Why Natural Gas?
Natural gas is an abundant domestic form of energy that is substantially cheaper, and cleaner than diesel and gasoline. CNG and LNG fuels provide the transportation industry with an optimal alternative to petroleum based fuels.
CNG and LNG vehicles offer the same performance as their diesel and gasoline counterparts with additional benefits. Benefits include compelling fuel cost savings, longer engine life, less engine maintenance, noise pollution reduction, and thirty-three percent less carbon pollution. Major vehicle manufacturers including Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Mack, Volvo, Ford, GM, Gillig, Blue Bird, and Thomas Buses, are now manufacturing natural gas vehicles on the assembly line, and are available for order.
Natural Gas Is Domestic And Eliminates Dependence On Foreign Oil.
Natural Gas is domestic and eliminates dependence on foreign oil. Natural gas is abundantly available in the United States, produced both conventionally from sources such as wells or reservoirs, and unconventionally from sources such as shale rock, and garbage landfills. The United States has one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world - greater than 125 year supply. Natural gas usage as a transportation fuel enhances our national security and is proven technologically and commercially.
Natural Gas Is Cheaper.
CNG and LNG cost 20-40% less than diesel and gasoline fuels, translating into compelling fuel cost-savings. By switching to either CNG or LNG, companies across the country are realizing significant cost-savings and a substantial reduction in carbon footprint, while not sacrificing operating performance. The horse power and torque of natural gas trucks equally match their diesel counterparts.
Natural Gas Is Greener.
Natural gas is substantially cleaner than petroleum - reducing emissions of Carbon Monoxide by approximately 70%, and Carbon Dioxide (the principle "Greenhouse Gas") by 30%. In addition, natural gas reduces Nitrous Oxides ("NOx") by 80%, Sulfur Dioxide by 100% and Volatile Organic Compounds ("VOCS") by 89%. With the US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") passing groundbreaking emissions regulations on engine manufactures in 2010, and because of natural gas' inherent advantage as a substantially cleaner fuel than diesel, it is expected that natural gas engines will be more cost effective to own and operate than their diesel counterparts.
Natural Gas Is Distributed To Vehicles As Either Cng Or Lng.
CNG is stored on board as a gaseous fuel. CNG is the preferred fuel for light to medium-duty natural gas vehicles - providing range of approximately 350 miles per fill. LNG vehicles store natural gas on board as a liquid. LNG is nearly twice as dense as CNG, permitting more fuel to be stored on board while taking up less space than CNG. This permits an LNG vehicle to travel great distances - 750 miles per fill.