30th Anniversary NGV Industry Summit Kicks off with Cross Country Road Rally Arrival and Gov. Richardson Keynote
Former New Mexico Governor and Energy Secretary Highlights Strong Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas Use in Transportation
Palm Springs, CA – Natural Gas Vehicles for America’s (NGVAmerica) 30th Anniversary Industry Summit and Annual Meeting kicked off today with the arrival of the 2018 Drive Natural Gas Road Rally and Keynote Address by the Honorable Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor, U.S. Secretary of Energy, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Congressman.
“Natural gas delivers the largest and most cost-effective reductions in transportation-related pollutants than any other powertrain option commercially-available today,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “If we want cleaner air, we need cleaner trucks and buses. Transitioning heavy-duty vehicles and fleets to natural gas fuel makes America cleaner and greener.”
Richardson delivered his keynote address kicking off the largest and most significant natural gas vehicle event of the year. The industry summit began with the West Coast arrival of NGVAmerica’s 2018 Sea-to-Shining-Sea Road Rally. Launched in late October in Freehold, New Jersey, the rally is a four week, 14-stop cross-country excursion highlighting the benefits of natural gas use in transportation spanning 5,000+ miles.
Wednesday’s formal program concluded with an NGV industry CEO panel featuring:
- Rusty Rush, CEO, Rush Enterprises;
- John Sheehy, CEO, Sheehy Enterprises;
- Vic LaRosa, President, TTSI Total Transportation Services, Inc.;
- Susan Alt, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America;
- Hon. John Herrington, former U.S. Secretary of Energy; and
- Hon. Bill Richardson.
The panel was moderated by Andrew Littlefair, President & CEO, Clean Energy Fuels.
As a low-cost domestic fuel option, natural gas is an American solution, delivering the largest and most cost-effective reductions in transportation-related pollutants than any other powertrain option commercially-available today.
Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) are powered by American fuel, American technology, and American innovation. They have the cleanest well-to-wheels emissions profile of any fuel on the market today, and NGVs are making a difference through a variety of applications – trucks, trash, transit, and even marine and rail.
The 2018 Industry Summit continues through Friday, November 16th at the Riviera Palm Springs Resort.