Natural Gas Vehicles
Driving a natural gas vehicle (NGV) can reduce your carbon footprint and lower fuel costs. NGV’s perform similarly to their diesel and gasoline-powered counterparts, delivering similar horsepower and burning a mixture of fuel and air in a combustion engine. However, since natural gas is already in a gaseous state, the engine is able to run cleaner, reducing overall maintenance costs.
Natural Gas vs. Conventional Fuels
Natural Gas offers substantial cost savings versus gasoline and diesel fuel, on average costing about 45% less than gasoline on a gasoline-gallon-equivalent basis1. NGV’s can also deliver increased vehicle life and lower maintenance costs versus conventional fuels. With an octane of 103 (compared to 91 for premium gasoline), NGV’s benefit from higher compression ratios and increased combustion efficiency.
Virtually all of the natural gas consumed in the US is produced in North America. This means that NGV’s reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and add to the growth of our own economy. With reserves estimated to last over 100 years2, clean, domestic natural gas is the logical solution to lowering dependence on foreign oil, transportation costs, and emissions at the same time.
NGVs produce only 5-10% of the emissions allowed by even the most stringent standards today, and can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by up to 25% compared to gasoline or diesel engines. In addition, NGVs can reduce the emission of carcinogenic particles by 99%, and emit over 90% lower levels of smog-producing compounds3. This makes natural gas one of the cleanest choices in transportation fuel for American cities.
Available Vehicles & Conversions
There is a growing number of NGV’s being offered by OEM auto manufacturers – both for fleets and for personal use.
Whether operating a fleet or a personal vehicle, options exist for fueling your NGV. This can involve building a station to fuel your fleet, or utilizing an existing public-access station. Manufacturers market a home fueling solution that can be installed in your garage to fuel your personal NGV, all simply connected to your home’s existing gas service!
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1. US Department of Energy, Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report, April 2012, pg 5
2. Potential Gas Committee Report, 2012
3. More information available at www.ngvc.org/about_ngv/index.html