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Marketplace

Public and private fleet operators across America rely on a wide variety of vehicles powered by clean, economical, abundant and domestically produced natural gas to deliver their goods and services. And the natural gas vehicle industry represents a wide network of companies that support natural gas fleets.

Natural gas powered vehicles are proven and reliable

  • Advances in natural gas engines have improved performance while exceeding EPA emissions requirements ahead of schedule
  • More than 12 million NGVs are in use worldwide, including 110,000 operating on U.S. roads.
  • The International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles estimates that there will be more than 50 million natural gas vehicles worldwide within the next 10 years, or about 9 percent of the world transportation fleets.

Fleet fueling is leading the way in the United States. Natural gas powers:

  • More than 11,000 transit buses,
  • Nearly 4,000 refuse trucks, with California leading the way
  • More than 3,000 school buses
  • About 15-17,000 medium duty vehicles, such as airport shuttles and a wide variety of work applications
  • More than 30,000 light duty vehicles in federal, state, local government and private fleets.

Natural gas vehicle lifecycle costs are lower

  • Fuel costs are far lower. Traditionally, the ratio between and natural gas MCF and crude oil barrel prices were about 7-1. Now it ranges between 17/22-1. This favorable differential is expected to remain and grow well into the future as America has an abundant domestic supply of natural gas.
  • Maintenance costs are equal to or less than gasoline or diesel
  • NGVs’ already favorable lifecycle cost advantages improve with federal tax credits

Natural gas powered vehicles are quieter

  • Heavy duty natural gas vehicles are 80-90% lower decibel level than comparable diesels

A broad variety of natural gas vehicles is available

  • Light-, medium- and heavy-duty natural gas powered vehicles are available from original equipment manufacturers or a qualified installer can retrofit new or existing vehicles with a certified system
  • More than 50 different light-duty sedans, vans and pick-ups are available
  • Factory-built natural gas options are available from all the major refuse truck chassis manufacturers and body-upfitters, most of the transit and shuttle bus builders, two of the top three school bus builders, all major street sweeper manufacturers, and leading truck builders Freightliner, Peterbilt and Kenworth.
  • Sensing the momentum toward greater specification of natural gas engines, these manufacturers are investing in additional engine development and certification to expand natural gas options
  • There are a variety of public- and private-access fueling station development/ownership/operation options available, from fleet owner-operated to fully outsourced. .

Natural gas vehicles are cleaner

  • Natural gas vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 20-29%
    • Light duty vehicles between 26-29 percent
    • Heavy duty about 20-23%

Vehicular Natural Gas Use is Growing

  • Industry data shows that vehicular natural gas nearly doubled between 2003 and 2009, now displacing more than 300 million diesel gallon equivalents.
  • CNG and LNG transit buses now account for about 2/3 of all vehicular natural gas use.
  • CNG and LNG waste collection and transfer vehicles, which account for about 11 percent of total vehicular natural gas use, are the fastest growing NGV segment.
  • More than 35 airports across the US operate NGVs in their own fleets and/or have policies encouraging use of NGVs by private fleets operating on premises, making this sector the third largest with about 9 percent of total vehicular natural gas use.
  • The successful clean port transportation initiative in Southern California is spurring adoption of similar policies in other ports on both coasts.

NGVs are a good fit for many fleet applications

  • Local, state and federal government
  • Airport
    • Terminal business, hotel and parking shuttles, taxis, door-to-door services
  • Refuse
    • Collection-recycling and transfer trucks
  • Transit
    • Buses and administrative staff and maintenance vehicles
  • Short-haul distribution/delivery
    • Food and beverage, package, port-rail drayage, textile services, newspaper
  • Commercial Services
    • Telephone, cable, gas and electric utilities, plumbing/HVAC, pest control, janitorial/carpet cleaning, medical lab/legal courier