Group forms to promote NG

The Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Fleet Forum, a new membership organization dedicated to advancing the use of natural gas in the U.S. transportation sector, has been launched. The group was formed to provide a members-only venue for fleet operators to share technical expertise, collaborate on product development and procurement, and support other members in the successful deployment of natural gas vehicles.

The Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Fleet Forum, a new membership organization dedicated to advancing the use of natural gas in the U.S. transportation sector, has been launched.

The group was formed to provide a members-only venue for fleet operators to share technical expertise, collaborate on product development and procurement, and support other members in the successful deployment of natural gas vehicles.

Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, a national consulting firm active in the natural gas fleet vehicle sector, will provide the group with operational support. Consultant Robert Hall, formerly with the Automotive Engineering Group at UPS and a recognized expert on deploying natural gas vehicles as well as hybrids and electric vehicles, will lead the new organization.

“What I hope to bring to this group is my experience with natural gas,” said Hall, who was a guest speaker on a recent webcast on natural gas presented by Fleet Owner and the Truckload Carriers Assn. and sponsored by Clean Energy. “I hope to help fleets avoid some of the problems we had to deal with at UPS. I also hope to help grow the new group.”

Membership in the NGV Fleet Forum is comprised of companies that have existing natural gas vehicle operations and those that are considering natural gas for their fleet. Charter members in the NGV Fleet Forum include Sysco Corp., Ryder System Inc., UPS, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Paper Transport, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Sempra Energy Utilities, Border Valley Trading, HayDay Farms, and Chesapeake Energy.

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