BENEFITS OF CNG
The U.S. has an abundance of domestic natural gas. Inventory of natural gas in the U.S. is at record levels with estimates of more than a 100-year supply. This helps to keep natural gas prices stable.
According to the American Gas Association (AGA), the U.S. transportation sector depends on petroleum based fuels such as gasoline and diesel for 94 percent of our nation’s fuel. The utilization of domestic energy sources like natural gas will reduce our dependence on foreign oil while helping to sustain a lower carbon future.
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel today. Because CNG fuel systems are completely sealed, CNG vehicles produce no evaporative emissions.
Natural Gas Vehicles produce the fewest missions of all other fuels:
- Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20 to 30%
- Reducing carbon monoxide (CO) emissions up to 75%
- Reducing nitrogen oxide (NO) emissions by approximately 50%
- Reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 55%
American Gas Association research states that driving with natural gas can cut costs by approximately 50 percent. The national average cost of CNG is about $2.00 per gasoline gallon equivalent.
Natural gas in the form of CNG also yields economic benefits for vehicle operators. This is because it burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel – leading to a reduction in maintenance costs, extending the life of fleet vehicles, reducing in-service conditions and improving engine efficiency.
CNG can power a wide range of transportation options.
From fleet and light-duty vehicles to heavy-duty trucking, off road and even marine applications, CNG powered vehicles are becoming more popular.
Today, there are more than 1,500 CNG fueling stations in the U.S. Cities and states are looking to convert to Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs).
Of new refuse vehicles purchased, 55 percent run on natural gas as do 35 percent of new city transit buses. In addition, our national CNG refueling infrastructure is growing each year – seeing a 94 percent growth in refueling stations since 2009.
CNG vehicles are safer than gasoline or diesel vehicles.
NGVs meet the same safety standards as gasoline and diesel vehicles. Natural gas fuel tank cylinders are stronger and thicker than diesel or gasoline tanks, and natural gas is non-toxic, lighter than air and dissipates rapidly when released.