NGVAmerica applauds DOE R&D investment in natural gas transportation technologies

March 19, 2019. NGVAmerica applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that it is immediately investing $18 million in projects to advance medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle technologies.

   DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) selected nine distinct projects jointly funded by DOE, the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the Southcoast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to advance the state of technology for natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

   “Today’s announcement by DOE and NREL publicly affirms the federal government’s belief that natural gas vehicles are an important part of our nation’s transportation mix yesterday, today, and well into the future,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage. “Natural gas is ready-right-now technology for all vehicle applications, and this investment further expands NGVs’ capability and reliability and increases their emissions- and carbon-free performance. When fueled by captured biomethane, natural gas truck and bus engines are the cleanest and most-immediate solution for those seeking a net carbon-negative fleet footprint.”

   The selected projects focus on reducing the total cost of NGV ownership, increasing vehicle efficiency, decreasing local air pollution, and advancing technology development to increase the use of more affordable medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engines and vehicles.