Natural Gas – in the form of compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) – is the cleanest transportation fuel available today. It is domestically abundant and if used broadly would greatly reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources while improving air quality.
NGVAmerica states there are more than 7 million NGVs in use worldwide, yet only 150,000 of those are in the US. In addition, federal and state emissions laws are becoming more stringent and many requirements will be unattainable for today’s gasoline and diesel vehicles.
It’s cheaper. According to Clean Energy Fuels, over the last decade and a half, natural gas on an energy-equivalent basis has been 25%-40% cheaper than crude oil. In states such as Utah and Oklahoma, prices are less than $1 per gallon.
Domestically abundant. According to The Pickens Plan, natural gas is our country’s second largest energy resource and a vital component of our energy supply. 98% of the natural gas used in the US is from North America, but 70% of our oil is purchased from foreign nations. And still, less than 1% of natural gas is currently used for transportation.
Reduces GHGs. According to the California Energy Commission, critical greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural gas are 23% lower than diesel and 30% lower than gasoline. Further, only natural gas vehicles can meet the EPA’s stringent 2010 heavy-duty standards for nitrogen oxides and soot today.