NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions have caused a surge in demand for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV). Natural gas is not only significantly cheaper than oil; it also emits 97 percent less carbon monoxide. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Alternative Auto Parts Industry and provides equity research on Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies (NASDAQ: QTWW).
A major driver for the NGV market has been the demand for trucks and buses. As buses and trucks use a large amount of fuel, and in-turn high levels of greenhouse gasses, natural gas as a fuel has become an attractive option. Pike Research has recently forecasted that there will be a total of nearly 1 million new natural gas trucks and buses sold worldwide by 2019.
"Natural gas vehicles emit substantially lower levels of GHGs, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide than either gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks and buses," says senior research analyst Dave Hurst. "What's more, compared to diesel engines, natural gas provides a financial benefit. In most cases, the higher incremental cost of a natural gas vehicle is typically recovered, due to lower fuel costs, within two to seven years."
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Clean Energy is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America and a global leader in the expanding natural gas vehicle fueling market. The company recently signed an agreement with Covanta Energy Corp., a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, to co-develop compressed natural gas stations at select Covanta facilities in the U.S.
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide is a leader in the development and production of natural gas fuel storage and system technologies, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced vehicle propulsion systems. The company recently received a $2.5 million order from GreenKraft Inc. for fully-integrated and pre-assembled fuel storage systems for medium duty natural gas trucks.
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