Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs)
What’s the Status of Natural Gas Vehicles?
America’s automobile giants Ford, General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group are making more NGV vehicles.
Safe and Reliable
CNG is actually a safer fuel than gasoline. After all, natural gas is used in virtually every home. Unlike gasoline that can pool on the ground in the event of an accident or leak, CNG dissipates harmlessly into the air. With a very narrow range of flammability to be combustible and nearly twice the ignition temperature of gasoline, it’s also less likely to cause a fire. Because natural gas is such a clean burning fuel, carbon deposits in an engine are nil, reducing cylinder and ring wear so engine life can be much greater than when running on gasoline. Oil change and tune up intervals can also be extended.
Convenient At-Home Refueling
At present there are about 1,100 natural gas stations available nationwide, compared to 175,000 stations dispensing gasoline. Refueling at a fast-fill CNG station takes no longer than tanking up with gasoline. As the fueling infrastructure builds for CNG, the inconvenience of limited public fueling opportunities is softened by the availability of filling up at home.
Fuelmaker manufactures Phill, a residential natural gas refueling station that can be installed in a garage or outside a home. This will allow refueling using a home’s natural gas supply. The refueling appliance does require as much as 16 hours to fill an almost empty tank, although it’s likely that a natural gas vehicle refueled at home will rarely have an empty tank, and an overnight top-off will usually be sufficient for the daily commute. In many cases, vehicles fueled up at favorable natural gas home rates can operate as cheaply as the equivalent of $1.25 to $1.50 per gallon.
Find a CNG Fueling Station
To locate or plan a route for CNG fueling stations, simply enter an address or ZIP code in the United States. It will indicate alternative fueling stations along your route or enter a state to see a station count and locations. Click here for all the updated CNG fueling stations.
Natural Gas Vehicle Facts
According to U.S. Energy Information Administration, only 1 percent of today’s natural gas consumption in the U.S. is currently used for vehicle fuel.
Natural gas powers more than 175,000 vehicles in the United States and roughly 23 million vehicles worldwide.
There are more than 1,600 CNG and 140 LNG fueling stations in the U.S., and refueling appliances are available for home use.
In the U.S., about 50 different manufacturers produce 100 models of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles and engines.
NGVs have also become popular among many types of fleets besides public transportation, including taxi fleets, courier and delivery fleets, government and police fleets, community fleets, and trades and commercial fleets.
Natural Gas has an existing distribution infrastructure. With 1.5 million miles of gas pipe and distribution lines crisscrossing the country.
Up-to-Date Natural Gas Vehicle Information
To keep abreast of the natural gas vehicle availability, conversion options, current laws and incentives please click: U.S. Department of Energy.