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Cars That Run on Natural Gas

2012 Natural Gas For Cars - Cars That Run On Natural Gas

Compressed 2012 natural gas for cars is a proven benefit for the consumer.  It is a much cleaner burning fuel than gasoline, is considerably cheaper, and we have an abundance of it.  Technology has been around for some time, but the general public hasn’t caught on yet.  There are still some obstacles standing in the way, the biggest being the lack of fueling stations across the nation.  That is also changing.  The state of Nebraska just installed its first CNG fueling station in Omaha.  Two more are scheduled to be installed soon.   But for now, Omaha is the only city between Denver and Chicago with public CNG stations.

The compressed natural gas fuel is touted as cleaner, “more American” because much of it is produced in the United States, and affordable with a $1.93-per-gallon of gas equivalent (GGE) price tag, compared with the Nebraska average of $3.69 per gallon for ethanol-blend gasoline.   Some states are more ahead of the curve when it comes to public CNG fueling stations.  California now has 153, most of which are in Southern California.

Recently, Reps. John Sullivan, R-OK; Dan Boren, D-OK; John Larson, D-CT; and Kevin Brady, D-TX made this comment about natural gas:

"Natural gas is a clean, cheaper, more abundant alternative... and it is in both our economic and national security interest to use the vast reserves we have right here in our own backyard. We encourage the Administration and our colleagues in the House and Senate to join our efforts by supporting the NAT GAS Act." There are already a lot of trucking companies who have switched, or are in the process of switching to natural gas vehicles. CNG trucks save these companies a lot on the cost of fuel, and are much better for the environment.

The other drawback to natural gas cars is the price of natural gas car conversion.  For cars, it costs about $10,000 per vehicle.  For trucks and buses, the cost is closer to $20,000 per vehicle.  As more vehicles are manufactured with CNG engines that price difference will come down.

 

We are probably still several years from having a comprehensive fuel supply system across the nation that will provide natural gas for 2012 cars.