NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- Access to vast supplies and decade low prices for natural gas has made the commodity an attractive option as an alternative fuel. One of the major obstacles preventing widespread adoption of natural gas has been the access to the necessary infrastructure. According to the Department of Energy there are currently just 558 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuelling stations in the U.S. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Auto Parts Industry and provides equity research on Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Westport Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT)(TSX: WPT).
Pike Research estimates there is approximately 12.6 million Natural Gas Vehicles in use globally. That number is forecasted to grow to 19.9 million vehicles by 2016. "Many manufacturers and industry observers are looking forward to the time when consumer NGVs becomes the next big thing," says senior analyst Dave Hurst. "But the number of refueling stations remains too low for the consumer market to really take off in many parts of the developed world."
A recent collaboration between Chesapeake Energy, General Electric and Whirlpool to develop an at home refueling station could be a major first step towards widespread adoption. The City of Beverly Hills has also recently opened up a new CNG fueling station to help serve their growing fleet of CNG vehicles.
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Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture of Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc., recently announced that LA Metro plans to order 550 New Flyer Xcelsior natural gas buses, which are powered by the company's ISL G 8.9 liter engine. The buses will be deployed in 2014 and 2015 with an option to purchase an additional 350 buses in 2016
"Substantial orders such as these from LA Metro and San Diego are ongoing evidence of the growing acceptance of natural gas in the transit market," said Jim Arthurs, President, Cummins Westport.
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