Sales of natural gas-powered vehicles were mixed in the December to February timeframe, according to the latest Alternative Fuels Quarterly by ACT Research. December activity lagged its year-ago level by 47%, with January falling behind by an even greater margin (-57% y/y). February saw a reversal, with y/y sales gaining 40%.
“In the near term, results were similarly fickle, with December ticking up 1% m/m, January plummeting 49% compared to the previous month, and February recapturing 33% of the prior month decline,” said Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research. He continued, “Combined, sales in the three-month period ceded their ytd November gain, finishing 2022 up 3.2% compared to 2021.”
Tam added, “So far in 2023, sales are down 29% ytd February, compared to the same period in 2022. Quantifying activity, natural gas sales totaled 3,837 units in 2022. Through the first two months of 2023, reporting OEMs have sold 403 NG-powered Class 8 units.”
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Sales of natural gas (NG)-powered vehicles were mixed in the September to November time period, as published in the Q4'22 edition of Alternative Fuels Quarterly by ACT Research.
September activity surpassed its year-ago level by 29%, but both October and November lagged last year’s comparisons by 9%.
“In the near term, results were even more volatile, with September gaining 12% m/m, October dropping 39% compared to the previous month, and November surging 45% sequentially,” said Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research. He continued, “Quantifying activity, NG sales totaled 3,719 units in 2021 (+10% from 2020). Through the first 11 months of 2022, OEMs have sold 3,497 NG-powered Class 8 units.”
Regarding fueling and charging infrastructure, Tam commented, “There were 751 public compressed natural gas (CNG) stations open in the US in mid-December 2022, the vast majority of which can accommodate a heavy-duty (HD) vehicle. The liquid NG (LNG) station count at the same period was 51, with all able to serve Class 8 vehicles.” He added, “This translates to 71 fewer public CNG station and 3 fewer public LNG station since mid-September 2022.”
Tam concluded with, “Given the existing station count’s downward trajectory, it isn’t a surprise that planned CNG stations are also contracting. That said, number of stations is one measure. What we don’t know is the increase or decrease in the amount of fuel being pumped at each station.”
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