Clean Energy Fuels Just Met Its Match

Foolish investors have been longtime fans of first-movers in a new space, and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE  ) has certainly been in on the ground floor in the effort to build out a national network of natural gas fueling stations. Now, the challenge for it will be to outpace some of its newer, larger competitors.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) announced recently that it will be partnering with Travel Centers of America (NYSE: TA  ) to build out a network of natural gas fueling stations at Travel Centers of America's highway rest stations across the country. In this video, Fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe takes a look at the leading companies in this natural gas station rush, and sees one company that could benefit from this competition.

The rush to build the natural gas highway infrastructure is gaining momentum. As the most advanced designer of engines powered by natural gas, Westport Innovations is a small company with a big goal: to lead the world in transitioning away from traditional oil-based fossil fuels in favor of abundant, cheap, and clean natural gas. The company has a price tag large enough to match its ambition, and will need to grow revenue quickly in order to justify sky-high expectations. To help you determine whether Westport Innovations is right for your portfolio, The Motley Fool has just released a brand-new premium report breaking down the company's opportunities, competitive advantages, and risks. To get started, simply click here now for instant access.


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  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 5:15 PM, shawnicek wrote:

    This isn't exactly a new development. Shell announced this one year ago in April 2012. Given the reluctance of HD truckers to switch over to LNG due to, among other things, the lack of fueling infrastructure and on-highway competition, the Shell initiative could be positive for CLNE. The primary competitive issue raised by Shell's entry is the guarantee they are promising truckers of 30% savings over diesel for the life of a new natural gas truck. Presumably, CLNE will need to match this in the marketplace and this will expose them to risk with the Oil/NG commodity price spread.

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