Dallas is a great city to visit and I usually only get to attend MATS in this beautiful city each year. Fortunately for me, the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo was being held in Dallas instead of Long Beach, CA this year, giving me yet another wonderful excuse to make a visit to "The Lone Star State." Being deeply involved in the CNG portion of the alternatively fueled heavy-duty trucks in our industry, this show offers a wonderful showcase of all the latest and greatest in alternative fuel for all facets of the trucking industry and a wealth of knowledge for me to soak up!
In our booth this year, the main focus seemed to be the best in Freightliner's natural gas technologies, in addition to the S2G propane-powered box truck from FCCC. This rather impressive piece of machinery received a lot of attention in the Freightliner booth, along with the eye-catching new CNG powered bus on display from Thomas Built Buses. Being that this show is geared towards everything in the areas of alternative fuel from light, medium, and heavy-duty trucking, there is quite an array of different vehicles typically on display.
On top of all the beautiful trucks on display, there all also plenty of vendors that love to come out and showcase their products and display the latest and greatest advances in alt fuel technology and tools. The educational seminars were very informative as always and a lot of things to come in the world of alternative fuels were talked about. Several major announcements were officially made during the showas well, including the investing into Agility Fuel Systems by Cummins. Agility also announced that the building of their new facility in Salisbury, NC was fully underway and that they hope to be open for production by mid-summer 2015. Being that I have an Agility fuel system in my CNG truck and have nothing but good things to say about it, I am excited to see what their new partnership and facility will mean for the advancement of natural gas fuel systems!
With a good turnout and a steady flow of people from all over the world through the booth during this trip to Dallas, it is very encouraging to see how many people in the trucking industry are willing to not only try alternative fuels, but also how many are actually coming back to alternative fueled vehicles after having tried them in their fleets. Even though I am a big proponent of natural gas truck technology and the many cost and environmental benefits of it, other technologies are gaining momentum as well that can have the same benefits and lead to a cleaner planet and less dependence on fuels whose prices are typically more volatile. Thank you to the team at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (gna), North America’s leading alternative fuel and clean transportation consulting firm, for putting together another wonderful expo and I look forward to attending next year's show when it returns to my stomping grounds of Long Beach, CA.