Natural Gas Automobiles, Vans and Trucks
gas automobiles are vehicles that fit four or five passengers and have two or
four doors and powered by CNG (compressed natural gas) or LNG (liquefied
natural gas). Although their range is limited due to storage constraints, the
mpg is still comparable with conventional gasoline powered vehicles (2012 Civic
Natural Gas 27 mpg city 38 mpg highway; 2012 Civic conventional gasoline 28 mpg
city 39 mpg highway). Natural gas automobiles applications include sales force
automobiles, executive automobiles, and municipality vehicles.
gas vans get a range of 11 to 16 mpg.
Because natural gas vehicles are limited in their driving range, they are
commonly used to travel to everyday activities such as work and school and are
also used among fleets with minimal travel. The applications include minivans,
shuttles, utility vans and cargo vans. As the range of these vehicles tends to
grow, natural gas vans will become more and more common among fleets.
gas trucks are separated into three categories, light duty, medium duty and
heavy duty. Natural gas trucks have a wide application range with anything from
garbage trucks, commercial trucks, and tractor-trailers being some of them.
Many companies are now switching from diesel powered trucks to CNG due to the
price of diesel fuel. Aside from the high diesel prices, the growing market
share for natural gas in the heavy truck sector is aided by the ease at which
these vehicles can be retrofitted to operate on natural gas.