FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2011
Contact: Robin Erickson
(435) 652-4721 Ext. 138
Auto Gas America Expands CNG Fleet in Southern Utah
Washington City continues to promote Alternative Fuels
WASHINGTON CITY, UT - Washington City, with the help of Utah Clean Cities Coalition, recently became the first organization in Utah to take advantage of new rules set forth by the EPA to expand their use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as the clean burning fuel of choice for their fleet.
Robin Erickson, Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities, Mike Shaw, Public Works Director for Washington City, and Auto Gas America, an Ogden based manufacturer of EPA certified fuel systems, combined their winning efforts to move this project to completion. Auto Gas America engineered and certified the systems that Ares Transportation Technology, a Salt Lake City based Conversion Company, installed for Washington City.
In the past it has not been economically feasible to certify in-service vehicles, unless the fleet was large enough to disperse conversion process costs of approximately $100,000. "We now have the opportunity to use EPA data to engineer a system that will perform as well as current model year vehicles, while still meeting the emission guidelines, and reducing end-user cost" said Auto Gas America engineer Aaron Stuart.
Alden Ricks, Manager of Ares Transportation Technology, said, "Through this process we were able to demonstrate that, with the proper certification and installation, CNG is a viable, cost effective fuel for older vehicles. We believe that this process will become the norm and not an exception"
“Auto Gas America's system allows municipalities, businesses and the public to have access to certified conversion kits without having to go through the certification process,” Bryan Wilcox, President of Auto Gas America, stated. "Combining our system with the second largest CNG refueling infrastructure in the nation provides a winning formula of economic and air quality benefits to the state of Utah."