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.
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.