So Is There a CNG Station Near Me?

With all the interest generated by the Powerstroke CNG conversion project, some are wondering how and where they can buy compressed natural gas. Is there a CNG station near you?

Maybe. CNG Now! has an excellent site that shows you where every publicly available CNG fast fill station is in the whole United States.  There’s also an iPhone app and an Android app.

The Department of Energy also maintains a page with a list of both public and private stations, as well as those that are in the planning stage.

If not, you still have options. Home, business, or farm-based compression means that the investment in a CNG conversion will take a bit more time to pay for itself, but it still makes financial sense for a lot of individuals, businesses, and farms. The gas from one of these small compressors usually costs around half of the price of CNG at a public access station, and the slower fill times mean a more complete fill every time. C&E Clean Energy Solutions can help you decide if a small compressor makes financial sense for you. Contact them today.

CNG and LNG vehicles see increased demand in U.S. and Canada

A recently completed analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Market found that while there are cost and infrastructure challenges to the broader use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles, demand for natural gas vehicles has increased.

Using 2009 numbers, it was found that the amount of natural gas demanded for transportation use is 3.2 billion cubic feet, the equivalent of 27.7 million gallons of gasoline.

The analysis, conducted by TIAX, LLC, is a thorough and independent assessment of the key technical, economic, regulatory, social, and political factors and challenges that shape the market for natural gas vehicles. This week, the first portions of TIAX’s analysis addressing CNG and LNG Infrastructure were released and can be found on ANGA’s website.

The report sections on CNG and LNG infrastructure are the most comprehensive and technical assessments about the current state of CNG and LNG transportation. In these sections, TIAX confronts the “chicken and the egg” conversations about natural gas vehicles; namely, do we need more natural gas vehicles to spur infrastructure development or do we need more infrastructure to be developed so that more natural gas vehicles can be put to use?

Read more here.

NASCAR race adds first CNG pace car

Atmos Energy’s 2012 Honda Civic will be leading a group of professional racers who are vying to become the next NASCAR “All-Star” this Saturday, May 5, at the grand opening of the Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex, Louisiana. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity to drive the first natural gas-powered pace car in a Nascar race,” said Atmos Energy service technician turned pace-car driver Greg Martin.

Dozens of racers will follow Martin and his CNG vehicle during the Bumper to Bumper Pro Late Model Series at Revolution Park. “More than 5,000 people are expected to attend this weekend’s race and will be watching our NGV circle the track,” added Martin. “That’s a lot of attention on a car that is becoming the cleanest vehicle of the future.” Continue reading

Venchurs Launches CNG Ford Truck Demo Fleet

Less than two months after debuting its latest CNG and Bi-Fuel pickup programs at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS) has launched a new nationwide demo fleet program where work truck fleet managers and buyers can put the new technology to the test. Fleets that are interested in adding CNG Ford F-250s or F-350s to their workforce will have the opportunity to apply for Venchurs’ short term loaner program. Of all the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVMs), Venchurs is proud to offer the largest demo program.

“The benefits of CNG are immense, and integrating alternative energy vehicles into a fleet is a big decision,” says Terry Karges, VP of Sales and Marketing for VVS. “We believe that our system is so seamless, and the cost/benefit is so positive, that most fleet operators will make the switch after trying one of these trucks – so we’re putting them on the road.”

Compressed natural gas has been making headlines lately thanks to lower fuel and maintenance costs, extended vehicle service life, reduced emissions, a higher safety rating and the ability to stem dependency on foreign oil. The Bi-Fuel system allows for seamless “on-the-fly” switching between CNG and gasoline, offering a total fuel range of up to 650 miles. The VVS system also eliminates concerns about power, as its technology results in nearly zero reduction in power or towing/hauling capacity – thanks to superior computer management and Ford’s latest direct-injection technology. Continue reading

Sunny Delight to cut 400,000 gallons of diesel by use of CNG

Sunny Delight Beverages has put into service a fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles for distribution in southern California, in markets including Los Angeles, Mira Loma, Carson and Riverside.

The move is expected to cut about 400,000 gallons of diesel fuel in 2012, and to cut well-to-wheel greenhouse gas by 23 percent versus diesel-powered engines.

Transportation management and logistics provider Transplace said that it executed a transportation plan that focused on keeping costs down for the beverage manufacturer. The companies have a five-year arrangement. Transplace manages the carriers and the fueling options within the network, and Glacier Transportation deployed the fleet.
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Governors from 13 states promote natural gas vehicles

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other governors have sent a letter to the chief executives of 19 auto companies urging them to develop and manufacture vehicles that run on natural gas.

Hickenlooper said he and governors in 12 other states are interested in boosting the number of natural-gas vehicles in their state fleets as an incentive to the auto manufacturers.

To that end, Hickenlooper announced that the Governor’s Energy Office will work with the Colorado Municipal League to encourage Colorado municipalities to participate in a multi-state agreement he and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed in November to increase natural gas vehicles in their fleets.

The municipal league will work with the Governor’s Energy Office on behalf of the municipalities interested in adding vehicles to their fleets.Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other governors have sent a letter to the chief executives of 19 auto companies urging them to develop and manufacture vehicles that run on natural gas.

Read more at The Denver Post.

Texas Railroad Commission makes NGV grants available

BAF Technologies, a company that converts vehicles to run on natural gas, has made its customers aware of a grant from the Texas Railroad Commission to convert vehicles to CNG. The TRC also has a helpful spreadsheet for calculating savings. You can download it here. From the BAF Technologies web site:

On Friday, the Texas Railroad Commissioners announced that the Commission has about $700,000 available in grants to help public fleets, such as those operated by school districts, cities and counties, purchase new, ultra-low-emission natural gas vehicles. The grant funding, which the Commission originally received to use for propane-fueled vehicles, has now been expanded to NGVs and can be used to offset some or all of the incremental costs of a natural gas fuel system on a new or retrofitted vehicle. Matching funds for the purchase of the vehicles must come from non-federal sources. Public fleets statewide are eligible to apply for these grants regardless of the fleet location¹s air-quality classification. Continue reading

Ford’s Push for CNG Cars

The head of Ford Motor Co. (F) said the auto industry is focused on expanding the use of engines powered by compressed natural gas, creating a potential clash with the U.S. chemical sector.

Alan Mulally, chief executive, outlined the alternative fuel technologies being pursued by Ford during a town hall meeting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., late Wednesday, having earlier in the week flagged the high cost of batteries for all-electric cars.
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The CNG Option for New GMC Sierras and Silverados

If you are in the fight against foreign oil, GM has recently announced that they will be offering a CNG option for their Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD trucks. This is a big announcement as this is the first time GM will be building CNG option vehicles since they stopped in 2004. These trucks that have the CNG fuel option will actually be considered bi-fuel vehicle as they will be able to run on gasoline when CNG is not available. The CNG add-on for these two truck models will be priced $11,000 more than the standard gasoline trucks. While this may sound like a huge expense, let’s go over why this can more than pay for itself in a few short years and give your new truck a life not seen by any other fuel type.
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Waste Pro USA partners with Clean Energy for CNG filling stations and vehicles

The private time-fill fueling facility will support the company’s new fleet of CNG-powered trash trucks.

Waste Pro recently announced its investment of $100 million for vehicles and fueling stations to transition a portion of its fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel. The investment includes planned construction by Clean Energy of natural gas fueling facilities in the South.

Development of the Waste Pro CNG station at Fort Pierce has been permitted, with opening projected for early third quarter of 2012. In Phase One of its CNG transition effort, Waste Pro expects to deploy 150 heavy-duty waste collection and recycling trucks to serve residential and commercial customers.

Read more at LNG World News.