August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8

Features

The Long Road For Natural Gas Vehicles

Natural gas has made only small inroads in the world’s transportation market, where the fuels of choice remain those refined from crude oil. The global market for cars and trucks powered by natural gas has been growing, however, and the technology improving, spurred by tax incentives, high gasoline and diesel prices, and a blossoming green movement. But compressed natural gas, or CNG, vehicles are largely a niche market for fleet vehicles in the United States. Growth in their use by the general public or as a fleet fuel could accelerate Lower 48 natural gas demand in coming years – anything that builds demand could help the multibillion-dollar Alaska natural gas pipe

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