The invisible fuel: Is a natural gas car a good way to go green?



Market Watch tells us some 1.4 million propane autogas vehicles will be sold globally by 2020. The forecast comes from Pike Research which believes more than 930,000 of these vehicles will be sold worldwide each year from 2012 to 2019. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also called propane or autogas, is primarily used for fleet operations trying to save on high petrol costs. Turkey, where more than 200,000 autogas vehicles are sold each year, is by far the largest market in the world for these vehicles. See also Amarillo Globe News Natural-gas vehicle sales to rise.

Environmental Expert says the global compressed natural gas vehicle market will reach 19.8 million units by 2015. Market research firm TechNavio says the CNG market is growing because of its cost advantage over petrol.  However, its biggest challenge going forward will be developing networks of ubiquitous CNG refuelling stations.

From NGV Global News we learn Russia’s Gazprom has allocated 1 billion rubles ($33 million) to build CNG refueling infrastructure and to subsidize CNG vehicle conversion. In 2012 Gazprom announced plans to develop regional CNG fuel markets across the country.

Digital Trends asks: Is a natural gas car a good way to go green?  Meanwhile, TribLive notes that more US companies are turning to CNG to power their fleets. An example would be a food truck business.

FOR Construction PROS explores at what point does it make sense for a small business to use natural gas trucks.

KTAR reports the US city of Phoenix, Arizona is purchasing 120 compressed natural gas buses. And from Canada Newswire we learn there are more than 7000 buses in North America fueled by natural gas. Engine maker Cummins Westport Inc.recently announced it has received orders for 900 CNG bus engines from the US  cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.

NGV Global News notes the city of Tampa, Florida has a waste removal fleet powered by natural gas.







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