Higher Volumes Seen Boosting Development of Natural Gas Engines, Manufacturers Say
ARLINGTON, Va. — Executives from truck and engine makers said competition and higher production volumes will lead to cost reductions for natural-gas trucks, which are more expensive than diesel models.
Retrofits Contingent on Lower Natural Gas Prices
ARLINGTON, Va. — Executives of companies that manufacture and install natural-gas conversion systems in existing heavy trucks said that their future business was reliant on natural gas prices staying cheaper than diesel fuel.
Environmental Concerns Should be Balanced in Expanded Use of Natural Gas, Official Says
ARLINGTON, Va. — The trucking industry should balance environmental considerations with growth in use of natural gas engines, the head of an environmental group said.
Reps. See 'Piecemeal' Approach Boosting Trucking's Natural Gas Use
ARLINGTON, Va. — Two congressmen said the most feasible way to pass legislation to boost trucking's use of natural gas is a "piecemeal" approach, rather than comprehensive legislation.
They cited specific issues of concern to the trucking industry such as exemptions for the extra weight of natural gas fuel tanks and excise tax modifications to compensate for the extra cost of natural gas-powered vehicles.
"This is a divided government," said Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), who is preparing a bill for the next congressional session that will address the fuel's use in the trucking industry.