What is CNG?
Although CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) is a fossil fuel like diesel, gas and coal, it is far different in terms of its impact on the natural environment. Diesel, gas and coal are known to contain harmful compounds that can affect both human health and the natural environment. CNG, however, does not contain the same negative compounds found in these fossil fuels and is therefore considered one of the leading clean energy products for the environmentally-conscious fleet organization.
Can Vehicles in My Fleet be Converted?
The types of fleet vehicles that can be converted to CNG include a broad range of Ford models, GM models and a select number of Chrysler vehicles. Operators are urged to contact the team here at GAS directly or their original OEM manufacturer to find out if their fleet is suitable for CNG conversion.
Will My Drivers Have Convenient Access to CNG Fueling Stations?
Fueling a CNG powered vehicle is another key consideration for those looking into the possibility for converting their fleets to a CNG fuel system. There are currently over 500 CNG fueling stations in the United States. Many of which are accessible to even those in remote locations. This means that fleet drivers will also be within a short driving distance of a fueling facility.
What are the Cost Benefits of CNG Conversion?
By utilizing our CALCULATOR TOOL, fleet operators can determine the financial benefits of making the switch from gasoline/diesel to natural gas. This calculator takes into account metrics such as CNG conversion cost per vehicle, vehicle fuel economy, vehicle annual mileage as well as available incentives and local fuel prices.
It’s clear that CNG and clean energy sources represent the future of US energy innovation. Here are a few of the overall benefits of conversion to natural gas.
- Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) emit almost zero emissions during fueling. In gasoline vehicles, fueling emissions account for at least 50% of a vehicle's total hydrocarbon emissions.
- Gasoline operated cars release carbon dioxide via tailpipe emissions, which contributes to global warming. These emission levels are greatly reduced with natural gas.
- CNG produces significantly less pollutants than gasoline during processing.
- On average, CNG is 15% to 50% cheaper per equivalent gallon than gasoline.
- The Financial Incentive Advantage offers fleet owners a 50% investment tax credit for each vehicle converted to natural gas.
- Some fleet operators have reduced maintenance costs by as much as 40% by converting their vehicles to CNG systems due to the product’s clean-burning properties.
- As CNG is already in a gaseous state, NGVs have superior starting capabilities and superior overall drivability, even under severe hot and cold weather conditions.
- NGVs experience less knocking and no vapor locking.
- Natural gas does not react to metals the way gasoline does, so pipes and mufflers last much longer.