Did you know?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s July 2013 alternative fuel price report, the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) in North Carolina was between $1.50 and $1.99 cheaper per gallon equivalent of gasoline.
Assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and a $1/gallon price difference, a pickup truck could save at least $1,000 in yearly fuel costs by driving on natural gas.
Natural gas infrastructure is growing. If all the natural gas pipelines in the U.S. were connected to each other they would stretch to and from the moon almost three times (EIA). Most natural gas is extracted from gas wells or produced in conjunction with crude oil. Renewable natural gas can also be produced from decaying organic materials, such as waste from plants, landfills, wastewater, and livestock. As transportation fuel, natural gas is compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG). With recent expansion of the U.S. natural gas industry, resulting in attractive pricing, it’s an excellent time to consider using this alternative to gasoline and diesel.
- Emission Reductions- on an energy equivalent basis, use of CNG can reduce CO2 tailpipe emissions by 10% or more versus traditional fossil fuels, and lifecycle CO2 emissions by five percent or more (GREET).
- Reduced Fuel Costs- CNG typically costs less than gasoline and diesel and is currently $1.00-$1.75 less per gasoline gallon equivalent.
- Increased Safety- CNG is considered safer than gasoline and diesel.
- Energy Security- According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency over 24 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of dry natural gas was produced in the United States in 2012. This represents over 90 percent of total domestic consumption whereas less than 50 percent of the U.S. petroleum is from domestic sources.
For more information read the Natural Gas Vehicle Overview.
What Vehicles are Available?
Natural gas vehicle offerings from original equipment manufacturers have expanded from Honda’s Civic to pickups and vans from Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Popular heavy duty applications for CNG include refuse, transit and school buses. LNG is moving into the long haul truck market. Many light and heavy duty vehicles can be up-fitted to operate on CNG by companies that have received certification by the U.S. EPA.
The N.C. Solar Center maintains a list of CNG technology providers that serve the North Carolina market. See the Clean Transportation Technology Industry Guide for more details.
Where Can I Fuel a Natural Gas Vehicle?
A complete list of North Carolina CNG filling stations is compiled by the Department of Air Quality.