ACT Research, publisher of new and used commercial vehicle industry data, market analysis, and forecasting services for North America, believes the natural gas and alternative fuel industries in the U.S. are “very much alive and kicking.”
The company will continue to monitor the alternative transportation fuels market and says it was recently in attendance at the Nikola One unveiling in St. Lake City, Utah.
According to ACT, Senior Partner and General Manager Ken Vieth has authorized his staff to make available a white paper titled “Taking the Next Step: Preparing the Maintenance Shop for the Arrival of Natural Gas Trucks.” Originally offered via subscription only in 2013, it is now available for no charge.
“The adoption of an alternative transportation fuel, including, but not limited to, natural gas, is a three-step process. First, you’ll need to determine whether any alternative fuel is right for your firm’s operation. Then, you’ll need to decide which alternative is best and if it includes the availability of refueling infrastructure, engine technology and emission regulations in the areas where your fleet is stationed and/or travels,” says Vieth. “The third step is to determine how the maintenance will be handled and whether your facilities should be modified or constructed to be compliant with applicable fuel codes.”
Vieth continues, “Because we see that any of a number of alternative fuels may be right for a fleet’s operations, we’ve also decided to expand coverage to include these fuels in our revamped ‘Natural Gas & Alternative Fuels Quarterly,’ which lets readers learn about fuel prices, infrastructure, research and development, total cost of ownership for an alternative fuel fleet, potential emission regulation impacts, and many other aspects of this transition [or not] decision, but without requiring the reader to invest staff time to do the research and analysis.”
He adds, “What we’re providing is what we do best – the research and analysis – so that our subscribers can do what they do best, which is focus on their fleet and their fleet’s future.”