Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the world’s 7th-largest automaker, received the 2016 NGV Achievement Award. The award was given by Natural Gas Vehicles for America, a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas.
This award was in recognition of the $40 million expenditure of the Michigan-based company on the conversion of all 179 Detroit-based parts-hauling trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). This will give FCA the largest fleet of CNG-powered heavy-duty vehicles in Michigan.
The NGV Achievement Awards is aimed at recognizing early adapters and innovators for their vision and leadership to bring progress to the use of natural gas as a vehicular fuel. Steve Beahm, the senior vice-president-Supply Chain Management of FCA-North America outlined some of the processes involved in this conversion. It took two years of research, planning and training programs.
The President NGVAmerica, Matthew Godlewski, commended FCA for being among the elite groups who have taken steps to reduce dependence on foreign oil.