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CleanFUEL USA Teams with Westport Innovations Inc.

Propane Autogas-Powered 2016 Ford F-150 to Boost Fleet Sustainability Efforts

GEORGETOWN, TX –– November 12, 2015 – CleanFUEL USA®, an industry leader in propane autogas technology, today announced its agreement with Westport Innovations Inc. to serve as a supplier for the Westport WiNG™ 2016 Ford 5.0L F-150 propane truck. The Westport WiNG™ Power System will employ the CleanFUEL USA Liquid Propane Injection (LPI®) technology. Westport’s F-150 with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or propane, offers Ford QCM/QVM warranty protection with expected EPA and CARB certifications.

“CleanFUEL USA and Westport are both providing high quality, alternative fuel-powered fleet vehicles with lower emissions and vast economic benefits,” said Curtis Donaldson, founder and president at CleanFUEL USA. “The Westport WiNG Power System propane offering demonstrates that, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with future opportunities.”

The F-150 includes Ford’s new propane gaseous-prep package, now available on model year 2016 vehicles. The truck is equipped with a 5.0 liter engine and new body with high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, reducing the weight of the truck by as much as 700 lbs. The fuel packages include a standard 23 gallon underbody tank, an extended 39 gallon underbody tank or an in-bed 60 gallon tank. Westport is a Ford QVM; the F-150 LPG-certified truck with the Westport WiNG Power System is supported by the Ford OEM warranty, and is now available to order.

“With the 2016 Ford F-150, Westport is delivering a variety of alternative fuel solutions for fleets,” said Paul Shaffer, vice president and managing director of Westport’s Dallas operations. “In addition to the dedicated LPI technology, Westport offers a compressed natural gas option to support sustainability for corporations, municipalities and organizations using the popular utility vehicle. We are pleased to team    with CleanFUEL USA in bringing this high-performing and environmentally-friendly propane truck to market.”

The propane-fueled F-150 with the Westport WiNG Power System will be featured at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on November 18-19, 2015, in Washington, D.C., in the Propane Education and Research Council’s booth #3413.

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Keystone XL rejection isn’t affecting crude-oil prices now – but will in the near future

In case you missed the news, President Barack Obama announced on Friday Nov. 6th that the proposed TransCanada oil pipeline application was rejected by his administration.  This project has been in the review process since Obama’s administration took office, and a recent push for a decision led to the rejection of the pipeline that would have stretched from Canada all the way to Texas. 

The President stated that the pipeline didn’t serve U.S. interests, and the project wasn’t a “silver bullet” for job creation.  In addition, it wouldn’t have boosted the nation’s energy security.  Crude oil industry reps say that the process has been in review for so long that the market has adapted.  Also, oil prices are low due an excess of crude supplies in the U.S. and around the world.  The project was much more in demand when oil prices were high and a cost-efficient method of transportation of the fuel was needed.

Jack Gerard, president and chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, said Friday that the amount of oil coming to the U.S. from Canada has increased by 53% during the past seven years.  With an excess of oil imported from a nearby country the price per barrel drops, but without cost-effective transportation methods the cost of oil will be raised.

The pipeline would have created the most cost-effective method of transporting the crude oil, but with that out of the picture, companies are turning to rail modes of transit; which is the most expensive way to move the product.  By using rail, it’s an added cost of $3 to $4 a barrel.

At this time, it’s uncertain just how much impact this project will have on oil prices, but it is certain that it will create raised oil prices in the near future.

When oil prices rise, it is always a race for fleets to start converting to alternative fuels.  Alternative fuels create cost stability, energy security, and generate fewer emissions.  Learn what your options are now, so when the time comes you and your fleet are prepared.

Reach out to us at info@louisianacleanfuels.org for any questions, or fill out the propose a project form on our website for assistance.  Start the alternative fuel conversion process now, and you won’t pay later when gas prices rise. 

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