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Pickens: Use the VW Settlement for NatGas Vehicles

USGasVehicles.com posted a fantastic opinion piece by T Boone Pickens regarding the VW Settlement & the guiding criteria State Regulators in Oklahoma and all over the United States who are tasked with distributing over $16 BILLION, could use to increase natural gas vehicle adoption and make the United States more energy independent.

To Summarize:

  1. Use funds to replace vehicles that perform under current federal NOx limits.
  2. Treat all vehicles equally. In other words; replace dirty diesel powered medium and heavy duty with new, clean burning natural gas trucks. Batteries in electric vehicles will not power 18-wheeler vehicles and cost at least 5 times more so spending the funds where it logically makes sense.
  3. Spend the money on private fleets as opposed to state fleets since the money is coming from a corporation and not the taxpayers.

 

Mr. Pickens’ main point: “If Oklahoma uses these funds to replace aging fleets, this will be a “one-and-done” deal. On the other hand, if the money is used to provide incentives for the public and private sectors to purchase natural gas-powered vehicles, the positive effects on reducing NOx emissions will be magnified many times over the years.”

At Freedom CNG, we are here to support fleets in their transition from diesel to natural gas. Call or email us today so we can help you start burning CNG today!

281-484-3875 or info@Freedom-CNG.com

 

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New Chapter in NGV Adoption

We at Freedom CNG really enjoyed this article and interview by Matthew Veazey of RigZone.com. In it, he discusses the state of the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) industry and has some solid questions for Matt Godlewski of the NGVAmerica.

Some items to note:

“NGVAmerica reports that there are more than 160,000 NGVs in the United States; the worldwide figure is approximately 15.2 million, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center

Per Godlewski: “NGVs are the only alternative fuel with engines and vehicles available today for a variety of applications – waste and recycling, transit, long- and short-haul trucking, fleet delivery vehicles and consumer cars and trucks.  We have witnessed an average annual growth in CNG stations of 11 percent each year since 2008…”

Another great point: “Fleets of all sizes have realized the benefits of using more natural gas in transportation.  They understand that America has decades of affordable reserves of natural gas that will keep prices low into the future. Maintenance costs are also lower with NGVs given their simple after-treatment systems.  And there is a great emissions story associated with NGVs – lower GHG, significantly less particulate matter and quieter engines.”

Mr. Veazey then asks about the current state of oil prices and how that changes the way CNG providers find new fleets. Mr. Godlewski is spot on when he replies: “Savvy fleets understand the volatility associated with world oil prices and the stability of using domestic natural gas.  Larger fleets are diversifying their transportation fuels. Yet, even on a head-to-head comparison today, natural gas is still 50 to 75 cents cheaper than diesel on average.”

Our only issue with the article is with the “Facts about NGVs” graphic stating that CNG is “better suited for light-duty vehicles” while “LNG is better suited for buses, tractor-trailers and other heavy duty vehicles”. This is simply NOT TRUE but we’ll just let the facts speak for themselves:

 

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Cities Banning Diesel

Very interesting article by the BBC.com‘s Environment Correspondent, Matt McGrath:

Paris, Mexico City, Madrid & Athens are all taking steps to adopt and implement a diesel fuel ban (similar to the one Tokyo already has in place) by 2025. The mayors of these four cities are encouraging other major cities plagued by poor air quality to join them.

Prior to the 2025 deadline, city governments would help encourage the move away from diesel by incentivizing alternative fuel vehicle adoption and promote various other transportation methods like carpooling, public transport, cycling and walking.

It is Freedom CNG’s hope that alternative fuel incentives would include CNG as an option. CNG is a clean burning alternative to diesel and can help reduce vehicle emissions of:

  • CO by 70-90%,
  • NMOG by 50-70%
  • NOx by 75-95%
  • CO2 by 20-30%
  • Source: Natural Gas Vehicle Association of America

 

Link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38170794

(Below: City of Houston)

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CNG in the Transportation Sector

The Freedom CNG team enjoyed Matt Piotrowski’s ‘The Fuse’ write up making a strong case for natural gas. He points to a recent webinar hosted by the American Trucking Association and Securing America’s Future Energy in which T. Boone Pickens, Frederick W. Smith, and Matt Godlewski discuss how natural gas & CNG are going to alter the transportation and energy sectors in the coming years.

We’ve posted a similar graph before but the stable and consistent pricing of CNG is one of the more compelling reasons why major companies are making the switch. Between the increased cost savings, the national security implications, and the clean air dividend, It Really Is A No-Brainer!

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call (281) 484-3875 or shoot us an email at info@Freedom-CNG.com! We would also be delighted to give you a tour of any of our sites!

 

 

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Hurricane Season: We’re Ready, Are You?

Exciting news for all our current & future customers!

Today we finished installing standby back-up power generators at all Freedom CNG’s Houston sites meaning that despite the rain, wind & water, we will be able to meet your fleet’s fueling needs even when the power goes out.

As you may remember back in 2008 during Hurricane Ike, many of us experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding fuel both as the hurricane approached Houston and after it hit. Gas stations either had insanely long lines to fill up or simply ran out of gasoline & diesel due to high demand. (Not to mention that Ike pushed gasoline to $4.85 a gallon!)

With CNG fueling stations, this won’t be a problem. Pipelines are operationally reliable during hurricanes and have a safety record of 99.999997% meaning that if a major storm or hurricane hits Houston, chances are that natural gas will still be available for CNG fleets. Our new generators will keep the stations operational and natural gas will continue to flow in the pipelines so we can fill you up and you can get the job done for your customers!

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Diesel emissions are not just a Volkswagen problem…

Edward Niedermeyer for Bloomberg View published THIS ARTICLE on April 22nd discussing the ongoing Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and how it is not just VW or even diesel vehicles whose benefits were being exaggerated and manipulated.

Some quotes from the article worth noting:

  • “U.K. authorities announced this week that their testing shows diesel cars emitting an average of six times the legal limit of nitrous oxides, an air pollutant, in real world conditions.
  • “…investigations and prosecutions have focused largely on nitrous oxide emission from diesel engines. But given the scope of the problems and the cheating exposed, there’s little reason to believe the scandal won’t spread to gasoline engines and carbon dioxide emissions….”
  • “The public impact (emphasis added) of automakers bending or breaking the rules on nitrous oxide emissions are local: High concentrations of the pollutant are linked to elevated rates of respiratory diseases and cancer in cities with large diesel fleets.”

 

CNG vehicles’ emissions are cleaner and their fuel is cheaper than their diesel counterparts….you can count on that! Call or email us today for more information about adopting CNG. We hope to see you around the pump!

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