Third natural gas transportation bill introduced in Congress

July 27, 2018. U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) introduced HR-6476 the Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Parity Act of 2018 in the US House of Representatives, a companion to Senate bill 3226 introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on July 17th in the US Senate. It is the third natural gas transportation legislation in 90 days.

   Rep. Johnson said, “Our federal policies must encourage an all-of-the-above approach to our energy production and consumption, and this bill helps achieve that goal by requiring federal agencies to provide the same regulatory treatment currently provided to electric vehicles,” Johnson said. “As the world’s largest producer of natural gas, we must take full advantage of this abundant, job-creating resource.”

   Ariel Corporation and LLC applaud Rep. Johnson for expanding congressional support and ensuring federal agencies give the same regulatory treatment to natural gas vehicles that is provided to electric vehicles.

   "We are grateful for Rep. Johnson taking the lead in the House with legislation recognizing the value of natural gas as a mainstream transportation fuel," said Tom Rastin, Executive Vice President of Ariel. "America is the number one producer of natural gas in the world, yet of the 25 million natural gas vehicles in use worldwide, only about 150,000 reside in the US. Natural gas has already been a proven success for reducing transportation emissions for medium and heavy duty trucking worldwide, and light-duty vehicles are the next logical step."

   "This legislation is particularly relevant for the pick-up truck and other light-duty trucks which represent almost 70% of market, or 10 million new vehicles hitting our roads each year," underscored Harvey Lamm, VNG co-founder and former co-founder, chairman and CEO of Subaru of America. "Pick-ups and other light-duty trucks have a lower fuel economy, consume the most fuel and emit the most pollution, and for these vehicles an electrification solution is challenging and uncertain due to their weight and utility."