Houston, Galveston Push for Swifter Adoption Of Cleaner Fuels For Trucks

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The Houston-Galveston Area Council is gearing up for the region's annual Clean Fleet Technologies Conference this week.

One of the main topics for this year’s conference will be the development of cleaner-burning fuel technologies for trucks.

Daniel Frakes, senior manager of vehicle fuels and advanced technology policy at General Motors, will be one of the main speakers at the conference.

“Typically you get fleet customers that have fleet vehicles for, in terms expensive vehicles like big trucks and things like that, they can carry them on their books for 10 years or more. But as not only vehicle costs come down and the price of the fuel, it starts to make the business case even more so attractive to customers, so hopefully they’ll start to turn them over earlier.”

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is currently offering an incentive program to reimburse fleet operators up to 75% of the cost for switching from gasoline or diesel power to cleaner burning fuels, such as compressed natural gas.

The conference will take place Wednesday at the Sugar Land Skeeters' Constellation Field.

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