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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CNG Vehicle Progress in China

According to Forbes.com:

In December, 1999, China’s National Science and Technology Ministry (NSTM) and State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) set 10 percent as a target for clean vehicles as a portion of the overall vehicle population, and set a target of 40 to 50 percent for taxis and buses. Additionally, the policy called for the launch of clean vehicle model zones in 19 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing.

As part of this program, city governments in China have implemented policies to encourage the industrialization of CNG passenger cars, LNG heavy-duty trucks and engines, LPG engines, and direct-injection LNG engines. Measures that have been used include offering preferential gas price policies and constructing refill stations. At the end of 2010, more than 80 cities across China had gas refilling facilities and the number of CNG/LNG refill stations totaled more than 1,000. During the course of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan, it is projected that an additional 1,000 refill stations will be constructed. Finally, municipal governments have been working with automobile companies and industry research institutions to accelerate the development of new technologies. Continue reading