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Examining the market potential for natural-gas-powered trucks : barriers and opportunities for promoting environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.
  • Published Date:
    2014-08-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • Publication/ Report Number:
    SWUTC/14/600451-00078-1
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  • Abstract:
    Over the past decade, public concerns have grown over America's energy use and production. Pushes

    towards more environmentally friendly and sustainable sources of energy have moved out of fringe politics

    and into mainstream political discourse. Advances in drilling technology and increased exploration of shale

    gas plays have made natural gas more available and accessible. The abundance of natural gas has led to its

    growing role in the U.S. electric production and has provided the United States with an opportunity to

    become a net exporter of energy in the near future. The availability of natural gas, coupled with uncertainty

    in the liquid petroleum market, has prompted stakeholders to search out additional uses for this low-cost

    energy source. The result has been a large-scale effort to encourage the use of natural gas-based fuel within

    the trucking industry. Commercial long-haul trucks and truck fleets are a prime target of these efforts. The

    number of natural gas fueling stations around the country is increasing, and there are growing investments

    in new technologies and government incentives to retrofit and upgrade the nation's trucking fleet, making

    the logistics of a large-scale switch from a liquid petroleum-based fuel to natural gas much less

    complicated. Through a detailed analysis of natural gas trucks, fueling infrastructure, and case studies, this

    report seeks to reach conclusions over the role natural gas vehicles (NGVs) should play in the future U.S.

    transportation system.

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