“Without this conversion data, we’d be hard-pressed to handle these time consuming calculations,” remarks Mike DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek Logistics Services (formerly Saddle Creek Corp.), which is buying 40 natural gas trucks this year and more next year. “And moving forward, we’ll need to continue comparing drivers’ and vehicles’ MPG performance in our mixed-vehicle fleet.”
As an extra incentive, about a dozen or so states have created tax breaks for alternative fuel vehicles like CNG, says PeopleNet’s Ochsendorf. “This is another benefit that many people probably aren’t aware of.”
In the meantime, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) says state fuel tax administrators are being faced with a new challenge: how to tax CNG and LNG.