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NATURAL GAS VEHICLE SALES ARE ON THE RISE! America's automobile giants-
Ford, General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group-are making more natural gas vehicles
(NGVs). Honda and Chrysler are the only companies that make compressed natural
gas (CNG) ready vehicles in their own factories. Ford and General Motors make
vans and trucks that are prepped to run on CNG, or on a combination of gasoline
and CNG, but rely on outside companies to add about $10,000 worth of equipment,
including the natural gas tank.
SAFE AND RELIABLE
CNG is actually a safer fuel than gasoline. After
all, natural gas is used in virtually every home.
Unlike gasoline that can pool on the ground
in the event of an accident or leak, CNG dissipates harmlessly into the air. With a very narrow range of flammability to be combustible
and nearly twice the ignition temperature of
gasoline, it's also less likely to cause a fire.
Because natural gas is such a clean burning
fuel, carbon deposits in an engine are nil,
reducing cylinder and ring wear so engine
life can be much greater than when running
on gasoline. Oil change and tune up intervals
can also be extended.
NATURAL GAS GROWTH
With rising gas prices, people are starting to
look for alternative energy cars and NGVs are
growing in popularity. Even though electric
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cars are starting to gain popularity thanks
to Elon Musk and Tesla Motors, natural gas
vehicles are still gaining demand. There is still,
however, an obstacle for cars and light-duty
trucks that travel where natural gas refueling
stations might be difficult to find.
CONVENIENT AT-HOME REFUELING
At present, there are about 1,100 natural
gas stations available nationwide, compared
to 175,000 stations dispensing gasoline.
Refueling at a fast-fill CNG station takes no
longer than tanking up with gasoline. As
the fueling infrastructure builds for CNG, the
inconvenience of limited public fueling opportunities is softened by the availability of filling
up at home.
FuelMaker manufactures Phill, a residential natural gas refueling station that can be
installed in a garage or outside a home. This
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Lifestyle Source - Summer 2014
The Best Way to Grill Comes Naturally
Natural Gas Delivers for America
Know What’s Below
Fuel Up With Natural Gas
Prepare for Hurricane Season
Don’t Fall for Utility Bill Scams
The Lifestyle Source - Summer 2014