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Ford to Offer Compressed Natural Gas Prep Package on 2014 F-150

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Ford F-150 CNG Prep Package

Ford has announced that it will offer customers a compressed natural gas (GNG) prep package on the 2014 F-150 pickup. Although it isn’t a full conversion, Ford’s package sets the F-150 up to be converted by a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier. The kit is available only on F-150s equipped with the base 3.7-liter V-6 engine, and it includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and rings. With the prep kit, the F-150 can run on either gasoline or natural gas (via separate fuel systems), as well as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

According to Ford, the CNG/LPG prep package will cost roughly $315, but outfitting the truck with the requisite CNG fuel tank and fuel-delivery systems will set buyers back between $7500 and $9500. Still, Ford claims that customers who opt for the kit and the pricey CNG up-fit can see a return on their investment within 24–36 months, thanks to the ultra-low price of natural gas. The fuel can cost as little as a buck a (gasoline equivalent) gallon—as opposed to the current price of regular gas, which is hovering in the mid-$3 range—meaning fleets that travel lots of miles could legitimately see savings in a short period of time.



Ford claims the F-150 is the only CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup on the market, but technically most any vehicle—other half-tons included—can be converted to use natural gas, so the boast is somewhat disingenuous. Perhaps more accurate, Ford is the only manufacturer to offer a preparatory package that primes a half-ton for conversion. (Ram offers a turn-key natural-gas-powered 2500 heavy-duty pickup, and the Mopar catalog offers conversion bits for regular 1500s.) The F-150 is only the latest Ford commercial vehicle to offer a gaseous-prep engine option, and the automaker predicts it will offer eight different compatible models within the next year. Those models include the Transit Connect, the new Transit van, the outgoing E-series van, F-series Super Duty pickups, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cabs, the F-650 medium-duty truck, and the F53 and F59 stripped chassis. The multitude of CNG-prepped models are part of Ford’s plan to sell 15,000 such vehicles this year.

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Official: 2014 Ford F-150 gets CNG option

By Damon Lowney

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Ford is toiling away, installing heavy-duty engine components into select 3.7-liter V6s to allow them to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in addition to gasoline. That’s nothing new, but now, Ford has announced that it will offer the 2014 F-150 with this engine configuration, bringing the Blue Oval’s total number of CNG/LPG-friendly vehicles up to eight. The F-150 will be the only half-ton pickup on the market that can run on these gases.

Ford will charge $315 per vehicle to equip the optional engine, but the trucks won’t be ready to run on the alternative fuels straight from the factory and must be upfitted with additional equipment. A Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier will install a separate fuel system for the compressed gases at a cost of $7,500 to $9,500, depending on fuel tank size. With the right-size tank, the F-150 equipped with the CNG/LPG-prepped engine can go 750 miles on one tank of gas, according to Ford, averaging 23 miles per gallon.

The practice of offering flex-fuel vehicles is gaining momentum as businesses take advantage of cheap gas. CNG can be bought for $2.11/gallon on average (per gasoline equivalent), and sometimes for as little as $1.00 in some parts of the US, Ford states. “With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months,” says Jon Coleman, Ford’s fleet sustainability and technology manager. The automaker expects to sell a total of 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles in the 2014 model year.

Check out the press release below to read the details, and to see what other vehicles Ford offers with the CNG/LPG package.

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Quick Spin: Ford Mustang GT Bi-Fuel CNG

By Michael Harley

2013 Ford Mustang GT Bi-Fuel - front three-quarter view

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Highly intrigued, we recently visited a Southern California Gas Company office to check out several hybrid vehicles promising something new. Unlike more commonplace gasoline-electric hybrids, we were there to evaluate innovative gasoline-compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrids – yes, they run on unleaded gasoline and compressed natural gas. According to the experts on hand, this arrangement delivers extended range and reduced emissions while chipping in with lower operating costs than pure-gasoline vehicles. There are advantages over its gasoline-electric counterparts, as well.

The program is part of a three-way collaboration between The Carlab, a Southern California-based automotive consulting firm, Landi Renzo USA, a company specializing in alternative fuel solutions, and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, a group that promotes CNG. Long story short, the team has engineered a way to allow a modified internal combustion vehicle to seamlessly switch between two fuels (gasoline and CNG) with no driver intervention. In theory, and if it works as well as promised, it’s a win-win for the vehicle owner and the environment.

Parked at the Gas Company office were six different gasoline-CNG hybrid vehicles. To demonstrate the technology’s versatility (just about any gasoline vehicle may be modified) Carlab brought a varied assortment of bodystyles, each from a different automaker. After taking a quick glance at the half-dozen in the parking lot, we made a beeline for the performance-oriented Ford Mustang GT – a 2012 model – with the six-speed manual gearbox.

Driving Notes:

  • The conversion to bi-fuel requires the installation of a four-gallon composite CNG tank (3,600 psi) beneath the rear trunk liner, CNG bi-fuel port injectors, a special fuel controller, integrated dash display and some other hardware. With the exception of the blue “CNG” diamond on the rear of the trunk, the exterior of this Mustang hybrid offers little clue to what type of fuel it consumes. The interior of the cabin is equally discreet, but a closer look at the digital panel on the instrument cluster reveals an OEM-like four-bar “GGE” gauge with the tank level. Peering under the hood, the only obvious changes are the new injectors (the CNG tank is filled through a nipple located behind the OEM fuel filler door). The conversion adds about 150 pounds to the coupe’s curb weight.
  • From a driver’s standpoint, vehicle operation is unchanged. A sophisticated controller determines which fuel is best for the job (or a mix of both), so gasoline is often used for the cold start. However, after a few moments of operation, the vehicle will seamlessly switch to more efficient CNG operation for partial throttle and during cruising. A firm press on the accelerator immediately delivers gasoline into the combustion chamber, bringing the Mustang’s full 420 horsepower on tap. During our drive of the manual transmission coupe, we noticed a very slight delay – almost a hiccup – at about 3,000 rpm during the bi-fuel transition (we later drove a BMW X3 automatic, and the changeover …read more

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Opinion: US truck fleets turning towards CNG, LPG

By John McElroy

International Transtar big rig with trailer - front three-quarter view

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Fleets can save well over $150,000 in fuel costs over the six-year life of a truck.

The electric vehicle market is turning into a financial nightmare for many of the automakers and suppliers that invested in the technology. Hybrids only comprise three percent of total new car sales, despite there being over 40 different models. And fuel cells are still more science lab experiment than mass-production reality.

But in a different part of the market, the green revolution looks a lot more promising. Commercial truck fleets in the United States are now keenly interested in converting their trucks to nun on natural gas or propane.

Thanks to the precipitous drop in prices for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid propane (LPG), fleets can save a fortune by switching over to these fuels. OEMs such as Freightliner and Thomas Built Bus have jumped into the market. International now offers the Transtar Class 8 semi (above) that runs on CNG. A cost calculator on the truck maker’s website shows that a fleet can save well over $150,000 in fuel costs over the six-year life of a truck. For fleets that run their per-mile operating costs to the penny, this is a financial windfall.

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Peterbilt Extends Natural Gas Engine Lineup

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Peterbilt Extends Natural Gas Engine Lineup

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Peterbilt Motors Company announces the availability of the new 2013 Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine. Since 1996 Peterbilt has been manufacturing trucks featuring liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems solutions for over-the-road, regional and vocational applications.

“With growing demand for natural gas engines, we are pleased to add the Cummins ISX12 G to our natural gas lineup,” says Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. “The pairing of the dedicated natural gas engine with Peterbilt provides customers exceptional fuel economy with an environmentally-friendly, domestically-sourced fuel that helps lower operating costs.”

Peterbilt has been providing natural gas vehicle solutions for over-the-road, regional and vocational applications for over 15 years and is the market share leader.

Based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel engine, the ISX12 G is both Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (ARB) certified. The ISX12 G will not require a Diesel Particulate Filter or a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. Available in August 2013, the new ISX12 G engine features spark ignition technology, a 3-way catalyst, and will be available with a maximum 400 horsepower and max torque ratings of up to 1,450 pounds.

About Peterbilt Motors Company

Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry. Through its 270-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.

Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.

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EQT Expands Downtown Natural Gas Fueling Station

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EQT Expands Downtown Natural Gas Fueling Station

Additional Pumps Needed to Accommodate Demand

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)– EQT Corporation (EQT) today announced that it will expand its public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Smallman Street with the addition of another fueling island. Construction is currently underway.

EQT opened the CNG station in July of 2011, one of the first within Pittsburgh city limits and accessible by both commercial and privately owned natural gas vehicles (NGVs). Due to the high volume of vehicles utilizing the fueling station, EQT is adding two additional fuel dispensers. The station will have the ability to fuel a total of eight vehicles simultaneously to service the growing number of fleets and consumers who are converting to NGVs as a way to save money and use a clean fuel source from the Pennsylvania region.

EQT‘s fueling station has experienced consistently increasing customer interest and sales since its inception,” said David Ross, EQT Vice President of Demand Development. “We knew we’d be expanding at some point, but we were ahead of schedule at just 18 months of operation.”

According to last year’s sales volumes, January 2012 saw close to 200 transactions, with the sale of about 2,000 gallons of compressed natural gas. In December 2012, the station had more than 1,000 transactions with nearly 15,000 gallons sold.

EQT is on target to have roughly 200 vehicles, or 14% of its light-duty fleet, converted to bi-fuel by the end of the year, making them capable of running on CNG. When the station first opened, EQT vehicles were responsible for a large percentage of the station’s volume. Today, other major businesses in the area have made the transition to natural gas, such as the City of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Paragon Foods and Veterans’ Taxi – four of the fueling station’s customers that make up about 45% of the sales volume.

“Using CNG is a big savings for us and for the veterans who buy the fuel for their taxis,” said Robert DeLucia, CEO of Veterans’ Taxi. “It helps us compete with a better rate (for passengers) than drivers at other transportation companies. We fuel up twice a day and our guys need to get in and get out as quickly as possible, so the more pumping stations the Smallman station has, the better it will be.”

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MGE Energy Issues March 2013 'Interim Report'

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MGE Energy Issues March 2013 ‘Interim Report’

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– MGE Energy, Inc. (NAS: MGEE) today published its investor newsletter Interim Report with the following topics:

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– Dividend record remains strong
– MGEE reports earnings increase
Annual Meeting planned for May 21
– MGEE stock performs well

TheStreet gives MGEE top rating

– High Value Line rating
– Madison’s first public CNG fueling station
– Madison gets national recognition

U.S. LNG Supply for Natural Gas Vehicles Set to Double

By Dan Dzombak, The Motley Fool

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Shell recently announced it would build two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel plants to supply all types of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Shell’s general manager for the America’s, James Burns, estimated these will double the liquefied-gas manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and Canada.

LNG is not to be confused with compressed natural gas, or CNG, which is used in cars and light-duty trucks. LNG is used in large-scale trucks, boats, and industrial uses. It is better for large vehicles to use LNG as it is much denser than CNG, requiring less storage space on board. With CNG or LNG, the big draw is cheaper refueling costs. A gallon of CNG ranges in price from $0.80 to $1.70.

Challenges
As my colleague Arjun Sreekumar wrote recently, there are two challenges holding back natural gas vehicles:

1. High up-front costs.

2. Limited refueling capacity.

For truckers and other heavy users of fuel, the cheaper refueling costs easily make up for the high up-front costs in around a year. It’s really the limited refueling capacity that is holding truckers back from making the switch.

The limited refueling capacity is being worked on by the likes of Clean Energy Fuels and TravelCenters of America to make LNG a viable option for truckers in the future. Clean Energy Fuels, with financial backing from Chesapeake Energy , is developing a network of 150 LNG stations at Flying J truck stops across the county. For its part, TravelCenters of America signed a memorandum of understanding with Shell in June 2012 to build natural gas refueling lanes at around 100 TravelCenters of America truck stops around the country.

When Shell announced on Monday its new liquefaction plants, it also announced that these would be the basis for two new natural gas refueling networks. The first would be in the Gulf Coast Corridor (Texas and Louisiana) with the liquefaction unit at its facility in Geismar, Louisiana with distribution provided by a subsidiary of Martin Midstream Partners .

The second network would be in the Great Lakes Corridor with the liquefaction unit at its facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. This facility will provide LNG to all five Great Lakes as well all the bordering U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Once these networks are complete we should see more and more truckers begin using LNG for fuel, hopefully starting a virtuous cycle of refueling stations deciding on their own to add LNG and CNG refueling options.

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New Advanced Modine Cooling System Improves Fuel Economy for Transit Buses

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New Advanced Modine Cooling System Improves Fuel Economy for Transit Buses

RACINE, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Modine Manufacturing Company (NYS: MOD) , a world leader in thermal innovation, supplies its Advanced Cooling System technology to help over one hundred transit agencies in the United States and Canada save taxpayer dollars by reducing parasitic engine loss, which saves fuel and lowers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The system also offers a significant reduction in maintenance costs, increased service life and increased safety over conventional hydraulically-driven fan systems by reducing oil circuits and components. The state-of-the-art light-weight heat exchanger technology is designed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010 and 2013 emission regulations for clean air requirements.

Modine Advanced Cooling System (Photo: Business Wire)

Modine’s Advanced Cooling System utilizes the latest in environmentally-sealed variable speed brushless electric fan (EFAN) technology for long life and superior durability. All EFAN communication is controlled directly by the engine and transmission control modules via a system controller eliminating the need for extra sensors further increasing system reliability. Furthermore, the variable speed EFANs are located in specific banks eliminating overcooling of other heat exchangers. This is a significant improvement over the conventional large, single cooling fan system which cools all heat exchangers when there is demand for only one. Modine’s high-efficiency heat exchanger technologies allow these EFANs to run at very low speeds most of the time keeping power consumption and noise levels to an absolute minimum. In summary, this precise temperature control lowers GHG emissions, significantly improves fuel economy and extends engine life.

The Advanced Cooling System features a Modine GOHAR radiator and Bullet-Nose™ charge-air cooler which are designed specifically for the tough requirements of transit buses. The new light-weight aluminum radiator drastically increases durability and service life, and eliminates the historical vintage copper-brass core failure modes. Modine GOHAR radiators utilize proprietary high-strength, long-life aluminum alloys, which significantly improve the corrosion-resistance of the heat exchanger. The Bullet-Nose™ charge-air cooler employs a unique vacuum-brazed process compatible with the new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engines, which have significantly grown in popularity in the transit bus market. In addition, Modine also designs and manufactures state-of-the-art stainless steel layered core (LCOC) transmission oil retarder coolers found in many applications. These high-efficiency coolers offer a substantial weight and durability improvement in a much smaller envelope compared to traditional shell-and-tube oil coolers.

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Geneva: Audi A3 G-Tron offers big range, few emissions

By Zach Bowman

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Audi is exploring a variety of sustainable transportation technologies beyond the traditional diesel, hybrid, plug-in and electric options, including the compressed natural gas A3 Sportback G-Tron that debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show.

The most interesting thing about this rather innocuous-looking A3 Sportback is that when run on Audi e-gas, the car becomes completely carbon neutral, emitting no more CO2 than was chemically input in this special fuel’s production. Audi has already broken ground on a new plant – powered by renewable energy, of course – that uses electrolysis to produce e-gas, which could then be made available through any natural gas distribution network.

A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine burns the e-gas, or any garden variety CNG, for 110 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, but the real story lies in the machine’s natural gas tanks. The two light-weight composite vessels weigh in at just under 60 pounds each and can store a shave over 30 pounds of fuel combined and 2,900 psi. The tanks are made from a four-layer composite comprised of a gas-impermeable polyamide polymer, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, glass fiber reinforced polymer and a high-strength epoxy resin.

The A3 Sportback G-Tron also features a new gas regulator to keep the fuel at the correct pressure for any given engine speed. If the tank pressure falls below 145 psi, the engine automatically and seamlessly switches over to gasoline operation. With its two on-board fuel sources, the five-door offers a bladder-busting range of approximately 807 miles.

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2014 Audi A3 Sportback g-tron: A Naturally Gassy, “Greener” Five-Door

By Jens Meiners

Audi A3 g-tron concept

In response to ever more stringent CO2 emissions regulation, European carmakers are beginning to roll out vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). The latest and possibly most advanced of these is the Audi A3 g-tron, which sounds like it might be either a knockoff Transformer or maybe Young Jeezy’s robotic hype man. But it’s just a car. Based on the five-door A3 Sportback, it packs a 110-hp 1.4-liter TFSI engine that produces 148 lb-ft of torque and can combust both regular gasoline and CNG. The g-tron switches to gasoline operation automatically when the onboard CNG runs low, but the switch also can be triggered manually. READ MORE ››

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Official: Audi unveils A3 Sportback G-Tron with bi-fuel power, 808-mile range

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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By this time next year, the Audi A3 Sportback will be offered with a variety fuel-efficient powertrains ranging from diesel to the all-electric E-Tron, but perhaps the most interesting is the all-new G-Tron model, which uses Audi’s innovative carbon-natural compressed natural gas called e-gas. Previously called A3 TCNG, we first heard about this technology last year, but now Audi has confirmed that this low-emission, sustainable-fuel will debut by the end of this year on the A3 Sportback G-Tron.

To create this e-gas, a plant in Werlte, Germany uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. As hydrogen fuel cell vehicles become more popular, Audi says that this process could also be used to produce hydrogen fuel, but to create CNG, it mixes the hydrogen with carbon dioxide to create “synthetic methane.” Since it is identical to the CNG available today, Audi’s e-gas can be shipped and stored using the existing CNG infrastructure. Making the whole process even greener, Audi obtains the CO2 for this process from a nearby biogas plant, which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

Differentiated from the regular versions of the A3, the G-Tron features a pair of tanks under the rear cargo floor holding 15.43 pounds of CNG, which can power the car for almost 250 miles. What’s more, the A3’s conventional gasoline tank is still in place, giving the car an addition 560 miles of range. In total, that means the A3 G-Tron has a driving range of more than 800 miles. To run on both CNG and gas, Audi made changes to the car’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (including the turbo, cylinder head and fuel injection system) and catalytic converter.

It isn’t clear how many G-Tron models Audi is planning to build, but the press release posted below says that its e-gas plant can provide enough fuel for 1,500 cars to travel about 9,300 miles (15,000 kilometers) per year.

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Video: Watch this man's natural-gas pickup explode as he refuels it

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CNG-powered truck explodes while being refilled

We’ve reported before on the proliferation of natural-gas powered vehicles in the heavily oil-sanctioned state of Iran. Now we’ve got some further very dramatic circumstantial evidence that not all of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles are as safe as their Iranian owners would hope.

It’s hard to say just what caused the violent ending in this pickup refilling video – a KTLA rebroadcast from an unidentified news source – but the result is terrifying. In light of this catastrophic clip, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that CNG vehicles have an excellent safety record here in the US. Follow on below to watch the video clip.

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