The Age introduces us to filling up your compressed natural gas vehicle at home. Chris White of Melbourne, Australia is one of the first drivers in that city to install a home-compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling system. ”It’s about 20 per cent of the price of petrol,” he said. That’s an estimated saving of $1.27 a litre on this week’s city pump price of $1.53 per litre.”  However the car’s conversion by a certified vehicle mechanic and the installation of the government-approved home device cost $11,000, an amount Mr White hopes to recoup after three years. Safety concerns, limited travel distance and lack of country-wide refueling stations are a significant drawback for Australian drivers to convert to CNG. See also Philling up at Home at Adelaide Now. Phill is a home filling station that allows motorists to fuel their cars with natural gas from their homes.

My San Antonio discusses the challenges facing the building of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling networks in the US.  Chesapeake  Energy Corp. and Valero Energy Corp. are in talks to build such a network in Texas where Valero already has 600 gasoline stations. However, energy experts such as IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates think that that no more than 3% of American vehicles will run on CNG in the foreseeable future, despite the nation’s enormous natural gas supply. Competition from hybrid and electric vehicles and their cheaper infrastructure is likely to impede the growth of CNG. A compressed natural gas refueling station can cost $500,000 to $750,000 to install, while an electric car fast-recharging station costs about $70,000 for a two-plug unit.  Currently there are only 1000 CNG stations across the entire US and they are primarily limited to private trucking and government fleets.  Few are open to the public.  There is only one public station in San Antonia yet the city already has 120 recharging stations for EVs. Chesapeake, the second largest natural gas producer in the country, is aggressively attempting to improve public CNG infrastructure to make the fuel more attractive to the car buying public.

NewsOK tells us that CHG vehicle conversion is booming in the US state of Oklahoma.

The largest bus operator in Los Angeles county is planning on buying 550 CNG buses for 2014 and 2015 says NGV Global News. LA Metro has options for another 250 CNG buses in 2016 and 100 for contract operators, making a possible total of 900 to be added to its current 2200 CNG buses. Meanwhile, the city of Montebello, California has added a CNG refueling station for its 7 CNG buses and plans on purchasing another 14 buses in future.

The city of Kaunas, Lithuania is buying 24 CNG buses from a Polish manufacturer reports NGV Global News.

Environmental Expert says that fleet owners in the US are increasingly turning to CNG and LNG. The post identifies 8 large trucking companies that have jumped on the natural gas bandwagon and are converting their fleets over to this more economical fuel.. See also Forbes As Fuel Prices Soar, Trucking Industry Seeks Alternatives With Natural Gas.

NGV Global News mentions that Spanish road freight transporter Transportes Monfort S.A, is switching nine of its 100 truck fleet to dual-fuel operation, operating on 20-30% diesel and 70-80% liquefied natural gas (LNG). The company chose LNG over electric motors and batteries for its advantages in cost, speed and driving range.

newsworks tells us that the US state of New Jersey now has 28 CNG refueling stations of which 8 are available to the public. There are 1,400 natural gas vehicles on New Jersey roads, most of them trucks, buses and vans in government and commercial fleets.

 

 

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