Murkowski also believes natural gas can be an important part of the fuel mix as the industry shifts away from petroleum-based products to alternative fuels. “Our interest today is in hearing about both the existing federal barriers but also in what federal policies threaten the ability of entrepreneurs and innovators to compete in the marketplace for vehicles,” said Murkowski.
Moreover, Reg Modlin, director of regulatory affairs for Chrysler Group, urged the government to increase support for NGVs, by providing equivalent incentives for these vehicles and creating parity between them and other alternative fuel vehicles. “Production of our bi-fuel CNG Ram 2500 has begun, and pick-ups will begin arriving at dealerships for fleet customers in August,” said Modlin at the Committee’s hearing.
Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, also testified before the Senate, and stressed that developing the market for NGVs enhances both energy security and economy. “A smart path forward includes diversifying our transportation energy mix, and seeking to displace high cost imports with lower cost domestic alternatives. Greater use of natural gas delivers on both of these objectives,” he added.
Source: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee