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 Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSYS).
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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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 last month reported it has entered into an agreement with Covanta Energy Corporation to co-develop CNG stations at select Covanta facilities across the U.S.
Fuel Systems' components and systems control the pressure and flow of gaseous alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, used in internal combustion engines. The company recently reported it has received a Ship to Commerce (STC) decision from GM to begin deliveries of bi-fuel pickup trucks, which use Fuel Systems' natural gas components.
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