The Wall Street Journal recently published an editorial written by Nat G CNG Solutions co-CEOs Bob Lukefahr and Balu Balagopal featuring Houston-based Apple Towing’s transformation of its fleet from diesel to natural gas. The article focuses on a shift in business trends and media attention from electric cars to natural gas vehicles as the answer to the alternative fuel conundrum.
Earlier this year, Nat G upgraded a dozen of Apple Towing’s F650s with Ford factory-qualified natural gas systems from Landi Renzo. These systems, installed using Nat G’s Ford QVM-certified process, are EPA certified and retain the full Ford powertrain warranty.
Apple Towing CEO Mike Scully said, “The primary goal was to save money on fuel. I knew that we could not continue to absorb the rising cost of diesel, and you can’t keep raising the prices on your customers. We had to do something different.” Nat G is now nearing completion of a Nat G 1000 fueling system at Apple Towing’s Houston location, which will assist in cutting their current fueling costs an estimated 50%.
In addition to a dramatic increase in savings for businesses, large-scale conversions to natural gas vehicles will help to save the planet. As Lukefahr and Balagopal observe in their Wall Street Journal op-ed, this year “natural-gas vehicles (NGVs) will displace 10–12 times more gasoline and diesel than the 250,000 electric cars currently on the road. When complete, Apple Towing’s small fleet of 24 natural-gas tow trucks will displace more gasoline than around 700 Chevy Volts.”
Nat G offers a complete line of systems for the Ford F250, 350, 450, 550 and 650 through Landi Renzo — a global leader in alternative fuel solutions. Nat G also partners with Altech Eco to provide CNG conversion systems for a full line of other Ford vehicles.