CNG is an economical fuel source.
CNG is cheaper than the equivalent amount of gasoline. Using CNG as a vehicle fuel is also significantly easier on your engine, giving it a longer life with reduced maintenance costs, including extending the time between oil changes. CNG has the equivalent of 130 octane in gasoline. The high octane boosts performance – especially in today’s smaller, high compression ratio engines-and increases engine efficiency at highway speeds. See how a CNG conversion can save you significant money!
CNG is safe.
Because they have to withstand high internal pressure, CNG tanks in vehicles are designed to be extremely durable and far more puncture-resistant than gasoline tanks. CNG is also lighter than air and has very narrow flammability limits. If a leak were to occur as a result of an auto accident, the gas quickly dissipates and is very unlikely to ignite. In fact, there is less chance of an explosion in crashes of cars fueled with CNG than from those fueled with gasoline.
CNG is far more environmentally friendly than gasoline.
Science has long established that CNG is by far the cleanest burning form of fossil fuel. According to the Massachusetts Institute of technology, CNG has the carbon content of all fossil fuels. Since CNG is mostly methane and 130 octane, it burns more completely in internal combustion engines leaving fewer pollutants in exhaust compared to gasoline.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculated the benefits of CNG versus gasoline and found CNG reduces carbon monoxide emissions by 90-97%, carbon dioxide emissions by 25%, nitrogen oxide emissions by 35-60%, and emits fewer toxic carcinogenic pollutants, resulting in an environmentally friendly alternative fuel.
In fact, CNG-powered engines are the lowest-emission internal combustion engines in the world. The emissions are so low that in some urban areas the emissions from CNG vehicle is actually cleaner than the air around it. The reduced emissions from CNG also present an excellent way for commercial and government vehicles to meet increasingly strict emissions standards.
CNG reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil.
In 1970, the U.S. imported just 24% of all our oil. Today, according to the Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center, the U.S. imports nearly 60% of its petroleum, a number that could continue to grow alarmingly over the next decade. In comparison, nearly 98% of natural gas used in the U.S. comes from North America (U.S. and Canada). By focusing on domestic fuels, the U.S. removes the influence of foreign governments on our critical energy supplies while supporting American jobs and thereby boosting the American economy.
In 2008 alone, America spent $475 billion on foreign oil. That is $475 billion that left the American economy and went to foreign nations. Spending that same amount on a domestic source of energy, like natural gas, keeps the money in the U.S. economy creating jobs and prosperity for millions of people in the U.S.
Federal and State Incentives!
The federal government and other organizations provide tax credits and grants to support alternative fuel vehicle conversions.
There are a number of incentive programs designed to encourage alternative fuel adoption. There are many alternative fuel incentives available at the federal, state, city and local level.
To find incentives in your state, visit the the following link: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/state
For local incentives, click the following:
CNG 101 from Ron the Car Guy