More announcements continued to move last week for building the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) market for natural gas vehicles (NGV).

Seattle-based World CNG is adding outlets in Madison, WI, and on Long Island in New York to its network, with Madison Truck Equipment Inc. as a partner.

Colorado also is taking delivery in July of 80 CNG vehicles, with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) slated to get 30 for its fleet, part of a nationwide effort launched last year by a collaborative of states. Colorado fleet manager Ron Clatterbuck said the vehicles represent several different makes, models and manufacturers.

An option for fleet operators also is being developed offering a leasing alternative for long-haul LNG-powered tractor trailers. The option is being developed for the Interstate 84 and I-15 corridors from Las Vegas, NV, through Utah, Idaho and eastern Oregon.

Engine-maker Paccar’s PacLease and Kenworth Sales partnered with a leasing offering, as has Salt Lake City-based Blu LNG, which is in the process of establishing a network of LNG and LNG/CNG fueling stations throughout the West, Midwest and South.

Trucks would be available at Kenworth-PacLease locations near Blu LNG fueling stations in seNevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Trucks would have Westport HD 15-liter engines and associated 120-gallon LNG fuel systems.

“The rental program has the potential to really open up the market for buying and leasing natural gas-powered trucks,” said PacLease sales director Olen Hunter. Blu, which has plans for a national networks, offers fleets assurances that the fueling infrastructure is in place to support leased trucks, he said.

The target market sectors, besides oil/gas exploration, include regional food/beverage distribution, raw products hauling for the agricultural industry, and finished products for food processors. “This will be an opportunity to test natural gas trucks in their specific operations and duty cycles,” Hunter said.

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