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More and more consumers are looking for an alternative to gasoline and diesel. Whether to help our country wean itself from foreign oil, improve local air quality, combat climate change, or simply save on fuel costs, making the switch to natural gas is the right choice.


 Vehicle Availability

 There are now a number of options for consumers when it comes to choosing a natural gas vehicle (NGV). Major automakers are adding NGVs to their production lines, and there are a number of conversion options for most light and medium duty vehicles.

The Honda Civic Natural Gas has been in production since 1998 and remains the only dedicated production sedan to run solely

on CNG. Manufactured in Indiana, the Honda Civic Natural Gas has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the cleanest commercially available internal-combustion vehicle

on earth. Click here to see if there is an authorized dealer in your area.

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 Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) General Motors and Chrysler have expanded their NGV offerings in the past two years, and Ford now offers five engine family platforms and has partnered with a half-dozen preferred qualified vehicle modifiers (QVM). Although these bi-fuel vehicles primarily run on CNG, an on-board computer system can seamlessly switch fuels for optimal power, fuel efficiency, and maximum range. Several other leading worldwide OEMs (e.g., Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen) already sell a number of NGV models in other parts of the world and have recently produced prototypes that could be offered

in the U.S. 


 

 There are also many companies that specialize

in converting new or in-use vehicles to run on CNG. These small volume manufacturers (SVM) work

with qualified installers in several locations around the country. The U.S. EPA requires proof that conversion systems meet emissions and on-board vehicle diagnostics interface requirements. Conversion kits must be installed by trained

and qualified professionals.


 If not done correctly, installing high-pressure tanks and their components can potentially damage a vehicle

and lead to serious injury. Make sure installers are qualified, experienced, and willing to provide a warranty for their work.

 Cost

 Whether straight out of the factory or a conversion, NGVs cost more than gasoline or diesel vehicles because of the expense of the necessary high-pressure fuel tanks.

The substantial savings, about $2 per GGE, can repay the initial investment in a fraction of the vehicle's life.


  Domestically produced natural gas is abundant and secure. This means it is

not subject to supply disruptions and price spikes due to natural disasters or political instability of foreign countries. This was proven to be of critical importance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When gasoline and diesel powered vehicles were unable to refuel, NGVs were able to continue operation and remain an important part of the response and recovery efforts. 


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Fuel Price Comparisons
Nationwide Avg Price of Fuel April 2013

Nationwide Avg Price of Fuel January 2013

Change in Price Unit of Measurement
Gas (regular) $3.59 $3.29 $0.30 Per Gallon
Diesel $3.99 $3.96 $0.03 Per Gallon
CNG $2.10 ** $2.10 $0.00 Per GGE
**Note that YCNGA's CNG price is currently $1.78 per GGE.

 

Emission Benefits of the Honda Civic and other NGVs


 Exhaust emissions from NGVs are much lower than those from gasoline and diesel vehicles.

The CNG-powered Honda Civic Natural Gas has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the cleanest internal-combustion commercially available vehicle. Compared to its gasoline-burning counterpart, the 2013 version of the Civic Natural Gas produces 80% fewer emissions of non-methane hydrocarbons and 50% fewer emissions of NOx, which contribute to ozone depletion. It also produces 67% less carbon. Most available light-duty NGV models have been certified to meet the Federal Tier 2, Bin 2 standard (only Bin 1, which requires zero emissions, is more demanding). For 2014, the bi-fuel GM Impala joins the Honda Civic Natural Gas as the only other OEM (original equipment manufacturer) production NGV passenger car.  

 

 Beyond light-duty passenger cars, around 50 different manufacturers in the U.S. produce models

of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and engines. These vehicles include refuse trucks, transit buses, shuttle vans, and a variety of vocational work trucks. These larger vehicles

are often placed in service in fleets that consume a lot of fuel and accumulate more miles than the average consumer vehicle. This means these vehicles are reducing even more pollution than if they were used in applications that accumulate fewer miles and use less fuel.


  The emission charts below provide a comparison of the relative emission benefits of natural gas versus gasoline and diesel fuel looking at both new and older vehicles. The primary benefit when

it comes to new vehicles is a reduction in NOx emissions and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Another major advantage of NGVs is using them to replace older, dirtier trucks in urban areas where their contribution to pollution is disproportionately high. Replacing these older trucks with natural gas trucks in urban areas can be a very cost-effective way to reduce pollution since operating natural gas trucks is more economical than operating the diesel or gasoline vehicles

and also more economical than continuing to operate older, less efficient vehicles.

 

 These tables are based on the Argonne National Labs complete full fuel cycle analysis using

the latest U.S. EPA figures. The first table is a comparison of new vehicles, while the second table looks at the environmental benefits of replacing older in-use vehicles with new NGVs.


Emission Reductions (%) of New NGVs Compared to New Gas and Diesel Vehicles (2012)


  Light Duty Car Light Duty Truck  School Bus Heavy Duty Truck
  CNG v. Gas CNG v. Diesel CNG LNG LNG Dual Fuel
GHG 13 14 13 13 13 21
NOx 16 16 16 40 40 40


 

Emission Reductions (%) of New NGVs Compared to In-Use Gas and Diesel Vehicles


  Light Duty Car Light Duty Truck School Bus Heavy Duty Truck
  CNG v. Gas    CNG v. Diesel CNG v. Diesel
  2002 2007 2002 2007 2002 2007 2002 2007
GHG 18 18 25 25 25 25 25 25
NOx 91 34 97 91 92 76 95 88
PM10 50 0 98 12 98 21 98 22

 


Fueling


There are two options for fueling NGVs: public CNG stations or home refueling systems.


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Public Refueling Stations

  Home Refueling

 A growing number of fleets—including ATT, Verizon, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, UPS,

and FedEx—are switching to natural gas, which is helping to raise the number of natural gas fueling stations available to consumers. California currently leads the way with 238 public stations, and there are about 1,300 public stations nationwide.

Other locations are owned by businesses, municipalities, or school districts where public access isn’t feasible.


 First time users should get a lesson on how to use the pump, since refueling with CNG

is slightly different than refueling with liquid fuel—the connector uses a tight, closed connection that is secured prior to fueling.



Other Consumer NGVs:

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 


GMC Sierra 2500 HD


Dodge Ram 2500 CNG


Ford F250 and F350


GM Cargo Vans


 If your home is heated with natural gas, you can buy a home refueling system designed to fill your vehicle overnight. These appliances compress and fill your vehicle's tanks with gas from the same line that feeds your house. An example of this home refueling kit is Phill by BRC FuelMaker. With a growing interest in natural gas as a transportation fuel, more manufacturers are expected to enter the market with home refueling options.


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The Phill by BRC FuelMaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YCNGA Public CNG Station 


975 W Main St, Rock Hill SC 29730

 

$1.80/GGE

 

Open 24/7

 

3,600 PSI

 

Accepted payment types: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Voyager, WEX, and FuelMan 

 

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