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    This is the first in a 3 part series of discussions about Natural Gas Vehicles in the United States and in the world, Enjoy, Jim

    Is The United States Natural Gas Policy Defensible?

    According to IANGV (International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles) the US is ranked 7th in total NGV’s (Natural Gas Vehicles) in the world with 146,876 total. Here are the top 7...

    1) Argentina with 1,650,000
    2) Pakistan with 1,550,000
    3) Brazil with 1,425,513
    4) Italy with 432,600
    5) India with 334,820
    6) Iran with 263,882
    7) United States with 146,876

    While being 7th in the world may make us feel good about ourselves lets look at other statistics…..
    If we look at the % of NGV’s compared to our total vehicles we rank #32 at .00623%.....this means that in the US we have 1 NGV for every 1,461,846 vehicles. Over the last year by converting 4000 new NGV’s in Utah we increased the total number of NGV’s in the US by 36% lets not throw that increase under the bus so to speak.

    1) Bangladesh Total 293472 % of NGV’s 27.3%
    2) Armenia Total 6217069 % of NGV’s 24.9%
    3) Pakistan Total 327477 % of NGV’s 24.9%
    4) Iran Total 1102720 % of NGV’s 23.9%
    5) Argentina Total 7608744 % of NGV’s 21.7%
    6) Bolivia Total 47563 % of NGV’s 13.6%
    7) Colombia Total 1238216 % of NGV’s 16.4%
    32) United States Total 234646314 % of NGV’s .00623%??

    The United States has 234,646,314 Total Vehicles which makes us #1 in that respect but as you can see we fall way behind the rest of the world in NGV Conversions.
    Another statistic that is telling is the % of growth in NGV’s per continent over the past 5 years:
    1) Asia 51% increase to 2474392
    2) South America 27.9% increase to 3407177
    3) Africa 21.3% increase to 69592
    4) Europe 12.9% increase to 832381
    5) North America only 3.7% increase to 162053

    Another interesting statistic was the % of growth each year, in 2001 North Americas % of Growth in NGV’s was -0.6%, in 2002 it increased to 16.3% then by 6/2007 it had flattened out at 0.0%??? What is it that helps an industry to grow in some countries while in other countries it stalls and dies?

    Here is how Iran was able to roll out their Natural Gas Vehicle Program….

    The Iranian Fuel Conservation Organization (IFCO), a subsidiary of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), was established in 2000, aiming to manage the fuel consumption in different sectors through the review and survey of consumption trends and executing conservation projects nationwide.
    Establishing compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and the promotion of natural gas vehicles (NGV’s) are among the main missions of IFCO.
    NGV programs:
    CNG projects were started in 1975 with the conversion of 1200 taxis and private passenger cars in Shiraz city as a pilot project.

    These are the main strategies of IFCO for Natural Gas vehicles:
    - Retrofit conversion as a short term method for existing cars.
    - OEM production of bi- fuel vehicles as a medium term measure.
    - Design and production of CNG base OEM vehicles.
    - Legislation of national directives and regulations
    - Construction of CNG fueling stations.

    Infrastructure
    The following outlines some of the main measures taken relating to infrastructure development.
    Iranian CNG Stations
    CNG stations: Existing large natural gas resources and pipeline networks that cover more than 560 cities and 3226 villages form the basis for the location of CNG stations in the country.

    Up to Sep 2006, 326 CNG stations have been constructed and are in service while more than 432 stations are under construction by the government and private sectors. The total capacity of the service stations is more than 10,000,000 m3/day (6.000.000 m3/day is in service and more than 4.000.000 m3/day is ready for operation)
    Public relations: Safety aspects and the promotion of natural gas vehicles have been addressed through many educational films produced and broadcast on TV and radio channels. Brochures including safety requirements for using natural gas as vehicles fuel, properties of natural gas, etc, have also been issued. In several national and international fairs, IFCO has also raised awareness about natural gas vehicles.
    Regulations and standards: International standards (ISO Standards), European Regulations and standards of countries with historical background on CNG such as Italy, Argentina and New Zealand have been used for different activities related to CNG in both vehicles (light and heavy duty) and refueling stations since the beginning of the project in Iran. Also some important regulations regarding NGV’s and CNG refueling stations have been issued by IFCO.

    After a short interval the national standards based on ISO standards were issued for CNG vehicles and their components (ISIRI 5636 and ISIRI 5764), and at present the country is switching CNG vehicle components standards from ISO standards to European regulation R110 and first edition of national NGV’s standards (ISIRI 7598) has been recently published based on R110 regulation.
    A national standard of CNG stations was published in 2005 with code no. ISIRI 7829 based on the Argentina (GE-N1-118), United States (NFPA 52), and New Zealand (NZS 5425 Part 2) standards and considering Iran's climate and geographical circumstances.
    Supporting related research: IFCO supports a number of research projects related to CNG engine performance (dedicated, Bi-fuel, Dual-fuel engines), fuel conservation projects, natural gas vehicle durability, emissions and other associated topics such as the identification of natural gas treatment as a vehicle fuel, gas composition effects on engine performance, etc. CNG based engines and native NGVs have been developed by country research centers and car manufacturers.
    Localization of CNG components and equipment production: Transferring technology from abroad and the localization of CNG kit components, cylinders and CNG stations equipments are some of the strategies of IFCO. Construction of a CNG cylinder production factory …has been completed and now supplies a portion of the country’s requirements according to present international standards. Other CNG cylinder production factories are also being planned. Local compressor manufacturing companies are producing major parts of CNG station equipments with the co-operation of foreign companies.

    Can we learn from Iran and other countries and speed up the conversion process here in the United States….
    Jim Younkin
    www.younkincng.com

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    Re: Can we speed up the CNG Conversion process?

    Make it so my Utah brethren.

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      Re: Can we speed up the CNG Conversion process?

      We are in the process and things are moving forward, the UHP "EPA Sticker" issue is going away and the powers that be will soon clear the way for ALL conversions to roll out, Jim
      Jim Younkin
      www.younkincng.com

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        Re: Can we speed up the CNG Conversion process?

        Originally posted by younkin View Post
        We are in the process and things are moving forward, the UHP "EPA Sticker" issue is going away and the powers that be will soon clear the way for ALL conversions to roll out, Jim
        Younkin,

        Tell us more about this, please.
        Jared.
        Mountain Green, Utah
        2003 CNG Cavalier
        2003 CNG Silverado 2500HD

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          Re: Can we speed up the CNG Conversion process?

          As we know Jack issued a complaint against the "EPA" approval aspect of the Safety inspection. On Saturday we had a CNG Safety Panel Discussion, the UHP and Jack were in the panel. They both indicated that Jack had recieved a favorable response and shortly it will be final, I will post the response when it comes out...Jim
          Jim Younkin
          www.younkincng.com

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            Re: Can we speed up the CNG Conversion process?

            Originally posted by younkin View Post
            As we know Jack issued a complaint against the "EPA" approval aspect of the Safety inspection. On Saturday we had a CNG Safety Panel Discussion, the UHP and Jack were in the panel. They both indicated that Jack had recieved a favorable response and shortly it will be final, I will post the response when it comes out...Jim
            Yes... It has now been finalized as per the thread: "New rules for Utah safety inspections in Jan. {EPA/CARB mandatory, NFPA-52" ( http://www.cngchat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4149 )

            Great work on that to everyone involved. Curse anyone who tried to put a stick-in-the-fan. A definite VICTORY for the forces of all-good. Let's get things moving again, and get these conveyor belts started back up! We're gonna be back in full production soon. Now we just need another price hike in crude oil to set the gears into full speed.


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