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Assessing the Future Direction of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs)

Magazine article Management Services

Assessing the Future Direction of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs)

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As the 'cleanest' of all fossil fuels, natural gas is now being hailed as the most practical and effective response to air pollution from vehicle emissions. When used as a vehicle fuel, compressed or liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG) offer significant reductions in discharges of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, hydrocarbons, benzene and sulphur. Furthermore, lead, black smoke and particulate emissions are totally eliminated with this environment-friendly fuel source. Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are not only cleaner than petrol and diesel vehicles, but they are also quieter in operation and give prolonged engine life with greater service intervals.

With ever more stringent emissions restrictions coming into force, vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and vehicle operators around the world are opting in greater numbers for NGVs. There are currently around a million such vehicles in use around the world and, with growing concern about air quality across Europe, they are now creating increased and urgent interest here in the UK.

To assess the current position on NGVs and to determine the future direction of this important issue, the Transportation Specialist Group has linked up with the Boss Group of Leighton Buzzard -- leading manufacturers of industrial trucks -- to present a one-day conference and exhibition on NGVs.

Leading experts from the Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA), British Gas, Perkins Engines, the Department of the Environment, the Boss Group and a major vehicle manufacturer will examine the following issues:

* the current market and future prospects for NGVs;

* applications for natural gas powered vehicles;

* technological considerations;

* environmental factors;

* and the economic case for natural gas as a fuel source. …

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