Fort Worth-based Range Resources, one of the largest operators in the Marcellus Shale, said Wednesday its vehicle fleet "is now being largely fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)." It said it has about 184 CNG vehicles. Chief Operating Officer, Ray Walker, who has converted his personal vehicle to run on CNG, said automakers General Motors and Chrysler "deserve a tremendous amount of credit for providing natural gas-powered transportation options direct from the factory." Those manufacturers offer CNG options on a number of large-model pickups and commercial vehicles, including the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and Ram 2500 Range bought. (Ford Motor Co. last week said it is adding optional engine modifications to accommodate CNG fuel on its popular F-150, which it says will be the only half-ton pickup so equipped.) The company estimates that the pay back for the investment is approximately two years.
Range’s commercial fleet order of factory-engineered CNG vehicles is the largest single order for both Chrysler Group and GM.
-- Jim Fuquay