We need meaningful energy savings and independence now, and Compressed Natural Gas systems offer a sustainable solution.
Since 2007, the adoption of Natural Gas as a commercial vehicle fuel has continued to increase. Its use in refuse trucks and transit buses has proven that the engine technology is robust. And, in spite of incremental vehicle cost, the return on investment and emissions reductions compared to diesel have proven a compelling business case in these two commercial vehicle applications.
The OEM’s expanded offering of engines and truck platforms has been key to the adoption of Natural Gas in fleet operations beyond the two mentioned previously. The primary driver for this increased adoption of Natural Gas is the reduction in fuel-related operating costs.
Consider the possible benefits for your fleet:
Fleets that have successfully deployed Natural Gas vehicles have seen fuel-related operating cost reductions of 35% or more. For this reason, Natural Gas used in place of Diesel is worth investigation. However, cost savings of this magnitude do come with a fair amount of analysis, planning, decision-making and work. And in the end, the transition of a fleet to Natural Gas should be approached as a fact-based business case that fits the individual fleet operations.
Emissions from CNG fuel systems are up to 90% lower than traditional gasoline systems. Switching to CNG fuel systems and natural gas vehicles in the city and over the road can help you meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) non-attainment measures, which means you can deliver on your company’s commitment to cleaner air.
CNG is natural gas, but compressed to less than 1% of its volume. It’s also clear, odorless and noncorrosive. While CNG is flammable, the EPA states that it has a narrow flammability range.
Experts estimate that we have greater than a 100-year supply of natural gas, right here in shale reservoirs across the U.S. As natural-gas drilling technology has advanced, we now have greater, easier and more access to these natural gas stores.