Energy efficient solutions company furthers environmental mission with natural gas powered vehicle Lenexa, KS – December 14, 2012: Worldwide Energy (http://animated-cover.flywheelsites.com), an energy efficient solutions company, recently converted one of their service vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) to improve fuel efficiency, reduce fuel costs, and improve the environment. The Kansas City-based company will begin providing conversion service and fueling infrastructure for commercial fleets beginning next year.
“Through our training and our own conversion experience, we have been able to develop a quality program to help other companies convert fleets from gasoline and diesel to operate on a dual fuel basis with natural gas,” said Gaylen Davenport, COO of Worldwide Energy.
“We are excited to see natural gas develop in Kansas City as an alternative fuel that not only saves money, but provides benefits for the environment as well.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, natural gas burns much cleaner than oil based fuels, producing about 70 percent less carbon emissions. Transit agencies and large fleet companies are increasingly making the switch from diesel to natural gas to save money on fuel, and reduce air and noise pollution. And the International Energy Agency reported that the demand for natural gas is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years. (http://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/natural_gas_vehicles.pdf). The city of Kansas City, which has been running part of its fleet on natural gas since 1992, is now powering one-fourth of the city’s cars and trucks with natural gas. The city has saved about $84,000 a month on fuel just for its airport shuttle buses since 2008. The average cost per gallon of compressed natural gas in Kansas City is $1.69, well below the average price of gasoline. “Our company’s focus is providing sustainable cost saving solutions to our clients,” added Davenport.
A converted car will feature a few new additions to the vehicle including cylinders that store the natural gas compressed to 3,000-3,600 pounds per square inch. These high pressure cylinders are available in steel or high tech composites. Modifications are made to the engine compartment to allow direct injection for gasoline engines or mix with diesel on diesel engines and a computer is added to control the engine and switch between gasoline/diesel and natural gas operation.