parts of the world they're gaining popularity. AT&T announced last month that natural gas vehicles in its fleet now number 3,000, out of a total of more than 73,500 vehicles. By 2013, the company plans to increase the number of natural gas vehicles to 8,000. And AT&T isn't alone. Between 2010 and 2016, the market research firm Pike Research predicts, global natural gas vehicle sales will grow by more than 9 percent year over year. Even some of the largest trucks on the road, such as long-haul UPS trucks, have been built to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), rather than expensive diesel. And according to Rich Kolodziej, president of the trade association Natural Gas Vehicles for America, a number of companies are close to certifying conversion systems that would power big rigs using about half natural gas and half diesel fuel.click here >
Integrys enters natural gas refueling business
September 1, 2011 - Integrys Energy Group Inc., the Chicago-based parent of regulated utility Wisconsin Public Service Corp. in Green Bay, said Thursday that it is expanding into the compressed natural gas fueling market with the acquisition of two businesses. The deals prep Integrys to provide fueling services for natural gas-fueled vehicles. Integrys Energy's chairman, president and CEO Charlie Schrock said the decision to enter the business is being driven by customer needs. The business also complements the energy company's existing regulated and nonregulated natural gas and electricity services, he said. click here >