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Natural Gas Cars: Controversy Remains

My Perfect Automobile -- With no flashy government programs to support them, and with little marketing, natural gas cars are already twice as common on American roads as are plug-in hybrids. Long a source of controversy in the auto industry, natural gas vehicles have been a favorite of cities and corporate fleets due to their low maintenance and fuel costs. A new batch of data about compressed natural gas (CNG) cars from Pike Research says that by the end of 2013, there will be almost 125,000 CNG vehicles plying U.S. roads, compared to about 65,000 plug-in hybrids.

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Submitted Aug 06, 2012 By: skb69sa
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mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 2:07:40 AM

Wish that there was more CNG model choices.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 12:29:39 AM


Good article Skb69sa! Thanks for posting!
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 7:47:24 PM

They've been here for at least 15-20 years.
Hop1LA
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 12:58:52 PM

Flex-fuel vehicles have been using CNG for a decade. This is not new technology.
skybiker
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 12:22:56 PM

Bring em on!!
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 12:10:04 PM

Should be there as an option.
treehood
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 11:53:12 AM

I would be interested in a cng vehicle. As to the lack of fuel stations, I have it on good authority that there were no gasoline stations available in the 1800's. Build it and they will come. A home system will also be a possibility with a decent filter system. Also a switchable gasoline fuel system would make an attractive option
pulpwood
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 11:40:18 AM

better luck this time.
NukeAtComEd
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 10:23:09 AM

since Honda does not recommend at home fueling (due to water/dirt issues in home natural gas) and the range is only 140-160 miles, this is a niche market only!
Get ranges equivalent to existing vehicles with home refuel capability (electric or CNG) then the extra $10,000+ per vehicle might make a 10 year payback!
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:32:45 AM

controversy
VB_Richard
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:27:20 AM

Infrastructure will take the most planning.
Gman2011MI
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:20:53 AM

natural gas is been out there a while in testing in fleet vehicles so station were installing storage areas already.....
drz614
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:18:52 AM

can ng be used to operate equipment that compresses ng?
OldMan322
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:14:51 AM

If there were more pubic refuelling stations there would be more
ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:13:43 AM

I've experienced just one BLEVE so far in my lifetime--I suspect OSHA is providing "overwatch" on this process--a reasonable thing and I trust local emergency crew are routinely trained....
85XJ
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:01:34 AM

Fill time for a CNG vehicle would be much shorter than the recharge time for an electric vehicle and most cities already have natural gas systems in place so your local stations would just need to hook up to the existing mains and add compressors.
GAS1251
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 9:00:14 AM

Lot of the same advantages as propane power
ss70
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:59:42 AM

The fact is USA is far behind in technology and infrastructure for Natgas Vehicles .. Even Pakistan and India are far ahead in this area. We can hide behind EPA or some other regulation but Natgas is very good as fuel as we dont need to refine it or change it , all it needs is compress to put it in cars.
Gas_Buzzer
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:57:05 AM

OK, I'll just eat more beans and cabbage!
mnbeancounter
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:56:50 AM

Great for vehicles that don't do long trips
Goatroper
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:52:48 AM

OK, I don't see a controversy. Anyone?
SpruceGuse2
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:52:24 AM

Controversy is alive and well with these idiot authors of this type article..........................
mountainrider7
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:51:02 AM

OK
Rednix
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:50:16 AM

CNG vehicles would be good if the fuel is plentiful.
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:50:05 AM

ok
ricoblanco
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:49:57 AM

ok
11SilveradoMN
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:49:10 AM

why not?
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:49:07 AM

There should be no controversy! What? The controversy is that the government support the survival of the industry? That it is more successful than the Volt or ethanol, both of which are dependent upon government funding?
DozenSpeed
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:48:37 AM

"With no flashy government programs to support them"

Quiet, don't give them ideas!
Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:48:28 AM

Hybrid idea is not a solution. Just a bandaid.
studebaker1940
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:48:15 AM

It doesn't have the liberals approval.
muchdutch
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:47:25 AM

About time CNG starts to take off. The units out there. the cheaper it will get for all of us that want one.
PettyEddie2012
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:47:18 AM

I WANT TO GET A NATURAL GAS POWERED BARBECUE GRILL, BUT THE COST IS LIKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS JUST TO DO INSTALLATION....SUCKS
survken
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:47:09 AM

"With no flashy government programs to support them".... that's the best news yet.
Nickel2005
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:47:01 AM

Heating with NG will go up if the demand increases.
sljbc475
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:46:38 AM

GM and Ford listen to the needs of the Governors and Mayors pitching for natural gas vehicles for their states and cities.
Dennisjk
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:45:56 AM

I still contend this will drive up the price of heating gas.
sit
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:45:42 AM

ok
Jamer
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:45:41 AM

Rolling compressed bombs is what they are.
Zuman
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:45:37 AM

Need more stations.
firedudette
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:44:59 AM

ok
bar1035
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:44:38 AM

Niche solution just like the electrics are
ratboy1968
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:44:16 AM

ok
Hillbilly1
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:43:46 AM

ok
Boo1989
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:43:45 AM

This relates to gas prices how????
jerej829
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:43:11 AM

ok
DarwinTheDog
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:43:11 AM

I would love to have one. Problem is no place around to fill it up. We need to build up the info structure to fuel them. This would help keep the gas usage in the US and away from OPEC.
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:43:05 AM

Natural gas cars are not on the radar of the current administration and, as such, gets no tax support or other incentives for their production and sales.
rockymountman
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:42:12 AM

ok
viperND
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:42:07 AM

we'll see
niceguytx
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2012 8:41:50 AM

That is evidence there is no need for government intervention.
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