Posted by: carboncreditsusa | November 21, 2008

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Autos In U.S. Total Only 150,000 And Are Sold Only In California And New York But Can Be Shipped To Other States

cngfillupstationThere are more than 250-million vehicles on the roads in the United States, and according to the group Natural Gas Vehicles for America there are currently 5 million CNG vehicles in the world, but only about 150,000 in the states. 

“…There are about 1,500 CNG refueling sites in the country…”

“…The current price is somewhere between $2.00 and $2.30 in Kern County, but California’s CNG prices are usually a bit higher. Although over the summer, that price was nearly $2 less than unleaded gasoline…”

http://www.turnto23.com/news/18028536/detail.html 

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles have been around for several years, but earlier this summer when gas prices were more than $4 a gallon, Texas billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens suggested natural gas as a way to get America off of foreign oil. 

“I’m T. Boone Pickens and I’ve been an oilman my whole life and this is one problem we can’t drill our way out of, but I have a plan,” Pickens said in one of his first television commercials, which can be seen on his website: pickensplan.com 

In short, that plan is to use solar and wind energy to replace natural gas which provides 22% of electricity to the United States. Pickens then wants to use natural gas to replace foreign oil in cars. 

There are about 1,500 CNG refueling sites in the country, four of them that are open to the public can be found in Kern County. Including stations at the Tehachapi Unified School District, City of Delano, the PG&E Service Center on Wible Road and the Superintendent Of Schools Transportation Office on South Union Avenue. 

“Actually its been a little bit astounding because what we’re seeing is as much activity on the public side as there is on our side,” Director of Transportation for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Paul Linder, said. “There are a lot of people that are coming through here getting CNG.”

 Half the Superintendent of Schools 92 busses are run by natural gas pumped into tanks beneath the bus and every year seven to eight more CNG busses arrive at the yard.

 All 81 GET and GET Lift busses are CNG powered, something the Golden Empire Transit District started 13 years ago as part of a state goal to reduce air pollution.

 PG&E is also working to reduce pollution by using flex fuel vehicles, that have tanks for diesel and natural gas. But to use the PG&E CNG facility, you have to fill out paper work and go through instructions.

 And if you’re looking for a CNG vehicle you’re lucky, the only new one on the market is Honda’s Civic GX and they’re only available in New York and California.

 The Honda Civic GX starts at reasonable price according to Honda’s website, at $25,090, but goes up from there with additional features. In gallon equivalent, the Civic GX drives 24 Street and 36 Highway. While the Civic GX is only available in New York and California, they can be shipped to other states. However, no Kern County Honda dealer sells the Civic GX, only some Los Angeles dealerships do. (http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-gx/)

As for the price of CNG fuel itself, it varies. The current price is somewhere between $2.00 and $2.30 in Kern County, but California’s CNG prices are usually a bit higher. Although over the summer, that price was nearly $2 less than unleaded gasoline. For specific details you can go to: http://www.cngprices.com/

You can also convert older cars to become CNG cars, something the Governor of Utah did recently to his state owned car. Prices vary based on vehicle model and the modification, but the website has very few cars left to be sold, that site is: http://www.cngmotors.com/index.php

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