Natural Gas Fleets

As natural gas as a transportation fuel becomes more popular worldwide, more corporate fleets are adopting the fuel to take advantage of their environmental and economic benefits. Companies using natural gas fleets have reported significant savings thanks to increased fuel efficiency and are simultaneously shrinking their carbon footprint.

 

The Rise of Natural Gas Fleets

NVGs have experienced quick and steady growth, establishing themselves as some of the most environmentally-friendly vehicles. Taking advantage of compressed natural gas and LNG, natural gas fleets have become influential in many transportation-focused industries, including:

  • Trucking
  • Buses and public transport
  • Shipping

International NGV association NGV Global predicts that in the next 10 years, natural gas fleets will account for 9 percent of the world’s transportation fleets. Because fleets rely heavily on fuel efficiency and often return to home-based fueling stations, transportation-based industries have been especially receptive to natural gas fueling technology and are paving the way for the growth of natural gas in the transportation industry as a whole.

Currently, the waste management industry has the fastest growing NGV fleet. Waste collection and transfer vehicles make up roughly 11% of total NGV use.

 

Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas Fleets

By converting to natural gas fleets, prominent companies around the world have met stiffened emissions standards and drastically reduced their greenhouse gas and carbon emissions. Some of the organizations reporting more environmentally friendly behavior include:

  • Iveco, an Italian manufacturer of industrial vehicles and buses, invested heavily in NGV technology. Iveco developed the Eurocargo CNG, which lowers emissions by up to 20% and gives off no sulfur, hydrocarbons or particulate matter. The Eurocargo CNG debuted in the Netherlands, where it was used by Coca-Cola.
  • According to a report by Energy and Capital, companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Nike and Wal-Mart are expanding their natural gas fleets and encouraging the use of natural gas trucks in delivering their merchandise.

According to The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, NGVs can reduce emissions by up to 55%. Therefore, for companies actively looking to “go green” and reduce their carbon footprint, natural gas fleets are a clear solution.

 

Economic Benefits of Natural Gas Fleets

Companies that have adopted natural gas fleets have increased their fuel efficiency, in turn cutting down their fuel expenses substantially. Across the board, natural gas fleets have proved to be highly economical:

  • Natural gas fuel is about 35% cheaper than diesel fuel.
  • Fleet owners can save nearly 30% - 60% of fuel costs compared to diesel and petrol.

By converting to natural gas fleets, companies are adopting a more efficient business model while simultaneously lowering greenhouse gas emissions. While initial prices of NGVs tend to be higher, they quickly pay for themselves thanks to their high fuel efficiency. This is making employing natural gas fleets harder for businesses to resist.

Natural Gas Fleets Stories

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