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NGVs Dominate NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis

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  • NGVs Dominate NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis
     Peterbilt Motors featured a CWI ISL-G-powered 382 vocational truck in the Ride-and-Drive (For more information, contact Peterbilt Medium Duty & Alternative Fuels Market Segment Manager Steve Weiner at
     IMPCO Automotive Technologies featured two vehicles in their booth: a MY 2013 bi-fuel Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, for which they are the Tier 1 supplier to GM (see above); and an Isuzu NPR HD (with their dedicated GM 6.0L engine retrofit system package) (For more information, contact OEM & Fleet Sales Manager Jay Sandler at
     Knapheide featured a 6.2L CNG-powered F250 chassis in its booth and a 6.8L CNG-powered F450 in the Ride-and-Drive, both retrofitted using BAF Technologies systems (For more information, contact Knapheide Vice President of Engineering/Alternative Fuels Chris Weiss at
     Sortimo featured a dedicated CNG Ford Transit Connect cargo van powered using a BAF Technologies retrofit system (For more information, contact Sortimo President Mahendra Srivastava at or Stephe Yborra (301.829.2520 or

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    More offerings from Freightliner, BAF, Kenworth from CalNGVNews has a network of 65 Ford dealers across the country


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      David Cullen for HDT Truckinginfo Sept 5 2018 - Natural Gas Is Still the King of Alternative Fuels

      After diesel prices peaked in late 2012, a long slide back to Earth brought diesel fuel prices to a low point in early 2016. The national average retail price for on-highway diesel is now pegged at $3.20 a gallon, almost 50 cents higher than the year before.

      At Volvo Trucks North America, demand for natural gas has remained relatively flat over the past year, with most activity coming from fleets who were previously operating natural gas-powered trucks, says John Moore, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager - powertrain: We foresee the role of natural gas as an alternative to diesel remaining at its current level until the cost differential between the two fuels expands.

      Scott Barraclough, Mack Trucks technology product manager, says the market for heavy-duty CNG trucks is similar to past years. Fleets that have committed to the fuel continue to purchase vehicles for their natural gas fleets. With diesel fuel hovering close to the $3/gallon level, which is low, we are currently not seeing as many converts to natural gas.

      Bob Carrick, Daimler Trucks North America s vocational sales manager - natural gas, puts it this way: It s not rocket science. Diesel prices are what drove growth in natural gas trucks. In hindsight, who could have forecast that price drop-off? Now that we’re seeing diesel prices inch back up, the phone calls about natural gas are inching up, too.

      He says another drag on the natural-gas market continues to be vehicle resale. Trade values for these trucks have never really been defined. We have seen values half that of a similar diesel truck. A secondary market for natural gas has not shown up yet, but I believe it will.

      One major player in that arena, Clean Energy Fuels, alone operates more than 500 CNG and LNG stations in 43 states, according to Chad Lindholm, vice president of national accounts. He says in recent years, Clean Energy has expanded our network exponentially to serve over-the-road trucks at or close to truckstops by offering a diesel-like fueling service. The idea is to support over-the-road regional haulers.

      Hodek, general manager new product development for Cummins Westport, says the biggest hurdle for fleets interested in natural gas is the higher upfront cost of the vehicle.

      Twenty low-emission Kenworth T680s have been put into service on a 50-mile postal run, from Santa Clarita, California, to Los Angeles International Airport, operated by AJR, a contract mail hauler based in Rancho Dominguez, CA according to AJR co-owner Jack Khudikyan. AJR plans to add 70 more of the CNG trucks. Behind the cab, a Worthington CNG fuel system and tanks with a diesel equivalency of 167 gallons gives the company a range of about 700 miles, so they will only need to fuel up every two or three days. Year and a half payback is figured from 1.3 million miles a year to LAX with the 20 T680s alone.

      Package giant UPS remains committed to natural gas. Last year, it invested over $90 million in the alternative fuel, including building an additional six CNG stations and adding nearly 400 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 LNG vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.