Blue Bell, PA March 22, 2016 – A letter to the Wall Street Journal editorial board written by Robert Friedman, COO of VNG, was published in the March 22, 2016 edition of the paper. Responding to a recent column criticizing electric vehicle subsidies, Mr. Friedman wrote in support of a more technology-neutral incentive policy that includes incentives for natural gas vehicles:
Holman Jenkins’s “Voters Should Be Mad at Electric Cars” (March 12) identifies the extent to which government policies have been responsible for the development of the electric vehicle market. However, by attempting to pick a winner in the quest to reduce emissions from transportation, these policies have been rendered much less effective in achieving their environmental goals.
A truly technology-neutral policy would also support natural gas vehicles (NGVs). They provide comparable benefits to electrics, reducing greenhouse emissions by up to 25% when fueled by fossil natural gas and 85% or more when fueled by renewable methane captured from landfills, dairy farms, wastewater treatment facilities, etc. And, unlike EVs, NGVs are available for popular (and highly profitable) light trucks like Ford’s F-150 pickup – the best-selling vehicle model in the U.S. for decades.
If policy makers truly want to reduce vehicle emissions for all types of vehicles – and not just subsidize glamorous, high-tech Teslas for already-wealthy consumers – they should set regulations for the broad market based on performance, not hype.
VNG will continue making the case for incentive parity between electric and natural gas vehicles to regulators and policymakers as well as the press, and welcomes any opportunities to discuss this critical subject in greater detail.
VNG 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.