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Facts About Natural Gas Vehicles

Several widely-recognized companies have at least a portion of their fleets running on natural gas, including ATT, Verizon, UPS and Federal Express. The adoption of NGVs by large companies helps to increase the number of public-access refueling stations.

About NGVs

  • When compared to gasoline, natural gas currently costs about 1/3 less.  (And, it is anticipated natural gas will cost about 50% less than gasoline by 2035.)
  • When compared to diesel, natural gas is currently about 50% less expensive.
  • The use of natural gas for vehicles in the transportation sector (buses, waste management, fleets, airports) continues to grow annually.
  • Natural gas used for vehicles is called CNG (compressed natural gas).

About Converting

  • 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.
  • Cars can be converted as a “dedicated” (runs solely on natural gas) or “dual-fuel” (runs both on natural gas and gasoline).
  • If you have natural gas service at your home or business, it might be possible to add a CNG fueling device at your location.
  • It costs between $12,000 – $18,000 to convert a gasoline-fired or diesel-fired engine to burn compressed natural gas.  (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.

NGVs at Work

  • Municipalities: Snow plows, sewer trucks, fleet maintenance vehicles, refuse trucks, courier cars.
  • Commercial: UPS continues to expand its fleet of vehicles powered by LNG…1,200 and counting.
  • School and Transit Buses
  • Airport Shuttles