A 400-hp. rating of the new ISX12 G natural gas engine has been approved and will begin shipping to truck makers in August, according to Jim Arthurs, president of Cummins Westport. Considered the first true heavy-duty natural gas truck engine, the ISX12 G was initially introduced with a 350-hp. rating just last April and is currently offered in heavy-duty models from all of the major truck OEMs.
No longer an emerging technology, NG trucks are now a rapidly growing market, according to Andy Douglas, national sales manager for Kenworth Trucks.
“Natural gas will account for 4 to 5% of the heavy truck build in 2013,” he predicted, reaching 11,000 to 12,000 units.
“The [ISX12 G] is a huge part of that growth.”Large orders from leasing companies for NG trucks with the new 12L could be causing “a spurt in growth” that may fall off a bit as fleets try out the leased trucks before committing to large scale purchases, according to Nadine, Hauptmann, Navistar director of alternative fuels and product marketing. Citing a just released study from Citi Group, she said their forecast has NG trucks capturing 25% of the heavy-duty market by 2020.
“That’s the kind of steady ramp up we want,” added Bill Kahn, manager of advanced concepts for Peterbilt Motors. The ISX12 G will account for almost 30% of the 2,000 NG trucks the company expects to sell this year, he said
US senators unveil bill to boost alternative fuels
Washington (Platts)--26Jun2013/317 pm EDT/1917 GMT
Two key US senators on Wednesday unveiled new legislation aimed at boosting the use of electricity, natural gas and other alternative fuels in the transportation sector.
Among its key elements, the bill would allow fueling infrastructure projects, such as natural gas filling stations, and a number of new vehicles, to qualify for existing Department of Energy loan programs, and mandate $165 million in annual federal spending for programs aimed at boosting alternative fuel use in the transportation sector.
The bill, the Alternative Fueled Vehicles Competitiveness and Energy Security Act of 2013, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat and chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee.
In a statement, Wyden and Stabenow said the bill is aimed at diversifying the mix of transportation fuels, cutting fuel costs and reducing the use of foreign oil.
"By diversifying our fuel mix, we increase competition in the global fuel markets, lowering costs to consumers and introducing more choice into our nation's transportation system," Wyden said in a statement.
Under the bill, fueling infrastructure projects would qualify for the DOE's Section 1703 loan program and DOE's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program, now only available for light-duty vehicle manufacturers, would be opened to component manufacturers and efficient medium an