- Feb 13, 2005
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- Wildwood New Jersey
There already are vehicles that run off of compressed natural gas. We just need a little boost in infrastructure investment
moved to it's own thread..
on the surface I like the proposal, but I do not like the idea of giving billionaire Pikens a $100,000 per refueling station..
Vehicles converted to CNG are more cost-effective than those running on traditional gasoline engines. The cost of CNG can go as little as a third of the price of a gallon of gasoline,
CNG is a cleaner fuel than gasoline. Compared to gasoline, using CNG reduces carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 90 to 97% and decreases nitrogen oxide emissions by 35 to 60%.
CNG is safer than gasoline. CNG is a clean burning fuel. Since natural gas is lighter than air, leaks dissipate into the atmosphere rapidly. On the contrary, gasoline leaks are dangerous because the fuel pools in the ground creating a fire hazard. Meanwhile, CNG tanks are designed to release gas slowly. It will not explode even if subjected to a round of shots from a rifle.
Converting a car to CNG can be costly
CNG stations may not be available in some areas. There is also a limited number of refuelling stations throughout the US.
To install a CNG conversion kit into your gasoline powered vehicle, you may have to sacrifice a big chunk of the car trunk or cargo space.
Congress encourages CNG conversion by offering tax cuts of up to 50%, the conversion still needs an EPA certification to qualify for the tax credit. Getting this certificate can cost companies tens of thousands of dollars and six to eight months time.
gee.. the biggest hindrance.. the US EPA.. who would have thought that?