Next week, the City of Long Beach will be all about compressed natural gas (CNG), and its powering of vehicles, pointing to its own fleet as an example.
On Monday (also known as Memorial Day), three vehicles fueled by CNG, an alternative to gasoline, will depart Long Beach to embark on a cross-country tour aimed at showing enough CNG fuel stations in the US exist for a cross-country CNG trip. The cars will stop at 13 CNG fuel stations throughout the continental U.S. as the cars make their way to Washington, D.C. and raise awareness about gas alternatives.
“Long Beach fully supports the increased use of alternative fuels, and we’re excited to promote the viability of natural gas vehicles and infrastructure by sponsoring this rally,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We know from experience that increased use of natural gas over other fossil fuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.”
The kickoff for CNG From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally is slated for Monday at 10:00AM at the Long Beach Gas and Oil fueling station, located at 2400 East Spring Street.
Passerby will catch a glimpse of static displays of CNG vehicles in use within Long Beach, as well as a short presentation, according to a city release.
Long Beach officially began a transition to CNG-powered buses in 2012 to replace its diesel models. The models were meant to complement Long Beach Transit’s (LBT) other fleet of hybrid electric-gasoline buses.
“Looking to the future, we are committed to promoting natural gas uses for homes, businesses, and as a clean-burning and economical fuel source for an ever growing natural gas vehicle infrastructure,” said Long Beach Gas and Oil Director Bob Dowell.
The American Public Gas Association, American Gas Association, and NGV America sponsored the rally, CNG From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally, which seeks to engage the public through media appearances.