BLUE BELL, PA, OCT 2, 2017: In comments submitted to the EPA as part of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025, VNG.co LLC detailed how natural gas vehicles (NGVs) can address the automakers’ greatest challenge: meeting emission standards for the critical light-duty truck segment (e.g., pickups and SUVs). These vehicles constitute over 60% of total US new vehicle sales and are the most profitable for automakers, making them indispensable to the industry, but are also the most fuel consuming and polluting.
“Natural gas is a cleaner, cheaper and domestically abundant fuel ideal for the critical light-truck segment which lacks a viable EV solution,” said VNG co-founder Harvey Lamm, co-founder and former CEO of Subaru of America. “America is the world’s #1 producer of natural gas but only #16 in NGVs, with less than 200,000 in operation versus 22 million worldwide. Any policy for American energy independence and energy dominance needs to fix this by putting NGVs front and center.”
“Our comments detail NGVs as a solution for all by supporting the critical light-duty truck segment and providing customers with their vehicle of choice and a long-term, lower cost and more stable priced fuel, all while achieving the government’s objectives for clean air, reduced petroleum and economic growth” said Robert Friedman, COO of VNG. “Fueling NGVs with rapidly growing renewable natural gas (RNG) reduces GHG emissions by a game-changing 70%-130%, outperforming EVs. The EPA should update its rules to reflect these benefits and developments.”
In addition to information on the changing landscape for NGVs, the comments include a detailed agenda the EPA can undertake to reform the light-duty emission regulations, including:
- Fair Emissions Incentives: Provide NGV emissions incentives which reflect the emission benefits of RNG, similar to existing EVs incentives for the potential emissions benefits of renewable electricity.
- Cut Red Tape for Bi-Fuel NGVs: Remove arbitrary design restrictions placed on bi-fuel NGVs that can operate on natural gas or gasoline which do not exist for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
- Pickup Truck Credits: Provide special incentives for full-size pickup trucks operating on natural gas, much like those afforded to hybrid-electric pickups.
- Include Retrofits: Provide automakers incentives to retrofit existing vehicles to run on natural gas.
Reforming regulations to recognize the game-changing emissions potential of NGVs enables the automakers to cost-effectively achieve CAFE and GHG emissions. Equally important, American drivers would benefit from use of a cleaner transportation fuel compared to gasoline, all while preserving a full range of cost-effective vehicle choices including pickups, SUVs and minivans. Comments available here.
About VNG: VNG is a leading retail natural gas fueling service provider. By offering fueling within gasoline stations, VNG supports the widespread use of light-duty NGVs by national and regional fleets, and eventually the mass-market consumer segment. VNG installs, maintains, monitors and operates its company-owned CNG fueling equipment, providing fleets with cost-effective, turnkey CNG fueling services. The company was founded by Harvey Lamm, the co-founder of Subaru of America and Bob Annunziata, the founder of Teleport Communications Group, the first CLEC in the telecommunications industry. VNG® is the nation’s CNG fueling solution. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.vng.co or call Robert Atkinson, Chief Regulatory Officer at (610) 709-5500.