Saturday, August 24, 2013

C. R. England Natural Gas in Trucking

NatGasCar LLC Announces Partnership with AVS LLC on Certification of 2013 Ford F150

Cleveland, Ohio – June 28, 2013 – NatGasCar, LLC has made a strategic investment in Utah based AVS, LLC to certify, manufacture and market a proprietary CNG Conversion System for installation on the 2012 & 2013 Ford F150 5.0L engine. The partnership combines the manufacturing and distribution capability of NatGasCar with the installation expertise of AVS. The partnership enables NatGasCar to better serve customers in the western United States, while providing an east coast installation location for AVS. Brad Trembath, President of NatGasCar, stated, “a partnership with AVS is the perfect platform to introduce the 2013 Ford 150 system to a national customer base.” Scott Brandeberry of AVS noted that both companies share dedication to outstanding customer service and advancement of CNG vehicle technology. AVS has developed the numerous products for CNG vehicles including AVS High Pressure Component such as Duramount fueling ports, injector adaptors, fuel rails, and CNG tank packages. NatGasCar conversion systems feature a uniquely engineered manifold exchange program that requires no drilling or tapping of manifolds. The Ford F150 systems are expected to be available for delivery in early July 2013.

NatGasCar has CNG Conversion Systems approved by the EPA for use on engines in the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Journey, Chrysler 200, Dodge Ram 1500, GM Silverado/Sierra 2500/3500, and the GM Express/Savana full size van. These conversion systems enable vehicles to fuel with clean-burning, lower cost, compressed natural gas (CNG), in addition to gasoline. The primary market for these systems is high mileage commercial vehicles that can benefit quickly from lower fuel and maintenance costs. The growing number of CNG fueling stations across the United States has created a higher demand for the CNG Conversion System and tank packages developed by both NatGasCar and AVS.

About AVS, LLC and NatGasCar, LLC AVS uses a proprietary ISO 9001:2008 compliant methods for CNG installation and is a national leader in conversion technology. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, AVS has a strong relationship with the Utah Clean Cities Organization and numerous ANGA members. NatGasCar LLC is a recognized leader in the alternative fuel industry. Their proprietary system uses a patent injection system to provide a cost effective and reliable conversion product. All EPA-certified systems developed by NatGasCar use the ISO 9000:2008 management process to develop our products.

AVS, LLC Contact Information
Scott Brandeberry: site: (801) 293-0555

NatGasCar LLC Contact Information
John Laine – site: (216) 692-3700

Monday, August 19, 2013

August Question of the Month

Question of the Month: Where can I find case studies and other information about fleets that have successfully adopted alternative fuels and advanced vehicles?

Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Resources
The AFDC Case Studies search ( is a great resource for examples of what real fleets are doing related to alternative fuels. This page allows the user to search by category or keyword.  Categories include fuels and technologies, such as biodiesel and idle reduction, as well as applications such as law enforcement and public transit. The Case Study search functionality was recently updated to provide a better search experience, so be sure to check it out.

Another useful tool is the AFDC Publications database ( The publications database includes more detailed reports and case studies written by the national laboratories and other organizations regarding the implementation of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in fleets. This page is also searchable by category or keyword.

Clean Cities Resources
The Clean Cities YouTube Channel ( is one of the newest Clean Cities tools. The channel features more than 200 case study videos, including MotorWeek Clean Cities Success Story segments, and other educational media for fleets. In addition, Clean Cities Now ( includes a “Fleet Experiences” section in each biannual publication. Each “Fleet Experiences” article contains information about a fleet that has successfully transitioned their fleet to alternative fuels.

Clean Cities coalitions are also great resources for information about the “real world” use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles at the local and regional level. The Clean Cities Coalition Contacts page ( provides a list of coalitions and their websites. Some coalitions post stakeholder fleet case studies on their websites or feature success stories in their newsletters.

Industry Associations and Publications
Some industry association websites also contain useful case studies that focus on the use of specific fuel and technology types. For example, the National Biodiesel Board “Market Segments” page ( provides examples of fleets using biodiesel in different applications, as well as stories on several “feature fleets.” Additionally, fleet publications such as Automotive Fleet ( and Green Fleet ( publish articles about fleets that are adopting alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.

Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team

A New CNG Partnership Among UCCC Stakeholders


Salt Lake City, Utah – July 31, 2013 – Ares Transportation Technologies, a leading
alternative transportation technology company, has secured rights to sell and install the
Powerfuel CNG System’s Ford Total Integration EPA certified bi-fuel and dedicated
compressed natural gas systems.

The Powerfuel system was designed to Ford’s Q-185 engineering standards to
compliment and be fully supported by Ford’s warranty program and is currently available
for Ford’s flagship 5.0-liter F-150 as well as the 6.2-liter F-250/F-350 Super Duty

“The Powerfuel system represents cutting edge technology in the fast emerging CNG
transportation industry offering previously unattainable OEM authorized synchronization
of the CNG system with Ford’s factory-installed engine controls enabling seamless
operation between the two fuels.” said Steve Pruitt with Ares. “What sets the Powerfuel’s
system apart is that it can also operate in a hybrid mode mixing natural gas with gasoline
employing fuel displacement technology providing increased vehicle performance and
reduced wear.”

“As the number of CNG fueling stations grows in proportion to the public demand for the
use of cleaner domestic fuels, the demand for reliable systems has followed and this
combination has the potential to have an impact on not only our regional economy but the
air we all endure each winter in the Salt Lake Valley” continued Pruitt. “Though there
are other systems in the marketplace, the conversion industry is punctuated with
manufacturers, systems and installers that offer either non-certified systems or have
quality control issues leaving customers with systems that, more often than not, do not
work as advertised while the Powerful system is the best system we have installed in
terms of its engineering, ease of installation, performance, manufacturer support and
customer satisfaction. The first of these systems are now in use by Rio Tinto’s Kennecott
Copper fleet.”

“As part of our commitment to sustainable development, we have implemented a number
of programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, unnecessary fuel consumption and
reducing vehicle maintenance” said Richard Kauss, Superintendent of Support Services
for Kennecott. “”Through programs such as our idle free program, we have saved over 2
million gallons of fuel and over $6 million while reducing our GHG emissions by over
21,000 tons since 2008 and the conversion of our vehicles to CNG is just another step
enabling us to increase these results and to lead by example and Ares is uniquely
positioned and qualified to assist us in the continued pursuit of these programs with their
CNG conversion capabilities particularly with Ford vehicles” continued Kauss.

CNG can currently be purchased in Utah for as low as $1.49 per gallon and according to
the EPA, reduces carbon-monoxide emissions by up to 97%, nitrogen-oxide emissions by
up to 60% and can also reduce non-methane hydrocarbon emissions by up to 75%, while
producing fewer carcinogenic pollutants and little or no particulate matter.

About Ares Transportation Technologies. Ares developed the world’s first hybrid
electric Le Mans prototype racecar becoming the first electrically powered car to finish
on the podium of an internationally sanctioned event. Ares transferred its racecar
technology to develop its Assistive Drive System for the trucking industry, re-fueling
systems for the world’s first diesel-displacement Pisten Bully mountain groomers used
this past winter at Park City and Alta ski resorts and LNG fueling systems for the
trucking industry. Ares has received recognition for its work from the EPA, US
Department of Energy, Utah Green Business, SAE International and the Wall Street
Journal. As one of the leading companies for CNG conversions in the Intermountain
West, Ares also offers CNG systems for GM vehicles with customers including Questar,
Wexpro, Avista, US Forest Service, GSL Electric, Washington City, Hyster, Utility
Trailer, QEP Resources, Cargill and Ultra Petroleum.

For additional information, contact Steve Pruitt:
Email -
Web –
Phone – 801-541-3733

Monday, August 5, 2013

Utah Clean Cities Internship Opportunity

POSITION TITLE: Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) Fall 2013 Intern

UCCC’s Electric Vehicle Readiness Assessment & Strategic Implementation Plan has been put in to action, and the coalition is currently convening a Task Force that will address EV barriers in three phases. The first phase of implementation involves developing legislation that will deal with adoption barriers, including the resale of electricity and vehicle incentives. UCCC’s  Fall 2013 intern will assist with bill preparation leading up to the 2014 Legislative Session. He or she will be afforded the unique opportunity to interact with state legislators witnessing first-hand the legislative process. They would also receive support and guidance from Utah Clean Energy, a local nonprofit that is partnering with UCCC on this endeavor.

In addition to legislative experience, our intern would be responsible assisting with EV Task Force meeting coordination and follow up. This may include, but not be limited to, collaboration with stakeholders, conducting market research, presenting information, coordinate events, and compile information, data and stakeholder input.

During this time, UCCC staff will also be working on a myriad of events and campaigns, including Idle Free Awareness month, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Awareness month, a CNG summit and 20th anniversary events. In addition to the EV Task Force and event planning, the intern would assist with public outreach and content generation for UCCC communications channels, to help UCCC staff with the above listed activities.

HOURS:  20 hours a week for 15 weeks.

Excellent writing and communication skills
Knowledge of social media platforms and the Microsoft Office Suite. 
Self –motivated and detail-oriented with a background in environmental science, communications or business.

Students will be compensated with a stipend ranging from $2,520 - $4,200. Exact compensation is dependent on academic classification.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Irene Rizza (


Irene Rizza

More Information about the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program:

The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 100 communities across the country. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 150 interns in more than 70 Coalitions.

The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering or environmental sciences, the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum.
Specific Details:
  • Up to 39 internships available at competitively-selected U.S. Clean Cities Coalition locations working with dynamic Clean Cities coordinators and their stakeholders
  • Positions are 15 or 20 hours per week (determined by the coalition) for 15 weeks
  • Internship dates: Approximately September 9, 2013 through April 26, 2014. Exact start/end dates determined by individual coalitions
  • Stipends range from $2,520 - $4,200 depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned by the coalition.
  • Many past internships have led to permanent positions!

To submit your resume and complete the online application, please click here and complete the application process by August 5, 2013. If selected, interns will be notified by August 30, 2013.
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