Range Resources participated in the recent Peoples Natural Gas Alternative Fuel Vehicles Summit that brought together industry experts to discuss the latest transportation technology, infrastructure and applications of natural gas. This event shed light on the growth of convenient and accessible natural gas-powered vehicles (NGV).
Thanks to new Near-Zero emissions technology, fleet vehicles powered by natural gas produce 115 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel counterparts.
“We know that NGVs are an affordable way to help make the leap towards reducing emissions,” said Morgan O’Brien, President and CEO of Peoples.
Today in the United States, there are over 153,000 NGVs on the road and 1,680 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations. In Pennsylvania alone there are 58 stations and that number continues to rise.
“NGV technology is extremely diverse and can be used across multiple industries,” said Richard Price, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities. “It continues to allow us to move in the direction of sustainability.”
Factors like the rise of port volumes, E-Retail, and more demand for same-day delivery have caused an increase in the number of traditional diesel-powered fleet vehicles. NGVs, which are just as powerful as their traditional counterparts, are the economical solution to the rising transportation demand. At Range, we have been implementing the use of CNG vehicles since 2012.
Range was an early adopter to CNG vehicles, purchasing a large fleet made up of Chevrolet and Dodge CNG pickup trucks in 2012. Later in 2017, the company purchased around 80 Ford F-150 and F-250s that were outfitted with CNG technology.
“We are continuing to grow our CNG fleet and strive to ensure that every new truck in Pennsylvania is an NGV,” said Jason Bryant, a senior supply chain representative at Range.
Since our CNG vehicles have bi-fuel capabilities, Range has been using incentives and special recognition to encourage the employees who drive them to fill up on natural gas as opposed to traditional gasoline or diesel.
“We are hoping to finish the year strong, and we encourage our employees to take the extra step over the next few months to hit our goal,” said Bryant.
To date, Range has reduced emissions by more than 5,000 metric tons through implementing CNG vehicles.
Natural gas is an affordable, reliable and sustainable fuel source that is produced right here in the United States. Over the last several years, it has increasingly been used in our daily lives through the electricity and heating in our homes to the industrial manufacturing of household goods. With new technology, the possible uses of natural gas are endless.