How China Is Trucking Into The Age Of Gas
May 22, 2015
This article originally appeared on Ideas Laboratory
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carries the potential to displace diesel as cheaper and cleaner fuel for trucks and buses. With IFC’s help, China is leading the transportation sector into the Age of Gas.
China’s rapid economic rise has come at a cost: pollution. As the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide — as well as air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide — China has made transitioning to renewables and natural gas a key priority in achieving a more sustainable economy.
With challenge comes opportunity, and China has shown some leadership in moving toward a low-carbon future, becoming the world’s top renewables producer and clean energy investor. When it comes to the transportation sector, which accounts for more than 40 percent of China’s oil consumption, the country is also pioneering the development of a natural gas-powered trucking and busing system.
From an environmental perspective, the world’s natural gas vehicles are already displacing about 1.5 million barrels a day of oil that would have been used for gasoline or diesel, according to Morgan Stanley. That number could double — or even grow by another 5.6 million barrels a day, equivalent to China’s oil imports — by 2021, depending on whether there’s sufficient infrastructure and capital in place to achieve economies of scale.
That’s what IFC is seeking to achieve in China, a country that has emerged as leader in utilizing LNG as a transport fuel — with more than 100,000 LNG powered vehicles on the road in 2014. “China started late, but is catching up very quickly and passing the rest of the world in making LNG available as a transport fuel,” says Sheng.
The number of LNG fueling stations are also expanding rapidly. At the end of 2012, China already had more than 700 stations, while the U.S. and Europe had less than 50 each. By the end of this year, China’s LNG fueling network is expected to expand to 3,500 stations, from less than 2,000 in 2014, while LNG usage as transport fuel is forecast to grow by 30 to 40 percent a year over the next five years,” says Sheng. “Globally, there’s nowhere that’s comparable to what’s happening in China.”
Goodbye, Diesel: Transit Agency Goes All In With CNG Buses
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by Joseph Bebon on Wednesday May 27, 2015
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), one of the U.S.' largest public transportation agencies, is continuing its major fleet transition from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) with an order for 63 additional CNG buses.
A few years ago, DART revealed its bus-replacement plans and announced a contract for 459 large CNG buses from North American Bus Industries (NABI), a company that New Flyer Industries later acquired. Deliveries of those 459 NABI vehicles - a combination of 31-foot and 40-foot models - started in 2013 and were completed in early 2015.
In a press release, New Flyer has announced that DART has exercised its options to order more CNG units under that NABI contract and will add 63 new, 40-foot CNG buses to its fleet, including 17 NABI LFW and 46 New Flyer Xcelsior vehicles.
"These buses are part of our fleet renewal and represent our commitment to deliver the best-possible customer experience for the tens of thousands of North Texans who make riding a DART bus a daily part of their lives," says Gary Thomas, DART’s president and executive director, in the release.
“DART is one of the key customers that we began supplying buses to through the acquisition of NABI in 2013,” adds Paul Soubry, president and CEO of New Flyer Industries. “DART exercising these options demonstrates the strong relationship that we’ve built together, and we feel privileged to continue to work with them by providing these additional environmentally friendly CNG buses.”
As of March 16, DART’s fleet featured over 100 26-foot ARBOC CNG buses deployed in 2012, the aforementioned 459 NABI CNG buses, and 80 older NABI diesel buses.
Morgan Lyons, a DART spokesperson, tells NGT News the 63 new CNG vehicles will go toward replacing the agency’s remaining diesel models and he
teach_162 • 1 minute 51 seconds ago
great observation...from the other perspective...that bridge has been burned already.. time to look at actual sales volume and increase in CNG?LNG traffic.. cut in compensations... and beat the competition to the game...as the rigged game continues...10.56....7.26...What a game?
comforting to know that one can leave for months..even years ....and as sure as day turns to night...teach will be droning on an on about the same old stuff....:)
Clean Air Technology Award Recipients
Penske Truck Leasing's Clean Air Technology Commitment
Penske Truck Leasing (Penske) has been assisting customers with alternative fuels for over two decades, and today has an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleet of over 500 natural gas, hybrid, propane, and electric vehicles ranging from tractor-trailers, straight trucks, buses, and delivery vehicles. Additionally, Penske has been demonstrating and encouraging partnership in the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership for over seven years, participating as an affiliate, truck carrier and logistics partner. In May 2014, Penske made a significant deployment to their rental fleet of 85 compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia tractors with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines. This significant investment in clean-burning natural gas vehicles combined with Penske's rental program provides a low-risk option to fleet operators who otherwise may not pursue NGV deployment, due to their high incremental cost and a lack of understanding about their benefits. Penske collaborates with its customer to analyze and determine where natural gas is operationally and financially compatible and works hand-in-hand with the fleets to ensure that the operators are trained to use the vehicles properly. Penske partners with the customer and fueling infrastructure companies to develop fueling solutions, such that the fleet operator is encouraged to consider long-term AFV deployment. Once the customer has determined AFVs are a fit for their operations, Penske continues support for the AFV deployment through proper vehicle specifications, leasing, grant funding, and maintenance of the vehicles. By absorbing the risk, Penske is removing barriers to improve driver and fleet acceptance of low-emission technologies. Part of Penske's ultimate company-wide sustainability vision is to help fleets realize cost-savings while reducing pollutants and GHGs characteristic of the conventional fuels used in
Penske Truck Leasing has been given the Clean Air Excellence Award, in the Clear Air Technology category, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Penske is the only corporate winner for the 2015 award. The other six recipients are government-related organizations. It is also the first time Penske Truck Leasing has received this award.
The EPA award honor projects for their work on clean air and climate initiatives. The awards recognize innovative state, local, tribal, and private sector programs that protect health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and boost the economy.
"As a trusted adviser to our customers, who operate both traditional and alternative fuel truck fleets, we take a consultative approach and ensure they operate the type of alternative fuel equipment that fits their needs," said Drew Cullen, Penske Senior Vice President of Fuels and Facility Services.
"The investment we have made in our natural gas rental tractor program removes many of the barriers the transportation industry faces in determining where natural gas is a fit for their operations, and it provides an avenue to demonstrate and measure the clean air benefits."
You have probably never heard of him, but any Wall Street insider knows Ken Griffin. Griffin is the founder of the Citadel Investment Group. Since its inception in 1990, the fund has consistently posted double-digit returns for clients. Today, it’s one of the largest hedge funds in the world.
Because of his exceptional track record, I always pay close attention to what stocks Griffin is buying. And right now, he’s making some interesting bets on the energy sector.
For investors, the upside could be huge. Given that the company and its partners have filed over 700 patent applications to date, Westport has this market locked down. It’s almost impossible for a rival to enter the business without infringing on at least one of the firm’s patents.
Best of all, Westport is still a small company, only a fraction of the size of established engine makers. And over the next three to five years, revenues are projected to grow at a 20% annual clip.
This forecast could be ultra-cautious if natural gas engines make their way into cars. Today less than 0.05% of the more than 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads run on natural gas. If Westport can capture just 1% or 2% of this market, the stock could triple from here.
The smart money is bullish on Westport. Should you buy, too?
Judging by Mr. Griffin’s positions, he’s bullish on natural gas vehicles. As of March the money maven owned 176,000 call options on the stock, up by more than 50% from the previous quarter. Other hedge fund managers have been building positions in the company, too.
What could these Wall Street insiders possibly see in Westport? I’d say it could mean only one thing: they see an epic rally ahead.
Delivery Vehicle Fleet Replacement DR-MA-14-005
Appendix B: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Laws and Regulations
Summary of Federal Fleet Requirements
Federal fleets must reduce GHG emissions while meeting mission critical needs and
complying with all federal goals and mandates. Federal fleets, including the Postal
Service fleet, will reduce GHG emissions through less petroleum consumption by
reducing miles driven, increasing fuel efficiency, and using alternative fuels. The White
House and Congress have established federal fleet regulatory requirements through the
EOs34 and statutes in Table 2.
Table 2. Principle Federal Fleet Energy Management and Efficiency Requirements
Key Federal Fleet
Statutes and EOs
GHG Reduction Petroleum Consumption
Alternative Fuel Use
EO 13514 -
Federal agencies shall
make reduction of GHG
emissions a priority and
establish a target for
reducing fleet GHG
emissions by FY 2020,
relative to an FY 2008
Reduce the fleet’s total
consumption of petroleum
products by 2 percent
annually through the end of
FY 2020, based on an
FY 2005 baseline for a
30 percent total reduction by
Security Act of
Prohibits federal agencies
from acquiring light-duty
vehicles that are not low
GHG emitting vehicles.
Not later than October 1,
2015, each federal agency
shall achieve at least a
20 percent reduction in
consumption as calculated
from an FY 2005 baseline.
Not later than October 1,
2015, each federal agency
shall achieve a 10 percent
increase in annual
consumption as calculated
from an FY 2005 baseline.
Alternative fuel vehicles
USPS has a long-established alternative fuel vehicle program, with the goal of using increasingly more alternative fuels. We are on track to increase alternative fuel use 10 percent annually (for an end target of 159 percent from FY 2005). In FY 2012, the Postal Service used 2.3 million GGEs of alternative fuel.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires USPS to report its efforts to utilize alternative fuels to the Department of Energy annually.
The Postal Service continues to take proactive steps to increase the use of alternative fuel. Most of our fuel comes from commercially available sources.
In many cases, obtaining alternative fuel requires USPS to travel further from our routes. Providing affordable delivery service requires our use of alternate fuels that are conveniently available and competitively priced.
141% increase — postal-owned alternative fuel use since FY 2005
Target: Increase total alternative fuel use 159 percent from an FY 2005 baseline (10 percent annually) by FY 2015.
Progress: Total alternative fuel use increased 141 percent from an FY 2005 baseline to FY 2012.
Alternative fuel use has more than doubled since 2005. We've adjusted our alternative fuel consumption target to align with OMB's target criteria — from 100% to 159%.
NGV'S have a snowballs chance of winning more than 5% of the total bid. Just think of all of the Postal facilities which cannot support NGV fueling facilities...
i predict ngv's win waaaay more than 5%.
how many states are up to their eyeballs in natural gas ?
does this deal need the approval of congress ?
wprt would probably be the stock to own if president clinton thinks this is a good idea.......
T. Boone Pickens: In order to compete, U.S. needs a better energy plan
BY BOONE PICKENS • Modified: May 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm • Published: May 24, 2015
If we started fueling our heavy truck fleet — the 8 million 18-wheelers — with natural gas, we would cut our need of OPEC oil by 75 percent, Boone Pickens writes.
We can, and should, drill for and produce more oil, but we’ll never beat the Saudis and OPEC because we’re playing their game, by their rules, on their field.
To compete, we need a better plan.
Oil production has gotten America on its feet, but it’s domestic natural gas that can change the game. If we started fueling our heavy truck fleet — the 8 million 18-wheelers — with natural gas, we would cut our need of OPEC oil by 75 percent. And we could do that by 2020.
Add in other fleet vehicles — buses, delivery vans, utility vehicles, taxis or just about anything that goes home to the barn at night to be refueled — and we could completely replace OPEC imports.
You’ve heard me say, “I’m for anything American,” when it comes to energy, and I mean it. I like batteries for vehicles, but they won’t power an 18-wheeler. That’s OK. Let’s press ahead. And let’s keep experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells and anything else we think of.
But while we’re doing that, we need to speed up the transition away from OPEC oil. The only fuel that can do that right now is natural gas. Let’s tell our leaders in Washington to roll up their sleeves and get serious about a national energy plan that puts American resources and our national security ahead of Middle East oil.
Pickens, chairman and CEO of BP Capital, is the architect of the Pickens Plan, an energy plan for America.
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Compressed natural gas will weave deeper into Northern Colorado’s fabric in coming years as Larimer County follows through on a pledge to make it its alternative fuel source of choice.
The county is putting together the pieces of a plan to build compressed natural gas fueling stations for its fleet. First, it needs to overcome the chicken-or--egg paradox: Why would you convert a vehicle to run on CNG when there are no fueling stations nearby? And why would you build a fueling station if there are no vehicles to service?
Solving that riddle means forming a countywide, public-private coalition and securing agreements for fleet conversion as the county fueling station is built, Larimer County Transportation Program Manager Suzette Mallette said.
“This is a pretty big deal for the county,” she said. “ ... I think we’re all pretty excited to be working on it.”
Larimer County commissioners signed a resolution earlier in May proclaiming CNG to be the alternative fuel source of choice in the county. Now, Mallette forming a coalition on how to best expand its use in Larimer County and expects to have an action plan established in 2016.
Dallas Exercises Options For 63 Additional New Flyer Buses
WINNIPEG, May 22, 2015 New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. ("New Flyer" or the "Company"), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada, announced today that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit "(DART)" has exercised options for 17 40-foot NABI LFW and 46 duty 40-foot New Flyer Xcelsior® compressed natural gas ("CNG") buses.
DART provides Dallas and 12 surrounding cities in Texas with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make trips fast, comfortable and economical. DART currently has a fleet of 652 buses, servicing 12,000 bus stops in 13 cities across a 700-square-mile service area with annual ridership of some 38 million passengers. The buses exercised in this option will be used to expand DART's growing ridership needs.
"These buses are part of our fleet renewal and represent our commitment to deliver the best possible customer experience for the tens of thousands of North Texans who make riding a DART bus a daily part of their lives," DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said.
"DART is one of the key customers that we began supplying buses to through the acquisition of NABI in 2013," said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Flyer Industries. "DART exercising these options demonstrates the strong relationship that we've built together and we feel privileged to continue to work with them by providing these additional environmentally friendly CNG buses."
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Freightliner, Ryder Supply CNG Units to Several Fleets
Ryder System Inc. and Freightliner Trucks said they have supplied new compressed natural gas-fueled trucks to several companies and fleets.
Indian River Transport Co. has added five Freightliner Cascadia compressed natural gas day cabs to its fleet, marking the first alternative-fuel vehicles in the carrier’s 600-tractor fleet.
Indian River Transport, based in Winter Haven, Florida, is one of the largest food grade tank carriers in the United States. The new CNG trucks will be used for 10 to 12 runs per day, per truck, and run 24 hours a day.
“One of our customers wanted a smaller carbon footprint, lower fuel costs and reduced noise levels in the communities these trucks serve,” said Mark Gressett, Indian River Transport’s safety director. “Freightliner’s natural-gas solution aligned with our priorities.”
The trucks will use Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural-gas engines. Freightliner said the Cascadia 113 CNG day cab is ideal for regional hauling and vocational operations, and is available with a variety of CNG fuel-tank configurations with up to 190 diesel-gallon-equivalent capacity and a fill-range of about 800 miles.
“Indian River Transport has built its 40-year business on continually embracing new technologies to better serve customers, and natural gas was the next step for them,” said Robert Carrick, Freightliner’s natural-gas sales manager.
Since 2008, Freightliner Trucks has sold more 3,000 natural gas-powered trucks and tractors.
Ryder will lease seven CNG tractors each to two customers in Arkansas: Alpha Packaging Inc. and Boyd Metals
wildbeenyheeth • 6 hours ago Flag0 users liked this posts users disliked this posts 0 Reply Cleveland RTA. Has 400 diesel busses and 90 CNG...Diesel wins.
not this round........
“The opportunity is there to achieve a climate benefit, provided we address the powerful emissions both from the fuel supply system and the vehicle,” Camuzeaux said.
Natural gas vehicles currently use just 0.1% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S., EDF noted, but that number could rise “significantly” as demand rise for heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.
“Technology moves fast,” said Jason Mathers, a commercial transportation expert who works with shippers and truck makers within EDF’s Corporate Partnerships Program. “The time to get ahead of this question is now, before this industry hits a major growth spurt,” he continued. “Reducing methane leaks upstream of the vehicles themselves will determine whether a shift in fuels will have a cost or a benefit for the climate.”
EDF contends that changes in government policy already in play could better the climate prospects of natural gas trucks, including upcoming federal fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy trucks and recently announced federal regulations on upstream methane emissions.
Ride Green: RTA adds 90 natural gas buses to fleet -
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Tuesday, the RTA unveiled 90 compressed natural gas buses that will replace its clean diesel buses this summer.
"They're cleaner, much cleaner than the standard diesel bus," said Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO and general manager. "Even though they were about $40,000 more to purchase initially, we'll save over $200,000 over the 12-year life of the vehicle."
According to the RTA, natural gas costs one-third the price of diesel. The RTA's new fleet of CNG buses will emit 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases by 2017.
Not only are the buses better for the environment and RTA's budget, but they are also upgrades on the inside.
"It's a very, very comfortable seat. They're also quieter. I think the quietness is really important. It will also announce the next stop both visually and audibly," explained Calabrese.
Riders will also be able to see themselves and different sections of the bus from a monitor.
The RTA says you can expect to see the new buses by mid-June. A group of 25 buses will be added in 2016.
Texas and California have already adopted CNG buses and seen great success.
The RTA hopes this change will encourage more people to take advantage of public transportatio
The transportation sector is moving away from oil slowly but surely. Driven by growth in the use of biofuels and natural gas, non-petroleum energy now makes up the highest percentage of total fuel consumption for transport since 1954, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
In total, 8.5% of fuel used by the transportation sector came from non-petroleum sources in 2014. Biomass from corn-based ethanol—still supported by generous government subsidies—represented the largest non-petroleum energy source and was used primarily to fuel cars and other light vehicles. Use of natural gas to operate pipelines followed close behind. The report also shows smaller but still significant increases in the use of electricity, biodiesel and natural gas in vehicles.
Climate change and fluctuating oil prices has made moving away from petroleum when possible a priority for governments and corporations alike. But it’s still uncertain which fuel will be the best and greenest replacement, according to Christopher R. Knittel, an MIT professor of energy economics . Ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen and electricity are all possibilities