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Customers order 70% more natural gas vehicles

LNG Industry,

Clean Energy Fuels has announced that its customers ordered 70% more natural gas vehicles in Q3 2013, compared to the same period last year. The company also announced a number of deals in the transit sector, building on its portfolio of natural gas fuel customers.

Long Beach Public Transportation Company

  • LBT has signed a new multi-year operation and maintenance agreement to fuel with Clean Energy.
  • LBT has deployed 64 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and has the capacity to serve up to 110 buses at its station.
  • If LBT were to reach capacity of 110 CNG buses, this fleet could consume 1.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of CNG per year.
  • The company’s CNG fleet fuels at its private CNG fuelling facility, which is operated and maintained by Clean Energy.

Whittlesea-Bell Transportation

  • Las Vegas transport company Whittlesea-Bell has introduced 229 new CNG vehicles and will continue the transition of its entire fleet to natural gas by 2016.
  • Whittlesea-Bell will deploy the following CNG vehicles: 92 Transit Connect taxis, 92 Dodge Caravans, 25 large shuttle buses and 20 stretched Cadillac Escalades.
  • These vehicles are projected to consume 1.3 million GGEs of CNG per year.
  • Clean Energy's six public-access fuelling stations in Las Vegas will support this growing CNG fleet.

70% more vehicles

Clean Energy CEO, Andrew Littlefair, explains what this means for the alternative fuel industry:

“Looking back at 2013, the pronounced trend toward natural gas as a transportation fuel is clear with our customers ordering 70% more natural gas vehicles through Q3 2013 than during the same period last year.

“This year, industry experts forecast that approximately 2400 Cummins Westport 12L natural gas engines are scheduled to come off production lines and into America's heavy-duty trucks, a figure which is projected to rise to 10 000 in 2014. In addition, ten more of our America's Natural Gas Highway stations began fueling this year for a total of 19 now in service to support America's truckers and we will continue to meet this growing demand in 2014 as the transition accelerates.

“2013 also saw promising developments in the rail and maritime industry's use of natural gas. These new segments show tremendous promise in the coming years and we will continue to support them as they develop.

“As we end this year, I am tremendously proud of Clean Energy and our accomplishments in breaking new ground with the successful launch of Redeem as well as our continued leadership as North America's largest provider of natural gas for transportation.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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