A letter to the Automotive News editorial board written by VNG co-founder Harvey Lamm, was published in the March 20, 2017 edition of the publication. Responding to a recent column in which democrats are urging the EPA not to reopen vehicle fuel efficiency rules, Mr. Lamm wrote the following in support of natural gas vehicles:
TO THE EDITOR:
Sen. Schumer is missing the point. Congress should be reopening the rules to create more effective regulations as opposed to forcing automakers to support vehicles to meet regulations but fall short of achieving the objectives of the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 (“Democrats urge EPA not to reopen vehicle fuel efficiencyrules,” autonews.com, March 7).
The EPA report card is mediocre. The nearly 20 million or so E85 vehicles on the road each use less than 20 gallons of E85 per year and mostly rely on gasoline. High cost and limited-utility electric vehicles cater to low-mileage drivers already driving fuel-efficient gasoline vehicles. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have an electric range that essentially saves a mere 1 gallon of gas per charge. Yet, all of these offer automakers regulatory credits and consumer tax credits. Developments in the fuel efficiency of gasoline vehicles have been a bright spot, but the low-hanging fruit has been picked.
Ignoring natural gas vehicles is a glaring regulatory omission. Proven with 22 million in use globally, NGVs use domestically abundant natural gas with inherent environmental benefits (even greater with biogas). Bi-fuel vehicles can overcome range anxiety while a compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure develops. Most importantly, NGVs are the best application for pickups and other light-duty trucks. These are the most fuel-consuming and polluting of all light-duty vehicles, comprise three of every five vehicles sold and are the most profitable vehicles for automakers.
NGVs are a practical solution and with greater regulatory inclusion are a real opportunity to not only meet the regulations, but to maximize the objectives of clean air and energy independence.
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Harvey Lamm is the co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Subaru of America. He also is the co-founder of VNG, a natural gas fueling services provider. VNG will continue making the case for the benefits of natural gas vehicles and the need for government support for natural gas vehicles to regulators and policymakers as well as the media, and welcomes any opportunities to discuss this critical subject in greater detail.
VNG Chief Operating Officer Robert Friedman said, “VNG will continue educating regulators and the public alike on the benefits of NGVs. We are confident a balance between more efficient vehicles and effective regulation can be reached without undoing all the forward progress that has already been made. Our mission at VNG is to help our country move to a more sustainable, secure transportation fueling mix today by leveraging the unique abilities of NGVs to contribute to these goals – particularly for the pickups and other light trucks preferred by buyers.”
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 (610) 709-5500.
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