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.
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.
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/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
Snam and api Group have signed a framework agreement for the development of approximately 200 new natural gas and biomethane fuelling stations in Italy, within IP commercial network. The agreement is part of both companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility and aims to extend the distribution network of natural gas for transport throughout the country.
Under the agreement, Snam and api Group will jointly identify existing fuelling stations on the IP ordinary and motorway networks where they will be able to install facilities to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to cars. The first 30 stations will be bound by contract within the first few months of 2019.
The use of natural gas in transport is one of the leading technologies available to help reduce emissions and improve air quality, as well ensuring significant financial benefits for consumers.
The agreement will help promote sustainable mobility in Italy therefore benefitting both the environment and consumers. Snam4Mobility’s initiatives are aimed at sector operators to support the development of natural gas and biomethane fuelling stations and their increased presence in the country’s various regions, which will help improve the quality of supply to consumers.
The diffusion of innovative and sustainable fuels such as methane is consistent with the development path of the api Group which is today, with over 5000 service stations throughout Italy, the leading Italian operator in the fuel sector by number of distribution points.
PROVIRIDIS through its distribution subsidiary V-GAS has opened a new natural gas station in Saint-Martin-de-Crau, a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.
The 24-hour V-GAS station is equipped with a compressed natural gas (CNG) and two liquefied natural gas (LNG) dispensers and is manned by a pump attendant to support drivers.
V-GAS is set to open another station in Plan d’Orgon in line with its plans to establish a network of 18 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the region in three years.
In June, V-GAS opened an LNG station in Saint Quentin Fallavier, 30 km south east of Lyon.
Source: PROVIRIDIS and V-GAS
SEAT has streamlined the Mii range to make the urban car an easier purchase option. This popular small car is aimed directly at the youth-urban driver market. The updated version now include three trim levels: Style, Chic and FR Line – all of which are operated with compressed natural gas (CNG).
The SEAT Mii will be exclusively available as a 5-door version and offers many technological features including BeatsAudio®, infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, SD Card and smartphone integration with dedicated DriveMii App (available on AppStore and Google Play Store) and air conditioning.
In keeping with the character of the Mii, an additional combination of styling and modern technologies can be added with the Easy Flex, Winter Pack and Sensoric Pack. Easy Flex brings the practicality of a double boot floor, seat adjustment and a hook in the glove box to Style vehicles.
The Winter Pack adds heated seats, electric and heated exterior mirrors, while the Sensoric Pack brings cruise control, rear parking sensors, rain and light sensors as well as LED daytime running lights. There are also a number of options including a sunroof, spare wheel and safety assist among others.
The SEAT Mii is fitted with a 68PS CNG engine making it the best ECO alternative in the market.
Eni and Snam, through its subsidiary Snam4Mobility, have signed a second contract implementing the framework agreement signed in May 2017, aimed at creating 20 new compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling stations for vehicles in Italy, as part of both companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility in the country.
The deal follows the contract signed a few months ago to create a group of 14 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, of which the first are due to open within the first quarter of 2019. Under the agreement, Snam will design, create and maintain 20 new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations within Eni’s national distributor network. The investment for these activities is expected to be within the region of €10 million.
Natural gas is one of the best technologies available to help reduce emissions in mobility, with benefits in terms of air quality, as well as significant financial advantages for consumers. Mobility using natural gas is also becoming increasingly renewable through the gradual development of a biomethane supply chain that uses existing facilities.
Eni’s goal is to further strengthen its sustainable mobility offering with this initiative. Within Eni’s network of 4,400 stations, 3,500 supply Eni Diesel+, the premium diesel with a 15% renewable component, while around 1,000 stations supply LPG and methane, two of which are liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 180 are compressed natural gas (CNG).
The HAM Group has officially launched a new public access station that will offer both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the province of Barcelona. This new station is the first one to be located within the port of Barcelona, and with this there are already 18 public stations operated by HAM (13 with CNG and 15 with LNG).
Although the official opening will be in the months of September and October this year, the station is already operational for the refuelling of vehicles.
Thanks to this new HAM facility, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be provided to port vehicles, heavy or light trucks, vans, taxis and passenger cars. This installation service will not only reduce the operating fuel costs but also supposes a new alternative so that the port’s transportation can reduce emissions and improve the air quality in Barcelona. The station has a double compressed natural gas (CNG) dispenser and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) dispenser.
In addition to the station in the port of Barcelona, HAM plans to expand its network of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the installation of new refuelling points in the peninsula. The most advanced according to the information that GASNAM has received are located in the communities of Aragón, Asturias, Castilla y León, Galicia and Extremadura.
There are already 59 natural gas stations operation in Spain, which will soon increase by 43 that are currently under construction.
Westport Fuel Systems Inc. has completed the sale of its compressed natural gas (CNG) compressor business to Snam S.p.A., a leading European gas utility company, for total proceeds of 12.3 million Euro, net of a EUR 500,000 holdback to be released upon fulfilment of an independent audit process, which will be completed within 30 business days.
This divestiture was initially announced by Westport Fuel Systems on May 17, 2018. According to the Vancouver-based company, the deal was consistent with its strategy to streamline its business and product lines and focus on supplying alternative fuel vehicle components and systems to the transportation industry.
“The closing of this transaction marks another achievement in our portfolio rationalization, a strategic initiative we started two years ago following the merger with Fuel Systems Solutions to capture synergies, drive efficiencies and strengthen our balance sheet,” states Nancy Gougarty, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems. “With a stronger balance sheet, a more streamlined business and improving operational results, we believe we can build on our market-leading position in our core markets, which should drive long-term value for the company and our shareholders.”
Source: Westport Fuel Systems