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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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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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