This clean-burning alternative fuel can be used in vehicles as either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Currently the main users of nat-gas are long haul freighters, government fleets, and waste trucks. The extreme low cost and availability of natural gas make it very attractive, but the downfall is in the fueling support network. With only 1,200 CNG fueling stations nationwide compared to 160,000 gasoline stations dependable fueling sites are a rare commodity.
Building a national infrastructure to support CNG and LNG fuel is a long term enterprise and if prices stay low then you can expect this to move forward.
Propane autogas has always focused on commercial fleets, those that are centrally fueled, mainly with return-to-base operations whose vehicles typically travel within a 200-mile radius of theHOME BASE. The biggest values of autogas are that maintenance is easy and cost-effective and fuel prices with propane are about half that of gasoline or diesel.
Installation costs for a fueling site is less than $50,000 and is easy to install, maintain, and operate. The propane industry is now focused on installing more public sites and refueling dispensers on-site forBUSINESS locations. Propane autogas prices are stable and product is readily available.
Propane is a natural by-product of natural gas development in shale fields, so supply is greater than we can consume. Combine great supply with the stable price and you can expect this market to increase.
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Now that you know the current state of alternative fuels and fleets and may be considering a leap into new fuels the next posting will be on the top things you should consider when making this “alternative” decision.