Exploring the open road with natural gas vehicles
We recently added two compressed natural gas-powered vehicles (NGV) to our vehicle fleet at Magnolia Gas Compressor Station, located near Magnolia, Kentucky.
Adding compressed NGVs into our vehicle fleet makes a good fit for our natural gas operations and allows us to test the use of this clean, domestic and low-cost fuel in our vehicles that are used in our day-to-day operations.
When compared to gasoline and other petroleum-based fuels, natural gas is an economical, efficient, low-emission alternative fuel choice readily available in the United States.
- Natural gas is composed primarily of methane (CH4) and is used in more than 65 million homes in the United States for heating, cooking and other purposes.
- Natural gas in the compressed natural gas (CNG) form or liquefied natural gas (LNG) form is becoming a more popular fuel choice for transportation.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are currently more than 130,000 natural gas-powered vehicles on the roadways across the nation and more than 15 million vehicles worldwide.
- Like petroleum-based fuels, costs for compressed and liquid natural gas can fluctuate, depending on factors like time of year and location.
- Compressed natural gas fuel is measured in “gasoline gallon equivalent” (GGE.) About 125 standard cubic feet of natural gas is a comparable amount of energy to one gallon of gasoline.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy July 2013 Clean Cities Alternative Fuels Report, the nationwide average cost for “regular” gasoline was $3.65 per gallon, compared to $2.14 per GGE of compressed natural gas.