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Sept 27, 2012 Environment America
last week – and its many state chapters across the country – released a report titled, “The Costs of Fracking.” In that report researchers from – (well that depends on what state you’re in) – go through what they perceive as the monetary costs associated with the full life cycle of natural gas development. (more)
By Lee Otto, Exec, VP & General Manager International Distribution Center "CNGPUMP"
I had a chance to attend the Auto Show in Chicago on Friday Feb 17th to see what's new with CNG vehicles.
GM is still showing the same CNG van that they say is now available for public sale, the markup is $15,000 extra for the CNG conversion. The representitives at the show said that the $15,000 markup is some what offset with discounts plus Federal & State rebates and tax credits.
HONDA displayed an impressive 2012 Civic CNG in a pearl white.
FORD showed off the 6.2L gas engine with the available "gaseous fuel package", to my knowledge this is the first "EPA ENGINE CLASS" OEM engine, which means the EPA has certified this engine (and CNG kit) as an EPA approved CNG engine which can be used in a variety of trucks & vans. What this means for anyone wanting to use an aftermarket kit is that if you order a Ford vehicle with the "gaseous fuel package" this engine is ready to recieve a sequential injection system because the intake manifold comes from the factory with pre-drilled ports, the cylinder heads have hardened intake valve guides, and the exhaust has hardened valve seats, plus all gaskets and seals are gaseous fuel friendly, ($295 upgrade for the gaseous fuel package and you must order it as an UPGRADE).
WORLD RACE 2011, New York to Paris
April 14th, 2011
POWERED BY ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Not since 1908 has the world seen and event like this! Back in 1908 a brave group of adventureous men set out to prove a new means of transportation THE AUTOMOBILE. To commerate this historic race a a new group of adventure seekers will race from New York to Paris traveling 14 countries and 24,000 miles to once again prove a new breed of vehicles, powered by alternative fuels.
350million people will see the race and over 35million will be following it!..
Car #5 TEAM CNGPUMP will join the teams from NYC to SanFransisco running on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) looking to set an American record, (contact Lee Otto, 920-636-0428, to be a sponsor).
Follow us here for all the action “TEAM CNGPUMP” Car #5 Driven by Lee Otto in the World Race 2011, powered by CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Lee will be attempting an American record for the longest distance traveled on CNG. He will be leaving April 9th from Wisconsin, and then joining the other racers in the World Race in New York on April 14th, 2011, Westward bound to San Francisco, many of the other drivers will put their cars on a boat to China, then on to Paris. This event has not happened since 1908 and to commemorate this once in a lifetime event, 26 vehicles will take on the World powered by and promoting Alternative Fuels! 12 countries…. 24,000 miles… GO WORLD RACE 2011.
So what am I (Lee) promoting in this race? We just released NATIONALLY , The CNGPUMP Home / Commercial Fueling Station, which is now available through Dealers in the USA, The CNGPUMP Home Fueling Station combines great performance at an even greater price.
SIGN UP ON OUR WEBSITE, TO FOLLOW THE RACE AND SEE OUR PRODUCTS www.CNGPUMP.com
P.S. don’t tell anyone (and if you’re a State Trooper I just made this up) but here’s a little information about our car. It’s a 2004 Turbo VW Jetta, Bi-Fuel so it runs on either Gas or CNG (compressed natural gas), The Boost on the Turbo has been increased, Custom exhaust, Free breathing air intake, Custom Cam, Race wheels and tires (high speed), Stiffer springs, We added a HUGE second CNG tank because fueling looks like it’s going to be an issue from Oklahoma to Denver (Darn, 600miles), we have a secret fueling source though that none of the other racers know about, one of our customers has a CNGPUMP.com Home Fueling Station strategically waiting for us at about the half-way point in that stretch.
Fueling won’t be an issue as there are many CNG stations from NYC to Oklahoma… then again, from Denver to San Francisco there are 100’s of Stations… But that 600 mile stretch between Oklahoma and Denver will have us collecting cow farts for fuel! LOL
The best part is that with CNG floating around under $2.00 per gallon, I’m expecting to make this 4800 mile round trip on less than $250…. I know, how exciting.
This you might find amusing, this morning I just went to public fueling station here to fill up the CNG tank (April 2nd 2011) and the price was .98cents here in Wisconsin!.... Premium at the pump was $4.02
The only real reason people have been holding back on adding CNG Bi-Fuel systems to their vehicles is the lack of fueling stations, with our CNGPUMP.com Home Fueling Stations you can now fuel at home or your business…. In my area the price of the Natural Gas is about .62 per gallon (GGE)…. And since its about 130octane right out of the ground… I’m pushing my little VW to the limit when we get to Utah and Nevada… KEEP WATCHING www.youtube.com/cngpump , and become a subscirber FOR UPDATES!
Lee Otto, Driver TEAM CNGPUMP Car #5, World Race 2011
Hyundai Introduces Korea’s First CNG Hybrid Bus
February 02, 2011 (Green Car Congress)
Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, unveiled
the nation’s first CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) hybrid bus, “Blue-City”. This is the first time a major automaker independently developed both the system and body for such a vehicle.
The hybrid bus is equipped with a G-CNG Engine that offers 177 kW (237 hp) and a 6-speed automated manual transmission, plus a 60kW electric drive motor and 3.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. Hyundai will operate 30 test units of Blue-City in selected metropolitan areas from July, with plans to mass produce the vehicles in 2012. more...
Doing CNG in America 2011, the battle between CNG, Hybrids and ElectricsFebruary 07, 2011 (Jim Younkin's CNG)
As the price of gasoline continues to climb the only silver lining is that CNG conversions will pick up again as our pocketbooks get pinched every time we fill up with gasoline. . more...
_______________________________________________________________GM to Offer Chevy, GMC CNG and LPG Vans for FleetsMay 18, 2010
GM will offer
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans to fleet and commercial customers beginning later this year.
The vans have specially designed engines for the gaseous fuels and come direct to the customer with the fully integrated and warranted dedicated gaseous fuel system in place.more...
What you see here is Chevy’s newly-available, 4-tank CNG commercial van. This was news last year
, but despite that, this is the first one we’d seen “in the flesh”. So, when one of GM’s marketing reps realized we were ignoring the ZL1 Camaro launch (by which time we had – ahem
– already gotten the hood up, pulled back the vinyl that was sealing off the filler cap, opened the back of the van, etc.) we asked questions. more...
GreenMan Subsidiary to test CNG/Diesel dual fuel upgrade on refuse transfer truck
February 07, 2011 (Green Car Congress)
American Power Group Inc., a subsidiary of GreenMan Technologies Inc., has signed
an EPA Test Vehicle Agreement with Waste Connections of Colorado, Inc. to convert one of its refuse transfer trucks to APG’s dual fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission compliance approval...more...
________________________________________________________________Who’s afraid of the Big Bad EPA Wolf IISeptember 26, 2010 (Jim Younkin's CNG)
It is not clear when the EPA got involved with CNG conversions or even why they did. It seemed to have stemed from a few complaints of OEM’s (original equipment manufacture) feeling put upon since they were required pay thousands of dollars to certify their new vehicles and the retrofit converters didn’t have to pay. (click on September 2010 article)
Ford Expands CNG/LPG Conversion Capability
to F-450, F-550 Super Duty
June 07, 2010 (Green Car Congress)
Ford will begin offering
an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab. Ford presented details of the conversion option, which will become available this fall and enables the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas), at the annual Ford Fleet Product and Business Conference in Dearborn.