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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Skoda Octavia G-TEC Offers Extra Power and Increased CNG Range

In the international market, Skoda has upgraded its range of eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The Skoda Octavia G-TEC is now powered by a new and more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine that generates 128bhp of power. The vehicle is exclusively available in a Combi body style in Active, Ambition and Style trims. The company claims that it achieves a range of 480-kilometres in the eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) mode.

The new 1.5-litre engine in the Skoda Octavia G-TEC has an output of 128bhp of power, about 19bhp more powerful than its predecessor. The vehicle also complies with EU6d-TEMP, the most stringent current emission standard. The car switches to the petrol mode automatically once the compressed natural gas (CNG) supply is run out and uses the 11.8-litre petrol in the additional tank. The new engine comes mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The Skoda Connect online services for the G-TEC also includes the Emergency Call and Care Connect. The app also gives details to the driver about the remaining compressed natural gas (CNG), petrol and overall range.

Source: Skoda

SoCalGas to Offer Renewable Natural Gas at its Fuelling Stations for the First Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuelling stations across its service territory, as well as at six sites in the San Diego area. Last month, the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a pilot program to purchase the renewable fuel and capture the additional environmental credits generated. It expects to complete gas purchase agreements in the near future.

Renewable natural gas is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairies and depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative.

“Using renewable natural gas at our stations will help clean the air for Southern California communities and support the state’s clean energy future,” said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas’ vice president of customer solutions and strategy.

As California policymakers have sought to expand the production and use of renewable energy, SoCalGas has been working to expand the production and use of renewable natural gas in California.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States.

Source: SoCalGas

Itaipú and CIBiogás Present Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron Fuelled by Natural Gas

Itaipu Binacional and the International Center for Renewable Energies – Biogas (CIBiogás) presented the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron on September 10, 2018; designed to work with natural gas as the main fuel.

Launched recently in the European market, the vehicle represents an important innovation framework for the exclusive use of renewable resources in its production. In addition, the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron is designed to work on natural gas as the main fuel guaranteeing the absorption of all the CO2 emissions generated in its production and petrol as a secondary option.

It will be the first tests with a vehicle with this technology covered by the factory conducted by teams of Itaipu and CIBiogás. The guests will be able to know the advantages of this technology tuned with the most modern sustainable mobility trends.

The arrival of the A5 Sportback G-Tron for a test phase is a recognition of Audi’s pioneering action in Brazil conducted by Itaipu and CIBiogás.

Source: Itaipú and CIBiogás

GAIN Clean Fuel Expands to Support Growing Natural Gas Market

GAIN Clean Fuel/U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is pleased to announce two new hires and a promotion as part of a strategic move to support growing demand for natural gas within the transportation sector.

Randy Richards joins GAIN Clean Fuel as a business development manager to promote the adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative fuel within the areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.

“GAIN Clean Fuel has a broad product and service offering, and I look forward to providing unique and flexible solutions to our customers,” Richards says. “This includes expanding Gain’s established CNG infrastructure, providing RNG to fleets seeking greenhouse gas emission reductions and processing grants to offset incremental vehicle costs, strengthening the economic value proposition for fleets seeking clean fuel solutions.”

It’s exciting to join a company that continually strives to deliver on its vision, invests in its people, and provides their customers with innovative, cutting-edge solutions,” Richards adds. “I intend to bring the company’s core values to an audience of new customers who are looking for a better way to grow and stay relevant in today’s marketplace.”

Marci LaMantia has been hired to focus on market development throughout North America. In her role, LaMantia will identify progressive companies looking to either adopt or expand use of compressed natural gas (CNG), educating them on the benefits of partnering with GAIN Clean Fuel to meet their financial and sustainability goals.

Marci brings more than 20 years of experience within the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market, most recently holding account executive and market development positions with Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). During Marci’s tenure, she was responsible for the dramatic growth of compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and natural gas vehicle (NGV) adoption of leading school districts, transit authorities and municipalities fleets within Southern California.

To continuously provide industry-leading customer support, GAIN Clean Fuel is proud to promote Sara Wiegert to national account manager. She will be responsible for creating outstanding experiences for the company’s customers. Sara will work closely with the business development managers on growth and relationship management within GAIN Clean Fuel’s customer base, further allowing the sales staff to focus on new customer acquisition. Sara brings a strong supply chain, project management and customer service background to the team.

“I’m passionate about the satisfaction of our customers and am excited to find efficiencies throughout their alternative fuel journey, Wiegert says. “Ultimately, I want fleets to be proud of their decision to transition to NGVs, as well as partner with GAIN Clean Fuel.”

“The expansion of our sales team is strategic for us – bringing a broader set of industry knowledge and connections,” says Scott Hanstedt, director of sales for GAIN Clean Fuel. “We’re well-positioned to be the fuel provider of choice for fleets seeking emission reductions and economic savings.”

Source: U.S. Gain