Alt-fuel technology was front and center at the recent NAFA PSW Chapter Meeting in Downey, Calif. Chrysler, Ford, GM, and Honda shared details about their alt-fuel portfolios to a gathering of fleet managers, OEM representatives, and fleet management company (FMC) personnel at the Southern California headquarters of Sempra, itself a champion of alt-fuel technology in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG).
In addition, several upfitters also were in attendance — with examples of their upfit vehicles represented in a parking lot vehicle showcase.
The theme of the presentations was summed up by GM’s Clay Okabayashi. “It’s all about energy diversity,” he told the audience. GM’s portfolio includes biodiesel, CNG, propane autogas, and electric range extender models.
Chrysler’s Jim Baldridge highlighted the automaker’s Ram 2500 HD bi-fuel CNG. Likewise, Ford stuck with the CNG theme. Bob Sanseverino discussed its availability in its E- and F-Series product offerings.
Honda’s Annabel Cook also focused on the automaker’s CNG sedan offerings. In addition, she discussed Honda’s commitment to electric and hybrid technologies as well.
Fueling infrastructure was also highlighted with So. Cal. Gas’ Henry Mak outlining several research projects designed to make CNG refueling more effective.
The meeting began with the announcement that Sempra’s Tony Orta had been chosen as NAFA PSW’s president, replacing Rick Sikes, who will remain on the board as VP.
By Chris Wolski. Photo by Grace Suizo.