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April 24, 2020 4:30 PM, EDT

Clean Energy Fuels Offers Cost Calculator to Fleets

Clean Energy Fuels Corp.A Clean Energy Fuels filling station in Hunts Point, N.Y. (Clean Energy Fuels)

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it launched an online calculator to estimate the cost of transitioning an individual vehicle or an entire fleet to natural gas from diesel fuel, including the estimated carbon emissions reduction.

The calculator needs only minimal user input such as annual miles, base vehicle price and desired range to provide a cost comparison with diesel vehicles. It compares the annual cost of running a diesel vehicle with a natural gas vehicle, and shows the estimated annual fuel cost, savings per year, savings over five years and savings per mile of operating a natural gas vehicle, according to the renewable natural gas supplier.

Clean Energy Fuels, based in Newport Beach, Calif., has a network of 540 fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada. A grant finder also identifies available supplemental funding for clean vehicles by state.

Clean Energy Fuels Vice President of Sales Chad Lindholm

Lindholm

“There’s a false assumption that natural gas vehicles are more costly because they meet such high environmental standards, but that’s simply not the case,” Vice President of Sales Chad Lindholm said in a release.

In related news, ACT Research reported U.S. and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales for the first two months of 2020 gained 29% year-to-date over 2019.

“For comparison, total U.S. Class 8 sales were down 23% for the same period,” ACT Vice President Steve Tam said. “Previously, the 2020 natural gas market was expected to decrease on a unit basis, but increased penetration due to a shrinking Class 8 market.

“However, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on both the economy and the commercial vehicle market, leading ACT to cut not only the total Class 8 forecast, but also the Class 8 natural gas unit sales as well.” — Transport Topics

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