Fleets honored for using natural gas vehicles

Eight  fleets were recently recognized for their use of natural gas vehicles. NGVAmerica and the Clean  Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF), two organizations dedicated to increasing use of natural gas-powered vehicles, presented their 2011 winners  of the annual NGV (Natural Gas Vehicles) Achievement Awards. The winners  included:

Waste Management Inc., Houston, TX: For achieving  the milestone of deploying their  1,000th  natural gas-powered truck, for their  advancement of natural gas vehicle (NGV) and fueling technology and for their  national advocacy of pro-NGV policies and programs. Waste Management recently  committed to purchasing only natural gas-powered units.
 
Ryder  System Inc., Miami, FL: For the  inauguration of a $38.7-million  joint public/private industry partnership project that has created the first  large-scale, heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing program in the country.  
 
Giant  Eagle Inc.,  Pittsburgh, PA: For opening its first two CNG (compressed natural gas) fueling  stations, one that is available for consumer use, and the other for use by the  company’s fleet of delivery trucks. 
 
EQT, Pittsburgh, PA: For leadership in  facilitating the development of public access CNG fueling stations and adoption  of NGVs in southwestern Pennsylvania.   According to the award presenters, EQT, one of the largest natural gas  producers in the country, has assisted fleets in obtaining more than $6 million  in state and federal grant funding. 
 
Enviro Express Natural Gas, LLC, Bridgeport, CT: For opening the first  LNG/CNG (liquefied natural gas/compressed natural gas) vehicle fueling station  east of the Mississippi, located adjacent to I-95 in Bridgeport, CT. 
 
Happy  Cab Company, Omaha, NE: For significantly advancing the use of natural gas as a  vehicular fuel by committing to  convert 50 taxicabs, 25% of their fleet, to CNG. 
 
Heckmann  Corp., Coraopolis, PA: For showing leadership among suppliers in the natural  gas exploration and production (E&P) sector by placing the single largest  order for liquefied natural gas trucks by a U.S. customer. The company is  transitioning their water- transportation fleet from diesel to natural gas with  an initial order of 200 Peterbilt Model 367 LNG trucks. 
 
Atlantic City Jitney Association (ACJA),  Egg Harbor Township, NJ: For replacing 190 of their 13-year old gasoline  shuttle buses – 100% of their fleet - with new CNG shuttle buses.

Three  of the eight winners this year are based in Pennsylvania, which has been one of  the hubs of U.S.-based shale oil and  natural gas production. Oil and natural gas exploration and development in the U.S.  has triggered significant growth in related industries, including the  production of truck tractors and tanker trailers for use in  the new oil fields.

For Polar Corp., for example, the biggest growth in tank trailer  demand has come from the energy sector, specifically from companies engaged in crude oil and natural gas exploration. “The energy  market is white hot,” Theodore “Ted” Fick, president & CEO of Polar, recently told Fleet Owner. “Rigs and wells  are going up so fast that they need trucks and trailers to get from the drill  site to a railhead or pipeline. There just isn’t any other infrastructure yet  in place. Trucks are very flexible and can also move on to new sites as the  exploration moves.”

This article was first published by FleetOwner.


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