This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

October 09, 2002

California Group's Goal: 600,000 Natural Gas Vehicles by 2012

California will gain 600,000 new natural gas vehicles in the next ten years if the newly formed California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership gets its way. The public-private partnership includes government air quality, transportation and energy agencies, together with vehicle and engine manufacturers, natural gas suppliers, vehicle fleet operators and environmental organizations. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is among the many members of the new partnership.

The partnership has set three-, five-, and ten-year goals for the growth of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the state. Its ten-year goals aim to boost the number of California NGVs by a factor of thirty from the current 19,000 NGVs in use in the state. The partnership estimates that roughly a billion gallons of both compressed and liquefied natural gas would need to be dispensed annually to supply those 619,000 vehicles. See the California NGV Partnership press release and deployment goals.

One new development that may help achieve those numbers is a home fueling station for NGVs, unveiled yesterday by FuelMaker Corporation. The company claims the appliance will cost about $1,000 and can be mounted in a home garage and connected to an existing natural gas line. American Honda Motor Company, Inc., which owns a 20 percent stake in FuelMaker, followed the unveiling with its own announcement: Honda will now market its Civic GX, an NGV, to retail customers. Honda has been making the vehicle since 1998 but marketing it primarily to government fleet buyers. See the Honda press release.

All the NGV announcements were made at the World NGV2002, now underway in Washington, D.C. The NGV Coalition is hosting the event, which is sponsored in part by DOE's Clean Cities Program. See the NGV Coalition Web site.