Alternative Fuels - the future of power for automobiles
Natural Gas
Natural gas is made of different hydrocarbons, primarily methane. Since it is naturally in a gaseous state, it would need to be compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG). Natural gas comes from underground reservoirs and is processed to remove petroleum and other substances.

Natural gas as a fuel for vehicles is appealing because of the already extensive pipeline for natural gas already through out the continental United States. People could fill up their vehicles over night from their garage using a "slow fill" system. If a person wasn't refilling from home, they could use a "quick fill system."

Natural gas offers a variety of advantages over gasoline. It would cost 15 to 40 percent less than current systems. Because it is a clean burning gas, it requires less maintenance. It has been reported that you only need to have an oil change every 10,000-20,000 miles. Carbon monoxide emissions are about 70 percent less than today's vehicles. It also is as safe as gasoline, and can also be even safer. Because it dissipates into the air, in the event of an accident, there would be less of a safety hazard.

Links for more information:

  • Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition's FAQ Page
  • California Energy Commission's FAQ Page
  • Natural Fuels Corporation's FAQ Page
  • Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

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