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Mar 8, 2013

NATURAL GAS TRUCKS FACE LONG HAUL * USA & Canada

* New York - Backers of alternative energy seek a shift for diesel-hogging rigs, but subsidies remain a hurdle 

(Photo from AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez: An 18-wheeler can burn as much fuel in a year as 40 cars)
NY,USA -The WSJ, by JEFFREY BALL -May 17, 2011: -- What if it burned domestic natural gas instead of imported oil? That is hardly as arresting a vision of America's energy future as electric cars, whose power could conceivably could come from the wind or the sun...  A growing chorus of fans, including President Obama, says natural gas might deliver more bang for the buck—and they want taxpayers to spend billions of dollars to subsidize the shift... The typical semi-trailer truck guzzles 20,000 gallons of diesel annually and uses the same roads day after day. So switching trucks to natural gas from diesel, which comes from oil, could make a big dent in U.S. petroleum use. And it wouldn't require building nearly as many new fueling stations as switching America's roughly 240 million cars and light trucks to something other than oil... Often, buyers of these natural-gas trucks have received government subsidies that have helped defray the higher purchase price... To install natural-gas fueling stations, partly owned by billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens, estimates 15% of U.S. buses and trash trucks run on natural gas...  
Recent discoveries of massive natural-gas troves from Texas to Pennsylvania mean the country is newly awash in the fuel... It is also about money: The new supplies have sent U.S. natural-gas prices to historic lows, just as Mideast unrest and developing-world demand have sent diesel prices skyrocketing, to an average of about $4.12 a gallon. Where natural gas is available at U.S. pumps today as a motor fuel, it typically costs about two-thirds the price of diesel after adjusting prices for the different energy contents of the two fuels...


* Michigan - Chrysler Group LLC begins delivery of 242 Ram Compressed Natural Gas Pickup  Trucks to State Of Oklahoma

(Photo: Ram Compressed Natural Gas Pickup Trucks in production) 
Auburn Hill,MICH,USA -Automotive World -6 March 2013: -- Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it has begun the delivery of 242 new 2013 Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks to the state of Oklahoma, the Company’s largest customer order since production of the unique trucks began in October... The Ram 2500 CNG is the only OEM-built compressed natural gas-powered pickup truck in North America... ODOT will use the Ram CNG pickups primarily as service trucks on the state’s roads and highways... In vehicles, CNG achieves nearly identical mileage figures as unleaded regular gasoline – with a retail cost more than 50 percent lower than the average price of a gallon of gasoline...


* British Columbia / Canada - Westport’s Natural-Gas Engine deliveries rise 25% for year 

(Photo courtesy of Westport Innovations: LNG system for heavy-duty vehicles)
Vancouver,BC,CAN -Transport Topics -8 March 2013: -- Westport Innovations Inc. said its natural-gas engine sales declined for the fourth quarter but rose 25% for the year on higher North American and international demand... Through a joint venture with engine maker Cummins Inc., engine shipments for the quarter fell 35% to 1,301 units but rose to 6,804 for the full year, Westport said late Thursday... North American sales rose 23% for the year, while international sales rose 29% for all of 2012... The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company said it lost $37.6 million, or 68 cents per share, compared to a loss of $14.5 million, or 30 cents per share, in 2011. Revenue for the quarter fell 7% to $39.9 million... The manufacturer reported a full-year loss of $98.8 million, compared with a loss of $60.2 million in 2011. Revenue increased 54% to $155.6 million...


* Texas - Shell to bring two LNG plants online by 2016

Houston,TXS,USA -Land Line, by Greg Grisolano -11 March 2013: -- Shell will build two plants dedicated to supplying liquefied natural gas for heavy truck and transport shipping use... Shell, one of the largest gas producers in the U.S., will build the facilities in Geismar, LA, along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge, and in Sarnia, Ontario, on the southern shore of Lake Huron just east of Michigan... The company says each plant will be able to produce 250,000 tons per year of LNG, roughly 400,000 gallons per day, according to spokeswoman Destin Singleton... Because the plants are being developed at existing manufacturing sites, Singleton said environmental impact studies were not required...

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