BLUE BELL, PA, May 9, 2017: According to VNG.co, LLC, a leading natural gas fueling infrastructure provider for light-duty vehicles, the Trump Administration’s regulatory reform agenda is an opportunity to deliver energy independence where our country needs it most: in the light-duty vehicle fleet, and especially the pickups, vans, and other light trucks that so many American jobs depend on.
In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, VNG outlined ways in which existing regulations are holding back the development of the market for vehicles fueled by cheaper, cleaner, domestically-abundant natural gas – and ways in which they could be quickly reformed to give the Administration a big win on energy.
“Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are a proven solution for energy independence and cleaner air, and there are over 22 million on the road around the world – but less than 200,000 in America, the world’s largest natural gas producer,” said VNG co-founder Harvey Lamm, the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Subaru of America. “It’s long overdue for the EPA to provide the same kind of support for NGVs as they did for EVs under the previous Administration.”
VNG’s comments identify several areas where the rules inhibit industry growth and undermine the agency’s emissions and petroleum reduction goals. Most seriously, the EPA fails to recognize the rapid growth in ultra-low emission renewable natural gas (RNG), which today provides over 35% of NGV fueling nationwide and over half in California, from methane captured at landfills, dairy farms, and wastewater plants.
“By updating EPA regulations to recognize the major benefits that NGVs can deliver, particularly for the pickup trucks that are the top-selling but most petroleum-dependent vehicles in America, President Trump, Department of Energy Secretary Perry and EPA Administrator Pruitt can show what their “pro-growth, pro-environment” message is all about,” said VNG Chief Operating Officer Robert Friedman. “NGVs are a ‘win-win-win’ for jobs, our national security, and cleaner air, and our industry and economy is ready to start winning today as these regulatory obstacles are removed.”
Other areas identified for potential reforms include barriers to the use of low-emission pickup truck incentives, unnecessary design requirements for bi-fuel NGVs, and a failure to recognize the potential of NGV retrofits to contribute to the goals of the regulation. VNG’s full comments and proposals are posted publicly under EPA’s “Evaluation of Existing Regulations” docket, and are available upon request (or by clicking here).
ABOUT VNG: VNG.co, LLC is a leading retail compressed natural gas fueling service provider. By offering its fueling services 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 Friedman, Chief Operating Officer at (610) 709-5501, or Robert Atkinson, Chief Regulatory Officer at (610) 709-5500.