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
- Almost 14 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 65 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 and/or state tax credits
Natural gas powered vehicles are quieter
- Heavy duty natural gas vehicles have a 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 produce less greenhouse gases
- 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 360 million diesel gallon equivalents.
- Natural gas 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
- Terminal business, hotel and parking shuttles, taxis, door-to-door services
- Collection-recycling and transfer trucks
- 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