ROUCH CleanTech Bluebird School Buses

H-GAC’s Houston-Clean Cities Coalition members, including representatives from Klein and Spring ISDs and H-GAC’s Clean Vehicles recently heard a presentation on the newly developed ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas engine available in class 4-7 vehicles and Blue Bird Type C buses certified to the optional low nitrogen oxide (NOx) level .05 g/bhp-hr. These new certified propane engines are 75 percent cleaner than the current emissions standard. ROUSH CleanTech said it has begun installing the new low NOx engines in Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with model year 2017 engines.

Recent research has shown that diesel not only performs significantly worse than alternative fuels, it has also caused greater mechanical issues in school buses that use them. Houston-Clean Cities is encouraging ISDs to consider the use of alternative fuel engines for lower NOx emissions and lower maintenance costs.

2017 NGVAmerica Annual Meeting

September 26, 2017
World Congress Center

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313


Affiliated and Allied Association
NGV Global Endorsed Event

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Webinar: Economic Impacts of Deploying RNG in Low NOx Natural Gas Trucks

Friday, July 14 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST

Register for the Webinar [FREE]

Join the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas for a complimentary webinar.

California is dealing with a challenge that is three-fold: reduce air quality pollutants, cut greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, and reduce petroleum consumption. Heavy-duty diesel truck transportation is a major contributor to the issues that comprise this challenge.

Despite progress in addressing this challenge, more aggressive and immediately deployable strategies are required to achieve California’s overlapping clean air and climate change objectives. Replacing or converting heavy-duty diesel engines with low NOx natural gas engines, fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG) produced in California, is one of these strategies. The potential for the combination of low NOx trucks fueled by RNG presents a compelling economic opportunity, and represents one of the few opportunities to further develop a sustainable and robust alternative, ultra-low carbon transportation fuel industry in California.

The webinar speakers will address:

  • Basics of RNG feedstocks, production, and supply potential
  • Opportunities for low NOx natural gas truck deployment
  • Economic impacts of deploying low NOx natural gas trucks fueled by RNG produced in California
  • California RNG / NGV policy context

Speakers include:

  • Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
  • Thomas Lawson, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
  • Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF

Clean-Cities: Johnson Space Center Featured on PBS Motor Week

Clean-Cities: Johnson Space Center was feature on PBS MotorWeek Success Stories.  Johnson Space Center has been using alternative feul and renewable energy in innovative ways.

Visitors can hop on a propane powered tram for a tour of the JSC campus facilities. Which includes two plug-in hybrid vehicled; a Ford C-MAX and Fusion. The center’s charging stations use power provided in part by this renewable energy system. It’s wind turbines and solar panels also help power a child care center.

“172 times, we’ve generated more power than what the building uses,” Jerry Rowlands said. “This is a grid connected system, so it just basically, the excess electricity goes out into the JSC grid.”

At JSC, EV science is also being harnessed for some “out of this world” work, such as a modular robotic vehicle. Electric motor driven vehicles have a number of advantages, such as reliability. There are fewer moving parts compared to other types of propulsion.

Click HERE to Watch the Video.

New Option Low NOx Propane engine gains certification

ROUSH CleanTech has developed the first propane autogas engine available in class 4-7 vehicles and Blue Bird Type C buses certified to the optional low nitrogen oxide (NOx) level .05 g/bhp-hr. These new Environmental Protection Agency- and California Air Resources Board-certified propane engines are 75 percent cleaner than the current emissions standard.

“Roush CleanTech’s low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,” said Tucker Perkins, president of the Propane Education & Research Council.

Roush CleanTech said it has begun installing the new low NOx engines in Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with model year 2017 engines.

“Developing the lowest NOx propane engine sends a message that this fuel is comparable to other alternative fuels from a standpoint of emissions,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech, which is based in Livonia, MI.

Roush said propane autogas costs about 40 percent less than gasoline and 50 percent than diesel.

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Clean-Cities Featured on PBS’s Motor Week

H-GAC’s Clean-Cities Coalition stakeholders were feature on PBS’s “MotorWeek” Success Stories. Freedom CNG opened their first station in 2012 and today has four stations across the state. The company installed a compressed natural gas refueler right across the street from the Houston Distributing Company. The beverage wholesaler’s CNG fleet includes everything from light-duty vans to big rigs—all displacing over 700,000 gallons of diesel per year.

METRO rolled out 50 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in January 2016 in partnership with Freedom CNG. As part of the agreement, METRO buses using CNG must be able to refuel in the same time it takes to fill up with diesel. Since then METRO CNG buses have logged in the aggregate over 4.5 million miles on the streets of Houston, displacing over 1 million gallons of diesel fuel!

Click HERE to watch the video.

Wanted: Natural Gas Vehicles & Drivers!

The Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, Centerpoint Energy and the NGVAmerica, are looking for natural gas vehicles and operators from Texas and Louisiana.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the first NGV Road Rally: Texas Style will be held from 10 am to 1 pm at Houston Distributing, 7155 High Life Drive, Houston, Texas 77066.

After an awards’ ceremony and catered lunch, NGV drivers will leave Houston and travel to Conway, Arkansas, where they will join the NGVAmerica Road Rally on their way to Washington, D.C.

If you would like to sign up as a driver for the NGV Road Rally: Texas Style or if you would like more information, please contact Susan Shifflett at 979/270-2045 or email me at

Eligible EVgo customers in Texas markets of Austin, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth can save $10,000 off MSRP4 on a new 2017 Nissan LEAF!

In partnership with EVgo Nissan has expanded the Dallas Fort Worth LEAF $10,000 discount to include Austin and Houston.   Only Nissan dealerships in these 3 cities can extend the offer to only EVgo customers in these 3 cities.

As part of their efforts to accelerate clean transportation alternatives in Texas, EVgo is partnering with Nissan North America to offer eligible customers a special rebate on the purchase of a new 2017 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. This limited time offer expires 6/30/2017.

See your local participating Texas Nissan Dealer for complete details at: