Key Projects

Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modification Projects

Fueling Projects

Business Development Projects


Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modification Projects

Cummins, Inc. – Columbus, IN – Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Facility

As manufacturers like Cummins begin to sell and service natural gas vehicles through their dealers and distributors, all the related maintenance and repair facilities must be evaluated for the ability to accommodate lighter-than-air fuel. NGVi developed a standardized guidance document for Cummins, Inc. to assist their dealers and distributors to understand the requirements for maintaining or repairing NGVs within their existing and future facilities.

Glover International – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Facility Evaluation

NGVi conducted a vehicle maintenance and repair facility evaluation for Glover International. Following a site visit and inspection, NGVi evaluated the lighting, heating, mechanical, building envelope, ventilation, and electrical systems for compatibility with lighter-than-air fuels. We prepared a detailed report, outlining the most economical methods to ensure that the facility would be in compliance with applicable codes, standards and industry best practices.

Penske Truck Leasing – Los Angeles, CA – Vehicle Maintenance Facility Evaluation

Two existing Penske vehicle maintenance facilities located in Los Angeles, CA were originally designed for gasoline and diesel powered vehicles. Penske determined it would begin leasing both CNG and LNG powered heavy-duty trucks. NGVi conducted a site visit, evaluating the facilities for necessary modifications that would allow CNG and LNG powered vehicles to be maintained and repaired inside. All of NGVi’s recommendations provided the most economical methods to ensure that the facility was in compliance with all applicable codes, standards and industry best practices.

Navistar, Inc. – Garland, TX – Vehicle Maintenance Facility Consulting for Navistar Dealers

Navistar, Inc. began manufacturing and distributing CNG and LNG powered heavy-duty trucks through its 300+ dealer network beginning in 2012. NGVi consulted with senior management and key dealers to educate them on the modifications to individual dealer vehicle maintenance facilities that would allow the CNG and LNG powered vehicles to be maintained and repaired inside. As follow up, NGVi is working with individual dealers to perform vehicle maintenance facility evaluations to prepare for engineering and construction for modifications to accommodate the lighter-than-air fuel.

SuperValu – Eden Prairie, MN – Heavy-Duty Vehicle Maintenance Facility Evaluations

Two existing SuperValu vehicle maintenance facilities located in New Stanton, PA and Mechanicsville, VA were originally designed for gasoline and diesel powered vehicles. SuperValu planned to introduce CNG powered heavy-duty trucks into its mix and needed to modify the facilities to accommodate lighter-than-air fuel. NGVi conducted a site visit, evaluating the facilities for necessary modifications that would allow CNG powered vehicles to be maintained and repaired inside. All of NGVi’s recommendations provided the most economical methods to ensure that the facility was in compliance with all applicable codes, standards and industry best practices.

Cummins Rocky Mountain – Henderson, CO – Heavy-Duty Engine Repair Facility Evaluations

Cummins Rocky Mountain planned to begin repairing CNG powered vehicles in most of their facilities. Beginning with the heavy-duty engine repair facility in Henderson, CO, NGVi conducted a site visit, evaluating the facilities for necessary modifications that would allow CNG powered vehicles to be maintained and repaired inside. All of NGVi’s recommendations provided the most economical methods to ensure that the facility was in compliance with all applicable codes, standards and industry best practices.

University of California Santa Cruz – Vehicle Maintenance Facility Evaluation

The existing vehicle maintenance facility owned and operated by the University of California at Santa Cruz was designed for gasoline and diesel fuel powered vehicles, but also was needed to maintain and repair CNG powered light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles and transit buses. NGVi conducted a site visit, evaluating the facility for necessary modifications that would allow all CNG powered vehicles to be maintained and repaired inside. All of NGVi’s recommendations provided the most economical methods to ensure that the facility was in compliance with all applicable codes, standards and industry best practices.

University of Vermont – Vehicle Maintenance Facility Evaluation

The existing vehicle maintenance facility owned and operated by the University of Vermont was designed for gasoline and diesel fuel powered vehicles. After acquiring CNG powered transit buses, the University also needed to use the existing facility to maintain and repair those vehicles as well. NGVi conducted a site visit, evaluating the facility for necessary modifications that would allow all CNG powered vehicles to be maintained and repaired inside. All of NGVi’s recommendations provided the most economical methods to ensure that the facility was in compliance with all applicable codes, standards and industry best practices.


Fueling Projects

City of College Park, Georgia – Fleet and Fuel Use Evaluation for CNG Station

The City of College Park, Georgia wanted to acquire CNG fueling for both its vehicles as well as fleets within close proximity, and then to determine the approximate size and cost of the necessary CNG station. The City contracted with NGVi to make this assessment, including identification and market research among fleets operating on behalf of local government and businesses within a five mile radius of the proposed public access fueling station to determine market interest in the use of CNG as a transportation fuel. Upon completion, NGVi delivered a presentation to the City Council of the City of College Park on the financial impacts of the proposed CNG fueling station on the operating budgets of both the City of College Park and College Park Power.

City of Fremont – CNG Fueling Station Sizing and Construction Project

NGVi conducted a fleet/fuel use evaluation to determine fueling needs for the City of Fremont, California. We developed bid specifications, bid evaluation criteria, and identified prospective bidders for a 150 scfm compressed natural gas fueling station. Additional tasks included consulting during the pre-bid conference/site visit, bid evaluation, construction process consultation, assisting with station equipment start-up and debugging, reviewing as-built drawings and close out of the completed project. NGVi also provided CNG Fueling Station Operation and Maintenance Training for the city’s maintenance technicians.

City of Santa Monica – CNG Fueling Station Sizing and Construction Project Consulting

NGVi conducted a fleet/fuel use evaluation to determine fueling needs for the City of Santa Monica, California. We developed bid specifications, bid evaluation criteria, and identified prospective bidders for a compressed natural gas fueling station. Additional tasks included consulting during the pre-bid conference/site visit, bid evaluation, construction process consultation, assisting with station equipment start-up and debugging, reviewing as-built drawings and close out of the completed project. NGVi also provided CNG Fueling Station Operation and Maintenance Training for the City’s maintenance technicians.

Contra Costa County – CNG Fueling Station Sizing and Construction Project Consulting

NGVi Conducted a fleet/fuel use evaluation to determine fueling needs, developed bid specification, bid evaluation criteria, and identify prospective bidders for a 115 scfm compressed natural gas fueling station for Contra Costa County, California. Additional tasks included participation in a pre-bid conference/site visit, bid evaluation, construction process consultation, assist with station equipment start-up and debugging, review as-built drawings and close out completed project. NGVi also provided CNG Fueling Station Operation and Maintenance Training for the county’s maintenance technicians.

Ford Motor Company – Technical and Marketing Evaluation of National CNG Fueling Infrastructure

On behalf of Ford Motor Company, NGVi conducted a complete technical and marketing-related evaluation of the public access, fast-fill natural gas fueling infrastructure in six metropolitan areas, including: Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; and the San Francisco/Oakland/Sacramento, CA transportation corridor.

Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York – CNG Feasibility Study

NGVi conducted a feasibility analysis of compressed natural gas as a transit bus fuel for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City. This analysis included site visits and an in-depth technical evaluation of the potential for providing fueling at these sites. Recommended fueling station sizes and an estimated construction costs for each transit bus site based upon the fueling characteristics of the buses located there were also provided.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – CNG Fueling Station Performance Specifications

NGVi served as a technical consultant to Merit Engineering on the preliminary performance specifications for the natural gas fueling station constructed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. This specification included preliminary sizing for all major station components, gas quality requirements, fuel delivery requirements and other technical items.

Pierce Transit – CNG Fueling Station Optimization Study

NGVi partnered with T. Mitchell Engineers & Associates of San Leandro, CA to conduct an optimization study of the large-volume compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station owned and operated by Pierce Transit located in Lakewood, WA. The fueling station is made up of 2,900 scfm of compression capacity, nine ASME high-pressure storage vessels, a buffer control system, a master PLC control system, two transit style dispensers and one light-duty dispenser, and fuels 200 CNG powered transit buses. NGVi also was asked to evaluate a proposal received from a vendor to add, among other things, increased compression capacity and increased fuel delivery pressure to the existing station and made recommendations on the appropriateness of the proposal. Additionally, NGVi developed an operations and maintenance plan to include performance optimization, preventive maintenance intervals and safety plans.

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada – CNG Infrastructure Valuation

NGVi conducted evaluation of the fueling equipment installed at five public access CNG fueling stations located in Las Vegas and owned by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. The five CNG fueling stations served numerous public and private automobile, light-, medium-, and heavy duty natural gas vehicles.

Sonoma County Transit – CNG Fueling Station Expansion Project

NGVi conducted a review of the CNG fueling equipment owned and operated by Sonoma County Transit and recommended options for expanding the fueling capacity to meet a proposed 30 percent expansion of the transit fleet. We also analyzed the technical feasibility of recovering landfill gas from the Sonoma County Central Disposal Site for use in fueling the Sonoma County Transit fleet.

U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton – Maintenance and Upgrade Evaluation for Existing CNG Stations

NGVi conducted an inspection and analysis of five CNG fueling stations located on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base to identify and recommend possible maintenance, repairs, upgrades, or replacements that would be necessary to continue fueling the over 340 natural gas powered vehicles operating on the Base. Additionally, NGVi reviewed and analyzed two proposals received by the Base to replace two of the five CNG fueling stations.

Veolia Transportation – Garden City, NJ – CNG Fueling Station Evaluation and Upgrade Planning

Veolia Transportation operates a transit facility in Garden City, NJ where the number of CNG buses would be doubled from approximately 150 to 300 in the year 2012. NGVi conducted an analysis of the existing fueling station’s operation and equipment and recommended actions/upgrades to improve performance and/or to meet code requirements. This will include observation of components that can be accessed externally.


Business Development Projects

North American NGV Industry Strategy – America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)

NGVi served as a key contractor on the project to assess the NGV market in North America and develop an industry strategy. The prime contractor on this project was TIAX LLC. For this project, NGVi assessed the CNG fueling infrastructure in North America, gas cost trends, NGV economics for a variety of vehicle types, CNG infrastructure decision drivers, business models, opportunities and actions.

Shell Oil Products Company – Natural Gas Transportation Fuel Study

NGVi conducted secondary market research and market analysis for Shell Oil to assist the company in updating its alternative fuels strategy. This project included the research of the status, forecasts and market impacts of the federal, state and local legislation and incentives which impacts the market for alternative fuels, proposed changes to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, public and private alternative fuel incentives, and the development of national alternative fuel consumption forecasts. We also conducted an analysis of major Shell competitors and examined the alternative fuel choices that Shell Oil might consider offering customers.

San Diego Gas & Electric Company – NGV Business Plan

SDG&E was the first California gas utility to file an NGV program application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). NGVi developed the 10-year business plan which became the core of that CPUC application. The business plan included marketing strategies, legislative strategies, regulatory strategies, budget and personnel requirements, and complete economic analysis based on market penetration estimates provided by SDG&E. Competitive analysis, opportunities and barriers, and risks of NGV marketing were also included.

Consolidated Edison Company of New York – NGV Business Plan

NGVi developed a 10-year NGV Business Plan for Consolidated Edison Company of New York. This plan included market research and analysis, and the development of legislative, regulatory, marketing and technology development strategies along with projected income statements.

Clark County, Nevada – NGV Market Assessment and NGV Marketing Plan

NGVi designed and implemented an NGV market research project for Clark County, Nevada to assess the potential for NGVs in the area. This project included developing and implementing telephone and mail
fleet operator surveys, executive interviews with the top 10 fleets in the County and complete report preparation. The information was then utilized to develop an NGV Marketing Plan for the County.

Wysong Engineering – NGV Industry Briefing

NGVi provided one-on-one coaching for Wysong Engineering, a Dallas, TX based company interested in becoming involved in the NGV industry. NGVi briefed executives and the management team on the industry status, challenges, legislation, products, pricing and services.

New England Gas Association – NGV Business Plan and Organizational Structure

NGVi developed a 10-year NGV Business Plan for the New England Gas Association, which was composed of 24 natural gas distribution companies, four transmission companies and more than 240 associate members. This plan included legislative, regulatory, marketing and technology development strategy to be implemented by a regional NGV Coalition in addition to individual member companies. The report also included staffing and qualification recommendations, job descriptions, and a two-year operating budget for the Coalition. The Board of Directors of the New England Gas Association voted unanimously to fund and implement the plan developed by NGVi.

Bay State Gas/Northern Utilities – NGV Business Plan

NGVi developed five-year NGV business plans for Northern Utilities, a subsidiary of Bay State Gas for the states of Maine and New Hampshire. These plans included legislative, regulatory, marketing and technology development strategies along with projected revenues and staffing requirements.

New England Gas Association – NGV Market Research Project

NGVi was one of two contractors that teamed to conduct an NGV market study performed for the New England Gas Association. NGVi’s tasks included questionnaire design, alternative fuels legislation, regulations, NGV technology, competitive fuels, and project conclusions and recommendations.

Consolidated Edison Company of New York – NGV Market Assessment

Utilizing fleet data for Consolidated Edison’s service territory, NGVi analyzed the statistics and developed NGV market projections for the company’s 10-year NGV business plan. These projections were in turn utilized to develop natural gas sales projections, along with fueling infrastructure requirements and internal staffing needs.

Providence Gas – NGV Market Assessment and Economic Analysis for Legislative Effort

NGVi completed an NGV market assessment study for Providence Gas Company in Providence, RI. This information was then used to develop an economic analysis to be utilized in support of NGV-favorable legislation in the state. The research was compiled, tabulated and provided in a complete written report useful to both Providence Gas and the State of Rhode Island’s budget group for determining the economic impact of legislation. The legislation was successfully passed in 1997.