The CNG Advantage

Why Natural Gas is Today's Best Alternative Vehicle Fuel?

  • It's Domestic: With 98% of natural gas produced in North America, increasing use of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) reduces our foreign oil consumption, and enhances our nation's energy security.

  • It's Clean: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are two of the cleanest burning alternative fuels available. NGVs emit up to 30% less greenhouse gas than gasoline or diesel vehicles.

  • It's Cheaper Than Gas or Diesel: Natural gas is less expensive than petroleum, which means reduced fuel costs for NGV operators.

  • It's Abundant: North America has at least a 120-year supply of natural gas, according to a June 2008 study.

  • It's Here — Now: Natural gas-fueled vehicles are being deployed widely today. There are more than 12.5 million NGVs worldwide, with about 110,000 on U.S. roads today. 25% of all new transit buses currently on order nationwide are natural gas-powered.

  • It's Increasingly Available: There are more than 1,100 NGV fueling stations in the U.S. — and about half of them are open to the public. California has the nation's most extensive natural gas fueling
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  • It Serves All Sectors: NGVs serve more users than any other alternative fuel vehicle. In the United States, about 30 different manufacturers produce 100 models of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles and engines.

  • It's Safe: Lighter-than-air compressed natural gas is nontoxic and disperses quickly. It has a higher ignition temperature than gasoline and diesel fuel, which reduces the chances of accidental ignition.

  • It Reduces Noise: Natural gas engines can reduce noise by as much as 50% compared to diesel engines.

  • It Can Be Renewable: Renewable natural gas — also known as biomethane or biogas — is a model alternative fuel. Produced from animal and crop waste and sewage, it delivers benefits throughout the fuel cycle.