The odds are if you’re reading this blog - if you’re on CNGnow, you already know the benefits of natural gas as a transportation fuel. You’ve karate chopped straight through the hubbub and have realized that CNG equals energy independence. It equals freedom from OPEC! Beyond that, it’s a fuel that’s much better for the environment, about half the price and vastly abundant in America.
Because you know everything above, you’re probably wondering why there isn’t an NGV parked in every driveway in your neighborhood. The answer to that question is two parts. First, there’s the availability of vehicles. We’ll address that in a later post, but rest assured progress is being made. (Exhibit A)
The next issue is infrastructure. In the United States there are over 125,000 fueling stations for gasoline. There are less than 400 public CNG stations. On average, that’s less than eight per state. Bummer! The good news though is that CNG stations are going up gangbusters. They are popping up constantly and they’re being built everywhere. If you live in California, Oklahoma, Utah or many other areas, driving a natural gas vehicle is no sweat. In other places, however, finding a station might be a struggle. Check out our Station Map to see if there are any around you!
The sad, honest truth is that we’re not quite there. Though it’s a great option for many people, driving a natural gas-powered vehicle isn’t right for every one yet (keyword: yet). I personally drive a bi-fuel Tahoe, just like the one Graham Colton is taking on the Go Natural tour. I get to benefit from CNG when it’s available, but when I’m on a trek (or in Graham’s case, a tour) that takes me outside the range of a CNG station, I can use gasoline.
So, what’s the problem with natural gas vehicles? Nothing. We just need more of them and we need more places to fill them up.