|The Pros and Cons Of CNG Fuel
The Pros and Cons of CNG Conversion:
There is a constant and steadily growing buzz about the use of CNG. Especially when the demand for cleaner, safer and less expensive fuels is growing on a daily basis.
The oil crisis brought us record increases in gasoline and diesel fuel costs over the last few years. Now people are looking at their options. Do they replace their current
vehicle with a new more fuel efficient model or do they retrofit their current vehicle to an alternative fuel source. There are a few varieties of alternative fuels available
but natural gas is the safest and probably the best known source.
Natural Gas is currently available in two forms. Liquefied natural gas known as LNG and compressed natural gas know as CNG. If an auto or truck owner wants to
convert their current vehicle to natural gas, then CNG is certainly the way to go. There are some advantages and some disadvantages to converting a vehicle to CNG. It
you are considering switching to CNG it is important to know the pros and the cons and understand them. Then an educated decision can be made.
It is a fact that vehicles converted to CNG are far more cost effective than those running on traditional gasoline and diesel fuels. The cost of CNG can sometimes be as
little as 1/3 of the cost of gasoline and diesel fuels. Savings can be even more if you use a home refuelling station. Currently here in the State of Utah the cost per gallon
of CNG is between $1.50 to 1.80 at the commercial filling stations such as Questar. You do the math! The savings using CNG are huge.
Compared to Gasoline, CNG is a much cleaner burning fuel. The use of CNG in your vehicle can reduce carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 97 percent. CNG
does emit greenhouse gases, but the emissions are 20 to 30 percent less than a gasoline engine and much, much less than a diesel engine. The use of CNG as fuel has the
potential to lower non-methane hydrocarbon emissions by as much as 70 percent. CNG burning vehicles also produce far less carcinogenic pollutants as well.
The use of CNG in your vehicle is much safer than gasoline or diesel fuels. CNG is a very clean burning fuel. Compressed natural gas is lighter than air so accidental
leaks dissipate into the atmosphere very rapidly. Gasoline leaks, on the other hand are very dangerous as the fuel pools on the ground and creates a potential fire hazard.
CNG fuel tanks are designed to release gas slowly. Oddly enough, a CNG tank will not explode if you fire a few bullet holes into it. It will simply disperse the fuel into
Converting your vehicle to CNG can be a costly process. But you will get it back in fuel savings cost very quickly if you drive a lot. The average cost of conversion in
The United States runs from $1000.00 to $2500.00 depending on who you buy your CNG conversion kit from and whether or not you have the capability to install it
yourself. The US Government is encouraging the use of CNG by offering tax cuts of up to 50%. However the conversion needs an EPA certification to qualify for the tax
Unfortunately CNG Filling Stations are not available everywhere. However, this is changing rapidly. New fueling stations are opening every day! California, Oklahoma
and Utah are currently the leaders in CNG fueling stations. We have placed a few links that will show where CNG is currently available. Check them out and see if there
is a station near you.
To install a CNG conversion kit in your vehicle you must place a CNG fuel tank in the trunk of the car or in the bed of the truck. This means you do have to sacrifice
some trunk cargo space. On the other hand, you're saving big bucks!
Questar CNG Filling Stations in Utah: Click Here
Click Here For CNG Filling Stations. Alternative USA Fueling Stations: Click Here
Here is a very convenient Mobile Application that will show you where CNG is available: Click Here