Natural Gas Fleet
Switch your commercial vehicles to compressed natural gas and save.
Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) have a higher octane rating, are more fuel efficient, have lower operating costs and produce fewer emissions than gasoline or diesel engines.
NGVs are increasing in popularity, with about 50 U.S. manufacturers producing nearly 100 models of engines for use in light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles. There are 165,000 NGVs operating in the U.S. and that number, along with the number of public fueling stations, is growing.
- Natural gas used for vehicles is called CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).
- Cars can be converted as “dedicated” (runs solely on natural gas) or “dual-fuel” (runs both on natural gas and gasoline) for $12,000–$18,000. (Cost is impacted by your car’s fuel capacity.) Typically, after-market conversions do not void manufacturer warranties if the work is done by a certified up-fitter, but it’s best to check with your vehicle’s manufacturer.
- Before converting a personal vehicle (or light duty work trucks under 14,000 pounds) to natural gas, make sure there is a public fueling station near you.
- If you have natural gas service at your home or business, it might be possible to add a CNG fueling device at your location.
- Cost Savings: Natural gas costs about 1/3 less than gasoline and about 50% less than diesel, resulting in sigificantly lower operating costs.
- Abundant and Home-grown: Using a gallon equivalent of natural gas means one less gallon of imported oil, which reduces dependency on foreign oil. Natural gas is an American fuel which equals American jobs.
- Cleaner: Natural gas produces less exhaust emissions and less carbon than any other fossil fuel.
- Safe: Natural gas is lighter than air, so it dissipates when released. It doesn’t leak into the ground. The ignition temperature is high – 1000 to 1100°F. Comprehensive standards for fuel tank, vehicle and station design ensure safe operations.
Several widely recognized companies have at least some of their fleets running on natural gas, including AT&T, Verizon, UPS and Federal Express. The adoption of NGVs by large companies helps increase the number of public-access refueling stations. UGI’s own utility fleets in Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport now include cargo vans, connect vans and utility body pickup trucks fueled with CNG.
Federal and state incentives, including grants for public transportation vehicles, are helping to make natural gas vehicles a more affordable and eco-friendly option.
Penn CNG Solutions, Inc. in Williamsport, PA helps consumers save on fuel costs with natural gas. The company converts vehicles to burn compressed natural gas and sells bi-fuel conversion kits, which allows a vehicle to continue to run on gasoline or diesel, with the adding option of using CNG.