The first quarter of 2017 saw a health start for North American natural gas sales, boosted from fleets, transit and school bus operators.
This is the best January in the past three years, which set up a positive year-to-date February, said Steve Tam, vice-president of ACT Research.
“Among truckers, it appears as through the majority of incremental volume came from those who currently have natural gas vehicles and are replacing units or increasing their number.”
According to ACT’s most recent natural Gas & Alternative Fuels Quarterly publication, natural gas Class 8 trucks and bus sales remain low.
Meanwhile, the Ontario Trucking Association continues to work with the Government of Ontario in the design of a heavy truck natural gas problem; this aims to reduce barriers and spur natural gas technology in the marketplace.
Last year, the province committed to paying $250 million to the commercial trucking industry for technology to reduce carbon emissions.