Major shippers are adding more natural gas-powered vehicles to their fleets

In the midst of a long standoff to see what will be invested in and constructed first: the natural gas-powered vehicles or their refueling stations, leading engine manufacturer Cummins this month began shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines to major shippers like Procter & Gamble and the United Parcel Service, The New York Times reports. Although the number of LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations pales in comparison to the 157,000 fueling stations selling gasoline in the United States, companies taking note of these major shippers' switch to natural gas vehicles are working to construct a network of stations across the country. Various states and the federal government are offering tax incentives and grants for "installing natural gas fuel stations and using vehicles fueled by natural gas," but the upfront cost of the conversion is still repelling some fleet owners who fear the savings will be lost if the Obama administration begins exporting natural gas or allows the excise tax credit for the seller of CNG or LNG to expire. For more, read the full story.