The Benefits of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles

The Benefits of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles

Imagine that we could take advantage of dramatic technology discoveries that increase production of an abundant, clean, safe and inexpensive transportation fuel…WE HAVE!

Natural gas offers many advantages over conventional petroleum products. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is the smart and affordable choice for fleet vehicles, transit buses, school buses, waste disposal trucks, delivery vehicles, and more. With CNG, you'll save money on fuel, reduce emission levels, and extend the life of your vehicle.

Reduced Fuel Cost

Reduced Fuel Cost

Natural Gas (CNG) represents almost a 50% savings over petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel. Over the last decade, the average cost per gallon of gasoline in the United States has risen approximately 140%. In 2004, the average price per gallon of gasoline was $1.50, today the average price is around $3.60, and the costs are expected to continue to rise. In a very competitive economy, there is no better time to look for alternative ways to fuel our vehicles.

According to the US Department of Energy, CNG is a viable choice for many vehicle operators. To calculate annual savings, please refer to our Compressed Natural Gas Savings Calculator.

Domestically Produced, Abundant Fuel with a Growing Infrastructure

Domestically Produced,
Abundant Fuel

The United States imports over one billion dollars worth of crude oil every day. It is estimated that the United States has well over a 100 year supply of natural gas. Plus, 98% of the natural gas we use in the United States is produced right here in North America.

The compressed natural gas industry helps to support US jobs and the economy! Did you know? 40% of all jobs created in the United States in 2013 were in the energy sector. It has also been extimated that converting our eight million over-the-road vehicles to operate on natural gas (CNG) would replace the oil we import from Saudi Arabia!

Well-Established and
Growing Infrastructure

A well-established pipeline infrastructure exists in the United States to deliver natural gas to almost every urban area and most suburban areas. Compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations are available across the United States with new stations opening daily. For the most comprehensive, up-to-date list, please visit the interactive Alternative Fueling Station Locater.

Environmentally Friendly

Environmentally Friendly

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is the cleanest burning transportation fuel on the market today. CNG burns cleaner than petroleum based products because of its lower carbon content. CNG produces the fewest emissions of all other fuels and contains significantly less pollutants than gasoline. CNG produces 20-30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 95% fewer tailpipe emissions than petroleum products. And because CNG fuel systems are completely sealed, CNG vehicles produce no evaporative emissions.

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Reduced Maintenance Cost

CNG does not contain lead, so spark plug life is extended because there is no fouling. CNG does not dilute or contaminate crankcase oil, so intervals between oil changes and tune-ups are extended. Pipes and mufflers last longer because CNG does not react to the metals. All of this reduces maintenance costs while extending the overall life of the engine.

Performance Advantages

CNG is superior to petroleum-based products because natural gas has an octane rating of about 130. CNG vehicles experience less knocking, no vapor locking, and since natural gas is already in a gaseous state, CNG vehicles have superior starting even under severe cold or hot weather conditions.

Safety Advantage

Safety Advantage

Compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel storage tanks are stronger and safer than gasoline or diesel tanks reducing the likelihood of accidental release. If released, CNG disperses quickly into the air instead of on the ground, reducing the risk of fire and ground contamination. Plus, CNG gives off little to no emissions during refueling.

Learn more about the safetly aspects of compressed natural gas (CNG):

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