The U.S. currently has about 250,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) on the road today, according to GE – less than 0.1% of total U.S. vehicles – mostly owned by fleets. The heavy- and medium-duty market segments have seen the most use with city transit buses, refuse trucks and delivery vans. Compressed natural gas (CNG) has been used widely for personal transportation within the light-duty segment in highly developed nations for many years. In fact, natural gas-rich countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and Iran already have more than 1 million NGVs each, and even gas importer Italy exceeds 700,000.
Honda Civic Natural Gas
Sold to fleets and individuals throughout the U.S. since 1998, Honda’s natural gas-powered Civic Natural Gas is built in the company’s Civic factory in Greensburg, Indiana. Both fleet and retail customers appreciate the fact that it relies on North American supplies of natural gas, not imported oil, for fuel. Not to mention, natural gas is more economical than gasoline and produces cleaner exhaust when driven in any city. Customers can also fill their tanks to suit their needs by utilizing public refueling infrastructure or residential refueling devices. Honda’s Civic Natural Gas is now available at Honda dealerships in 38 states.
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500 HD
General Motors introduced two CNG-powered pickups in its 2013 line. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD were available for order in spring 2012, with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that can run on CNG or gasoline. Computer control systems automatically switch between the fuels. The trucks can be ordered through any dealer, and will be delivered directly to customers by GM’s Tier One supplier, Impco.
Dodge Ram 2500 CNG
One of the first mass-produced CNG pickup in the U.S., the Dodge Ram 2500 CNG features an 18.2 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) tank with an estimated range of 255 miles. It also has an eight-gallon gasoline tank. Availability began in summer 2012. Learn more about the Dodge Ram at http://www.ramtrucks.com
Ford F-250 & F-350
Get the country’s most popular truck line for 30 years with an alternative fuel. Ford’s F250 and F350 Super Duty trucks are manufactured in Kentucky and optional bi-fuel CNG conversions are performed by many Ford-supported qualified vehicle modifiers (QVMs). They can be sold and serviced by authorized Ford dealers. Using rigorous OEM testing for safety and durability, they meet EPA 2012 standards.
GM Cargo Vans
GM offers full warranties along with the option to buy a new Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana cargo van. Introduced in the 2011 model year, the vans feature CNG fuel systems made and installed by Productive Concepts.